1st day Wednesday - Morning flight to Gaziantep from Istanbul. A panoramic city tour at the National Liberation Museum and learn the fascinating story of the city during the Turkish Independence War. Then, we head to the old streets of Gaziantep and go over cultural, sociopolitical and ethnographical history of Gaziantep in chronological order. Our following stops Kurtulus Mosque, once serving as St. Mary Church and Omer Ersoy Cultural Center, once St. Bedros Church will be everlasting memorable sites for you. Then, we will head to Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the biggest mosaic museum in the world and we will enjoy priceless mosaics and listen to their fascinating mythological stories.
For our lunch break, we will savor tender lamb kebabs and fresh salad with sour pomegranate molasses at internationally acclaimed connoisseur Halil Ustas.(extra)
After our lunch break, our stops include Gaziantep Castle, Kitchen Museum,Hamam Museum, Elmaci Bazaar and Coppersmith Bazaar. Also, we have a bonus stop at Baklava Museum where we will learn how to make baklava, and of course, taste fresh samples on spot.
Our free time will be accompanied by tasty Turkish coffee at Tahmis Coffeeshop, the first coffeeshop in Anatolia.
Dinner at a traditional restaurant ( extra cost). A large , rich , delicious variety of kebaps and deserts will be served. Overnight .
2nd day Thursday - After breakfast, depart to Adıyaman. On the way, we will be informed about Karakus Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, and Arsemia Antique Settlement. We will visit the Marvelous Mausoleum of Antiochus I, King of Kommagene Kingdom.
This Mausoleum has a very distinguished feature; the sun rises and sets from the foot level of the gigantic sculptures.We will watch the spectacular sunset view. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at the hotel in Adıyaman.
3rd day Friday - After breakfast, depart to Sanlıurfa.. On the way pay homage to the ancient site :Marvelous Gobeklitepe, which is one of the famous ancient mystery in the world. Depart to Sanlıurfa, the ancient city of Ur. In this land lying between the Euprathes and the Tigris rivers, lived Abraham,the patriarch claimed by three world religions. Drive to the ancient city of Harran which is mentioned in the Holy Bible.( The river watering the garden flowed from Eden.The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.( Gen 2 :10 -15 NIV ). Sightseeing tour of the ruins of the oldest Islamic University, Castle of Harran, and authentic Harran houses. Back to Sanliurfa ,paying a visit to the cave where Abraham is believed to have been born,visit the sacred fish pool and the fortress that overlooks both these holy sites. Dinner ( extra) and overnight.
4th day Saturday - After breakfast Drive to Mardin. Walking tour on old brick roads of Mardin to see Monastery of Deyr-ul Zaferan, Mardin Marketplace, Kasimiye Teological school, Kırklar Church . You will admire the marvelous stone mansions of Mardin all day long. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at a traditional mansion.
5th day Sunday - After breakfast drive to Midyat, pay a visit to Hasankeyf. Visit marvelous bridge of Hasankeyf, El Rızk Mosque, and the Hasankeyf Castle .Lunch (extra) on the banks of Tigris, drive to Diyarbakir , pay a visit to the gorgious city walls of Diyarbakır , Keldani Church and Ulu mosque. Depart to the airport, end of our tour.