BATMAN,ADANA,ANTAKYA AND GAZIANTEP(5days/4nıghts) 



Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Arrive to Batman .Free time and overnight in Batman.

 
DAY 2:

Breakfast and morning drive through the oilfield area of Batman.
Arrive in Hasankeyf,located at the end of an impressive large gorge formed by the Tigris River ,in the middle of which stand the huge piers of the Old Bridge.Continue to Turbadin Plateau where a Syriac-Jacobite community lives ,and visit the old town of Midyat,a small treasure of architecture .After Lunch ,visit Mor Gabriel Monastery and the Church of the Virgin Mary in Anitli.Continue to Mardin ,stroll through the alleys and stairs of the town to discover its typical houses and monuments .Also visit the Syriac –Jacobite Deyrul Zaferan Monastery located outside Mardin .Overnight in Mardin.

 

DAY 3:

Breakfast and depart for Halfeti,Located at the bottom of a picturesque canyon hollowed by the Euphrates .Enjoy a boat ride to explore the canyon .Rumkale Fortress and the valley submerged by the rising waters from Birecek ,proceed to the ancient Roman city of Zeugma ,the most famous crossing spot on the Euphrates for the ‘’Silk Road’’and the military convoys of antiquity .Continue to Gaziantep ,visit the old quarters surrounding the fortress ,and the Archaeological Museum where the superb Roman mosaics from Zeugma are displayed .Overnight in Gaziantep.

 

DAY 4:

Breakfast and drive to Antakya ,the ancient Antioch whose people lived in exuberant luxury and where the disciples of Jesus were called ‘’Christians’’here for the first time.After Lunch,visit the Mosaic Museum which displays one of the richest collections of Roman and Byzantine Mosaics in the World .Also visit the Church of St Peter where the Apostle Peter is believed to have preached ,and which has been designated by the Vatican as a place of pilgrimage .Overnight in Antakya.

 

DAY 5:

Breakfast and continue through the rich agricultural plain of Cilicia to Tarsus ,the birthplace of St Paul and the home to one of the first Christian churches in Asia Minor .Lunch.Visit St Paul ´sWell ,Great Mosque,Eski Mosque,the Gate of Cleopatra .In the evening ,arrive in Adana .Then return to Istanbul.

 Tour Highlights

Destination Visit
Batman
Adana
Antakya
Gaziantep
Tigris River
Old Bridge
Turbadin Plateau
Midyat
Mor Gabriel Monastery
The Virgin Mary
Jacobite Deyrul Zaferan Monastery
Euphrates
Rumkale Fortress

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