This 5 day tour, starts from Cappadocia, Turkey, and ends at Adana, Turkey. Highlights include :- 6000 year old Göbekli Tepe, Silk Road Karatay Caravansaray, Ancient rock statues at Mt. Nemrut and Antakya (biblical Antioch).
Departure in the morning from Cappadocia, we we cross the Tekir plateau towards Adiyaman and Mt Nemrut. Along the way our first stop will be the Seljuk Karatay Caravansaray. The next stop will be Pinarbasi for a short tea break. From here we pass through Adiyaman and visit Arsemia, once the capital of the Commagene Kingdom, before continuing to the ancient Severus (Cendere) Bridge and the Karakus Tumulus where members of the royal family were buried. This evening we will go to Mt Nemrut, ascend the mountain, watch the magical sunrise over the plateau, and visit the massive ancient rock statues. After the sunset we return to Adiyaman.
Today we drive to Sanliurfa, visiting Ataturk Dam, Turkey's largest, along. After short break we drive to Gobekli Tepe, predating Stonehenge by some 6,000 years, some believe it is the site of the world's oldest temple. We then visit the Harran, a village of Mud-Brick "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of Genesis where Abraham spend last years of his life. we will visit the ruins of Harran including city walls, oldest Islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. We then drive back to Sanliurfa where we will stay and you will have chance to see Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, where you can see the Prophet Abraham Cave and the Pools of the Holy Carp surrounding it, then wander around oriental covered bazaar.
Departure from Sanliurfa for Gaziantep where you can see the famous Mosaic Museum, the largest in the world and home to the famous 'Gypsy Girl' mosaic. This museum exhibits superb mosaics discovered at the roman site of Belkis - Zeugma before Birecik Dam flooded most of the site.
Then we continue to the province of Hatay we see the amazing Roman Titus tunnel. Hatay has a very interesting history. Jews, Christians, and Muslims have left their mark here and there are remnants from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The capital of Hatay, Antakya, or the biblical Antioch, has an attractive lifestyle with its restaurants, cafes, bars and its culinary culture which attracts gourmets from far and wide.
After breakfast, the day will start with the visit to the Church of St. Peter. Next, we will visit amazing Hatay Archaeology Museum famous for its extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine Era mosaics. Before we leave Hatay, take the chance to taste the regional delicious cuisine.
In the afternoon we drive to Tarsus. Upon arrival, we'll have walking tour in between the narrow streets where the restored old houses are located side by side, we visit the Well of Paul, St. Paul Church and Cleopatra Gate.
After breakfast, we drive to Erdemli to see the Maiden's Castle. Then we will visit another wonder of nature known as "Heaven and Hell". After visiting this amazing gorge, we will drive to Adana Airport and our tour concludes.