Archeological & Cultural Tour of Turkey: Antioch, Harran & Gobekli Tepe

Civilization between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers has been documented for thousands of years. Travel through contemporary and ancient history on this custom tailored tour that will take you through Turkey’s celebrated archeological treasures. From Abraham’s Caves to a 10th century Armenian cathedral, Hittite sculptures to the ancient city of Antioch, you will reach into the depths of the countryside and find the past overflowing with exceptional ancient architecture, art, and culture. Turkey’s landscape is colorful, the people are gracious, and the history is unforgettable.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the architectural splendor of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
  • Traverse an ancient Hittite settlement at the Karatepe Open-Air Museum
  • Witness the exceptional ancient Hittite sculptures at Yesemek
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the Grand Bazaar at Sanliurfa
  • Wander through fabulous historic statues on the summit of Mount Nemrut
  • See the oldest uncovered temple in the world at Gobekli Tepe
  • Discover the historic cave dwellings at Hasankeyf beside the Tigris River
  • Explore the beehive homes of Harran, one of the oldest inhabited sites in the world

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TRIP AT A GLANCE

(Day 1): Istanbul – Welcome to the Charming and Captivating City of Istanbul

(Day 2): Antakya – Visit Karatepe National Park and the Ancient Ruins near Yakacik

(Day 3): Antakya – Explore the Legendary City of Antioch

(Day 4): Gaziantep – The History and Cuisine of the Culinary City of Gaziantep

(Day 5): Sanliurfa – Venture to Sanliurfa to See the Remains of Biblical History

(Day 6): Sanliurfa – Witness the Mud Houses of Harran Near the Syrian Border

(Day 7): Kahta – Enjoy the Day on Picturesque Mount Nemrut

(Day 8): Mardin – Traverse the Important Archeological Dig Site of Gobekli Tepe

(Day 9): Mardin – Discover the Remarkable History of Mardin

(Day 10): Van – En route to Van You Will Visit the Ancient Caves of Hasankeyf

(Day 11): Van – Revel in the Magnificent History on Akdamar Island

(Day 12): Istanbul – Return to Istanbul and Depart for Home

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The upper reaches of Mesopotamia will be discovered and explored on your 12-day luxury travel through Turkey’s eclectic culture and rich history. Hagia Sophia adds an impressive dome to Istanbul’s skyline. The reliefs of Gobekli Tepe are over 8,000 years old. You find a procession of polytheistic statues at the top of Mount Nemrut. From the cave dwellings alongside the Tigris River to the golden Monastery of Deyrulzafaran, the images of Turkey’s countryside will soon transcend ancient legend and become discovered history.

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Your Turkish discovery begins with your arrival in Istanbul. The city is a mixture of tradition and modernity, filled with customs that straddle both East and West. You will transfer to Adana and the nearby Open-Air Museum of Karatepe National Park. The Neo-Hittite capital is a beautiful example of the fabulous artistry of history and the depths of antiquity held in Turkey’s countryside. You will spend the evening in Antioch.

In the morning you will visit the Church of St. Peter and see the Archeological Museum that contains magnificent mosaics from the Roman and Byzantine empires. Also visit the ancient city of Seleuceia in Pieria. You will travel to the ancient quarry of Yesemek that was once home to a Hittite sculpting school. In Gaziantep the aroma of pistachios and honey is strong and inviting. Visit the historical stone house and Emine Gogus Cuisine Museum.

The following day you will set out for Sanliurfa by way of the Ibis farms of Birecik. Once in Sanliurfa you will head to the celebrated Cave of Abraham. The beehive mud style houses of Harran date back to the times of Mesopotamia. On Mount Nemrut you will find the gigantic funerary sanctuary of King Antiochos I.

Travel to Gobekli Tepe to witness the oldest discovered temple in the world. You will then make your way to the Monastery of Deyrulzafaran and visit the exceptional religious history of Mardin. The ancient village of Hasankeyf is filled with both grand displays of its opulent past and sensational cave dwellings set alongside the river. Venture onto Van Lake to see Akdamar Island and the 10th century Armenian cathedral. Your final day will return you to Istanbul to make the journey home. You could always extend your stay in Turkey and enjoy more of the country’s extraordinary history and unparalleled landscape.

Great Aventuras offers a variety of tours to Turkey. You may also want to browse the reviews for luxury tours operators for Turkey.

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  • Architecture Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Museums & Galleries / Religious Sites / World Heritage Sites / National Park / Reserve

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4 thoughts on “Archeological & Cultural Tour of Turkey: Antioch, Harran & Gobekli Tepe

  1. I have been to Turkey a few times and always loved it. I hope to return one day, I would love to see more of the eastern side of the country.

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