Discover 6 Days Gardens of Eden from Diyarbakir tour Diyarbakir, Antakya, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, and Mt. Nemrut in 6 days. This tour is been created for groups that have the desire to discover during 6 days Amazing Gardens of Eden. in the East of Turkey.
What will you see during the 6-day Amazing Gardens of Eden tour?
Our tour options will be held to any point you wish Turkey has a very flexible structure. Tours can be customized according to the group you want to go to. Our knowledgeable and experienced travel consultants will be able to reach your desired holiday location without having to search for individual places.
What to expect during the 6-day Amazing Gardens of Eden tour?
Day 1: Diyarbakir Arrival – Mardin
Welcome to Diyarbakir. Upon our arrival at Diyarbakir Airport, our professional tour guide will meet with you, greeting you with a board with your name on it. We will provide transportation, from where we proceed to visit Diyarbakir famous for its fortress and walls believed to be built by the Hurrians. The walls are the second most extensive walls in the world after the Great Wall of China. One can trace back twelve different civilizations from inscriptions on these massive constructions. If you wish you can visit the ruins of the Armenian church and or the orthodox Christian church of the Chaldeans mentioned in the bible. Continue on to Hasankeyf where you can have lunch in a cave restaurant on the banks of the river Tigris. Visit Hasankeyf castle, then depart on to Midyat, where you will have a chance to see the typical Syrian houses. Travel through the green Mesopotamian landscape to the Monastery of Mor Gabriel, the oldest still-functioning Christian monastery in the world founded in 397 AD. Visit the cloister and the church, where you can view original manuscripts written in the ancient Aramaic language. Continue on to Mardin.
Day 2: Mardin – Sanliurfa
After breakfast walking tour on the old brick roads of Mardin, then visit the Deyrul Zafaran Syrian Orthodox Monastery. Departure to Sanliurfa. En route stop at the cave that according to legend gave shelter to biblical Job. Visit his grave in Eyyup Nebi, the venerable Prophets Village hosting the tombs of Job, his wife Rahime, and the Prophet Elyssa. Continue on to Sogmatar a renowned center of a Babylonian and Assyrian cult in which the Moon, the Sun, and the planets were considered sacred. The seven ruined constructions situated above the hills to the west and northwest of the Sacred Hill are temples representing the planets. The order followed in the construction of these temples is matched with the position of the planets in ancient times.
Travel to the biblical city of Harran renowned for its iconic domed houses, medieval castle, and an ancient university. In the famous “Harran School” Sabian, Christian, and Muslim scholars could carry on their studies freely and translate the ancient Greek scripts to Syriac and Aramaic. Among these famous scholars is Cabir Bin Hayyam who is considered the father of the atomic theory (722-776 AD) and Battani who calculated the correct distance from the Earth to the Moon (850-926 AD). At the end of the tour, we drive in the direction of your hotel in Sanliurfa.
Day 3: Sanilurfa – Kanta
After breakfast, we will go on a tour of Sanliurfa the biblical Ur of the Chaldeans located between the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers, a city that has been inhabited since the dawn of humankind. It is believed that Abraham, the father of prophets was born in Sanliurfa, whose
the citadel was the scene of his struggle with King Nimrud and whose lake was created from the flames which Abraham was supposed to burn. Abraham is claimed by three world religions as a recognized prophet of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Visit the cave where he was born and the lake with the sacred fish pool, as well as the fortress that overlooks these holy sites. Continue on to the Ataturk Dam located 20 km from Sanliurfa. Departure for Mount Nemrut via Adiyaman, the once an important center of the Kommagane kingdom. Continue up to Mount Nemrut, the fabulous archeological site, located 2150 meters high, a surviving testament to the magnificence of the Kommagane kings. Walk up to the famous tumulus (burial mound) and hierothesion of King Antiochus I. of Kommangane who ruled from 69 to 36 BC, heroically resisting the annexation of his kingdom by the mighty Roman Empire. This mausoleum has a very distinguished feature; the sun rises and sets from the foot level of the gigantic sculptures. Walk around the well-preserved colossal statues of the Greek-Persian cult established by the Kommagane rulers. The heads of the deities have toppled over onto the ground in the intervening centuries. Their finely sculpted facial features are striking examples of the idealized late Hellenistic style fused into harmony with Persian elements. The highlight of your tour is to watch the sunset with a champagne glass in your hands from the summit where the gods reside. Overnight at Kahta.
Day 4: Karakus Tumulus – Gaziantep
After breakfast visits the Karakus Tumulus of the Kommagane royal ladies, the Cendere Roman Bridge, the Yeni Kale Kommagane fortress with the Nymph river, and on the Euphrates, the antique sacred settlement. The rest of our journey will take us on the ancient Silk Road to Rumkale, the ancient castle city of Hromgla surrounded by an artificial lake that was created by the construction of the dam. With its strategic position overlooking the passages of the Euphrates, Rumkale has been inhabited since Assyrian times. It is considered a sacred place of Christianity where St. John the Apostle copied the drafts of the New Testament and hid them among the castle walls. Visit the church of the great Saint Nerses the Graceful, who served the Armenian people as Patriarch from his headquarters in Hromcla in the 12th century. “He was a great man of God, with strong faith and deep love.
Saint Nerses had a special gift for reconciling and peace-making between different peoples. It is his moral presence, and also the place where his remains were committed, which make this site holy and special for pilgrims,” The ancient ruins will shiver you with their awesome look. You will share the feelings that St. John felt in his room at the end of a secret corridor that can be reached through the spiral well. Overnight in Gaziantep .
Day 5: Gaziantep
After breakfast tour of Gaziantep including a visit to the local museum with its beautiful Roman mosaics excavated from the Zeugma Antique Site. In the historical Tepebasi district, fine examples of mid-nineteenth-century southeastern Anatolian Architecture may seem an incongruous feature of this once-wealthy trading center in southeastern Turkey but are only one of many elements in a well-preserved example of cultural and religious integration in the late Ottoman Empire.
The missionary hospital and school constructed at the request of Tepebasi’s merchants still stand alongside a collection of synagogues, Mosques, and Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches in the historical district of Gaziantep. At the center of the district is the Millet Hanı, the largest and grandest of the city’s hands, or travel lodges, featuring kitchens, animal stalls, and guestrooms that welcomed both wealthy merchants and refugees. During World War I, Tepebasi was a destination for Armenian refugees, whose craftsmanship is still visible in intricate Ironwork, carved stone arches and columns, basalt ornamentation, and colorfully tiled courtyard fountains.
Sightseeing tour and free time for shopping in the Copper and Mother of Pearl Workshop Bazaar. Dinner at a traditional restaurant ( extra cost). A large, rich, delicious variety of kebabs and desserts will be served. Overnight at Gaziantep.
Day 6: Gaziantep Departure.
After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and transfer to Gaziantep Airport where our tour ends with our Private Guide and transport.
Extra Tour Details
- Everyday departure (All year round)
- Duration: 5 days
- Groups / Private
What is included during the Excursion?
- Accommodation BB
- All sightseeing & fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Lunch at a local restaurant
- Flight tickets
- Transfer service from Hotels & Airport
- English Guide
- Beverage during the tour
- Tips to the guide&driver(optional)
- Personal expenses