ISTANBUL 36ºF - 37ºF - ADANA 52ºF - 52ºF - TARSUS 52ºF - 52ºF - GAZIANTEP 41ºF - 41ºF
Welcome to your Europamundo Trip Style!!! The information about the meeting place and start time of your circuit can be found on your voucher.Meet at your hotel and departure to the airport for domestic flight to Adana. Before we visit Adana, we will go to the biblical city of TARSUS hometown of St Paul, which has important Ottoman remains, besides being the meeting point of two famous lovers: Mark Antony and Cleopatra. We will pass through the Cleopatra Gate, visit the well and the ruins of the house of St. Paul (entrance included )and enter to the old town to visit the covered market of the sixteenth century, Kirkkasir Bedesteni, its large mosque, a the Ulu Cami and the Church of St. Paul (entrance included). We will return to ADANA, a town located on the east coast of the Mediterranean, in the heart of the Çukurova region, which has one of the most fertile lands in the world. The city offers an interest that very few cities have for its geographical surroundings, its historical past and its ethnic diversity. We will follow of our trip to GAZIANTEP, arrival at the hotel, dinner and accomodation.
GAZIANTEP 41ºF - 41ºF - NIZIP 45ºF - 45ºF - HARRAN 45ºF - 45ºF - SANLIURFA 37ºF - 37ºF
Early in the morning we will visit GAZIANTEP, located in the upper Euphrates river basin, a city that was the cultural and commercial center of the Silk Road. Today it is famous for its delicious pistachios and the famous Turkish dessert “baklava”. We will visit its Castle and the Bazaar, one of the most special and an-cient in the country. Leaving Gaziantep we will stop at NIZIP, a soap and olive oil district. We will see the remains of the ancient city of Belkis or Zeugma (entrance included) next to the Euphrates River. Next, we will go to HARRAN, located in an arid and inhospitable plain, dotted with adobe villages with a peculiar architecture of conical houses. This is where, according to the Bible, Abraham lived for a time on his way to Israel, the Promised Land. Our next stop will be SANLIURFA, a city where Arab, Turkish and Kurdish cultures mix. Sanliurfa is also, according to the Islamic religion, the birthplace of the prophet Abraham and therefore a place of pilgrimage. We will visit the Golbasi area, the Pond of the sacred carps and the Grotto of Abraham (entrance included). At the end of the afternoon arrival at the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
SANLIURFA 37ºF - 37ºF - GOBEKLI TEPE - MOUNT NEMRUT - ISTANBUL 36ºF - 37ºF
Our first stop will be at GÖBEKLITEPE (entrance included), a unique sanctuary erected at the highest point of a mountain ridge, built about 12,000 years ago (approximately 10,000 BC), which makes it the oldest sanctuary in the world. Next, we will go to the Throne of the Gods or MOUNT NEMRUT. At 2,200 m altitude, it is a place declared Cultural Heritage by UNESCO (entrance included). This burial mound of King Antiochus I, built in 62 BC as a monument to his divine ancestry, surprises with the colos-sal heads and statues of Armenian, Greek and Persian deities who, far from the "underworld" on top of the mountain, intended to assimilate in size and grandeur to the gods themselves. The complex consists of two terraces with scattered statues and in the center, the tomb covered with millions of crushed ro-cks, which form a conical peak crowning the mountain. After the visit we will leave for the airport to take our flight back to Istanbul. Note: The return flight to Istanbul may vary from origin depending on the schedules of the airlines departing from "Adiyaman, Malatya or Diyarbakir."VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DURING THE MONTH OF RAMADAN THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WILL REMAIN OPEN ALTHOUGH IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE CHANGES IN OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES. DURING THE RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS (END OF RAMADAN AND SACRIFICE) THE BAZAARS AND SOME MONUMENTS WILL BE CLOSED.
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