The Mystical Dialogue Tour

This tour is specially prepared to bring together most interesting and less studied cultural, religious, historic varieties of the country in one package. It will feel like a journey to the far corners of history of oldest established sects, life-style, architectural beauties where one feels one travels in time. A journey of a lifetime.
Duration 14 Days
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1st Day: You will arrive in Istanbul, the biggest city of modern Turkey. We will welcome you and you will relax in your hotel.

2nd Day: We will have an extensive tour of Istanbul. Istanbul is the only city located in 2 continentsand was the capital city of 3 empires. Our first visit will be to the legendary St. Sophia which was built 1.500 years ago as the first cathedral of the world. It was the biggest and last construction of The Roman Empire. Following we will visit the famous Blue Mosque. After lunch you will have free time in one of the oldest shopping places in the world, the Grand Bazaar. In the afternoon we will visit the Chora Museum which is one of the most beautiful samples of Byzantine art. Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd Day: In the morning we will have a Bosphorus cruise tour and you will see the beauty of Istanbul. Next we will visit the Topkapi Palace where the Ottoman Sultans used to rule the Empire. After lunch you will see the Underground Cistern and have free time in the famous Spice Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.

4th Day: We will from Istanbul to Mardin which is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities in the world. We will have a walk on the lovely streets of Mardin and have a dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Mardin.

5th Day: Today we will have one of the most mystic and magical days. First we will go to the ancient city of Hasan Keyf which will be under the waters of the River Tigris in a few years time. Then we will visit Midyat, famous for its architecture and we will have lunch there. Later we will visit Mardin, where we will visit the Jacobite Christian Church. Today will be the most memorable day since you will hear the Bible in the original language of Jesus Christ. Overnight in Mardin.

6th Day: Leaving Mardin via Diyarbakir we will take the ferryboat in Siverek and will reach to Kahta in 15 minutes. We will drive to the Nemrut Mountain which is reckoned to be the 8th wonder of the world. There we will see 2metre high statues of legendary Gods and Goddesses. Overnight in Adiyaman.

7th Day: On the way to Urfa we will see Ataturk Dam which is one of the biggest in the world. We will go to the Biblical City of Harran, where we will see the famous Harran houses and the first Islamic University. According the Old Testament Harran is the place where Prophet Abraham and his children spent 7 years before leaving for Israel. Walking in the city Urfa, we will see Prophet Abraham’s birth place and the bazaar. Overnight in Urfa.

8th Day: We will see Halfeti and the Mosaic Museum in Antep and will arrive to King Solomon’s Antakya passing Coa Plateau which is mentioned in the Old Testament.. Overnight in Antakya.

9th Day: Today we will visit St. Peter’s Church which was the first established in the world. Then we will visit the famous church in Samandag where was always the starting point of the apostles. Overnight in Antakya.

10th Day: Leaving Antakya, on the way we will visit Tarsus, birth place of St. Paul and walking through ancient Tarsus we will reach St. Paul’s Well. Overnight in Mersin.

11th Day: Today we will drive along the wonderful Mediterranean coast of Turkey and see Cennet (Heaven) – Cehennem (Hell) and Seleucia and will reach in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.

12th Day: Free day in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.

13th Day: Our first trip is to the ancient city of Perge which St. Paul visited with St. Mark. We will visit the well preserved ruins of the Roman Era. Later, we will travel to Aspendos where a most well preserved ancient theater is situated. After lunch we will have the chance to visit the museum optionally with no extra charge. Overnight Antalya.

14th Day: Transfer to Antalya airport. Fly home via Istanbul


INCLUDED
  • 2 domestic flights (Istanbul-Mardin / Antalya-Istanbul)
  • All meals during the daily tours. Ferryboat in Siverek
  • Entrance fees to the museums stated in itinerary
  • All domestic transfers
  • Escort by a professional guide-lecturer throughout
  • Bus with A/C
  • Lectures on Turkey, history, and culture during the journey
  • Some night-time and orientation tours at no extra cost
NOT INCLUDED
  • Visits and services not mentioned in program
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (should be done at home)
  • Dinners in Istanbul
  • Personal expenses and all beverages
  • Visa
  • Tips to guide and driver
NOTES

Over nights (4-5 Star hotels)

Istanbul: 3 nights
Mardin: 2 nights
Adiyaman: 1 night
Urfa: 1 night
Antakya: 2 nights
Mersin: 1 night
Antalya: 3 nights

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