3 Days Tour
Gaziantep has an ancient history with strong ties going back to Hittites. It will be a very enjoyable experience for those interested in visiting the cradle of civilisations. Turkish Cuisine in Gaziantep is one of the most colorful and richest than other parts of Türkiye. Besides many specialities, baklava and kebaps are the most well known. It is also the cultivation center of pistachio.
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Gaziantep. Meeting at Gaziantep Airport and transfer to the city. Visit to Yesemek Open-Air Museum, the largest stone-pit sculpture workshop which dates back to Hittites 15 BC. Lunch of traditional Gaziantep tastes. Archaeology Museum with collections from Hittite, Urartu, Persian, Roman, Commagene and Byzantine periods. The Zeugma Mosaic Museum, displays 1700 m2 mosaics from the Antique City of Zeugma, by the river Euphrates. Dinner at Beyaz Han and overnight.
Departure after breakfast and visit the Zeugma Ancient City. Drive to Birecik and visit the “Bald Ibis Farm” whose line dies out slowly. Continue to Halfeti along the banks of the river Euphrates, partially flooded in 1999 to create Birecik Dam. Like an underwater museum, roofs of the sunken houses and the gardens of the flooded town can be clearly seen under the crystal waters of the lake. Boat tour to Rumkale, on the steep cliffs of the river Euphrates. The site was occupied by various Byzantine and Armenian warlords during the Middle Ages. Poet St. Nerses Church and Barşavma Monastery are the two important architectural buildings in the fortress. Evening return to Gaziantep. Dinner at hotel and overnight.
Visit to live museum Gümrük Han, Hamam Museum, E.G. Kitchen Museum, Gaziantep Castle, Şirvani Mosque, Copper Market, Zincirli Bedesten. Coffee-break at historical Tahmis Coffee-House. Lunch of traditional Gaziantep tastes. Transfer to the airport for flight to İstanbul