Antioch of Cilicia, Edessa
Enjoy these two unique ancient biblical cities, Antioch and Edessa, a double delight tour specially offered for you.
Hatay is the city known as "Antioch" in ancient times, where Muslims, Christians and Jews live in peace and harmony for many years.
A peaceful city with historical significance for Christianity, where the followers of Jesus Christ were called "Christians" for the first time. The city with its massive walls were important for the Crusades during the middle age. Saint Peter's Church, ancient mosques, a number of Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches and Jewish Synagogues can be seen in the city.
As being on the silk road and located between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. Edessa was an important trading center with an early Christian community starting around 200 A. D. , It is also regarded to be birthplace of The Prophet Abraham. Göbeklitepe, dating back to 10, 000 B. C. , is regarded to be the first temple on Earth.
On the first day of our tour we will visit Museums in Hatay, Antioch castle and its massive city walls, St. Peter Church, Ottoman Mosques, Harbiye waterfalls, Seleucia Pierra ancient city, Helenistic rock tombs, Roman tunnels, Armenian churches and secret natural beauties of eastern Mediterranean coast line. Accomodation in Hatay.
On the second day, we will drive to Edessa, visitting the Fish Lake (Abraham's lake), The cave of Prophet Abraham and the covered bazaar of Edessa, Accomodation in Urfa.
On the third day, we will visit the Ottoman mosques, the Göbeklitepe Temple and traditional houses of Harran and the ancient city of Harran which used to be an important commercial and religious city with the history dating back to 3rd millennium BC. It was known as Ḫarrānu in the Assyrian language; Ḫaran (חָרָן) in the Hebrew; Hellenopolis in the Early Christian period.
-- The tour program and timing can be changed according to demand of the clients
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meeting at the hotel, airport or the ports of Mersin, İskenderun or Taşıcu
End location: Drop off at the hotel, airport or the ports of Mersin, İskenderun or Taşıcu
Duration: 3 days
By airconditioned vans
-- Pick up and drop off from the airports of Şanlıurfa or Hatay
-- Professional Guiding
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 US Dolar - -- Lunch and drinks
-- Entrance fees
-- Transfers from the ports of Mersin, İskenderun and Taşıcu, if demanded
-- Lunch and drinks
-- Turkish night and traditional Urfa dinner, if demanded
-- Entrance fees
-- Accomodation at the Hotels