Religion and Secularity: 99% of the Turkish population is Moslem. However, everyone in Turkey has freedom of religion and beliefs. The first phases in the introduction of secularism were the abolition of the Caliphate and the Ministry of Sheria and Pious Foundations on March 4th, 1924, followed by the introduction of separate educational and judicial systems, the hat reform, the closure of dervish retreats and religious sects, the acceptance of a Sunday weekend holiday rather than the Moslem Friday and finally the adoption of the principle of secularism in the constitution on 1937. In secular Turkey, all religious affairs are carried out by a central government organisation affiliated to the Prime Ministry, namely the Department of Religious Affairs.
East Mediterranean with Mesopotamia Turkey Tour (7 Days - 6 Nights)
DAY 1: Istanbul - Antakya: Our plane depart from Istanbul to Antakya airport. Upon arrival we get our seats on bus and depart to Samandag where visit to Selecuia ruines and arrive Seaside where visit to Romans ruines Titus Tunnel. Afternoon return Back to Antakya and visit to St Pier Church, Habib Neccar Mosque and Orthodox Church. Arrive our hotel, dinner and ON (L,D)
DAY 2: Antakya - Adana: After breakfast first visit to Catholic Church, Old Houses and our bus head to Adana direction. Follows we depart to Tarsus which is well known St. Paul's birthplace. Upon arrival visit to St Paul dwell and a mini museum, Cleopatra Gate and Depart back to Adana. C/in hotel, dinner and ON. (B,L,D)
DAY 3:Adana, Gaziantep: Breakfast follow we depart to We arrive to Kadirli where visit to Hittites Empires Rock Reliefs in a natural zone. Depart to Gaziantep, upon arrival we have lunch in atraditional Turkish kebab restaurant (Imam Cagdas) follows we start our visits; Antep Archaeological Museum which is very rich of Zeugma Excavations Collections of mosaics, Old Tower follows drive to Old Bazaar and transfer to Hotel we overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: GaziAntep - Kahta - Nemrut: Follows breakfast we have avisi to Gaziantep Etnography Museum and depart to Adiyaman Kahta direction to visit Nemrut, where on the hill wellcome sunset and rocky carved god statues. After having our Lunch in Adiyaman. Arrive to Kahta then depart to Kingdom of Commagene's, Arsemeia Ruines, Karakus tumulus, Cendere Bridge (Builded on Roman Times) reach god statues on hill of Nemrut. Wellcoming sunset, evening retun back to our hotel in Kahta. Dinner and ON (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Gap Dam - Gobeklitepe - Harran - Sanliurfa: After breakfast we leave from Kahta and head to Urfa, on the way we have time a visit Gap Dam project and photo break session. Arrive to Gobeklitepe which is the oldest Humanity Temple excevated here and times back to 12.000 Year old cutted stones reliefs, figures, statues Arrive to Urfa downtown where have our lunch. Follows lunch Depart to Harran, once arrival visit to World oldest University builded here, City Walls, a mini visit of Bee Design traditional Houses and back to Urfa. We have visits at Holy TrautFish Pool, (known Prophet Abraham's Pool) Halil-Ül Rahman mosque etc. Arrive to our hotel Dinner and ON. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Urfa - Mardin: Follows breakfast we drive to Mardin. Upon arrival we have visit to Deyruz-Zafaran Monastery and Mardin Houses and Have lunch. Follows lunch visit to Holy Mosque and İsabey Medreses after we depart to Midyat. Arrive our hotel, Dinner and ON. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: Mardin - Midyat - Batman to Istanbul: Breakfast and depart to visit Midyat's important Aramic Church, Mor Gabriel Church where also visit to important pre-christians Gabriel's grave. Having information about Church and visit Midyat typical and traditional stoned houses. Follows lunch we depart to visit Hasankeyf where visit to Bridge and Castle we depart to Batman where we have return flight back to Istanbul. Arrive İstanbul. End of tour and Our services. (B,L)
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Drinks on the meal - private expences minibar, phone etc in hotel room - Tips to guide or driver if appreciate - Self expences
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