Antioch, Mosaic & Archaeological Museum
Your professional guide will be at the PORT at the pre-arranged time to start the tour. This region is a storehouse of extraordinary historic landmarks, including and the “cave church” in which St. Peter preached to the Christian population of Antioch. Persecution was rife at the time and is evidenced by the tunnel that once opened to the mountains–an escape route for those in jeopardy because of their faith. The Biblical book of Acts notes that Barnabas and Paul (himself once an avid persecutor of Christians) stayed in Antioch (Antayka) for a year, preaching to the people there and converting thousands. Around the same time as Paul, Barnabas and Peter were spreading the gospel of Christianity, the Romans were completing magnificent mosaics in the homes and public buildings of Antakya. These stunningly colorful pieces of exquisite art are on display at the Mosaic & Archaeological Museum, ranking among the best of its kind in the world. The state of preservation is quite incredible and makes this museum a must-see. Continuing on, you will travel to Harbiye, just six miles south of Antakya. The ancient and celebrated suburb of Daphne is a beautiful gorge, dotted with waterfalls and pools, to which revelers and vacationers flocked in Roman times, drawn by the shady cypress and laurel groves. It is said that Mark Anthony and Cleopatra married here in Harbiye. Here you will enjoy a traditional lunch of local dishes and specialties of this part of Turkey, whose cuisine is strongly influenced by its Arabian neighbors. The end of the tour is back at the port.
Private Professional Licensed Guide
Transportation in new comfortable A/C Vehicle
Private Professional Driver
All parking and taxes.
Any gratuities for Guide & Driver
Any meals and/or drinks
Any kind of other personal expenses.