10 DAYS: Göbekli Tepe - Karahan Tepe - Harran - Karahan Tepe - Nemrut Dag - Çayönü - Sanliurfa: Nimrod's Castle, Pools of Abraham, Archaeological Museum - Diyarbakir Museum - Aktamar Island Church, Lake Van - Gate of Mehr - The Garden of Eden Monastery, Mus - Fountain of Immortality, Mushka - Bingöl Mountain, terrestrial Paradise and birthplace of the Anunnaki and Watchers
(start at Ankara)
4-DAY OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Experience Petra in Jordan and climb Jebel Madhbah,
the real Mount Sinai
DAY ONE: Monday, Sept 1st. Fly into Sanliurfa airport. Settle into hotel for evenings orientation and introductory presentation with Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman. NOTE: Flight departs Istanbul Attaturk airport at 16.30.
TWO: Tuesday, Sept 2nd. After breakfast visit the Sanliurfa Museum of archaeology
and culture. Lunch. After lunch visit Nimrods Castle, the Pools of Abraham
and the cave shrine where the great prophet was born. Arranged evening meal. Talk
afterward by Andrew Collins.
Above left, early Neolithic statue, c. 9000 BC, in Sanliurfa's archaeological museum.
Above right, stone totem pole from Gobekli Tepe in Sanliurfa's archaeological museum
Nimrod's Castle, Sanliurfa. Right, the Pools of Abraham, Sanliurfa.
DAY THREE: Wednesday, Sept 3rd. After breakfast visit Gobekli Tepe, the worlds oldest temple complex. Lunch in Sanliurfa. In the afternoon visit Harran, the 8,000 year old city of the Sabians, with links to the Watchers of the book of Enoch. Arranged evening meal. Talk by one of the speakers.
Left, the ruins of the Paradise Mosque, Harran. Right, beehive huts at Harran.
FOUR: Thursday, Sept 4th. After breakfast visit Gobekli Tepe for a second time,
this time without a guide so that you can enjoy the site on a more personal level.
After lunch visit Sogmatar, site of the Seven Planetary Temples of the Sabians
in the Tektek Mountains (around 80 km east of Sanliurfa. Return to Sanliurfa for
Above left, Göbekli Tepe's Enclosure D. Above right, Enclosure D's Vulture Stone (Pillar 43).
Top left & right, Göbekli Tepe's Enclosure D. Below left, Göbekli Tepe's Enclosure A, and, below right, Göbekli Tepe's Enclosure E - the Rock Temple, complete with guardian dog.
Below left, the view across the valley of Sogmatar. Below right, Sogmatar's temple of Saturn.
DAY FIVE: Friday, Sept 5th: After breakfast depart for Adiyaman. Visit Cendere Bridge, Karakus Timulus and Arsemia. Check into your hotel for a short rest before climbing up to Mt. Nemrut, the mausoluem tomb of Antiochus I, the king of Commagene, for sunset. Overnight in Mt. Nemrut.
Left and right, the mountaintop mausoluem of Antiochus I on the summit of Nemrut Dag (Mount Nimrod).
SIX: Saturday, Sept 6th. After breakfast depart for Çayönü near
town of Ergani / See the site of the early Neolithic complex and visit the nearby
cave tombs, tunnels and rock platforms, which some believe date to Neolithic times.
Lunch in Ergani area. Then drive to Diyarbakir, and visit its archaeological museum.
Overnight in Diyarbakir.
Above left, foundations and standing stone at the archaeological site of Çayönü. Above right, view across to Çayönü. Below, left Andrew Collins inside Cayonu's deep cave shaft with sunlight reaching its interior. Right, carved lion at Çayönü.
DAY SEVEN: Sunday, Sept 7th. After breakfast depart for Mus. Visit the ruins of Mus's previously unknown Garden of Eden monastery overlooking the Euphrates river. Journey on to Muska. In the afternoon see Bingöl Mountain, the original Mountain of God, from which flows key sources of three rivers of Paradise. Visit the Fountain of Hizir (al-Khidr), otherwise known as the Waters of Life, near the town of Muska. Here Alexander ended his search for the Fountain of Immortality. Drink from the Waters of Life beneath the shadow of the Mountain of Paradise, and honour the Alevi saint Hizir (al-Khidr).
Above left, Mus's Garden of Eden monastery. Above right, Andrew Collins at the Eden monastery. Below left, the Waters of Life and Fountain of Paradise at Muska, the original site of Dilmun. Below right, Bingol, the real site of the Mountain of God, and the birthplace of the Watchers and Anunnaki in eastern Anatolia.
EIGHT: Monday, Sept 8th. After breakfast leave Mushka. Journey past the other
Left, the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, Akhtamar Island, Lake Van (Pic Courtesy: Wiki Commons Agreement). Right, the Gate of Mehr (Armenian: Mheri Dur), a doorway to the otherworld by Lake Van (pic courtesy: PeopleofAr).
DAY NINE: Tuesday, Sept 9th. After breakfast visit Mheri-Dur, (the "Gate of Mehr"), a huge rock-cut mountain gateway overlooking Lake Van. Carved by the local Urartian civilization, it
was said to be the entrance to the otherworld. See its rock-cut inscription, which lists
no less than 79 deities from Assyria, Urartu, Persia and even from the Vedic traditions
of India. Visit Cavustepe and time-permitting Hosap Castle. Return to Van for
DAY TEN: Wednesday, Sept 10th. After breakfast fly out of Van Airport back to Istanbul.
Andrew taking a break beneath the fig-mulberry tree that caps the summit of Göbekli
NOTE: THE TOUR NOW INCLUDES
Discovered as recently as 1997, Karahan Tepe might be described as Gobekli Tepe's sister site. Located in the Tektek Mountains, some 40 miles from Sanliurfa it is an early Neolithic stone sanctuary constructed on an elevated platform some 10,000 to 10,500 years ago. A series of stone avenues ascend toward an exposed area of bedrock covered in cupules (bored cup marks), twin holes and rock-cut cisterns. Everywhere are fragments of cut and dressed stone from porthole stones and standing pillars. More remote than Gobekli Tepe, Karahan Tepe possesses an eerie ambience that tells of rites and rituals during some forgotten age that archaeology might one day unravel. From the summit of its northern knoll, during the epoch of its construction the observer would have been able to watch the stars of Cygnus and the Milky Way set into a nearby tabletop mountain peak.
TEPE FINDING EDEN TOUR
TWO: Friday, 12th. After breakfast, Start Visit to Petra, Starting from Entrance
Take a horse ride for Around 300 Meters till The Start of the Siq (This
is not recommendable for Elderly People) , then Go Through Siq ( 01 Kilometer
on Feet) Till Reaching Treasury Stop for Viewing the Site Then Proceed
to Nabatean Tombs, Roman Theater, Colonnaded Street and climb Jebel Madhbah, the
true site of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Commendment of Yahweh
Back to Entrance Proceed to Hotel for Over Night
tours are no ordinary tours. They are voyages of discovery, quests for the answers
to the mysteries of life, creating unforgettable moments in people's lives that
are truly unique
Tepe is a name familiar to anyone interested in the ancient mysteries subject.
Billed as the oldest stone temple in the world, it is composed of a series of
megalithic structures containing rings of beautifully carved T-shaped pillars.
It sits on a mountain ridge in southeast Turkey, just 8 miles (13 kilometers)
from the ancient city of Urfa, close to the traditional site of the Garden of
Eden. Here, for the past ten thousand years, its secrets have remained hidden
beneath an artificial, belly-shaped mound of earth some 330 by 220 yards (300
m by 200 meters) in size. Agriculture and animal husbandry were barely known when
Göbekli Tepe was built, and roaming the fertile landscape of southwest Asia
were, we are told, primitive hunter-gatherers, whose sole existence revolved around
survival on a day-to-day basis.
what is Göbekli Tepe? Who created it, and why? More pressingly, why did its
builders bury their creation at the end of its useful life?
more information on Göbekli
defines Göbekli Tepe's cosmic blueprint, showing that it is aligned to the
Milky Way's Dark Rift and the bright star Deneb in Cygnus.
epic journey in eastern Turkey in May-June 2004, visiting some of the sites that
will feature in the Origins of Civilization tour in September, including Harran,
Sanliurfa and Göbekli