Tepe and the Mysteries of Turkey with special guests Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman
6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS: Göbekli Tepe - Harran - Karahan Tepe - Sanliurfa
the Tour either at Istanbul or Sanliurfa
this YouTube video with Andrew Collins at Karahan Tepe, Sanliurfa's fabulous new
archaeological museum, and also at Göbekli Tepe. See the Hidden Knowledge
Tours group examining stone alignments at Karahan Tepe and Andrew crawling through
tunnels in a previously unrecorded cave nearby Karahan. See also exhibits and
attractions inside Sanliurfa's new museum, as well as a brief clip of Harran's
astronomical tower. And if you want to experience Southeast Turkey yourself, there
are still places available on the Hidden Knowledge Tours' 5 night/6 day mini break
to all these places starting on September 7th.
Watch this new video on Göbekli Tepe now with Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins and Hugh Newman recorded on a previous tour to the site in 2013
Special guests for the tour will be Andrew Collins, historical writer and author of the world acclaimed book Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods, and also Hugh Newman, explorer and author of international bestseller Earth Grids
DAY TWO/: Breakfast in the hotel and the transfer to AHL Airport to take Turkish Airlines flight to Urfa at lunchtime. Check into the Hilton Garden Inn hotel. Dinner in the evening. Orientation for guests.
(Guests going directly to Sanliurfa should arrive on this day)
DAY THREE/: In the morning make the short journey out to the Göbekli Tepe, the world's oldest temple complex, built by the founders of civilization nearly 12,000 years ago. Lunch in Sanliurfa. In the afternoon visit the ancient city of Harran, home of the Sabians and Chaldeans. See the ruins of the ancient university, the site of the temple of the moon god Sin, along with the city's prehistoric mound, its Seljuk castle and beehive hut village. Visit the local shop and café in the nearby village.
Left, the ruins of the Paradise Mosque, Harran. Right, beehive huts at Harran.
DAY FOUR/: After breakfast visit Sanliurfa's brand new museum of archaeology, with its breath-taking display of objects, pillars and stone structures from Göbekli Tepe and other early Neolithic sites in the region. In the afternoon visit Sanliurfa's Pools of Abraham and the cave said to be the birthplace of the great prophet. Experience the city's famous bazaar.
FIVE/: In the morning visit the Tektek Mountains to see Göbekli Tepe's sister
site, Karahan Tepe. Lunch. In the afternoon visit Göbekli Tepe for a second
time, on this occasion without guidance to experience the site on a more personal
level. Be at the site as the setting sun illuminates the interior of the main
enclosures, providing a perfect opportunity for photographs and contemplation.Stay
final night in hotel.
SIX/: Departure from Sanliurfa airport. Lunchtime flight to Istanbul, with arrival
in Istanbul with plenty of time to catch connecting flights.
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cost of the tour does not include: Turkish visa (obtainable in advance or at Istanbul
speakers will provide audio-visual presentations in the evenings where permissible
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.
So 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?
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.
For more information on Göbekli Tepe:
Andrew 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