Best of Antakya (Antioch) Tour
Places to visit: Antakya (Antioch) Mosaic & Archaeology Museum. Cave Church of St. Peter, Harbiye
Duration : 6 Hours
Departure from: Iskenderun Port
- This is a private tour and includes a driver and a separate English-speaking guide who will accompany you into all attractions to provide commentary.
Travel to Antakya (Antioch) and the surrounding beautiful Mediterranean countryside. 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 & Archaeology 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. Finally, you will drive back to the port of Iskenderun.
- Transportation by A/C vehicle,
- English speaking professional guiding services,
- Entrance fees to sites and museums,
- 2 small bottled water per person
- Parking fees for the vehicle.
- Other alcoholic and non alcaholic beverages,
- Personel expenses,
- Gratiuties to tour guides and drivers