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ARSAN TRAVEL CENTER

Değirmicem Mah.

9. Sok. No:22

27090 - Gaziantep

Tel : 0 342 220 64 64

Fax: 0 342 230 12 88

www.arsan.com.tr

arsan@arsan.com.tr


Arsan Travel Center is the first travel agency in the South East Region, established in 1986, and has been in business as the pioneer of culture tours.

 

We are proud to have a very successful professional team with several letters of appreciation and acknowledgement.

 

We are also very proud to announce our well-received "Garden of Eden" tours, which became very popular among our domestic and international guests.

 

We are happy to be at your service.

We would like you to visit our links where you can find detailed information about our Travel Center, the South East Region and our monthly activities.

 

If you want to have further information on our Rent a Car, Transfer and Reservations service, or about our Region, you may contact us via e-mail.

 

Your mail will be responded within 24 hours.


We hope to be your host in the Oldest Living Settlement on Earth and make your visit memorable.


DAILY GAZIANTEP PROGRAM

09.15 Meeting at Arsan Travel Center

09.30 Departure to Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Bayazhan and City Heritage Museum.

St Pedros Church

St. Mary Church

Lunch: Local Gaziantep Specialty SIKMA (cheese wrap) and Ayran (A refreshing drink made with yoghurt and cold water)

Copper Museum
Medusa Glass Artifacts Museum
Gaziantep Castle
Emine Gögüs Gastronomy Museum
Tour at the Elmacı Soak
Mevlevihane
Sahinbey Municipality Gaziantep Indepence War Museum


17.30 End of the tour

Price per guest: 15 TL

Price includes:

- Transportation
- Lunch
- Entrance fees to the museums (Except for Zeugma Mosaic Museum)
- Professional guidance in turkish ( Brochures and the explanations in the museums ara available)

Price does not include the following:
- Entrance fee to Zeugma Mosaic Museum. (The fee is 8TL. A 3D Movie is also featured inside the museum for 3 TL.

*Please make reservations beforehand as there is high demand for the tour. You should also confirm the date of your tour upon your payment.

REGISTRATION
PHONE: ( 0 342) 220 64 64 PBX
DEĞİRMİÇEM MAH. 9 NOLU SOK 22 NUMARA GAZİANTEP
arsan@arsan.com.tr   -    www.arsan.com.tr


DAILY SIGHTSEEING TOURS

  Name of Tour Price / Person Places to See

1.

Sunrise at the Mountain of Gods 75 € Nemrut, Adıyaman

2.

Sunset at the Mountain of Gods 75 € Nemrut, Adıyaman

3.

Holly Place, Harran and Göbeklitepe 65 € Şanlıurfa, Harran and Göbeklitepe

4.

Holly Place and Harran 65 € Şanlıurfa and Harran

5. 

Holly Place and Göbeklitepe 65 € Şanlıurfa and Göbeklitepe

6.

The Magical Triangle 45 € Halfeti, Rumkale, Zeugma, Bald Ibis

7.

Tour to Cleopatra 45 € Tarsus, Adana

8.

Turquoise Sea and the Antioch 45 € Antakya, İskenderun

9.

Spectacular Sculptrues and the Antioch 45 € Antakya, Yesemek
10. The Oldest Living Settlement: Gaziantep 20 € Gaziantep

SOME PICTURES FROM OUR REGION

 


SOUTH EASTERN ANATOLIA TOUR 1

Gaziantep - Adıyaman

GAZIANTEP - ADIYAMAN - NEMRUT - ATATÜRK DAM - HARRAN - SANLIURFA - MARDIN - MIDYAT - HASANKEYF - DIYARBAKIR

 

1st day Wednesday
Morning flight to Gaziantep from Istanbul. A panoramic city tour. Paying a visit to the Gaziantep Archeological Museum we will get the chance to see the spectacular mosaics saved from Zeugma Antique Site. In the historical Tepebasi district, fine examples of mid-nineteenth-century southeastern Anatolian architecture may seem an incongruous feature of this once-wealthy trading center in southeastern Turkey, but are only one of many elements in a well-preserved example of cultural and religious integration in the late Ottoman Empire. The missionary hospital and school constructed at the request of Tepebasi's merchants still stand alongside a collection of synagogues, mosques, and Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches in the historical district of Gaziantep. At the center of the district is the Bayaz Han, the largest and grandest of the city's hans, or travel lodges, featuring kitchens, animal stalls, and guestrooms that welcomed both wealthy merchants and refugees. During World War I, Tepebasi was a destination for Armenian refugees, whose craftsmanship is still visible in intricate Ironwork, carved stone arches and columns, basalt ornamentation, and colorfully tiled courtyard fountains. Sightseeing tour and free time for shopping in the Copper and Mother of Pearl Workshop Bazaar. Dinner at the hotel. A large , rich , delicious varity of kebaps and desserts will be served.Overnight .
2nd day Thursday
After breakfast, depart to Adıyaman. On the way, we will be informed about Karakus Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, and Arsemia Antique Settlement. We will visit the Marvelous Mausoleum of Antiochus I, King of Kommagene Kingdom. This mausoleum has a very distinguished feature; the sun rises and sets from the foot level of the gigantic sculptures.We will watch the spectacular sunset view. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Adıyaman.
3rd day Friday
After breakfast, depart to Şanlıurfa. On the way pay a visit to the Atatürk Dam,which is one of the biggest Dam projects in the world. After a brief information about SEAP (GAP region), have lunch and depart to Sanlıurfa, the ancient city of Ur. In this land lying between the Euprathes and the Tigris rivers, lived Abraham,the patriarch claimed by three world religions. Drive to the ancient city of Harran which is mentioned in the Holy Bible.( The river watering the garden flowed from Eden.The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.( Gen 2 :10 -15 NIV ). Sightseeing tour of the ruins of the oldest Islamic University, Castle of Harran, and authentic Harran houses. Back to Sanliurfa ,paying a visit to the cave where Abraham is believed to have been born,visit the sacred fish pool and the fortress that overlooks both these holy sites. Dinner and overnight .
4th day Saturday
After breakfast Drive to Mardin.Walking tour on old brick roads of Mardin to see Monastery of Deyr-ul Zaferan, Mardin Marketplace, Kasimiye Theological school, Kirklar Church . You will admire the marvelous stone mansions of Mardin all day long. Dinner and overnight at a traditional Mansion.
5th day Sunday
After breakfast drive to Midyat, pay a visit to Hasankeyf. Visit marvelous bridge of Hasankeyf, El Rizk Mosque, and the Hasankeyf Castle .Lunch on the banks of Tigris, drive to Diyarbakir , pay a visit to the gorgious city walls of Diyarbakir , Keldani Church and Ulu mosque.Depart to the airport, end of our tour.


PRICE
Price : Euro 390.- Per person sharing twin.
Euro 95.- Single supplement
Child reductions : 00 - 02 years free of charge, 03 - 11 years pays Euro 170.-
Child reductions are valid only when child shares the room with the parents.


PRICE INCLUDES
Transportation by air-conditioned midibus/bus.
4 nights of accomodation in Tugcan Hotel (5 star hotel -Gaziantep), Zeus Hotel (4 star hotel-Adıyaman),Harran Hotel (4 star hotel - Şanlıurfa), Erdoba Houses (Special type butique hotel - Mardin) or the similars.
Breakfasts in the program
Professional guidance services


PRICE EXCLUDES
VAT 18 %
Lunches and dinners
Drinks during the meals
Tips
All the entrance fees to the historical sites and museums.


Note 1: Garden of Eden Tours (including an overnight in Nemrut) begin in May and end in November.
Note 2: Garden of Eden Tours (excluding an overnight in Nemrut) take place throughout the year.

The pricing without Nemrut is as follows:
Price: Euro 340.- Per person sharing twin.
Euro 75.- Single supplement


PRICE INCLUDES
Transportation by air-conditioned midibus/bus.
3 nights of accomodation in Tugcan Hotel (5 star hotel -Gaziantep),Harran Hotel (4 star hotel - Şanlıurfa), Erdoba Houses (Special type butique hotel - Mardin) or the similars.
Breakfasts in the program
Professional guidance services


PRICE EXCLUDES
VAT 18 %
Lunches and dinners
Drinks during the meals
Tips
All the entrance fees to the historical sites and museums.


 

SOUTH EASTERN ANATOLIA TOUR 2

 

Adıyaman - Gaziantep

 

DIYARBAKIR - HASANKEYF - MIDYAT - MARDIN - SANLIURFA - HARRAN- ATATÜRK DAM

NEMRUT – ADIYAMAN - GAZIANTEP

 

1st day Monday Morning flight to Diyarbakir from Istanbul. Pay a visit to the gorgeous city walls of Diyarbakir , Keldani Church and Ulu mosque. Drive to Hasankeyf. Visit Ilisu Dam, marvelous bridge of Hasankeyf, El Rizk Mosque and the Hasankeyf Castle . Lunch ( extra) on the banks of Tigris, Sightseeing tours in Midyat and Mardin.Walking tour on old brick roads of Mardin to see Temple of Deyr-ul Zaferan, Mardin Marketplace, and Ulu Mosque. You will admire the marvelous stone mansions of Mardin all day long. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at a traditional mansion.

2nd day Tuesday After breakfast at the hotel depart to Sanliurfa, the ancient city of Ur. In this land lying between the Euprathes and the Tigris rivers, lived Abraham, the patriarch claimed by three world religions. Drive to the ancient city of Harran which is mentioned in the Holy Bible.( The river watering the garden flowed from Eden.The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.( Gen 2 :10 -15 NIV), Sightseeing tour of the ruins of the oldest Islamic University, Castle of Harran, and authentic Harran houses. Back to Sanliurfa, paying a visit to the cave where Abraham is believed to have been born, visit the sacred fish pool and the fortress that overlooks both these holy sites. Dinner (extra) and overnight at the hotel.

3rd day Wednesday After breakfast depart to Atatürk Dam, which is one of the biggest projects in the world and depart to Mount Nemrut. On the way, we will be informed about Karakus Tumulus, Cendere Bridge, and Arsemia Antique Settlement. We will visit the Marvelous Mausoleum of Antiochus I, King of Kommagene Kingdom. This mausoleum has a very distinguished feature; sun rises and sets from the foot level of the gigantic sculptures. After getting information about the mausoleum , we will watch the spectacular sunset view. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at the hotel.

4th day Thursday After breakfast at the hotel , depart to Gaziantep "The oldest living settlement on earth!". After a panoramic city tour, we will have lunch (extra) at an authentic restaurant. A large , rich , delicious variety of kebaps and desserts will be served . In the afternoon we will visit the widest Mosaic Museum of the World: Gaziantep Zeugma Museum and get the chance to see the spectacular mosaics saved from Zeugma Antique Site. Dinner ( extra) and overnight at the hotel.

5th day Friday After breakfast , visit to the historical Tepebasi district, fine examples of mid-nineteenth century southeastern Anatolian architecture may seem an incongruous feature of this once-wealthy trading center in southeastern Turkey, but are only one of many elements in a well-preserved example of cultural and religious integration in the late Ottoman Empire. The missionary hospital and school constructed at the request of Tepebasi's merchants still stand alongside a collection of synagogues, mosques, and Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches in the historical district of Gaziantep. At the center of the district is the Bayaz Han, the largest and grandest of the city's hans, or travel lodges, featuring kitchens, animal stalls, and guestrooms that welcomed both wealthy merchants and refugees. We will visit the City Heritage Museum in the Han. During World War I, Tepebasi was a destination for Armenian refugees, whose craftsmanship is still visible in intricate Ironwork, carved stone arches and columns, basalt ornamentation, and colorfully tiled courtyard fountains. Sightseeing tour and free time for shopping in the Copper and Mother of Pearl Workshop Bazaar. Depart to the airport, end of our tour.

 

 

PRICE

Price : Euro 390.- Per person sharing twin.
          Euro 95.- Single supplement

Child reductions : 00 - 02 years free of charge, 03 - 11 years pays Euro 170.-

Child reductions are valid only when child shares the room with the parents.

 

      PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transportation by air-conditioned midibus/bus.

  • 4 nights of accomodation in Tugcan Hotel (5 star hotel -Gaziantep),

  • Zeus Hotel (4 star hotel-Adıyaman),Harran Hotel (4 star hotel - Şanlıurfa), Erdoba Houses (Special type butique hotel - Mardin) or the similars.

  • Breakfasts in the program

  • Professional guidance services

      PRICE EXCLUDES

  • VAT 18 %

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Drinks during the meals

  • Tips

  • All the entrance fees to the historical sites and museums.

      STARTING DATES FROM GAZIANTEP

  • Every monday


OVERNIGHT TOURS

NAME OF THE TOUR

PRICE PER GUEST (EURO)

NIGHTS

PLACES TO VISIT

1 - GARDEN OF EDEN 4

390

4 Nights

Diyarbakır,Hasankeyf, Midyat, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Nemrut

2 - GARDEN OF EDEN 3

290

3 Nights

Hasankeyf, Midyat, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, Nemrut

3 - CAPPADOCIA

160

2 Nights

Kapadokya

4 - GARDEN OF EDEN 2

190

2 Nights

Hasankeyf, Mardin, Midyat, Nemrut

5 - HEAVEN AND HELL

110

1 Night

Adana, Mersin, Silifke

6 - GARDEN OF EDEN 1

110

1 Night

Hasankeyf, Midyat, Mardin

 N O T E S

 

Transportation by air-conditioned minibus/midi bus/bus , lunches at the daily tours, breakfasts at the overnight tours , professional guide services are included in the price.

All the entrance fees to the historical sites and museums, dinners, VAT is excluded.

The prices are based on minimum 10 guests , pro rata is available.


HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE YOUR PARENTS' CHILDHOOD FOR A FEW DAYS

Dazzling days in Aintab for Aintabzi Armenians

The city of Gaziantep, formerly known as Aintab, is a good example of cultural mosaics where castles, mounds, Turkish baths, covered markets below its citadel, churches, synagogues, mosques are next to ancient sites and settlements 600.000 years old.

In the world of archeological literature, the Gaziantep region is given the name of "The oldest living settlement on earth"

For centuries it has hosted many different civilizations and as a result of this, many archeologocial sites and artifacts are scattered around the region.
When the culture of many centuries is accompanied by traditional Turkish hospitality, Gaziantep tourism turns out to be unuque.

You will love Gaziantep for its human qualities and the warmth and kindness of its people. The cuisine is outstanding. Because of its location on the ancient silk road, the food here has become a blend of the best of Turkish, Armenian, Arabic, Jewish and Kurdish cooking.

We are inviting you to a place where you'll feel the ancient history under your feet. Come soon to Gaziantep to be a part of your parent's childhood for a few days and treasure every moment of this exciting experience.

 

Dazzling days in Aintab for Aintabzi Armenians

Day:1

Arrival at the Gaziantep airport, meeting and assistance through passports and customs by the representative of Arsan Travel Center. Transfer to hotel by airconditioned bus. Dinner Turkish-Armenian cuisine and overnight.

Day:2

After a traditional breakfast, an introductory talk of one hour by an American to explain what our guests would see during the day's events from the Armenian viewpoint. It is devoted to explain the role of religion, churches and schools in the lives of the Aintabzi Armenians. Tours to St. Mary's church, haiganoushian school, 2nd congregational church (Hayik Church), Vartanian School and Antanagen School. After lunch visit Halajian orphanage, Armenian Catholic Church (Kendirli Church), Pearson orphanage. Dinner. Turkish-Armenian cuisine and overnight.
 

Day:3

Role of American missionaries in Aintab.
After a traditional breakfast, visit the American Hospital and get a briefing about the role of the missionaries in Aintab and how they helped establish schools and protestant churches in the Armenian community. Tour of hospital, central Turkey Collage (Aintab Collage) lunch Karamanougian mansion (Ethnographic Museum) and search for parental homes. You will have plenty of time to see the homes of the prominent families that are known to you. Battle of Aintab sites. An Armenian will explain the key places and events of the battle of Aintab. Dinner. Turkish-Armenian cuisine and overnight.

 

 

 

Day:4

After a traditional breakfast an introductory opening speech by an Armenian to explain how people lived and conducted business in Aintab, when the Armenians were here. A small speech by a Turk to explain the current economy in Aintab and how the area has become a region with many modern industries. Tours of the bazaar and the old shops. Lunch at Kavakk with our lunch boxes, where the professors took their students once a week and had lunch and got to know each other better. Tour modern Aintab. Dinner. Turkish-Armenian cuisine and overnight.

 

 

Day:5

After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure, assistance through formalities and customs by Arsan Travel Center representative.
Price:
Individual Rates in Euro

5 Star Hotel

4 Star Hotel

3 Star Hotel

Single

600

540

480

Double

880

720

660

Triple

1.200

960

855

Children

2-12 Years old

220

180

165

Group Rates: Minimum 20 Guests 10% Discount Each.

Price Includes

• 4 Nights full board accomodation

• Permission formalities

• All transfers

• Brochures and maps

• All entrance fees

• Guideance service


RENT A CAR

PRICES

  Group Model Per Day
1 - G MERCEDES. Minibus T15 A/C 225 TL
2 - G VW. Minibus T15 A/C 225 TL
3 - D RENAULT MEGANE. 2 A/C 130 TL
4 - D FORD FOCUS.CHIA A/C 130 TL
5 - C FORD FOCUS. AMBL A/C 130 TL
6 - B RENAULT. Clio Symbol 1.4 85 TL


FAMOUS PERSONALITIES WHOM WE HAVE HOSTED

 

AMBASSADOR OF THE USA TO TURKEY

MR. ROBERT PEARSON

 


 

THE PATRIARCH OF THE ARMENIANS IN TURKEY MR. MUTAFYAN

 


REVIEWS ABOUT US


June 25, 2012




Dear Ayse,
We want to thank you for the wonderful tour of Gaziantep. We still can’t believe our luck in finding you to help us with a tour of your wonderful city. Your personal history with and love of your city and your country made the history of and current life in Gaziantep come alive for us.
We will be telling our friends to visit Turkey and to contact you for guidance. Your experience in the tour business certainly served us very well. You quickly assessed how to adapt the “standard” tour to compliment what we had already experienced and learned in other parts of Turkey. As a result, we enjoyed a very customized tour that enabled us to learn so much more about Turkey’s history and culture as it related to the unique aspects of Gaziantep’s history and culture. You were able to do all of that without ever feeling we were being lectured to or overwhelmed with information.
You have “perfect pitch” when it comes to balancing information-intensive experiences with more relaxed people-oriented experiences. We will always remember the introductions to local artists and museum directors you provided for us. What began as casual encounters turned into extended conversations that are often so difficult to have when visiting a country. We thank you so much for your excellent communication and translation skills! Your excellent English and time management made our tour of Gaziantep one of the highlights of our travels around the world.
Sincerely,
Beth and Val Stella
Valentino J. Stella Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
The University of Kansas


WE HAVE NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA

Apologies for the delay in sending these photos from our wonderful Garden of Eden tour with you (25th–29th April ). I have been caught up with work and settling back to my regular life – but my mind keeps wandering to far east Turkey – to the plains of Harran, the Mausoleum of King Antiochus1 surrounded by snow and so much more.
The tour exceeded our expectations thanks to the professionalism of the organisation, your knowledge and enthusiasm, your great command of English, the private tour (I thought it would be a coach load) and your long term contacts wherever we went - and of course your humour.
We were so impressed also by the way you were able to use your contacts to give us access to people and places that we could not possibly have accessed on our own e.g. to the priest as our guide at the Deyr-ul Zaferan Syriac Monastery ; a locked former Greek church that you arranged access ; the Gobekli site, the Ministry of Tourism office in Gaziantep etc etc.
Thankyou so much for the best possible experience. I have had several showings of the photos of our trip and all my friends and family are keen to visit that wonderful part of the ancient world – hopefully with you.
I cooked a Turkish meal and showed the photos to my neighbours. The meal included lamb and pilaff (as we had in Mardin) - 6 hours cooking until it fell of the bone, stuffed tomatoes, salad with pomegranate dressing, watermelon and rock melon for after, and topped off with Turkish coffee. I have always had the small coffee pots and cups (my Greek heritage) – my neighbours loved the food.
I hope we can meet again. You gave us memories that we will keep forever.
Thankyou
Theo Mathews
Western Australia.

 


Dear Ayse,
Also on behalf of my colleague Daniela Meneghini, I wish to thank you for the effort you made concerning our visit to Rum Kale. The driver was really excellent, both as a driver and as a guide, and so was the boat captain who took us up to the castle. The site is really so interesting and spectacular and it was worth the trip from Italy.

The rest of our tour went really well, it was really easy to drive around and locate the various sites, and we enjoyed every moment. The only regret is that we would have needed more time since there is so much to see!
All the best, and really thank you for all your help  

Cristina Tonghini
Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte Musulmana
Universitŕ Ca' Foscari
Dipartimento di Studi sull'Asia e sull'Africa Mediterranea
Ca' Cappello 2035 - 30125 Venezia


 

THE DEMAND FOR GOBEKLITEPE IS FLOURISHING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very pleased to see that Gobeklitepe tours are very popular. Our guests, especially from USA and Argentina are very pleased with our services during our Gobeklitepe tours.

Göbekli Tepe (pronounced Guh-behk-LEE TEH-peh and meaning roughly "Potbelly Hill") is a remarkably early, completely human-built cultic center, first used by residents of the Fertile Crescent in Turkey and Syria some 11,600 years ago. The Pre-Pottery Neolithic (abbreviated PPN) site is located on the top of a limestone ridge (800 amsl) in the Harran Plain of southeastern Anatolia, in the southern Euphrates river drainage approximately 15 kilometers north of the city of Sanliurfa, Turkey. It is an enormous site, with accumulated deposits of up to 20 meters (~65 feet) high within an area of approximately nine hectares (~22 acres). The site overlooks the Harran Plain, springs at Sanliurfa, the Taurus mountains and the Karaca Dag mountains: all of these areas were important to Neolithic cultures, cultures who would within a thousand years begin to domesticate many of the plants and animals that we rely on today. Between 9500 and 8100 cal BC, two major building episodes occurred at the site (roughly assigned to PPNA and PPNB); the earlier buildings were purposefully buried before the later buildings were constructed.


THANK YOU LETTER BY THE 9TH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

MR. SÜLEYMAN DEMİREL  UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE EISENHOWER FELLOWSHIPS ISTANBUL CONFERENCE

Istanbul Eisenhower Fellowships Conference has been completed between September 10 to 12 under the heading "Establishing Connections for Change”. The conference has reached its objectives which were more communication, understanding and cooperation for more peaceful, prosperous and fair world. You have made great contributions to this conference in the process of achieving its objectives and in the enrichment of the positive results. These contributions were highly appreciated by the members of Eisenhower Fellowships. I wish to express my gratitude to you for all what you have done and hope to be in cooperation with you in other studies.

 

SÜLEYMAN DEMİREL

9TH PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY


 

"TURKEY TOURISM"

Prepared by the Embassy of the Netherlands is online...


We recommend you to see this work at the below link:
http://www.vrhl-websites.com/2012/bladermodules/turkije/

which has extraordinary photographs as well as introduces the Founder of Arsan Travel Center Ms. Ayşe Nur Yılmazer.

 


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