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EASTERN TURKEY TOUR 12 Nights - 13 Days

Private Departures only

Itinerary

DAY 01 / ISTANBUL - ADANA (D)

ADANAArrive to Istanbul. Take flight to Adana. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 02 / ADANA - ANTAKYA (Antioch) (B,L,D)

After breakfast drive to Antakya, and visit Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai, Antakya Mosaic Museum, Grotto of St. Peter. Overnight in Antakya.

Day 03 / ANTAKYA – GAZIANTEP (B,L,D)

GAZIANTEPDrive to Gaziantep to visit the site Zeugma, located next to Euphrates river and famous for his marvelous mosaics. Dinner and overnight in Gaziantep.

DAY 04 / GAZIANTEP - NEMRUT MOUNTAIN – ADIYAMAN (B,L,D)

ADIYAMANDrive to Nemrut Mountain. See the huge heads of gods (Apollo, Zeus, Hercules) and goddess (Tyke=Fortuna) built by Antiochus I, King of the Commagene Kingdom in the 1st century, and the man made hill, on top of the 2000 meters high mountain. Overnight Adiyaman.

DAY 05 / ADIYAMAN – URFA (B,L,D)

Departure to Harran, one of the oldest cities of the Mesapotamia. See the soil houses. Then continue to Urfa, the city of the prophets. Visit of Golbasi & the castle. Diner and overnight in Urfa.

DAY 06 / URFA - MARDIN – DIYARBAKIR (B,L,D)

After breakfast leave Urfa and drive to Mardin. Visit of the Deyrulzafaran monastery, an aramean orthodox monastery still inn use. Lunch en route and arrive to Diyarbakır. See the city walls, the market and Ulu Cami. Dinner and overnight in Diyarbakir.

DAY 07 / DIYARBAKIR – VAN (B,L,D)

Drive to Van, situated on the shores of Lake Van, at 5,500 feet, one of the highest lakes in the world. Visit the St. Croix church, a beautiful example of Armenian architecture. This church is located on the Akdamar Island. Dinner and overnight in Van.

DAY 08 / VAN (B,L,D)

Morning departure for Hosap Castle. After the visit continue to Cavustepe, the Ourartéens site. Lunch and stop at a local handicraft, KILIMS. Then visit the Castle of Van at the sunset, to have a beautiful view over the biggest lake of Turkey, the lake of Van. Dinner and overnight in Van.

DAY 09 / VAN - DOGUBEYAZIT – KARS (B,L,D)

Drive to Dogubeyazit, the closest town to Mt. Ararat. Visit the famous 17th century Ishak Pasha Palace, built on a high valley overlooking the caravan route. In the afternoon continue to Kars, small city which is a beautiful example of Russian urbanism of the 19th century. Dinner and overnight in Kars.

DAY 10 / KARS - ANI – ERZURUM (B,L,D)

Morning visit Ani, the capital city of an Ourartéens State, and later of the Armenian Bagratid Kingdom from 953 to 1045 AD. Among the ruins of this ancient city there are eight churches, a convent and a citadel along with the main cathedral which has alternately been a church or a mosque. After lunch, drive to Erzurum the largest city in the eastern Anatolia. At arrival visit the Islamic monuments from Seljuk, Mongol and Ottoman eras, Ulu Mosque and Cifte Minare. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum.

DAY 11 / ERZURUM – TRABZON (B,L,D)

Drive to Trabzon on the Black Sea coast. Visit Hagia Sophia and Sumela Monastery which was well known and respected as a monastic centre from the 4th century until 1923. Dinner and overnight at Trabzon.

DAY 12 / TRABZON - ISTANBUL (B,D)

Fly to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Istanbul

DAY 13 / ISTANBUL -END (B)

Transfer to Istanbul airport. End of our services.

RATES INCLUDE:

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation in 4 star hotels (or best available)
  • Transportation by A/C minivan or motor coach depending on the size of the group
  • Entry fees to sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
  • English speaking professional tour guide throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 2 domestic flights (Istanbul – Adana et Trabzon – Istanbul)
  • Tip to hotels and restaurants
  • Local Taxes
  • Service Charges

RATES EXCLUDE

  • Tip to the guide and driver
  • All personal expenses
  • Airport Transfers
  • All items not specifically mentioned in including part

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