12 DAY EASTERN TURKEY TOUR

 

Beginning in Trabzon – the ancient city of Trebizond- taking in such sights as Ani, the palace of Ishak Pasha, Ararat, the sunken ruins of Hasankeyf, the astounding mountain top monument to man’s folly on Nemrut and finishing up at the ancient home of the patriarch Abraham before returning to Istanbul, the capital of ancient empires past. This really is Eastern Turkey travel at its best.

Tour Summary:

-Ahlat

-Ani

-Ararat

-Bayburt

-Erzurum

-Gaziantep

-Georgian Valley's

-Gumushane

-Hasankeyf

-Ishak Pasha

-Kars

-Mardin

-Mosaic Museum

-Nemrut Crater lakes

-Nemrut Mountain of the Gods

-Sanliurfa Archaeological Museum

-Sumela Monastery

-Trabzon

-Van

Your Itinerary

Day 1 -

Arrive in Trabzon. Visit the 14th-century Byzantine church of Hagia Sofia overlooking the Black Sea. Then we will visit Historical Bazaars in the city center.

Overnight in Trabzon

Day 2 -

In the morning we will explore the Virgin Mary's cliffside monastery at Sumela in the Altindere national park. From there we depart Trabzon for Erzurum via Gumushane and Bayburt and stop for lunch on the way. We will stop to trek to Keci Kale (Castle) and explore the landscape. Sightseeing in Erzurum.

Overnight in Erzurum.

 

Day 3 -

 

Sightseeing in Erzurum before departing for Kars via the Aras River valley and the First World War battlefield site of Sarakimis. After arriving at Kars, we will have lunch in the city center and then continue to visit Ani's ancient Armenian city on the Arpacay River.

Overnight in Kars.

Day 4 -

 

On to Dogubayazıt and passed the Biblical mountain of Ararat to visit Noah's Ark then on to the Ishak Pasha Saray (Palace).

Overnight in Dogubayazit.

Day 5 -

 

Drive to Van, stopping for a break at the Muradiye Waterfall, continuing on to Van for sightseeing region. In the afternoon, we will visit the island of Akdamar in Lake Van to visit the 10th century Church of the Holy Cross. We will also see the largest museum of the Urartu civilization in the World.

Overnight in Van.

Day 6 -

 

Depart Van along the southern shore of Lake Van for Tatvan and then visit the great Volcano Crater of Nemrut and the Seljuk monuments of Ahlat.

Overnight in Tatvan.

Day 7 -

 

Via Bitlis, we continue down the Bitlis Gorge, via the city of Batman, to the town of Hasankeyf for lunch. In Hasankeyf (submerged under the lake from a new dam on the Tigris River). On our way west to Mardin, we will stop in Midyat to see the Silver bazaar. Arrive in Mardin visit Kasimiye Medrese.

Overnight in Mardin.

Day 8 -

 

After breakfast, visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery); the Saffron Monastery was once the center of the ancient Syriac Christian Patriarchy. This site has been the center of religious worship for many centuries; the monastery itself is built over an ancient temple, built-in 1000 BC and dedicated to the worship of the sun, which now provides the foundations to the main part of the monastery buildings – it is a fascinating structure as the roof of the temple to the sun is, essentially, a flat arch! From Mardin, we will travel northwest to Diyarbakir to see the 10 Arches Bridge on the Tigris River.

Overnight in Diyarbakir.

Day 9 -

 

Sightseeing in Diyarbakir: the Ulu Cami (Mar Thoma)(Mosque and Church), then visit the Great Wall. Leave for Nemrut along the Euphrates River,you will see Karakus Tumulus, a burial sanctuary, and the Cendere Bridge, erected by the XVI Legion in honor of Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, before arriving in Narlice Village in Nemrut National Park. We will travel to the top of Mount Nemrut Tombs of the Commagene Kingdom and the Colossal Statues of Gods. Climbing up to Tumulus of Antiochos, the capital of Commagene, we will watch the sunset from the summit of Nemrut. This ancient burial monument at the peak of Mt Nemrut was forgotten and lost to memory for nearly 2000 years.

Overnight near Nemrut.

Day 10 -

 

After breakfast, we will proceed to Urfa. Via Urfa, we will visit Ataturk dam, a part of the giant South East Anatolia Project. We will visit the on-going archaeological dig at Göbekli Tepe. The most important archaeological dig currently being undertaken anywhere in the world – this site represents a major shift in our understanding of man’s early history. Here lie the remains of the earliest religious structures built by man yet to be discovered. At about 11000-13000 years old and pre-dating pottery, writing, Stonehenge and the Pyramids! Arriving in Urfa, we will visit the Holy Pools of Abraham and the cave where, tradition tells us, the Prophet Abraham was born. Visit the Bazaar.

Overnight in Sanliurfa.

Day 11 -

 

After breakfast, we then depart for Gaziantep, where we will visit the stunning mosaic museum, which houses a priceless collection of mosaics from the now sunken city of Zeugma. We will visit the citadel and the Old Town of Gaziantep.

Overnight in Gaziantep.

Day 12-

Transfer to Gaziantep Airport.

Prices starting at:

5-9 People: $2200 per person

10-14 People: $1800 per person

15+ People: $1550 per person

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