Beginning the tour from the ancient city of Trabzon - taking in sights such as - the palace of Ishak Pasha, 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.
why should you go:
A history and archeology rich tour to mesmerise you with the past of this ancient country.
Add with other tours: YES
Can reduce/increase days: YES
Flights & Hotels: YES
2ND AUGUST 2014
TOUR PLAN ↓
Day 1 - Istanbul - Gaziantep - Adiyaman
In the morning, you'll be met at your Istanbul hotel and transferred to the airport for your 1.5 hour domestic flight to Gaziantep.
Gaziantep Museum of Archaeology features the impressive mosaics of the ancient city of Zeugma. After enjoying a nice, leisurely lunch at a traditional restaurant, where you will get to sample Gaziantep's world-famous lahmacun (Turkish pizza), and baklava, we'll head out on a scenic drive to Adiyaman, where you'll check into your hotel.
Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Adiyaman
Day 2 - Nemrut - Urfa
Around 3:00 AM, we'll drive to the summit of the 2134-meter-high (7,001 ft.) Mt. Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and enjoy the magical sunrise over the breathtaking statues of the ancient Commagene temple and tomb. You'll also visit the capital of the Commagene Kingdom; Arsaemia; a tumulus on Karakus Hill and Cendere Bridge, before heading to Sanliurfa.
The Lake of Sacred Fish is the focal point and features the adjacent Halilurrahman Mosque and Dersa Mosque. Near Urfa, bordering Syria, we'll visit a famed city of Mesopotamia, Harran, with its earthen mud huts and remains of the palace and mosque.
Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Urfa
Day 3 - Urfa - Mardin
After breakfast, we'll depart Urfa and drive on to Mardin. On the way, we'll visit the archaeological site of Gobekli Tepe.
Gobekli Tepe is a hilltop sanctuary set on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge. It is the oldest human-made religious structure yet to be discovered. The site, currently undergoing excavation by German and Turkish archaeologists, was most likely erected in the 9th millennium BCE (c. 11,000 years ago).
Mardin is known for its Arabic-like architecture, and for its strategic location on a rocky mountain overlooking the plains of northern Syria. Most Syriac Orthodox churches and monasteries in the city were built on ancient Assyrian-Babylonian temple sites and some are still active today. The Syriac Orthodox Saffron Monastery was founded in 439 AD, is one of the oldest functioning monasteries in the world.
Dinne at hotel. Overnight in Mardin
Day 4 - Mardin - Diyarbakir
In the morning, we'll depart Mardin for Diyarbakir; on the way we'll visit the towns of Hasankeyf and Midyat. Lunch at Midyat.
Midyat - Christians once made up the majority of Midyat's population but now number less than 10%; however, the churches, now under long term protection, still dominate the skyline of Midyat. Hasankeyf is rich in history, and is famous for its thousands of caves that surround the city, many of which are multi-storied and water-supplied. Amazingly, both churches and mosques were also carved into these cliffs; numerous ancient cemeteries exist throughout the area as well.
Diyarbakir is surrounded by a nearly intact, dramatic series of high walls of black basalt forming a 5.5 km (3.4 mi) circle around the old city. There are four gates into the old city and 82 watch-towers on the walls, which were built in antiquity, restored and extended by the Roman emperor Constantius in 349.
Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Diyarbakir
Day 5 - Diyarbakir - Van
After breakfast, we'll depart Diyarbakir and enjoy a scenic drive to Van; upon arrival we will check into our hotel. Lunch en route. Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Van
Day 6 - Van
Today, we will enjoy a full-day tour of the city of Van and surroundings. Sites you will visit:
Hosap Castle - situated on a craggy outcropping along many of the area's silk routes, was built in the 17th century. The castle is impressive in both its size and the view it affords.
Akdamar Island is the city's main attraction. Other than its stunning location within Lake Van, it is the home to the 10th-century Armenian cathedral, the Church of the Holy Cross.
Dinner at a local restaurant . Overnight stay in Van
Day 7 - Van - Dogubeyazit - Kars
After breakfast, we will depart Van and drive along the Iranian border to Dogubeyazit; we'll also visit Muradiye Falls, taking in the spectacular views of Mount Ararat, and visit Ishak Pasa Palace. Sites you will visit:
Mount Ararat: in Judeo-Christian tradition it is synonymous with the "Mountains of Ararat" where, according to the book of Genesis, Noah's Ark came to rest. The documented history of Mount Ararat is indeed long, beginning in the the 4th century with Jerome's reading of Josephus.
Ishak Pasa Palace built on the side of a mountain 5 km (3 mi.) east of Dogubeyazit, is a rare and magnificent example of the architectural style from the 18th-century Ottoman "Lale Devri" period.
Dinner at a local restaurant . Overnight stay in Kars.
Day 8 - Kars - Ani - Ayder
After breakfast we will go on a panoramic tour of the ruins of Ani.
Ani is an uninhabited medieval Armenian city-site, and was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom that covered much of present-day Armenia and eastern Turkey. After our visit we will continue on to Ayder, where, upon arrival, you'll check into your hotel.
Overnight and dinner at Ayder.
Day 9 - Ayder - Trabzon
We'll start the day visiting amazing scenic sites, including waterfalls, traditional villages, and picturesque tea plantations. Sites you will visit :
Ayder is first mentioned in official papers dating back to 1871 when thermal springs were first discovered in Ayder's dense forest. In addition to the numerous waterfalls along Ayder Creek, this area is also famous for its Rhodendendron honey.
Rize's main exports are agricultural, with tea and kiwi fruit being its most popular commodities.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Trabzon
Day 10 - Trabzon - Istanbul
After breakfast, we will visit Trabzon's Hagia Sophia Church and Ataturk's Mansion, followed by a visit to the awe-inspiring and oft-photographed Sumela Monastery
The Hagia Sophia Church, a stunning Byzantine-period church, is one of the town's most important attractions.
Ataturk's Mansion is a villa that was built in 1890 for a local Greek merchant. In 1924, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk stayed here during his visit to Trabzon, and stayed here again in 1937. It has since acted as a shrine to the memory of the first President of the Turkish Republic. After lunch we will visit the awe-inspiring and oft-photographed Sumela Monastery.
Sumela Monastery sits high up on the cliffs of Mela, southeast of Trabzon. Decorated with frescoes, Sumela's treasures include priceless manuscripts and silver plates.
After the tour, we'll transfer you to the Trabzon airport and put you on a 1-hour, 45-minute flight to Istanbul, arriving in Istanbul in the evening.
Day 11 - Departure date
Transfers to related flights.
DEFINITE DEPARTURE ↓
This is a definite departure package, where the hotels, flights and the departure dates are fixed due to its popularity.
- 2nd August 2014 - 12th August 2014
Prices for the definite departures:
- Per person in double room: £990
- Single supplement: £210
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