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18 Days / 17 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

Superior Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 780 USD

100 USD

First Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 980 USD

190 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 8 participants

                                       Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Day 1 – 2  Istanbul - Ankara (D )

After landing in Istanbul, you will transfer to your flight for Ankara. Upon arrival into Ankara, you will meet your guide and check into your hotel. While in Ankara we will visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. This beautiful landmark is perched atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city. We will also stop by the Museum of Ethnography. This recently restored museum has a fine collection of Seljuk and Ottoman art, craft work, musical instruments, weapons, folk costumes, jewellery and household items.

Day 3 – 4  Cappadocia ( B ) (L ) (D )

We will depart Ankara and turn our sights toward Cappadocia. During the 4-hour’s drive to this region; we will stop frequently for rest breaks. While in Cappadocia we will enjoy the unique landscapes of wind and rain eroded volcanic rock formations. We will visit the amazing underground churches and cities carved into the rocks by early Christians. We will visit ancient handicrafts shops and enjoy a folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret. We will have wonderful strolls and go off the "tourist track" visiting small villages and discovering the unknown Cappadocia. While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy an excellent lecture-demonstration on Turkish kilims and carpets. Cappadocia visits are including Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos the pottery making town. Explore one of the oldest settlements of the region - Goreme. The chimney-like, rock formations that spread throughout Cappadocia's rugged landscape are as fantastic as man's accomplishments within its stone. Visit the Byzantine churches of Goreme carved into the cliffs and caves with colorful frescoes dating to the 7th century, including Yilanli (Snake) Church, Elmali (Apple) Church, Tokali (Buckle) Church among many others. Originally, there was a church for every day of the year. Learn how the colorful kilims (carpets) that echo the earth tones of the region are made during a demonstration by local weavers and a photo stop at the ancient natural citadel of Uchisar. Afterwards We will visit the underground city of Kaymakli, used in the 7th century by the early Christians of the region to escape from the invading Roman armies.We will also visit the Valley of Fairy Chimneys, Village of Cavusin , Zelve Open-Air Museum and Urgup and Rose Valley to see the sunset. Our stay in Cappadocia will be at a hotel in the town of Urgup. 

Day 5 - 6 Amasya ( B ) (L ) (D )

We will depart Cappadocia and drive to visit the Hittite ruins at Hattusas, the capital city of the Hittite Empire. At this site we will follow the ancient city wall constructed nearly 3700 years ago and see the ruins of the Great Temple of the Storm God, the Lion Gate, the King Gate (guarded by a relief of the Hittite War God), and the Great Fortress. We will depart Hattusas and continue on to Amasya, the one time capital of the Pontic Empire. It is a lovely little town nestled in a small mountain valley formed by the Green River. Some of the most striking features of Amasya are the tombs of the Kings of Pontus carved into the high cliffs surrounding the city. We will stay at a hotel in Amasya, a tourist class hotel or the best available. We will have the opportunity to interact with Turkish people, visit nearby villages, and stroll in a local bazaar. 

Day 7 - 8 Trabzon ( B ) (L ) (D )

Today we will drive from Amasya to the beautiful wooded coast of the Black Sea. We will follow the coastline from Samsun to Trabzon. The scenery on this drive is breath taking. The following day we will visit the Sumela Monastery and enjoy a lovely picnic nearby. This monastery is from the Byzantine Era of Turkey's history. One of the remarkable features of this site is that it is carved into a cliff face! With lush, green vegetation throughout the region, this area is a very unique part of Turkey. Hazel nut and tea plantations are the major contributors to this region's agricultural exports. Trabzon is an ancient Black Sea port with its recorded history dating back to 746 B.C. While in Trabzon we will stay at a tourist class hotel, it is the best available.

Day 9 - Erzurum ( B ) (L ) (D )

From Trabzon we will drive seven hours to Erzurum, with many stops. This is a very beautiful drive following various rivers throughout. We will have an early lunch in Hopa. Erzurum rests at a base altitude of 6000 ft. Although it is somewhat remote, it is one of the largest cities in eastern Turkey. Despite its size, the people maintain quite a conservative outlook. One obvious result is that you will more frequently encounter women wearing veils than in other city. While in Erzurum we will visit Ulu Cami (The Great Mosque) and an old Selcuk schoolhouse. We will also have an opportunity to see some Kurdish villages. We will stay at the best available tourist class hotel.

Day 10 - Dogu Bayazęt ( B ) (L ) (D )

This morning we will visit a few of the things that were time prohibitive from yesterday. Afterward we will drive for 3 1/2 hours along the "Silk Road" to Dogubayazit. At the Iranian border we will see a site known as the Crater Hole. This is a beautiful, yet rugged area. We will have the opportunity to see Mt. Ararat from all sides. It is believed by some to be the resting place of Noah's Ark; to date no one has found anything that has been verified as the Ark - yet the search is still on. In the afternoon we will stop and see the Ishak Pasa Palace. This complex is a combination of a mosque, a fortress, and a palace. Late this afternoon, we will check into hotel and again the best available.

Day 11 - Van ( B ) (L ) (D )

This morning we will have the opportunity to see the sun rise over Mt. Ararat. The mornings really are the best time to view the inactive volcano before the clouds cover the peak. We will depart for Van in the early morning, a drive of approximately three hours. Along the way, we will make a stop by some gorgeous waterfalls for tea. We will have lunch at a quaint restaurant, with a possibility to see a folk dance show, opposite Akdamar Island located near the south shore of Lake Van. We will take a short ferry ride to the island. There is a wonderful 10th century Armenian Church here called the Church of the Holy Cross. The outside walls of the church are decorated with art depicting various well-known tales from the Bible. Our stay will be at a nice tourist class hotel. We will see some lovely rugs and kilims from Eastern Turkey when we return to Van from the island.

Day 12 - Diyarbakir ( B ) (L ) (D )

We will have a very beautiful drive from Van to Diyarbakir, driving around Lake Van. This city is located on the Tigris River and is famous for its black stone city walls completely circling the city. We will arrive late in the afternoon and check-in the hotel. The next morning we will visit around Diyarbakir and continue to Mardin.

Day 13  Urfa ( B ) (L ) (D )

Today we will drive 3 hours to Urfa, birthplace of the prophet Abraham. We will visit Harran nearby and see the incredible beehive houses. We will also visit the holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. We will also visit the Syrian border. Our stay will be at a tourist class hotel. While in Urfa we will visit the cave where prophet Abraham was born and visit a bustling sheep market as well. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area.

Day 14 Mt. Nemrut ( B ) (L) (D)

From Urfa, we will drive 1 hour to Adiyaman. There we will hire small mini buses to drive up the mountain. The extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 feet. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiochus I built the complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his "divine ancestry". Our stay will be at a tourist class hotel, the best available for this region.

**The hike to Mt. Nemrud consists of 25 minutes of a 10% uphill hike, mostly with stairs.

Day 15 - 16 - 17 Istanbul ( B )

Early in the morning we will drive from Adana and fly to Istanbul. Once called Byzantium in the 7th century B.C., this ancient city was renamed Constantinople in 326 A.D. by Constantine the Great when he moved the capital of the Roman Empire to what is now Istanbul. The city received its current name from Mehmet II in 1453 and is the only city in the world that spans two continents. A private boat cruise up the Bosphorus is among the many things we will do in Istanbul. We will visit the Military Museum and see a concert performed in traditional costumes by the world as first established military marching ensemble. We will also visit several of Turkey's most famous museums and mosques. Topkapi Palace was first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and was the home of the sultans until the 19th century. St. Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian in 537 A.D. and ruled as the greatest Christian church in the world for more than 1000 years. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet in 1603 and was constructed with the deliberate intention of rivaling St. Sophia. We will visit an Underground Cistern. We will have a dinner with live music and entertainment by a gypsy orchestra. While in Istanbul, we will also find time for short visits to the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 18 - Istanbul (B)

We will depart the hotel shortly after breakfast for our transfer to the Airport and flight back home.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 17 nights accomodation in hotels,plus 3 nights on boat.

  • All domestic flight/s mentioned on the itinerary.

  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) .

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Professional guidance on each activity.

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Local taxes & service charges.

  • Luggage and Port rage tips.

  • Entry fees to sites and museums.

  • Tips to restaurants and hotels.

  • Travel documents kit.

  • International flights.

  • Tips to bus driver & tour guide.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the hotels.

  • All services which are not specifically mentioned.

  • Airport taxes or visa fees.

City Hotels
Ankara
Cappadocia
Amasya
Trabzon
Erzurum
Dogubeyazit
Van
Diyarbakir
Urfa
Mt.Nemrut
Istanbul