UNKNOWN TURKEY

22 Days / 21 Nights

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Mr. Ali Cakar

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Tour Rates

Superior Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 1880 USD

100 USD

First Class Hotels

Type

In Double Room

Single Suppl.

Price

 1980 USD

190 USD

 

This tour is only available with at least 10 participants

                                  Tour and Tour Information are subject to change.

Day 1 - Ankara (D)

Arrival in Ankara in the early morning with a domestic flight from Istanbul, meet your guide at the Airport and transfer to hotel. We will depart on a scenic drive to Ankara, the capital of Turkey since 1923. We will visit the magnificent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. This particular museum contains relics from CatalHoyuk, one of the earliest known human communities up through the Roman Classical Period. We will also pay a visit to 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, if it has re-opened. This recently restored museum has a fine collection of Seljuk and Ottoman art, craft work, musical instruments, weapons, folk costumes, jeweler and household items. Overnight in Ankara.

Day 2 - Safranbolu ( B ) (L )

Off the tourist track, this historic town is graced with many restored traditional old Ottoman houses and mansions. The friendly people of Safranbolu will welcome our interest in traditional Turkish culture as we wander through the town, admiring its charm and beauty. Our stay will be at a restored and modernized old mansion. 

Day 4 - 5 Amasya ( B ) (L ) (D )

We will 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 3400 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. While in Amasya we will stay at a tourist class hotel, yet the best available. We will have the opportunity to interact with the Turkish people, visit nearby villages, and stroll in local bazaars.

Day 6 - 7 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 8 - 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 9 - Dogu Bayazıt (Mt. Ararat) ( 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 a 3-star hotel and again the best available.

Day 10 - 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 11 - 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 stay at a 4-star hotel. The next morning we will visit around Diyarbakir and continue to Mardin.

Day 12 - 13 Mardin / Urfa (Mt. Nemrud) (B ) (L ) (D )

While in this region, we will also visit Mardin. Mardin is very unique with lovely old-Arabic style houses. It is a city that played an important role in the early development of Christianity. We will take the time to visit, walk in its busy streets and bazaars, and take superb photography. We will also visit the Monastery of Deyr-az-Zaferan just outside of town, founded in 762 A.D. It was the seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch for almost 800 years. This monastery is built on top of a 4000 year old temple used by sun worshippers. We will visit the monks in this extraordinary place. We will drive three hours to Urfa, the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. We will visit nearby Harran and see the incredible beehive houses. We will also visit the holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. Our stay will be at a tourist class hotel. While in Urfa we will visit the cave where the prophet Abraham was born and visit a bustling sheep market as well. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area. From Urfa we will drive two hours to Adiyaman-Kahta. There we will hire small mini-buses to drive up the mountain. This extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiouchus I built the complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his "divine ancestry."

Please Note: The hike to Mt. Nemrud consists of 20 to 40 minutes of a 30% uphill hike, mostly with stairs. 

Day 14 - 15 Mersin/Olba ( B ) (L ) (D )

We will have a 5 hour beautiful scenic drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul. On the trip we will stop for photos of the great Euphrates. We will visit St. Paul's house while we are there. After Tarsus we will drive a half hour more and check-in the hotel, a lovely hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. The next day we will visit Olba (Diocaesarea). Inland from the Mediterranean about 25 miles, we will drive through the beautiful forests and stop by 2500 years old mausoleums for photography. Then we will visit Olba, an ancient settlement first established by the Hittites. Also known as "Diocaesarea" to the Romans, we will visit one of the best- preserved Zeus temples in Turkey. We will also visit the Temple of Tyche theatre and the monumental Gateway. While we are there, we will also visit the immense aqueducts and enjoy remote and beautiful places without the presence of other tour groups. On this same day, we will also make stops visiting Roman, Armenian and Turkish cities, fortresses and other sites. Including the hidden church of St. Thecla and laxo the incredible chasm of Kanlıdivane and the fortresses of Corycos. 

Day 16 - 17 Cappadocia ( B ) (L ) (D )

We will stop frequently for rest breaks, during the four hours drive to Cappadocia. While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy the unique landscapes of wind and rain eroded volcanic formations. Carved directly into stone, Cappadocia 's amazing subterranean cities include ancient underground churches and cities hand-hewn from solid rock by early Christians. We will visit handicraft shops as well as enjoy a folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret. We will also visit a Caravan-Saray, an ancient caravan motel. We will have wonderful strolls and go off the "tourist track" discovering the unknown. While in Cappadocia we will enjoy an excellent lecture and demonstration on Turkish carpets and kilims. Our stay in Cappadocia will be at a special class hotel. (Some other sites we will visit in Cappadocia are Gumusler monastery and Soganli-sites, not visited by other tour companies). We will also visit Kanesh, a city near Kayseri, where we will visit the 4000 years old Hatti and Hittite ruins. 

Day 18- Ankara ( B ) (L) (D)

We will depart on a scenic drive to Ankara, the capital of Turkey since 1923. We will visit the magnificent Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. This particular museum contains relics from Catal Hoyuk, one of the earliest known human communities up through the Roman Classical Period. We will also pay a visit to 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, jeweler and household items.

Day 19 - 20 - 21 Istanbul ( B )

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be taken to the Airport for the flight to Istanbul and to your hotel. Among the many things we will do in Istanbul is to visit the Military Museum and to enjoy a concert performed in traditional costumes by the world's 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 Roman Emperor Justinian and was completed in 537 A.D. It was the greatest Christian church in the world for more than 1000 years. We will visit the Spice market and the Rustem Pasha mosque with its exceptional tiles. We will also visit the Blue Mosque commissioned by Sultan Ahmet in 1603. We will also visit an Underground Cistern. We will have a dinner with live music and entertainment by a gypsy orchestra. On the final day in Istanbul we will have a morning Bosphorus cruise in a private boat. The afternoon will be free. Dinner this evening will be on your own. While in Istanbul, we will also find time for short visits to the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar, hopefully both. 

Day 22- 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:

  • 21 nights accomodation in hotels,plus one night in camp.

  • 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
Safranbolu
Amasya
Trabzon
Erzurum
Van
Diyarbakir
Mt.Nemrut
Mersin
Cappadocia
Ankara
Istanbul