Tours of  Eastern Turkey

Visit the heart of this fascinating and exotic country to less visited Biblical and ancient Sites like Mount Ararat, Van, beautiful Armenian churches and ancient Kurdish cities
 

8 Days Trabzon to Van - 2013 

Only One Departure Date: Jun 11,  2013

Eastern Turkey tour from Mount Ararat to other ancient biblical and historical sites

A fascinating 8 Days to the East of Turkey Through the Zigana Mountains with a visit to Sumela Monestery, Mount Ararat the resting place of Noa's Ark, the medieval Armenian City of Ani, The Church of the Holy Cross, the wonderful Kurdish castle of Hosap near the Iranian Border. As well as experiencing all the culture and mysteries left behind by the Hittites, Urartians, Persian, Armenians, Macedonians, Romans and finally the Turks during there occupation of the Eastern Region of Turkey.

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ITINERARY                         
Day 1 - Trabzon - Arrival Day

Arrival in Trabzon on youfr own. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Trabzon.

Day 2 - Trabzon
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Depart for St. Sophia (Ayasofya), a 13th century church and study its extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion (a picturesque hillside retreat), visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town). Lunch at a seaside restaurant in Akcaabat. Afternoon we explore the cobbled stone streets of Trabzon. Drive to Boztepe; enjoy our tea from samovar with the panoramic view of the city. Overnight in Trabzon.

Day 3 - Sumela Monastery - Zigana - Karaca Cave - Erzurum
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4th century Sumela Monastery which clings to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park, lunch, traveling along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains (Pontic Alps) will take us to Karaca Cave, considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Drive to Erzurum via Bayburt. Overnight in Erzurum.

Day 4 - Erzerum- Kars-
(Breakfast and dinner included)
An Early Morning departure from Erzurum will take us on a beautiful drive to Kars passing on the  way Sarikamis, the coldest spot in Turkey. We will arrive in Kars and visit Ani, which lies mostly in ruins. Impressive fortified walls still encircle the ruins of numerous churches, mosques and caravansaries. Enjoy a walk around the ruins and see the beautiful view to the Armenian border imagining it as a city with one million people rivaling Baghdad at its time! This city has experienced the cultures of Urartians, Armenians, Georgians, Mongols, Russians and finally the Turks. Overnight in Kars.

Day 5 - Dogubeyazit (Mount Ararat)
(Breakfast and dinner included)
This morning e will drive for 3 1/2 hours along the "Silk Road" to Dogubeyazit. At the Iranian border we will see a site known as the Crater Hole. This is a beautifully rugged area. We will have the opportunity to see Mount Ararat from all sides. It is believed by some to be the resting place of Noah's Ark; but 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 a famous landmark. This complex is a combination of a mosque, a fortress, and a palace which originally has a room for every day of the year! Below you can also see the remains of Eski Bayazit, and Urartian City which flourished in 1000 BC. Overnight in Kars.

Day 6 - Dogubeyazit - Lake Van
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After visiting the Iranian boarder, we will depart for Van in the early morning, a drive of approximately three hours. This city has been established in 13th Century BC when the Hurrites arrived. From here, we will visit the finest Armenian architectural wonder of the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. We will also visit the wonderful Kurdish castle of Hosap very close to the Iranian border as well as the Urartian citadel. Overnight in Van  

Day 7 - Van- Ahlet - Batis- Diyarbakir
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After visiting the eerie 12th century Selcuk Cemetery in Ahlat in the morning we will head to Bitlis for a lunch and a good walk around, Batis otherwise known as Alexander's town. Its a unique medieval town! Overnight in Diyarbakir.

Day 8 Diyarbakir- End of Tour.
Today your tour is over. Please make your own arrangements for departure remembering that your hotel will need you to check out before midday. 

8 DAYS EASTERN TURKEY TOUR INCLUDES:
• Private return airport transfers
• 7nights accommodation at 3, 4 star and Boutique Hotels in each area
• 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, and 7 dinners
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
• Professional English-speaking tour guides
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary


EXCLUDES:
• International or domestic flights
• Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals
• Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers
• Insurance: All types
 

Price 2013 in Euro per person ($ rate varies depending the exchange):

Tour Price per person Euro
Double occupancy 1500
Single supplement 145

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