Eastern Turkey Tour
Cappadocia to the Black Sea Region  

Tour to isolated monasteries, lush mountain sites, typical villages and waterfalls.
Unspoiled Tours to Turkey's Black Sea Region

11 days/10 nights
#16
2015

touring the Black sea region


Guaranteed Departure Dates with minimum 2 passengers 2015:
Apr 15, May 13, 27, Jun 3, Jul 8, 29, Sep 2, 23

Tour from Cappadocia to Trabzon accross the North of Turkey otherwise known as the Black Sea. Visit Mount Nemrut and the magnificent funerary monument at the peake, the ancient city of Urfa where Abraham was born. Discover Diyarbakir with its city walls. Travel from Van along the Silk road via  Dogubeyazit to the western edge of Mount Ararat. Than drive along the Pontic Alps to the northernmost bangs of the Eufrates river before finishing in Trabzon to discover the secrets of the Byzantine empire.  

Day 1: Wed Cappadocia –Kahta
Depart from Cappadocia along the ancient Silk Road via Kayseri and stopping at Karatay Han before proceeding to Adiyaman.. Overnight in Khata. (D)
Day 2 : Thu Kahta – Urfa
Morning tour to the magnificent funerary monument at the peak of Mt Nemrut. After continue to the massive Ataturk Dam and on to Urfa, the ancient city of prophets, the birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham. See the cave and shrine where tradition tells us Abraham was born. Overnight in Urfa. (B,D)
Day 3 Fri : Urfa - Diyarbakır
In the morning depart Urfa to the ongoing archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe, which is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.  After a stop conitnue to Diyarbekir, ancient settlement and
one of the oldest cities in the world (5000 years old). It is well known for its ancient city walls; built by the Romans  (after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world.) Overnight in Diyarbekir.(B,D)
Day 4 Sat : Diyarbakır – Mardin - Tatvan
Morning depart to Mardin, located on a high hill overlooking the plains of southern Turkey and Syria. Visit the Saffron Monastery, centre of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy, which is a sacred place for hundreds of years. After lunch drive to Hasankeyf, by the Tigris River; soon to be submerged under the flood waters of a new dam on the Tigris, Hasankeyf has hundreds of caves, hidden waterways, tombs, a larger and smaller Palace, as well as ruins of the Great Mosque. After Hasankeyf  drive to Tatvan. Dinner and overnight Tatvan . (B,D)
Day 5 Sun : Diyarbakır – Tatvan – Van
Morning departure to to Van via Akdamar Island where we visit the beautifully restored 10th Century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross. Than continue to the city of Van, where we will spend the night.
(B,D)
Day 6 Mon : Van
From Van drive south along the Silk Road and visit Hosap Castle, served as both a means of protecting the road and as a point of charging tolls on travellers of  the Silk Road. From Hosap return to Van for lunch. An unforgettable visit to the Citadel of Van at sunset and experience wonderful panoramic views of the city of Van, Lake Van and Mt Suphan to the north- west and Mt Nemrut (B,D)
Day 7 Tue : Van –Ishakpasa - Kars
Morning departure to Dogubeyazit via Muradiye and the pretty Bendimaahi Falls. Reach Dogubeyazit. Visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace with unique architecture from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, and Armenian – Persian styles. Continue south driving  around the western edge of Mt Ararat . Arrive in Kars and overnight. (B.D)
Day 8 : Wed Kars – Ani
Excurison in the morning to Ani, the former capital of the great medieval Armenian kingdom of Ani. The remains of the ruined city include several churches , the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque and a  well preserved defensive wall. Overnight Kars (B,D)
Day 9: Thu Kars – Erzurum
Morning drive from Kars to Erzurum,  via the Aras river and  through the Aladaglar mountains. Experience a  magical scenery of fields, pristine rivers and deep ravines. Cross the river over the beautiful six-arched Cobandede bridge. Arrival in Erzurum, the principal city of eastern Anatolia. Visit the magnificent Seljuk Ulu Camii, with its wooden dome, and also the Minare Medrese. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum. (B,D)
Day 10 : Fri Erzurum - Sumela Monastery - Trabzon
Depart from Erzurum in the morning and drive north through the Pontic Alps, in the steps of Xenophon’s Ten Thousand with spectacular views. Along the Karasu, the northernmost branch of the Euphrates, to Askale, with its ruined Byzantine fortress. Drive over the Kopdagi Pass, the Black Sea watershed, into the Coruh valley. See the huge fortress of Bayburt. Arrive in Trabzon and visit Sumela Monastery from the 4th
century, it clings to sheer rock facing the Al tindere Valley. Though in a ruinous state, many of the monastic buildings survive, with 18th- and some 14th-century frescoes.Ovenright in Trabzon (B,D)
Day 11 : Sat Trabzon – Flight Home
After breakfast,in Trabzon, visit the beautiful late-Byzantine church of Aya Sophia and its 13th-century frescoes. Transfer to the Airport. (B)

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers (Sabiha Gokcen airport is subject to surcharge)

  • Hotel Accommodation as per list of hotels

  • Meals are as indicated in the itineraries with code letters :B(Breakfast),L(Lunch),D(Dinner)

  • Professional Tour Guides throughout

  • Luggage handling in the hotels , Local Taxes

  • Museum Entrance fees

EXCULUDING
Personal expenses
Customary tip to your guide

Hotels (4/5) or similar
Adiyaman :Grand Isias 4*
Urfa : El Ruha 5*
Diyerbakır : Kervansary Hotel BTQ
Tatvan : Mostar Hotel 4*
Van : Rescate Hotel 5*
Kars : Buyuk Kale 4*
Erzurum :Polat Renesiance Hotel 5*
Trabzon : Usta Hotel 4*

Price 2015 in US per person :

Tour Price per person USD
Double occupancy 1910
Single  2510
Triple 1880
Child under 12 sharing with 2 adults 1510

Tour map:

 

History of Anatolia

 

 

 

 

 

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