|Duration||14 Days & 14 Nights Tour Package|
|Visiting Sights||Cappadocia, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Tatvan, Van, Dogubeyazit, Kars, Erzurum, Trabzon|
|Tour Price||Please Ask|
Highlights Of Eastern Turkey Tour
The Eastern part of Turkey became one of the known attraction centers of the world, many centuries ago. For that reason, these lands had many issues and wars and it was the main target for many different civilizations for a couple of thousand years. So the cultural diversity of these lands is very suited for regular or private tours. You can be a member of these joyful tours. Do not waste your time and move.
Highlights Of Eastern Turkey Tour
Day 1: Cappadocia
Meal: No Meal
Upen arrival to Cappadocia. Check into the hotel. Today is your first day of highlights of the eastern Turkey tour. Free Day to rest and relax in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 2: Cappadocia
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be picked up from the hotel to explore the Cappadocia. Today, you will visit Devrent Imagination Valley and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Zelve Open Air Museum, where you will witness houses carved into the rocks, a Seljukian mosque as well as traces of most, if not all, ancient civilizations, Pasabaglari (the world-famous Fairy Chimneys), the village of Avanos, where you will witness a Pottery-making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques, lunch at a local restaurant, Uchisar Rock-Castle, (the highest point in the region, Esentepe (a panoramic view of Goreme valley) and Goreme Open Air Museum (Rock-cut churches, frescoes, monastery). After the tour return to the hotel and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 3: Cappadocia
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and start the tour. Today, you will visit Kaymakli Underground City (See how the people lived in this multi-level city complete with stables, kitchens, storage chambers, and winemaking rooms), Soganli Valley (Relaxing 3km walk through the valley with Byzantine period rock tombs), Sobesos (A Roman Bath from the 5th century and mosaics and graves from Byzantine Empire Period), Taskinpasa Medresesi (an Ottoman theological school), Keslik Monastery (Churches from 8th and 12th centuries, refectory and other complexes, used by monks) and Mustafapasa (Experience the Ottoman and Greek architecture of this old Greek Village once called Sinasos). Return to the hotel as well and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 4 : Cappadocia – Gaziantep
Meal : Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart from the hotel at 08:00. Drive to Karatay Kervansaray and visit the Kervansaray. Stop at Kahramanmaras for lunch and a taste of its famous ice cream. Continue on to visit the world famous Gaziantep Mosaic Museum. This museum becomes after the discoveries from Zeugma. We will also visit the old city castle, copper bazaar, and the famous baklava shop (Baklava is originally from Gaziantep). Overnight stay in Gaziantep.
Day 5: Gaziantep – Sanliurfa
Today we drive to Sanliurfa. We will have breakfast at the hotel and depart from Sanliurfa. On the way, we stop at Nizip (soap and olive oil district) and see the remains of the old city of Belkis or (Zeugma) by the River Euphrates. Importance of this settlement which demonstrates an uninterrupted inhabiting since prehistoric ages are that it is one of the two points allowing the easiest passage across the River Euphrates with a bridge first built by Alexander the Great. Lunch in Urfa and after a walk through the local covered bazaar. Spend the afternoon at the hotel or walk through the town to discover the many hidden treasures. Overnight in Urfa.
Day 6: Urfa – Kahta
After breakfast, you will see Urfa- the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. Urfa has been occupied since the Babylonians followed by the Hurrites, Hittites, Assyrians, Greeks. We will visit nearby Harran and see the incredible beehive houses. Harran according to the Bible- was the site where prophet Abraham spent a few years with his family before moving on to Israel, the Promised Land. We will also visit the holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. While in Urfa we will visit the cave where the prophet Abraham was born. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area. In the afternoon drive to Kahta city on the way, you will see Gobekli Tepe, a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Urfa. You will also see the Ataturk Dam, the third-largest in the world. Overnight in Adiyaman.
Day 7: Mt Nemrut – Mardin
In the morning 03:30 am departure. Hike to the summit of Mount Nemrut (one of the most popular UNESCO world cultural heritage sites), watch the sunrise, be amazed by the colossal heads and statues of ancient deities, as you step into mythology. 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. Antiochus built the entire complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his divine ancestry. Also definitely take time to visit the old castle, Arsemeia, cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge (Septimius Severus bridge) dating all the way back to the 3rd century and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. Then drive back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, We depart to Mardin with a lovely ferry ride across the dam and lunch in Siverek. We will reach Mardin around 16:00 check into the hotel. We will take the time to visit, walk in its busy streets and bazaars, and admire the stonework all around the town. Overnight in Mardin.
Day 8: Mardin – Tatvan
In the morning you will have breakfast at the hotel and visit Mardin. Mardin is very unique with lovely old-Arabic style houses. The houses are often decorated with intricate carvings. This is a very lively trading center with people coming from surrounding villages to buy and sell. We will have a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia. It is a city that played an important role in the early development of Christianity. 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. We drive to Hasankeyf, with a stop at the beautiful little town of Midyat to see the Monastery and
ancient houses on the way. Hasankeyf, with its history that spans nine civilizations, the archaeological and religious. The history of Hasankeyf goes back 10,000 years. This is three times longer than the Giza pyramids, 10 times longer than Stonehenge, and makes the glorious civilizations of the Maya and Inca seem as if they were flourishing just yesterday. Some of the city’s historical treasures will be inundated if the construction of the Ilısu Dam is completed. These include ornate mosques, Islamic tombs, and cave churches. After lunch, by the Tigris River, we depart to Tatvan, a small village on the edge of Lake Van, and watch the sunset over
the lake. Stay at a hotel in Tatvan.
Day 9: Tatvan – Van
After breakfast, depart from Tatvan and a beautiful drive around the lake to reach Van city, established 13th century BC. From here, we will take a ferry across the lake to visit the finest Armenian architectural wonder of the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. Step over to the huge Van Castle from the days of Urartu and see the hieroglyphs as you sense the spirit of the once Urartu capital Tushpa, feel the salty waters of the great Lake Van called as ‘the Sea’ by the locals. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Van.
Day 10: Van – Dogubeyazit
You will have breakfast at the hotel and we will drive on the “Silk Road” to Dogubeyazit. 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, but to date, no one has found anything that has been verified as the Ark – yet the search is still on. We will stop and see the Ishak Pasa Palace. This complex is a combination of a mosque, a fortress, and a palace that originally had a room for every day of the year! Below you can also see the remains of Eski Beyazit, and Urartian City which flourished in 1000 BC.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kars.
Day 11: Kars
An early morning departure for a 45-minutes drive to the medieval Armenian City of 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 Bagdad in its time! This city has experienced the cultures of Urartians, Armenians, Georgians, Mongols, Russians, and finally the Turks. Also, visit the impressive Kars Castle and the historical sites surrounding the city. After the tour return to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel in Kars.
Day 12: Kars – Erzurum
Breakfast and drive southwest to Erzurum from Kars. Of great interest will be the villages of stone houses and black sheep on green meadows. Visit the 12th-century Medrese (a Seljukian School). Talk with the imam at the 12th-century Mosque and enjoy the ethnographic museum. Visit an old caravan stop where the local black stone is mounted in silver and gold by the local artists in the most aesthetic art form. Overnight at the hotel in Erzurum.
Day 13: Erzurum – Trabzon
After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and We begin a beautiful 5-hour drive to Trabzon, winding along the rivers with many photo stops and Karaca Cave along the way. Visit the Sumela Monastery, also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. It has been said that it is neither on earth nor in heaven. Carved on the slope of a mountain, it looks like a nine-story high building hanging down from the clouds and sitting on the top of the forest. A short hike through the rainforest will leave no question in your mind about where you are in Turkey.
Evening at leisure and overnight stay in Trabzon.
Day 14: Trabzon
After breakfast check out from the hotel and Visit the city of Trabzon in the morning. After the crusaders invaded Constantinople in 1204, Trabzon became the capital of the Byzantine Empire for a short time. Longing for the grandeur of Constantinople, in Trabzon, they imitated the Churches of their beloved city on a smaller scale. St. Sophia of Trabzon though much smaller will leave with you the same sense of religious devotion as the original one in Istanbul.
After the city tour transfer to the bus station or Trabzon Airport. End of the highlights of the eastern Turkey tour.
Professional Fluent English Speaking Guide
All museum and historical sight entrance fees
Transportation (air-conditioned, new and comfortable non-smoking Mercedes minibusses)
Mentioned meals in the program
Pick up and drop off at the hotel for the tours
All land transportation in the program
Bus or flight ticket to Cappadocia
Bus or flight ticket from Trabzon
Tip to driver and tour guide
Anything unless specified being included
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