Blacksea & Eastern 15 Days


We arrive on the early flight to Trabzon, meet our guide and drive to the Sumela Monastery. As we park our vehicle on the skirts of the hill upon which the monastery is built. We take a 30 minutes hike up to the monastery, following a narrow hike path covered with pine trees. After our visit, we hike back and drive to Trabzon, spending the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Trabzon. 


We check out and visit St. Sophia Church before driving to the Ataturk Museum. As we are done with our visits in Trabzon, we drive to Rize following a spectacular road with tea gardens on our right and the Black Sea on our left. We visit a tea factory around Rize and drive back to Trabzon. Dinner and overnight in Trabzon. 


On our way to Erzurum, we leave the Black Sea Coast and start driving inland. This is Turkey's highest elevated city built at 1853 m (6200 ft). More important are the finest examples of Seljukian architecture that can be seen here. After visiting Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Rustem Pasha Bedesten, Ulu Mosque and the Cifte Minareli Medrese we check-in our hotel where we will spend the night. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum. 


After breakfast, today we drive to Ani via Kars. Ani dates back as far as the 5th century AD and from 806 it served as the capital of Armenia. After our visits here we drive to Sarikamis once a favourite retreat of the Tsars of Russia where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight in Sarikamis. 


Today we head on further south to Van via Dogubeyazit where we visit the legendary Ishakpasha Palace built towards the end of the 18th century by a powerful local family who were the rulers of the area. We then drive further past Mt. Ararat which according to ancient tradition is the mountain on which Noah's Ark rested. Ararat consists of 2 peaks: Buyuk Agri (5165 m) and Kucuk Agri (3925 m). We visit the Muradiye waterfalls en route. Dinner and overnight in Van. 

Day 6 : VAN 

After a leisurely breakfast, today we visit the Fortress of Van and the museum. After lunch at a local restaurant we head on to Hosap Castle and then to Cavustepe. Dinner and overnight in Van. 


Departing early, we first visit Akdamar Church before driving further west to Diyarbakir via the 12th century Malabadi Bridge. Dinner and overnight in Diyarbakir. 


We leave Diyarbakir and drive South to Mardin via Tigris Bridge. On the outskirts of Mardin, we visit the still practicing Monastery of Mar Gabriel. As we drive back we stop for break at Mardin then drive further to Urfa where we will spend the night. Dinner and overnight in Urfa. 

Day 9 : URFA 

Genesis refers to Harran as Terha, the place to where Abraham took his wife and son Lot. It is difficult to believe that this small settlement on the edge of the desert was once a major economic, religious, and cultural centre. Harran means "crossroads" and has been occupied since at least 2000 BC. Finishing our visit to Harran, we drive back to Urfa to see the pool and the birthplace of Abraham. Dinner and overnight in Urfa. 


After breakfast, we leave Urfa and drive to Kahta along a spectacular road, having lunch at Adiyaman. We stop for a refreshment on the skirts of Mt. Nemrut before our 500 meter hike to the sanctuary. This is the magnificent funerary monument of the Commagene Antiochus I Theos. We arrive to our hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Adiyaman. 


We take a long but pleasant drive today to Cappadocia, the land of the fairies. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. 


Today we introduce you to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia at Dervent Valley, then we head on to Zelve Open Air Museum which is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements of Cappadocia. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos where we have lunch at a local restaurant. Goreme Open Air Museum is where we visit the rock carved churches and colorful frescoes. We end the day hiking up to the top of Uchisar Castle which is the highest and the most dominant point giving us a breathtaking panorama. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. 


Today we drive a little further to the outskirts of Cappadocia, first to descend to the centre of the earth at Kaymakli Underground City. As we drive further southwest we pass by Mt. Hasan to start our hike along Ihlara Valley. Then we visit the Selime and drive back to our hotel, giving an en route visit to Agzikarahan Caravanserai where the medieval merchants used to stay overnight. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. 


Leaving the land of fairies, we drive around the shores of Salt Lake to the capitol of Turkey: Ankara. First we drive to the old district of the city to visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum. Then we will visit Ataturk's Mausoleum where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic is buried. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, strolling down the streets of Ankara. Overnight. 

Day 15 : ANKARA - HOME (B) 

After breakfast transfer to Ankara Esenboga Airport and fly back Istanbul or home. 


Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Istanbul Airport where you will be assisted with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. 


Tour Includes; 

Luxury hotel accommadation; Ankara on BB, others on HB Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers Airconditioned coach during tour Guide service during tour All enterancess fees Parking fees 


Not Include;

Air transportation, if not specified; airport departure taxes; port taxes; passport expenses; visas; laundry, wines, liquor, mineral water, and items of a personal nature; lunch; items not on regular menus; optional sightseeing or services not included in the itinerary; excess baggage charges, health, accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; tipping for personal service; gratuity to guide and driver; or other items not mentioned as included.





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