East Turkey 15 Days
Day 1 : ANKARA
Arrival in Ankara airport. Transfer to hotel by
coach and guide. Overnight.
Day 2 : ANKARA - HATTUSAS - AMASYA
After breakfast departure to Amasya. On the way
visit open air rock pantheon of Yazilikaya with Bogazkale.
Visit the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusas. You will see
the ancient city wall constructed nearly 3400 years age and
the ruins of the Great Temple of the Storm God. The Lion
Gate, the King Gate and the Great Fortress. Continiue to
Amasya, capital of Pontic Empire. A lovely little town
nestled in a small mountain valley formed by the Green
River. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 : AMASYA - TRABZON
After breakfast travel to Trabzon following
Black Sea coastline road with magnificent views of the
pine-fortress, plantations of tea and hazelnuts via Ordu,
the ancient Giresun, the ancient Cerasus. Trabzon is an
ancient Black Sea port with its recorded history dating back
to 8th century B.C. Dinner and overnight at Trabzon.
Day 4 : TRABZON
After breakfast visit Trabzon with Hagia Sophia
Museum (13th century Byzantine Church with beautiful
frescoes). Fatih Mosque (the ancient church of Panagia
Chrysocephalos) Church of St. Anna. In the afternoon
excursion to the Sumela Monastery built on an altitude of
circa 1200 meter carved into cliff face on the Black Sea
Mountains. Return to hotel in Trabzon. Dinner and
Day 5 : TRABZON - ERZURUM
Departure for Erzurum crossing the Pontic Alps.
This is a beautiful drive following various rivers and
passes throughout. Erzurum is one of the largest cities in
Eastern Turkey. Despite its size the people maintain quite a
conservative Outlook. While n Erzurum we will visit Seljuk
Turks monuments the Cifte Minare Medrese and Yakutiye.
Dinner and overnight in Erzurum.
Day 6 : ERZURUM - KARS - DOGUBEYAZIT
An early in the morning drive to Dogubeyazit
via Kars. On the way excursion to the medival Armanian city
of Ani. Impressive fortified walls stil encircle the ruins
of numerous churches, mosques and caravansaries. The proceed
to Dogubeyazit passing by the Biblical Mount Ararat. Dinner
and overnight in Dogubeyazit.
Day 7 : DOGUBEYAZIT - VAN
Visit Ishakpasa Palace,a complex formed by the
combination a mosque, a fortress and a palace. Drive to Van.
Dinner and overnight
Day 8 : VAN
Excursion to Cavustepe Fortress of Urartian
Civilization. Take a ferry for Akdamar Island in the lake of
Van. Visit the 10th century Armanian Church called the
Church of the Holly Cross. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9 : VAN - DIYARBAKIR
Departure for Diyarbakir located on the Tigris
River and famous for its black stone city walls. Visit the
Great Mosque, the old town and its colorful markets. Dinner
Day 10 : DIYARBAKIR - MARDIN - URFA
Departure for Mardin, a very unique city with
old - Arabic style houses yet with an important role in the
early development Christianity. We will visit the Monastery
of Deyr-as-Zeferan just outside of the town, founded in 762
A.D. It was the seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch for
almost 800 years. The Monastery is build on top of a 4000
years old temple used by sun worshippers. Continiue to Urfa
the birthplace of the propeth Abraham. Dinner and
Day 11 : URFA - MT.NEMRUT
After breakfast excursion Harran Village. Then
departure to the Mt. Nemrut. We will take mini-buses to
drive up the mountain. Enjoy the sunset over the toppled
heads of colossal stone statues of Gods, erected 2000 years
ago for the giganic sanctuary of King Antiochos I of
Commagene. Dinner and overnight at Nemrut.
Day 12 : MT. NEMRUT - CAPPADOCIA
Departure for Cappadocia. On the way visiy
Kayseri. Dinner and overnight at Cappadocia.
Day 13 : CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast visit the rock carved churches
in Goreme Valley, Fairy Chimneys at Zelve Valley,
underground city of Ozkonak, Pottery village of Avanos.
Dinner and overnight.
Day 14 : CAPPADOCIA - ANKARA
Departure for Ankara via Salt Lake road. Visit
the Roman Baths, Ataturk's Mouseleum and the world famous
Museum of Anatolian Civiliations. Overnight in Ankara
Day 15 : DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to airport and end of
Hotel accommadation; Ankara on BB, others on HB
Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers Airconditioned coach
during tour Guide service during tour All enterancess fees
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
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