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Mystical Eastern Turkey


Title

Mystical Eastern Turkey

Features

·Day 1 - Istanbul - Kayseri - Cappadocia

·Day 2 - Cappadocia

·Day 3 - Cappadocia

·Day 4 - Gazi Antep

·Day 5 - Sanli Urfa

·Day 6 - Sanli Urfa - Kahta

·Day 7 - Kahta - Mardin

·Day 8 - Mardin - Van

·Day 9 - Van

·Day 10 - Dogubeyazit - Kars

·Day 11 - Kars

·Day 12 - Kars - Istanbul

Duration

12 days (11 night)

Description

Day 1 – Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia

Arrival to Ataturk airport and catch our connecting flight to Kayseri. Pick up from the airport and transfer to our hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight.

Day 2 – Cappadocia

Optionall balloon tour. Today, our first stop will be Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. We will continue our tour with Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After lunch, we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum where you can see the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements. The site is in “UNESCO World Heritage List” since 1985.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 3 – Cappadocia

After breakfast, start with a gentle walk through the unique volcanic rock formations and rock-cut houses at Red & Rose Valleys. Visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch and then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon, visit Kaymakli underground city, which sheltered local Christians from Arab invaders. On our way back, we will visit Ortahisar town.

Meal(s) Breakfast 

Day 4 – Gazi Antep

Today, we drive to Karatay to see the 13th century Seljukian Caravansarai. Proceed to Gazi Antep. Before we settle at our hotel, we will visit the ruins of Zeugma where spectacular mosaics were recently unearthed. We will also visit the old city castle, copper bazaar and we will taste delicious baklava. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 – Sanli Urfa

Today, we drive to Urfa, the birthplace of Abraham, stopping by Nizip, the soap and olive oil district of the region and see the remnants of the old city of Zeugma. Lunch in Urfa and walk through the local covered bazaar. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Sanli Urfa – Kahta

Today’s first visit will be to Harran, famous for its traditional beehive houses. Site is already considered as an open air museum due to its architectural structure. Drive to Kahta, stopping by Gobekli Tepe. Recent excavations reveal the remnants of 7000 year old settlements in the region where these excavations still continue today. Dinner and overnight at Kahta. 

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Kahta – Mardin

We wake up at 03.30 in the morning to hike to the summit of Mt. Nemrut to watch the amazing sunrise. This site is one of the most popular Unesco Heritage Sites in the world. We will definitely take our time to visit Arsemeia and cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge. Return to our hotel for our breakfast and proceed to Mardin. We will reach this unique city at about 16.00 and check-in to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. 

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 – Mardin – Van

In this marvellous city, our first stop will be the Monastery of Deyr-az  Zaferan, the seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch for 800 years. We drive to Hasankeyf on the Euphrates river, a prehistoric city of 10.000 years. Continue to Tatvan en route visiting Caravansarai. Dinner and overnight in Van.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Van

Our first stop will be  Akdamar island and we will have lunch by Lake Van, called as “the sea” by the locals. We will visit the Fortress of Van, a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu on the 9th century B.C. Dinner & overnight in Van.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 -  Dogubeyazit – Kars

We will drive on the “Silk Road” in the accompaniment of the view of Mt. Ararat from all sides. On our way to Kars, we will stop by Ishak Pasha Palace, one of the rare examples of the Ottoman period palaces whose construction was started in 1685 and completed in 1784. Dinner and overnight in Kars.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 – Kars

Today, we drive to the medieval Armenian city of Ani which have become very popular recently. We will walk around the ruins which witnessed the cultures of Urartians, Armenians, Georgians, Mongols, Russians and finally Turks.

Meal(s) Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 – Kars – Istanbul

In the morning, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Istanbul Ataturk airport. End of our services.

Meal(s) Breakfast

 

Price

Available upon request (dependent on dates, accommodation choice, and size of group).  Please contact us.

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