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5509
13 Nights - 14 Days
Availability : Jan 19’ - Dec 19’
Istanbul
Istanbul
Min Age : All Ages
Max People : 20
Overview

Eastern Turkey, where the Pontus and Taurus Mountains converge, is rugged country with higher elevations, a more severe climate, and greater precipitation than on the Anatolian plateau. The average elevation of the peaks is greater than 2,000 meters. Mount Ararat is located in this area. Many of the peaks are extinct volcanoes that have been active in the recent past, as evidenced by widespread lava flows. Eastern Anatolian is the largest region of Turkey occupying 21% of the total area of the country with its 163.000 square kilometers of land.

From the highlands in the north, sometimes called Turkey’s Siberia, to the mountain ranges in the south that descend toward the Mesopotamian plain in Iraq, vast stretches of this eastern region consist only of wild or barren wasteland. Fertile basins, such as the Mus Valley west of Lake Van and various river corridors, lie at the foot of the lofty ranges.

Highlights
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Byzantine City Walls
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Monk's Valley
  • Rose Valley
  • Zeugma
  • Harran
  • Gobeklitepe
  • Mt. Nemrut
  • Akdamar Island
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Monastery of Zaferan
Complementaries
  • Umbrella
  • T-Shirt
  • Hat
  • Backpack
Itinerary
Day 1 - Istanbul
Day 2 - Istanbul
Day 3 - Cappadocia
Day 4 - Cappadocia
Day 5 - Gaziantep
Day 6 - Sanliurfa
Day 7 - Sanliurfa
Day 8 - Adiyaman
Day 9 - Mardin
Day 10 - Van
Day 11 - Van
Day 12 - Kars
Day 13 - Kars
Day 14 - Istanbul
Price Includes
Price Excludes

ISTANBUL (WD)

Arrive in İstanbul, only city on the world that is founded on two continents. Meet with your guide and transfer to the hotel. This evening welcome dinner will be served at hotel.

ISTANBUL (B)

Pick up time is about 08.30 from the hotel. You will visit : Topkapi Palace (Harem section is extra), Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome. After lunch you will see: St.Sophia Museum, Cemberlitas (Burnt Column) and the tour ends about 16:30 with free time at the Grand Bazaar. You will be advised by your guide for getting back to your hotel on your own. Please note that Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays and Grand Covered Bazaar closed on Sundays. Accommodation is in Istanbul.

ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA (B)

After our breakfast we will depart to airport for our flight from Istanbul to Kayseri / Nevsehir. 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. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Optional Balloon Tour is available.

CAPPADOCIA (B)

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.

CAPPADOCIA – GAZIANTEP (B)

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.

GAZIANTEP – SANLIURFA (B)

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.

SANLIURFA (B)

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.

SANLIURFA – ADIYAMAN (B)

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.

ADIYAMAN – MARDIN (B)

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.

MARDIN – VAN (B)

In this marvelous 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.

VAN (B-D)

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.

DOGUBEYAZIT – KARS (B)

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.

KARS (B)

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.

KARS – ISTANBUL (B)

After breakfast, we will depart for early flight to Istanbul for your connection to flight your home.

  • 13 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All Transportation Services
  • Inbound Flight Tickets
  • Service Charges & Taxes
  • Visa Services but not applicable fees
  • All Meals in Itinerary

  • International Flight Ticket to/from Istanbul
  • Private Expenses
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Visa Fees (if required)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
  • WC - Welcome Cocktail
  • WD - Welcome Dinner
  • TG - To Go Box
Personalize Your Journey
  • PRE/POST-NIGHT STAY Start your tour rested with a pre-night stay or relax after your tour with an extra night.
  • Sedan service PLUS airport transfers when you purchase our air. Call for details.
Accommodation
Istanbul
Cappadocia
Gaziantep
Sanliurfa
Adiyaman
Mardin
Van
Kars
Doubletree by Hilton Old Town

This sleek contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, 10 minutes on foot from the Grand Bazaar and 1.8 km from Hagia Sophia, a renowned museum in a former mosque.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Sauna Turkish Bath
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Milestone Cave Suites

This polished hillside hotel in a stone cave structure is 1 km from Uçhisar Kalesi fortress and Güvercinlik Vadisi valley. The nearest bus stop is 2 km away.

Amenities

Fitness Center
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Coffee & Tea Maker
3d LED TV
Business Center
Hotel Novotel

This contemporary hotel is 1 km from the Gaziantep Castle and 2 km from the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Swimming Pool
Fitness Center
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Hilton Garden Inn

Set in Şanlıurfa’s historic town center, this polished hotel is 2 km from both the lake of Balıklıgöl and the Şanlıurfa Museum.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Swimming Pool
Sauna
Fitness Center
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Hilton Garden Inn

On a tree-lined street, this elegant hotel is 4 km from the ancient city of Perrin, 3 km from Demokrasi Parkı and 19 km from the Adiyaman Airport.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Pool
Fitness Center
Safety Deposit Box
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Mardius Historical Mansion

Set in a 700-year-old stone mension, Mardius Tarihi Konak offers a terrace overlooking the stunning views of the city. The property has a restaurant offering panoramic views.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Pool
Fitness Center
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center
Turkish Bath

Doubletree by Hilton

Enjoy beautiful lake views and quick access to the city when you stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Van. This new hotel is just 2 kilometers from Van Ferit Melen Airport and 10 minutes from city center. Visit the Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island, or the historic Van Castle and Silk Road, all a short distance from the hotel. Major banks, businesses and Textile City are 15 minutes away.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Pool
Fitness Center
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center
Turkish Bath

Cheltikov Hotel

1877-1896 Russian Cheltikov Family had been settled in Kars and built the building as mansion for themselves. Then, the building had been made over to Russian Government and used as Opera House. After Russians had left Kars, the building had served in chronological order as infants’ school, military pharmacy warehouse, opera house, maternity hospital and the last as doctor house.
The building has been converted to Cheltikov Hotel in 2011 and hosts Eastern Anatolia and Kars Cultural Tourism.

Amenities

24 Hours Room Service
Fitness Center
Laundry / Valet Service
Baby Crib
Business Center

Hotels are subject to change with a similar hotel based on availability

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