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Marvels of Eastern Turkey - 16 Days / 15 Nights

 

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 : ISTANBUL – Private Tour (D)

Welcome to Istanbul . At the meeting point in the airport your guide holds a placard bearing your name or our agency name ’ALLRIGHT TRAVEL’ and meets you at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 : ISTANBUL – Private Tour (B,L,D)

This morning your private guide will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel and you will be driven to the old city to visit Topkapi Palace with its fabulous jewellery collection, Council Hall, kitchen, its magnificent pavillions overlooking the view of Golden Horn. Then we will visit the Hagia Sophia (Divine Wisdom), the highest dome of the largest church built by Justinien in Roman era. After having lunch , we will visit Blue Mosque enriched by the beautiful Iznik tiles and walk through the ancient objects Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Constantine Column displayed in the hippodrome . Finally we will visit the Turkish Islamic Art Museum to see the Seljouk –Otoman-Turkish art pieces.

Day 3 : ISTANBUL – Private Tour (B,L,D)

This morning we will visit Spice Market and the mosque of Rustem Pahsa very reputable with the famous turquoise tiles covering the walls and the ceiling. Next we will get on our local ferry to cruise along the strait of the Bosphorus ‘ the pearl of the city’ to witness the rich part of the life with its splendid waterfront houses and mansions.

By the end of our cruise we meet our driver in Sarıyer port to drive to Asian side for sightseeing  at the district of  “ Çamlıca Hill ” .After lunch  we drive to Beylerbeyi Palace used as a summer palace to host the guests ; Empress Eugenie of France, Joseph, the Emperor of Austria-Hungary (1869), The Crown Prince of Italia (1869) , Frederic Guillaume Charles, the Crown Prince of Prussia (1869), the Sah of Iran. which is located on the shores of Bosphorus then we drive back to our hotel .

Day 4 : ISTANBUL - ANKARA - Private Tour (B,L,D)

Transfer to Istanbul airport for our morning flight to Ankara. Upon arrival we will drive to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations awarded as the BEST Museum in the World in 2006 where the  Neolithic cave drawings, pre-historical materials, utensils from Catalhoyuk known as the earliest city in the world. We will see thousands of objects which give us an overall picture of Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian and Urartian civilizations. After lunch we will  drive to visit the Mausoleum of the founder of Modern Turkey , Ataturk (Turks Father) . Stay overnight in Ankara .

Day 5 : ANKARA - HATTUSAS - ANKARA - Private Tour (B,L,D)

This morning we will leave Ankara for Amasya . On the way we will visit Hittite capital Hattusas. Our visit includes the Lion Gate, King's Gate, Royal palaces, city walls, various temples.After a short drive to the rock shrine of Yazilikaya where we see various reliefs dedicated to the Hittite deities. The sanctuary has a magnificient quality of its relief depictions. After lunch , we will visit Hattusas, Alacahoyuk is the most important Hittite settlement site in existence. Drive back to Ankara where we stay overnight in Ankara.

Day 6 : ANKARA - KAYSERI - CAPPADOCIA - Private Tour (B,L,D)

This morning we will leave Ankara for Cappadocia. On the wayt we will visit of the museum of Hacibektas , dedicated to one of the greatest Islamic Sufic philosopher. Continue to Kayseri for our visit of Karum KaneshIt is one of the oldest settlements in Asia Minor. Karum was established by Assyrian merchants as a bazaar, one of the oldest in the world. Drive to Cappadocia where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 : CAPPADOCIA -Private Tour (B,L,D)

Our first stop is at Goreme where we will see a lot of rock cut churches with beautiful frescoes. Then we will drive to see the Pashabagi Valley before we arrive at Zelve Open Air Museum which was one of the earliest monastic settlements in the area. We will visit  one of the most important Underground cities  which was used in times of danger. Dinner and overnight

Day 8 : CAPPADOCIA - KONYA - Private Tour (B,L,D)

In the early morning we drive to Acemhoyuk which was established in the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age and became more popular during the Assyrian Colony period. After lunch in Aksaray, we drive toKonya which was the capital of the Selcuk Empire and adorned with elaborate monuments of the 12th and 13th century. We visit the Mevlana Museum which houses the tomb of the world famous mystic philosopher, Mevlana. A sacred Islamic shrine and object to pilgrimage from all over Turkey. Dinner and Overnight in Konya.

Day 9 : KONYA - IVRIZ - ADANA - Private Tour (B,L,D)

Leave Konya for Ivriza Assyro-Hittite site south of Eregli, in the very foothills of the Bolkar-TorosrangeVisit of the rock-relief of the Hittite deity Tarhunzas. After a picnic lunch by the lake, begin our drive over the picturesque Taurus Mountains and passage through the famed Cilician Gates to Adana. Dinner and overnight.

Day 10 : ADANA - KAHTA -Private Tour (B,L,D)

After our early breakfast at hotel, leave for Karatepe , the summer palace of the Neo- Hittite Kingdom  As we arrive Karatepe where we will see the  hieroglyphics and the elegant stone carvings and.The carvings show hunting and feasting scenes,all guarded by sphinxes, lions and horses. After lunch we will drive to Kahta where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight in Kahta.

Day 11 : KAHTA - NEMRUT DAG - URFA -Private Tour (B,L,D)

In the early morning we will visit Nemrut Dag which houses the colossal statues and the testimony of the King Antiochus of the Commegene Kingdom . It is a unique and breathtaking experience. After lunch, we drive to Urfa , we will see The Atatürk Dam built on the Euphrates and has changed the entire silhouette of the area. Arrive Urfa , visit the Pool of Abraham which is charming and unusually peaceful with attractive gardens and canals leading to the pool. Remainder of the day is on your own to explore the old bazaar of the city which has a very Syrian flavor. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 12 : URFA - HARRAN - DİYARBAKIR -Private Tour (B,L,D)

Morning visit of Biblical Harran famous with its beehive-style mud houses. Genesis refers to Harran as Terha, the place where Abraham took his wife and son which is difficult to believe that this deserted place on the edge of the Syrian desert was once a major economic, religious and a learning capital. Drive back to Urfa for lunch. Then we continue east for Diyarbakir . Visit of the famous ancient city walls with five monumental gates which are the longest in Turkey . Visit the Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami)This remarkable mosque was the very first of the Great Selçuk mosques in Anatolia . Dinner and overnight.

Day 13 : DIYARBAKIR - VAN -Private Tour (B,L,D)

As we leave Diyarbakir for Van. Lunch en route in Tatvan. Drive further east for our visit of the Church of Akdamar located on a small island in Lake Van . This is one of the best and most sophisticated Greco- Armenian Churches of the 10th C. It is unique with its decorations carved on the outer walls of the church depicting scenes from The Old Testament. Arrive VAN which was the capital ui the famous Urartian Kingdom and gives its name to the largest lake in Turkey . Dinner and overnight at our Hotel in Van.

Day 14 : VAN -Private Tour (B,L,D)

Morning visit of the archeological Museum of Van which displays artifacts belonging to the Hurrian and Urartian Civilizations. We drive to the Van Castle which has a dramatic location and served not only for the Urartians but also for the Ottomans. After lunch we drive to Cavustepe , known to the Urartians as Sardurihinili, the city of Sarduri and built by Sardur We will see palace buildings, temples, altars, cisterns and even an ancient toilet. Drive back to Van. Dinner and overnight.

Day 15 : VAN-ISTANBUL -Private Tour (B,L,D)

Transfer to Van airport for our morning flight to Istanbul . Arrive Istanbul . Remainder of the day is at leisure or discover more of Istanbul . Dinner and overnight.

Day 16 : ISTANBUL-HOME -Private Tour (B)

Transfer to the international airport for your outgoing flight. End of our services

 

Prices:

PRICES AND CONDITIONS:

Package prices for your own private tour: (per person in double room, USD)

2 participants
4 participants
6 participants
8 participants
10 or more participants
$ 7,440.00
$ 5.310.00
$ 4.210.00
$ 3.820.00
$ 3.650.00

 

Includes:

PRICES OF THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

* 15 nights accomodation at hotels mentioned above

   Hotels:

   * Sultanhan Boutique Hotel / Central Palace Hotel 5*– Istanbul
   * Dedeman Hotel 5* -Ankara
   * Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel –Cappadocia
   * Dedeman Konya 5* / Rumi Boutique Hotel -Konya
   * Hilton Adana Hotel 5*-Adana
   * Hotel Zeus Boutique Hotel-Kahta
   * Hotel Dedeman 5*-Urfa
   * Hotel Dedeman 5*-Diyarbakir
   * Hotel Merit Sahmaran/Tamara 4*-Van

* 15 breakfasts & 14 lunches & 15 dinners at hotels indicated with B,L,D.
* Admission fees, tax and service charges
* Complete program of tours as specified in day by day itinerary but not limited
* Services of a Professional English-speaking tour guide who is licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and an expert on Turkey's history and culture.
* Local transportation by a private chauffeur driven deluxe van with A/C
* All transfers and touring as per itinerary from arrival to departure
* Airfare for the flight from Istanbul to Ankara // Van to İstanbul
* VAT

 

 

 

Excludes:

PRICES OF THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

* Airfare of international flights and related taxes,
* Customary end-of-tour gratuities to guide and drivers,
* Bottled beverages or alcohol,
* Travel insurance and visas, laundry and personal items.

 

Photos:

PHOTOS:

Sultanhan Boutique Hotel – Istanbul
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Central Palace Hotel 5* – Istanbul
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Dedeman Hotel 5* - Ankara


Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel – Cappadocia
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Dedeman Konya 5* - Konya
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Rumi Boutique Hotel - Konya
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Hilton Adana Hotel 5* - Adana
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Hotel Zeus Boutique Hotel - Kahta
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Hotel Dedeman 5* - Urfa
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Hotel Dedeman 5* - Diyarbakir
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Hotel Merit Sahmaran - Van
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Tamara 4* - Van


Optional Hotels:

OPTIONAL DELUXE HOTELS IN ISTANBUL :

In case of the request of the deluxe hotels in Istanbul shown as below, the additional cost a night per person in a double room:


* Hotel Ciragan Kempinski 5* / Istanbul : 230 USD

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* Hotel Four Seasons Sultanahmet / Istanbul : 270 USD

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* Hotel Four Seasons Bosphorus / Istanbul : 270 USD

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