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Black Sea & Eastern Turkey - 21 Days / 20 Nights

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Tour Itinerary

 

Day 1 : Transfer from the airport and drop off to the hotel. Afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 2 : This morning we will drivce to see The Saint Saviour- Chora Church which is covered with the entricate golden mosaics inspired from the Bible and the life of Virgin Mary, Jesus…Then we drive to see the Eyüp Mosque and witness the religious life and their ritual visits to tomb of beloved friend of Prophet Muhammed, then we climb up to hill to have a beautiful view over the golden horn in Pierre Loti Cafe.. After your lunch we drive to the Patriarch Of Orthodox Christianity and see the ancient restored church with the wooden building .You are guarantueed to gain different perspectives of the life of this elegant city throughout the day..Transfer to Istanbul Airport for your evening flight to Trabzon. Upon arrival at Trabzon, transfer to your hotel and overnight.

Day 3 : After breakfast you will have a city tour of Trabzon which is historically and socio-culturally being the most important centre of Eastern Black Sea Region and has a history of approximately 5000 years, though its exact date of foundation is unknown. We will visit the Mosque of Gulbahar Hatun, and St.Sophia Church. Afternoon is free at leisure.

Day 4 : This morning we drive to visit  to the Sumela Monastery perched on the highest cliff of the mountains like an eagle .It is the most important Byzantine monument of the Eastern region and is situated on a cliff 1000 feet above the alley floor and is dedicated to the Holly Virgin Mary. Return to Trabzon for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 : This morning we will drive to Erzurum through the famous Zigana Pass at an altitude of 6500 feet. Afternoon sightseeing in the city of Erzurum will visit the Yakudiye Medrese, the Ulu Mosque from 1179, the Double Minaret Medrese which is masterpiece of Selcuk Art and the Hatuniye Turbe. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum.

Day 6 : Drive to Kars via Horasan and Sarikamis. Arrival in Kars in early afternoon and sightseeing the Citadel and Church of the Apostles. Dinner and overnight in Kars.

Day 7 : This morning we drive to Ani Ruins where the Armenian settlement is located on the river that constitutes the Turkish-Russian border. Ani was founded in the IXth century and has many interesting remains such as the cathedral, city walls and gates. Then we drive to Dogubeyazit to immortalize the time of watching beautiful scenery of Mt.Ararat. Many archeologists and biblical scholars believe that Noah's Ark had landed on Agri Dagi (Mount Ararat) in Esatern of Turkey Afternoon sightseeing in Dogubeyazit - which is believed to be the Garden of Eden - within the citadel built at the time of the Urartian Kingdom and the famous architecture of Ishak Pasha Palace and Mosque of the 17th century. Dinner and overnight in Dogubeyazit.

Day 8 : This morning you will visit the Muradiye Waterfall. On the road possible to see famousArarat Mountain where old saying: Noahs Ark situated at the top of the mountain. Then depart for 7000 years old Urartian city of Van, arrival and check in to hotel, after lunch we have city tour, return to hotel and leisure time.

Day 9 : Before lunch, free time to enjoy the beautiful Lake Van. After lunch enjoy a half-day tour of Van. First visit the Archaeological Museum which houses mainly Urartian remains. Then drive to the Citadel of Van where you will enjoy the most beautiful sunset over Lake Van. Dinner and overnight in Van.

Day 10 : Drive to Gevas and take a boat to the Island of Akdamar. On the Island, visit the Basilica built in 915. Return to Gevas and drive to Cavustepe, an Urartian city, then to the river Guzelsu to visit Hosap Fortress. Return to Van for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 : After breakfast we will leave from Van to Mardin. On the way we will stop for Hasankeyf. We will visit grottos, castle and Hasankeyf 's bridge. Then We will visit another great monastery which is called the Monastery of Mor Gabriel. We will continue for Mother Mary Monasterywhich was built in the 1st century. Overnight in Mardin.

Day 12 : After breakfast we will explore for Mardin. This town had a large Christian community and there are still some Syrian Christian families and churches . On the out skirts is the monastery of Deyruzaffaran in which Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still used as the liturgical tongue. The history of Mardin, like that of Diyarbakir, involves disputes by rival armies over dozens and dozens centuries. Syrian Orthodox Christians settled in this area during the 1st century. We will leave from Mardin to Diyarbakir. It will take 60 miles countryside view trip. The Tigiris (Dicle) flows by the mighty black walls of Diyarbakir. Considering that Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates valleys, saw the down fall of the world's first great empires. We will visit the famous city's wall which is the second longest in the world after China's Wall. It is 5 kilometers long and 8-12 meters high. Our visiting will continue for Ulu Mosque which was converted from church to mosque in 639. Dinner and overnight at Diyarbakir.

Day 13 : After breakfast we will leave for Sanli Urfa. Our first stop is Harran. Harran, 50 kilometers south from Sanli Urfa, is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements on the earth, with its beehivelike mudbrick houses. Here was the Temple of Sin (erroneously called the first university ), famous throughout the ancient world for its star readers and savants. It was in Harran where Rebecca drew water for Isaac's servant, from where Abraham decided to make his move into the land of Cannan. We will enjoy with Halilurahman Mosque and Ulu Mosque which was first built as a synagogue then converted to a church called Kizil Church, and then on the church, Ulu Mosque was built in 1175. Lodging in Sanli Urfa.

Day 14 : After breakfast we will depart for Kahta. On the way you will see Ataturk Dam. We have a fabulous countryside trip to Nemrut Mountain. On this summit lies a 2000 year old memorial sanctuary for an obscure Commagene King, with huge statues of gods and kings, their heads toppled by earthquakes and scattered on the ground. Overnight in Kahta.

Day 15 : Breakfast and departure for Antakya, the biblical city called Antioch, situated next to the Asi (Orantes) River in the fertile plains surrounded with the high mountains . On the way we will visit the Zeugma Ruins. The ancient city of Zeugma, originally, was founded by Selevkos Nikador, one of the generals of the Alexander the Great, in 300 B.C. At that time the city was named after the general and called Selevkaya Euphrates. And the population in the city was approximately 80 000. In 64 B.C. Zeugma was conquered and ruled by Roman Empire and with this shift the name of the city was changed into Zeugma to mean bridge-passage. Dinner and overnight in Antakya.

Day 16 : Today we will visit Antakya  where the word "Christian" was used the first time in the Christian era. The major part of the fantastic stone paintings were found during the excavations in Antakya around Daphne. Outside the city there is the Cave of Saint Peter which was a church constructed in a cave where the apostles gave their first preach and where the Christian community settled down.On the way to Adana we will see Toprakkale Fortress. Dinner and overnight in Adana.

Day 17 : This morning we drive to Cappadocia by passing through the South Taurus Mountain which is one of the important mountain chain lined on the south of Turkey. On the way our first stop is to have lunch near the waterfall on the Taurus Mountain skirts. Then we continue our drive to Soğanlı Valley which is the wildest area of Cappadocia keeping its mysterious shape in its structure within the environment..We will walk along the valley or drive by car in order to see some churches and see the real village life and the handmade dolls sold by villagers…

Day 18 : Optional Tour: Hot air balloon ride in the early morning.This tour includes one hour balloon ride , a glass of champagne, transfer ,flight certificate.A hot air balloon flight is unique from all other experiences of flights because the feeling in balloon is one of peace and tranquility while floating over the rock formations in the various valleys of the splendid landscape of Cappadocia.

We will continue to discover the splendid nature of Cappadocia on the way. We arrive at the highest point of  the region to get closer to the rock caves, dwelling rooms, pigeonnaries within its special mystery.After sightseeing , we explore the rock cut houses and man-made churches in Pasabag Valley which posseses the most preserved conic rock formations in the region. After lunch, we drive to visit the Göreme Open Air Museum , as a world hearitage site where the rock cut churches, preserved frescoes- 9-13th cent.-protected by UNESCO.  As a cradle of the civilizations Cappadocia is center of the hand crafts in Turkey. Later today, you will have an opportunity to learn the techniques of the rug weaver by a local lecturer. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 19 : 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 20 : 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 21 : You will be transferred to the airport.

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