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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 : ISTANBUL

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

Day 2 : ISTANBUL - TRABZON

Today we will see the ancient city walls then we will 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 ..Then we go to see the life of İstanbul citizens in Taksim… We guarantee that you will gain different perspectives of the life of this fabulous 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 : TRABZON

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 : TRABZON - SUMELA -TRABZON

Morning excursion to the Sumela Monastery, built in the XIVth century. It is the most important Byzantine monument of the region and is situated on a cliff 1000 feet above the alley floor and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Return to Trabzon for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 : TRABZON - ERZURUM

Morning drive to Erzurum through the famous Zigana Pass at an altitude of 6500 feet. Afternoon sightseeing in Erzurum will include 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 : ERZURUM - KARS

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 : KARS - DOGUBEYAZIT

Full-day excursion to Ani, 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. On the way to Dogubeyazit enjoy the beautiful scenery of Mt.Ararat. Many archeologists and biblical scholars believe Noah's Ark landed on Agri Dagi (Mount Ararat) in eastern Turkey Afternoon sightseeing in Dogubeyazit - which is believed to be the Garden of Eden - including the citadel built at the time of the Urartian Kingdom and the Ishak Pasha Palace and Mosque of the 17th century. Dinner and overnight in Dogubeyazit.

Day 8 : DOGUBEYAZIT - VAN

After breakfast you will visit the Muradiye Waterfall. On the road possible to see famous Ararat 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: VAN

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 : VAN - AKDAMAR - VAN

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 : VAN - MARDIN

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 Monastery which was built in the 1st century. Overnight in Mardin.

Day 12 : MARDIN - DIYARBAKIR

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. (B,L,D)

Day 13 : DIYARBAKIR - HARRAN - URFA

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. (B,L,D)

Day 14 : URFA - NEMRUT - KAHTA

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. (B,L,D)

Day 15 : KAHTA - ANTAKYA

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. (B,L,D)

Day 16 : ANTAKYA - ADANA

After breakfast we will visit Antakya - the city where the word "Christian" was used for the first time. Its museum has one of the richest Roman mosaic collection of the world. The major part of the fantastic stone paintings were found during the excavations in Antakya and 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. (B,L,D)

Day 17 : ADANA - CAPPADOCIA

After our breakfast we drive to Cappadocia by passing through the 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 stil keeping its wild nature and seems isolated from any modern utilities in its misterious shape..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 : CAPPADOCIA

This morning we will visit the Uçhisar castle, the highest point of the region where you can see all different valleys , rock dwelling houses, wineyards and the pigeonaries on the landscape.. After our castle visit , we walk in the village which is really so rich with the volcanic houses…then we go to see the undegroundcity of Kaymaklı or Derinkuyu on the south part of the region.And we will have our lunch in a nice place…After that, wego to visit the Göreme Open Air Museum where we will see the beautiful frescoes dating back to 4-13. century A.D. On the way we can stop in a carpetweaving rug palace to learn the history of Turkish carpets from a local lecturer in Cappadocia region…Then we can go to see the sunset on the panoramic view point depending on the weather conditions…

Day 19 : CAPPADOCIA - ISTANBUL

After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri Airport for your morning flight back to Istanbul. Then enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul. Our first stop will be the Hippodrome, where chariot races were held and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Then world famous St.Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century - following the Blue Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior blue tiles. Then you will enjoy a Bosphorus Tour by boat along the waterway separating Europe from Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. (B,L,D)

Day 20 : ISTANBUL

Today you will visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans housing richness of 700 years. Later on you will be browsing the Grand Bazaar. Free afternoon to explore the city on your own and overnight stay in Istanbul. Tonight there will be a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 21 : ISTANBUL -HOME

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport.

or Tailer mode tours can be arranged with respect to your interests and requesteds, too.

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