14 Days Private Eastern Turkey Tour

Day 1: Adana-Tarsus-Adana

Pick up from Adana airport and drive to Tarsus, the birth place of Sainth Paul. Arrive to Tarsus and visit to the well of Saint Paul and the Cleopatra Gate. Lunch in Tarsus and drive back to Adana. Overnight stay in Adana

Day 2: Adana-Antakya

Breakfast and departure to Antakya, the biblical city situated in the Asi. Its museum has one of the richest Roman mozaic collection of the world. Outside the city there is the cave of Saint Peter. Overnight stay in Antakya

Day 3:Antakya-Gaziantep

Arrival to Gaziantep. There we will visit the mosaic museum which houses a collection of mosaics from the now sunken city of Zeugma. We will visit the citadel and the Old Town of Gaziantep. Overnight in Gaziantep.

Day 4: Gaziantep-Urfa

After breakfast we will drive fom Gaziantep to Urfa. We will visit the ancient town of Harran with its “Beehive” houses and then the archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe to visit what is considered to be the oldest religious construction yet discovered. Overnight in Urfa

Day 5: Urfa-Kahta

From Urfa we depart for Nemrut. En route, we will stop at the Ataturk Dam, the keystone in the South East Anatolian Project (GAP). Overnight in Kahta.

Day 6: Kahta-Mardin

We will visit the summit of Nemrut for sunrise; we visit the ancient funerary monument at the summit of mt. Nemrut in Adiyaman. With a brief stop in Diyabakir we carry on to Mardin. Overnight in Mardin

Day 7: Mardin-Tatvan

After breakfast we will visit the ancient Saffron Monastery, an important religious site for Syriac Christians. From Mardin we proceed to Hasankeyf on the River Tigris and down the Bitlis Gorge to Bitlis. Overnight in Tatvan.

Day 8: Tatvan-Van

Depart from Tatvan to Van, on the way visiting Seljuk monuments of Ahlat, and the great volcano crater of Nemrut, along the shore of the Lake Van proceed to Van. Overnight in Van.

Day 9: Van City Tour

Sightseeing in the Van region including a visit to the 17th century fortress of Hosap, sitting astride the ancient Silk Road into Persia and the Orient. In the afternoon we will visit the island of Akdamar in Lake Van to visit the 10th century Church of the Holy Cross. Overnight in Van.

Day 10:  Van-Kars

On to Ishak Pasha Saray, passing the Biblical mountain of Ararat on to Dogubeyazit . Overnight in Kars.

Day 11: Kars-Erzurum

In Kars we visit the ancient Armenian city of Ani on the Arpacay River, via the First World War battlefield site of Sarakimis and the Aras River valley, sightseeing in Erzurum. Overnight in Erzurum.

Day 12: Erzurum-Hopa

We depart Erzurum for Hopa via the spectacular Georgian Valleys, Ishan and Artvin. Overnight in Hopa.

Day 13: Hopa-Trabzon

From Hopa we drive along the Black Sea border to Sumela. Visiting the cliff side monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela in the Altindere national park before proceeding to the 14th century Byzantine church of Hagia Sofia overlooking the Black Sea. Arriving to Trabzon and overnight there.

Day 14: Trabzon-Istanbul

Transfer to airport and fly to Istanbul

 

Tour Summary

  • ADANA-TARUS-ANTAKYA
  • ANTAKYA TO GAZINTEP
  • GAZINTEP-KAHTA
  • KAHTA-MT.NEMRUT-HARRAN-SANIL URFA
  • SANLI URFA-DIYABAKIR-MARDIN
  • MARDIN-DEYRULZAFERAN
  • MARDIN-MIDYAT-HASANKEFY-VAN
  • VAN-AKDAMAR
  • VAN-DOGUBAYAZIT
  • DOGUBAYAZIT-KARS
  • KARS-ERZURUM
  • KUMBAT
  • ERZURAM-TRABAZON
  • FLY TO ISTANBUL

 

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