11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

Eastern Turkey to Black Sea

Adiyaman - Diyerbakir - Erzurum - Kars - Tatvan - Trabzon - Urfa - Van
Starting from $1,850.00

Eastern Turkey to Black Sea

Turkey has so much to offer her visitors: breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure, a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. It is not surprising therefore that this country has recently become one of the world s most popular tourism destinations. Due to Turkey s diverse geography, one can experience four different climates in any one day. The rectangular shaped country is washed on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas.

The summers are long, lasting as long as eight months in some areas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes perfect for winter and summer tourism and sports of all kinds. Enjoy this 11 day Eastern Turkey to Black sea travel package with TPT "Travel Plan Tours".

INCLUDES
  • 1 Night accommodation at the El Ruha 5* in Urfa
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Grand Isias 4* in Adiyaman
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Kervansary Hotel BTQ in Diyerbakir
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Mostar Hotel 4* in Tatvan
  • 2 Nights accommodation at the Rescate Hotel 5* in Van
  • 2 Nights accommodation at the Buyuk Kale 4* in Kars
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Polat Renesiance Hotel 5* in Erzurum
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Usta Hotel 4* in Trabzon
  • Arrival and departure transfers (Sabiha Gokcen airport is subject to surcharge)
  • Meals are as indicated in the itineraries with code letters :B(Breakfast),L(Lunch),D(Dinner)
  • Professional Tour Guides throughout Turkey Programs .
  • Luggage handling in the hotels
  • Local Taxes
  • Museum Entrance fees
EXCLUDES
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
  • Tips and Personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry)
ITINERARY
Day 1 - Wed Cappadocia –Kahta (Adiyaman)

We leave the Land of Beautiful Horses and weird rock formationsand head out across Turkey's hinterland, along the ancient Silk Road via Kayseri and stopping at Karatay Han before proceeding to Adiyaman.. Overnight in Khata. (D)


Day 2 - Thu Kahta(Adiyaman) – Urfa

Today we visit the magnificent funerary monument at the peak of Mt Nemrut stands as a testament to an ancient king's ambition .From Khata we continue to the massive Ataturk Dam and on to Urfa, the ancient city of prophets. Ancient footprints truly mark this part of Turkey; Urfa was the birthplace of the biblical patriarch Abraham. We will visit the cave and shrine where tradition tells us Abraham was born. Nearby are the sacred pools of Abraham filled with sacred carp that are fed by the many pilgrims who visit this holy site. Overnight in Urfa. (B,D)


Day 3 - Fri : Urfa - Diyarbakir

We depart Urfa and proceed to the ongoing archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. Although not widely known amongst the general public Gobekli Tepe is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in the world From Gobekli Tepe, Hill of the Navel, we continue to Diyarbekir. Diyarbekir is another ancient settlement and at 5000 years old is one of the oldest cities in the world. An overwhelmingly Kurdish city Diyarbekir is famed for its ancient city walls; built by the Romans the current walls, built of massive black basalt blocks is, after the great wall of China, the longest continuous defensive wall in the world.. Overnight in Diyarbekir.(B,D)


Day 4 - Sat : Diyarbakir – Mardin - Tatvan

Mardin: located on a high hill overlooking the plains of southern Turkey and Syria. After breakfast, we will visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (the Saffron Monastery), centre of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchy and still an active monastery. The site of the Saffron monastery has been a sacred place for many hundreds of years an .. After lunch drive to Hasankeyf, situated by the Tigris River; soon tobe submerged under the flood waters of a new dam on the Tigris, Hasankeyf has hundreds of caves, hidden waterways, tombs, a larger and smaller Palace, as well as ruins of the Great Mosque. After Hasankeyf we will drive to Tatvan. Dinner and overnight Tatvan . (B,D)


Day 5 - Sun : Diyarbakir – Tatvan – Van

After breakfast drive to to Van via Akdamar Island where we visit the beautifully restored 10th C Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, or Sourp Khach; built as a part of a palace and religious complex between 915 and 921 by the Armenian King Gagik Ardzruni.. From Akdamar we continue to the city of Van, where we will spend the night. (B,D)


Day 6 - Mon : Van

From Van we travel south for the last leg of our journey along the Silk Road (Ipek Yol) in Turkey. We visit Hosap Castle. The main castle structure of Hosap was built straddling the Silk Road and served as both a means of protecting the road and as a point of charging tolls on travellers..From Hosap we return to Van for lunch ,before ending the day with a visit to the Citadel of Van at sunset. On a large rock outcrop the 3000 year old Urartian castle, once the centre of Tushpa, the Urartian capital, commands wonderful panoramic views of the city of Van, Lake Van and Mt Suphan to the north- west and Mt Nemrut (B,D)


Day 7 - Tue : Van –Ishakpasa - Kars

After breakfast,we leave for Dogubeyazit via Muradiye and the pretty Bendimaahi FallsIn Dogubeayzit, we visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace 1685 – 1784 with unique fusion of architecture from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, and Armenian – Persian styles. We continue our journey south skirting around the western edge of Mt Ararat . via Igdir arrive to Kars. Overnight Kars(B,D)


Day 8 - Wed Kars – Ani

From Kars and continue for Ani to spend the morning at the former capital of the great medieval Armenian kingdom of Ani. The remains of the ruined city include several churches as well as the shell of the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque along with an extensive and well preserved defensive wall. There are also some exciting remains of frescoes in the Church of St Gregory (Tigran Honentz) despite exposure to the elements for many centuries. Overnight Kars (B,D)


Day 9 - Thu Kars – Erzurum

Kars to Erzurum. Follow the Aras river west through the Aladaglar mountains; magical scenery of fields of gorse and fern, pristine river beds and deep ravines. Cross the river over the beautiful six-arched Çobandede bridge. In Erzurum, the principal city of eastern Anatolia, visit the magnificent Seljuk Ulu Camii, with its wooden dome, and also the twinminareted Çifte Minare Medrese, its entrance adorned with stalactite porches. Overnight Erzurum. (B,D)


Day 10 - Fri Erzurum - Sumela Monastery - Trabzon

From Erzurum to Trabzon. Drive north through the Pontic Alps, in the steps of Xenophon’s Ten Thousand with spectacular views. Along the Karasu, the northernmost branch of the Euphrates, to Askale, with its ruined Byzantine fortress. Over the 2390m Kopdagi Pass, the Black Sea watershed, into the Coruh valley, passing the huge fortress of Bayburt.Sumela Monastery, Trabzon. To Sumela Monastery, founded in the 4th century, it clings to sheer rock facing the Al tindere Valley. Though in a ruinous state, many of the monastic buildings survive, with 18th- and some 14th-century frescoes.Ovenright in Trabzon (B,D)


Day 11 - Sat Trabzon – Flight Home

After breakfast,in Trabzon, visit the beautiful late-Byzantine church of Aya Sophia, with 13th-century frescoes and frieze. Transfer to the Airport. (B)


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