13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

SILK ROAD UNDER THE SHADE OF ARARAT AND CAUCASUS

Armenia: GYUMRI - Yerevan
Turkey: Istanbul - Van
Starting from $3,930 (Land Only)

SILK ROAD UNDER THE SHADE OF ARARAT AND CAUCASUS

3 COUNTRIES IN ONE: TURKEY /EASTERN TURKEY /ARMENIA /GEORGIA This 13 day package will take you to visit the highlights of three countries. In Istanbul Turkey, you will visit The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome of Constantinople, then visit St.Sophia Church the former Eastern Orthodox Church converted to a mosque and a must see attraction because of its religious and architectural significance. You will also visit the Topkapi Palace, once the seat of the Ottoman Empire. In Eastern Turkey, you will visit the city of VAN – DOGUBEYAZIT – ISHAKPASA PALACE – KARS where you will see the the pretty Bendimaahi FallsIn Dogubeayzit, the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace 1685 – 1784 with unique fusion of architecture from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, and Armenian – Persian styles. You will skirt around the western edge of Mt Ararat . via Igdir. From Kars 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. In the western part of Armenia, in the middle of Shirak valley, 126 km far from Yerevan. The local traditions are deeply rooted here. National spirit is reflected in everything. Walking along the streets of old Gyumri one still seems to hear the voice of the smiths' hammers, it seems that a cart will appear from the street corner and the carter will call to show around the city. Drive to Echmiadzin Located 30 min outside of the city and considered one of the holiest cities in Armenia. This former capital is now home to the Supreme Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox faith. On the way back visit ruins of Zvartnots Temple, which is included in UNESCO s World Heritage sites . Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and one of the oldest cities in the world. It stretches under the gaze of biblical mountain Ararat. Enjoy this 13 day Turkey travel package with TPT "Travel Plan Tours".

INCLUDES
  • Hotels: (4-5* class) or Similar
  • 2 Nighst accommodation at Titanic 4* in Istanbul
  • 2 Nighst accommodation at the Rescate 5* in Van
  • 2 Nights accommodation at the Buyuk Kale 4* in Kars
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Berlin BTQ in Gyumri
  • 2 Nights accommodation at the Ani 4* in Yerevan
  • 3 Nights accommodation at the Holiday Inn 4* in Tiblisi
  • Arrival and departure transfers (Sabiha Gokcen airport is subject to surcharge)
  • Flight to Ist/Van flight to Tiblisi /Ist
  • Museum Entrance fees
  • 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
EXCLUDES
  • International Airfare (Please contact us for details)
  • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and Personal items
ITINERARY
ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

Arrival to Istanbul the rest of the day is at leisure B



ISTANBUL

After breakfast visit The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome of Constantinople, Then, visit St.Sophia Church, is a former Eastern Orthodox Church converted to a mosque and must see attraction because of its religious and architectural significance. Next visit Topkapi Palace, once the seat of the Ottoman Empire. Overnight in Istanbul. B



ISTANBUL –FLY - VAN (EASTERN TURKEY )

(7.00 am flight from Istanbul arrival 10.00 am ) Drive to 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. BD



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 MtNemrut Crater to the west. Overnight Van BD



VAN – DOGUBEYAZIT – ISHAKPASA PALACE - 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 BD



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 BD



KARS (FROM TURKISH BORDER ) TO GYUMRI (ARMENIA) (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)

Today , we re Meeting the group at the border and drive to Gyumri . Gyumri is located in the north-western part of Armenia, in the middle of Shirak valley, 126 km far from Yerevan. The local traditions are deeply rooted here, national spirit is reflected in everything. Walking along the streets of old Gyumri one still seems to hear the voice of the smiths' hammers, it seems that a cart will appear from the street corner and the carter will call to show around the city. Overnight in Gyumri. B



GYUMRI - ECHMIADZIN –ZVARTNOS TEMPLE TO YEREVAN CITY

Today , we drive to Echmiadzin Located 30 min outside of the city and considered one of the holiest cities in Armenia. This former capital is now home to the Supreme Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox faith. On the way back visit ruins of Zvartnots Temple, which is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites . Yerevan is the capital of Armenia and one of the oldest cities in the world. It stretches under the gaze of biblical mountain Ararat. Overnight in Yerevan . B



YEREVAN –KHOR VIRAP – NORAVANK – BRANDY FACOTRY – YEREVAN

Today , A short drive from Yerevan will lad you to Khor Virap Monastery a place of pilgrimage for Armenians all over the world. Khor Virap is the closest point to Mount Ararat from where you may witness the stunning views of the Biblical Mount Ararat and the most convenient place for observing and taking pictures of the biblical mountain. After proceed to Vayots Dzor region and visit Monastery of Noravank- one of the most splendid monuments of medieval Armenia, built in a location of significant natural beauty. The magnificent landscape of mountains, surrounding the monastery, display a beautiful array of colours from the sun's reflection. Way to Yerevan. Next visit to the Brandy Factory with the degustation of 3 types of cognac. Return back to your hotel . B



GARNI – GEGHARD –SEVAN –BAGRATASHEN BORDER (GEROGIA )

Today , we visit Garni Temple 1st century Roman building . Soon after Armenia adopted Christianity, the temple became the summer residence of Armenian royalty. Next stop is Geghard –cave Monastery, the name “geghard” derives from the relics of the Armenian Apostolic church: the spear that one of the Roman guards had used to pierce the rib of crucified Christ. Tour to the Lake Sevan - the highest mountainous Lake 2000 m above sea level, visiting the churches of the peninsula (St.Astvatsatsin and St.Arakelots). Proceed to Bagratashen boder Meet at Armenia – Georgia border at Sadakhlo checkpoint. Transfer to Tbilisi. B



MTSKHETA

We start a trip by driving to Mtskheta. Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. Scientists date the town back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta was the capital of Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during 500BC - 500AD. Here Georgians accepted Christianity in the beginning of 4th century. The town and its architectural monuments are included in the World's Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Visit Jvari Monastery (6th c.), Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th c.) and Samtavro Monastery. Drive to Tbilisi. Overnigh in Tbilisi. B



TBILISI CITY TOUR

We start the city tour of Tbilisi with visits to the Old Town: Metekhi Temple (12th c.), the Abanotubani bath houses, these balmy sulphur baths have hosted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries; Narikala - The main fortress of Tbilisi (4th c.), excellent for views on the swirling river Mtkvari (Kura) and this city of so many ages and nationalities. Walking through some narrow streets, along which some carpet and souvenir shops are situated. We visit Sioni Cathedral (11th c.) and Anchiskhati church (6th c.); Visit Georgian State Museum and Rustaveli Avenue - the main street of Tbilisi. Note: museum is closed on Mondays.B



TBILISI –RETURN FLY ISTANBUL

After Breakfast flight back to Istanbul B



DEPARTURE & RATES

Gold Plan

Land Only
Dates Price
From October 01 2016 to October 31 2017 $3930
Single Supplement
Dates Price
From October 01 2016 to October 31 2017 $1500
Notes
  • This Tour operates Min. 4 PAX
  • Triple Room available: $3600 per person
  • Child rate applicable if Child stays with two adults