This 5 day tour starts in Gaziantep, Turkey and ends in Ağrı, Turkey. Highlights include :- Cendere Bridge - Ishak Pasa Palace - Durupinar - Gaziantep Mosaic Museum - Hasankeyf - Karakuş Tümülüsü - Mt. Ararat - Bendimahi Falls - Delikli Tas - Akdamar Church - Akdamar Island Citadel
You will be met upon arrival Gaziantep Airport. Today you will be exploring the capital of Turkish cuisine, every corner has a different delicacy to taste. We will also visit the Mosaic Museum where you can see incredibly well-preserved highlights including the poignant Gypsy Girl and the Birth of Venus mosaics. Afterwards we will head to Adiyaman and check in to your hotel.
In the morning we will visit Cendere, the Roman bridge, Karakus Tumulusu where the royal women of Kommagene were buried. We continue on to Tatvan via Diyarbakir over the bridge on the Euphrates. We will drive to Hasankeyf, situated by the Tigris River which is soon to be submerged under the flood waters of a new dam on the Tigris. From Hasankeyf we continue to Tatvan on the western shore of Lake Van.
We will see the old city in Van, Tusba, and a visit the 3000 year old Citadel of Van and then head to Akdamar Island where we visit the beautifully restored 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, or Sourp Khach. We leave Van for Dogubeyazit via Muradiye and the Bendimahi Falls.
We will travel to Durupinar, at the foot of Mt. Ararat, which some believe is the final resting place of Noah's Ark, we visit the open air museum. We return to Dogubeyazit where we will visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace with its unique fusion of architectural styles from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, Armenian and Persian traditions.
We will drive to Sagliksuyu village to see the Noah's Ark Anchor stone called Delikli Tas. Many crosses have been added since the original eight, which are in a different styles. Transfer to Agri Airport and end of tour.