Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
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Black Sea & Eastern Turkey Tours

Itinerary

This 9 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

2024 - 'Fire of Mesopotamia Tour'
9 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Friday

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul. After picking you up from the airport, we'll drop you off at your hotel for a free day in Istanbul to explore the city.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
Day 2
Saturday

Istanbul Old City

Today's itinerary begins with a visit to the Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene and the Harem) , which was once the home of the Ottoman Empire's sultans. We continue with stops at the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum, and Hippodrome.
On an optional, afternoon, 'Half day Bosphorus cruise', you can cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe and Asia.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
(B)
Day 3
Sunday

Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

After breakfast, you fly to Cappadocia. As you arrive at the airport, your guide in Cappadocia awaits to show you the highlights of Cappadocia. To marvel at Cappadocia's lunar scenery, we'll visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, as well as tour the various levels of an underground city. Prepare your cameras because photo opportunities abound!
Don't miss tonight's optional Turkish folklore event, which will feature folklore and belly dancers... it'll be a night to remember!

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 4
Monday

Cappadocia

There's more to explore in Cappadocia today. We'll visit Pigeon Valley and Red Valley today, then Cavusin Village, and finally Avanos Town, where we'll learn about hand-made pottery.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 5
Tuesday

Cappadocia, Van

Departure in the morning from Cappadocia, we head to Ankara for our direct flight to Van. On arrival to Van Airport, you will meet with your tour guide. Before we go to our hotel, we will explore the Citadel with its three thousand Urartian fortress of Van and witness the extraordinary sunset.

Overnight Van
Boutique
(B)
Day 6
Wednesday

Van, Akdamar Island

After breakfast, we will travel by ferry stopping at Akdamar Island to see a spectacular 10th century church built by an Armenian king, if there is time swim in Lake Van.
Then, we will drive back to city centre to visit the largest Urartu Museum in the World. Artifacts from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Urartian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Seljuk, Turkish-Islamic, and Ottoman Periods are exhibited in chronological order taking our visitors on a unique historical journey.
After the museum visit Van Cat House. Van cats are relatively large, have a chalky white coat, sometimes with ruddy coloration on the head and hindquarters, and have blue, amber eyes or one eye of each colour. This variety has been referred to as "the swimming cat", and has been observed to swim in Lake Van.

Overnight Van
Boutique
(B)
Day 7
Thursday

Van, Dogubayazit, Ararat, Kars

Today we leave for Dogubayazit via Muradiye and the Bendimaahi Falls. In Dogubayazit, we visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace, 1685 - 1784, which has a unique fusion of architecture from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, and Armenian - Persian styles.
We continue our journey north, skirting around the western edge of Mt Ararat. Mt. Ararat is one of the great natural spectacles of the world,. The name Ararat derives from the Bible (Jeremiah 51:27) and is a transliteration of 'Urartu' the name foreigners gave to this region and its inhabitants in Biblical times.

Overnight Kars
Boutique
(B)
Day 8
Friday

Kars, Ani

This morning we journey to the site of Ani, the former capital of the Armenian kingdom. In the mid 10th century, nothing in Europe could rival this capital of the Armenian kingdom in terms of either size or magnificence. The remains of the ruined city include several churches as well as the shell of the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque. There are also some exciting remains of frescoes in the Church of St Gregory (Tigran Honentz) despite having been exposed to the elements for centuries.
Afternoon, we will visit 12 Aposotles Church and Kars Castle.

Overnight Kars
Boutique
(B)
Day 9
Saturday

Kars, Istanbul

Transfer to Kars Airport for your onward flight back to Istanbul. On arrival to Istanbul Airport our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. We require a copy/image of your passport in order to book flights. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights. Domestic flight times may vary due to various circumstances.
5. The flight from Kars to Istanbul arrives into Istanbul at 13:45
6. The flight from Ankara to Van arrives into Van at 17:15
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Domestic flight between Istanbul and Cappadocia and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Ankara and Van and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Kars and Istanbul and transfers
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 8 nights - accommodation.
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Istanbul
    - 2 nights
    Boutique Cave
    Cappadocia
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Van
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Kars
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - Driver and Guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Ani - Cathedral of Ani
  • Cappadocia - Avanos - Pottery Village
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Red Valley
  • Göreme - Open Air Museum (Dark Church)
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace (Hagia Irene and Harem)
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Van - Akdamar Church
  • Van - House of Cats
  • Van - Urartu Archeology and Ethnography Museum
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Cappadocia - Çavuşin Village
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley
  • Dogubayazit - Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Göreme - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Kars - Church of the Twelve Apostles
  • Muradiye - Bendimahi Falls
  • Van - Akdamar Island
  • Van - Urartian Fortress Citadel
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Turkey

Cappadocia
Gamirasu Hotel
Standard : Boutique Cave
Address :-
Ayvali Koyu
Ürgüp
Cappadocia
Ph. :
+90 (0384) 354 5815
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Istanbul
Levni Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Ebusuud Caddesi No: 31 Sirkeci
Sirkeci
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 (0212) 519 10 19
Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel
Kars
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Kaleici Mah.
Karadağ 1 Sok. No:2
Merkez
Kars
Kars
Ph. :
+90 474 606 03 46
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Van
Van Life Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Kazım Karabekir Cad.
Sedir Altı 1.Sok. No: 2
İpekyolu
Van
Van
Ph. :
+90 501 256 65 65
Van Life Hotel
Van Life Hotel
Van Life Hotel
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
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Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
01 Apr 2024
31 Oct 2024
2,055.00
544.00
Deposit Option available for Fire of Mesopotamia Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
22 Aug 2023 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for Fire of Mesopotamia Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
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8
11
25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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