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Grand East Anatolia

HIGHLIGHTS

Mt Nemrut at Sunset | Southern Mediterranean Coast | Mt Ararat | Sumela Monastery | Black Sea Coast

DURATION

22 Days / 21 Nights

DEPATURES

Daily on a Private basis

PRICE FROM

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TOUR INCLUDES

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Driver and a/c transportation
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • Meals as indicated (B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Local taxes & service surcharges

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Day 1 Thursday: Istanbul-Bolu-Golcuk-Safranbolu
Drive directly east to Bolu then up the mountain to the breathtakingly beautiful alpine lake of Golcük. Continue on to Safranbolu and visit the Cinci Hani. Overnight in Safranbolu. (B)

Day 2 Friday: Safranbolu-Yazilikaya-Hattusas-Amasya
An early start this morning to visit the marvellous ancient Hittite sites of Yazilikaya and Hattusas. Continue east to Amasya, and wander along the shady tree-lined Ziya Pasa Bulvari on the riverbank. Return in the evening to see the illuminated bridges, minarets and Pontic tombs high up in the cliffs. Overnight Amasya. (B)

Day 3 Saturday: Amasya
Visit some of the fascinating ancient buildings and mosques, and the museum, which also houses some Mongol mummies.  (B)

Day 4 Sunday: Amasya-Sivas-Tokat-Amasya
Drive south to Sivas to view the museum and the impressive Seljuk buildings. A stop will be made at the ancient town of Tokat on the way. Overnight Amasya.  (B)

Day 5 Monday: Amasya-Black Sea Coast-Trabzon
Drive to Trabzon along the Black Sea Coast with its charming little port towns.  (B)

Day 6 Tuesday: Sumela Monastery-Trabzon-Rize
The highlight of the day today will be the 14th century Sumela Monastery. Also visit the 13th century St. Sophia Church.  (B)

Day 7 Wednesday: Rize-Camlihemsin-Ayder-Rize
Spend the day in the hinterland today, driving through tea plantation areas, and viewing picturesque arched stone bridges, and the wonderful mountain plateaux of Ayder, strongly resembling the Austrian countryside.  (B)

Day 8 Thursday: Rize-Erzurum
A spectacular drive through mountains, valleys and gorges, and along the Tortum Lake to Erzurum. On the way visit some stunningly beautiful 10th century Georgian churches.  (B)

Day 9 Friday: Erzurum-Kars
Visit the magnificent Seljukian monuments of Erzurum before driving to Kars.  (B)
Possibility to leave the tour in Erzurum to fly back to Istanbul, or to Ankara.

Day 10 Saturday: Kars-Dogu Beyazit
Visiti Ani, the ruined Armenian city of a hundred gates and a thousand churches, and its great walls over a kilometre in length. Drive on to Dogu Beyazit, to visit the superb Ishak Pasa Sarayi, an indulgent 17th-18th century palace. See Mount Ararat, believed to be where Noah’s Ark landed.  (B)

Day 11 Sunday: Dogu Beyazit-Van
Drive to Van, the capital of the Urartu Kingdom that dominated this region from the 13th to 7th centuries BC.  (B)

Day 12 Monday: Van
Tour Cavustepe, the 8th century B.C. Urartian Citadel, and then the 17th century Hosap Castle, followed by a boat trip to visit the 10th century Armenian Church on the Akdamar Island.  (B)

Day 13 Tuesday: Van-Tatvan-Diyarbakir
Early morning drive to Diyarbakir via Tatvan. See the Malabadi Bridge before arriving into Diyarbakir. Visit the Grand Mosque and the famous city walls.  (B)

Day 14 Wednesday: Diyarbakir-Mardin-Sanliurfa
Visit the ancient town of Mardin with its famous Monastery. Continue on to Sanliurfa for dinner and overnight.  (B)

Note: Possibility to join the tour here in Sanliurfa.

Day 15 Thursday: Sanliurfa-Harran-Sanliurfa
Take a morning excursion to Harran, with its beehive-shaped mud-brick houses dating back to biblical times then drive back to Sanliurfa, the birthplace of Abraham, for a tour of the city.  (B)

Day 16 Friday: Sanliurfa
Free day. (B)

Day 17 Saturday: Sanliurfa-Nemrut Dagi-Adiyaman
Drive to Adiyaman via the huge Ataturk Dam. Late afternoon climb up the Nemrut Mountain to view the stupendous colossal statues, lions and eagles on top of the mountain (2,150 metres) at sunset.  (B)

Day 18 Sunday: Adiyaman-Yesemek-Antakya
Drive south through the mountains to Antakya, with a stop on the way at Yesemek to wander through the fascinating open-air museum of Hittite sculptures. On to spend time in the Antakya Mosaic Museum.  (B)

Day 19 Monday: Antakya-Tarsus-Kiz Kalesi
See St. Peter’s Grotto, the earliest Christian church ever built, then drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul and where Marcus Anthony reputedly met Cleopatra. Continue a short distance along the coast to Kiz Kalesi.  (B)

Day 20 Tuesday: Kiz Kalesi-Anamur-Bozyazi
This is a very interesting region of Turkey, along the South Eastern Mediterranean Coast, with its ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins, churches, aquaducts and sarcophagi.  (B)

Day 21 Wednesday: Bozyazi-Anamur-Alanya-Antalya
Two of the highlights today will be the mediaeval castle of Anamur and Ancient Anamurium. About halfway between Bozyazi and Antalya is Alanya. The surviving buildings reflect the importance of the city in Selcuk times. You will also see the octagonal Kizil Kule (Red Tower) right on the water. (B)

Day 22 Thursday: Antalya
Tour ends after breakfast. Transfer to the airport or extend your stay. (B)

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