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Black Sea with East Anatolia Tours (14 Days - 13 Nights)
DAY 1 - Arrive to Istanbul: Welcome to Istanbul. Meet andt ransfer to our hotel. After welcome cocktail, we will have an informational meeting. Dinner at the hotel. ON
DAY 2 - FD Tour in Istanbul: Full day city tour of "Byzantine and Ottoman Relics" on the European side of Istanbul. "the Hippodrome with the Obelisk, Serpentine Column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Church and Topkapi Palace. Istanbul tour ends with a walk through the famous Istiklal Street. Lodging in Istanbul. ON (B,L)
DAY 3 - Domestic (morning) flight to Trabzon: Transfer from Istanbul airport for your flight to Trabzon, In the New Testament the references to Pontus ( Acts 2:9; 18:2, I PET. 1:1 ) were to the people in the western part whose attitudes were Roman. Pontus was the land of the Amazons and the home of Strabo who praised the coastal region from Trapezus (Trabzon) west for its productiveness and scenic beauty. In nearby Boztepe, you will visit St. Sophia Church, decorated with a lavish mixture of Byzantine and Seljuk styles. Check in to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy a brief walking tour of this city that sprawls grandiosely on eighteen side of a gorge and enjoys splendid views of a harbor on the Black Sea. Lodging in Trabzon. ON (B,L)
DAY 4 - Trabzon (Visit to Sumela Monastery) - Green Rize - Artvin: After breakfast our first stop is Sumela Monastery that was built in 406 AD as a secret place by monks and it is more than 1200 meters above sea level and carved in Zigana Mountain. We will have beautiful green countryside bus drive to Artvin via Rize with its amazing tea fields. Overnight and dinner at Artvin. ON (B,L)
DAY 5 - Artvin - Ishan Church - drive to Kars : Today we will leave from ancient Patmos region throuhg ancient Georgian providence. On the way through Kars. We will stop for Georgian Patmos. We will explore for Dörtkilise and then Ishan... Lodging and dinner at Kars. ON (B,L)
DAY 6 - Ani Ruines - Kars: After breakfast we will leave from our hotel for an exciting tour. Our first stop is ruins of Ani. Ani, 45 kilometers east of Kars, was completely deserted in 1239 after a Mongol invasion, but before that it had been an important city and a capital of both Urartion and Armenian Kingdoms. Surrounded by walls, the ruins lie in fields overlooking the Arap Cayi river, which forms the border with Armenia. The ghost city is extremely dramatic and there are several notable churches, including a cathedral built between the years 989 and 1010. Lodging in Kars . ON (B,L)
DAY 7 - Mt. Ararat - Dogubayezit - Ishak Pasa Castle: Drive to Mt. Ararat. Forty days and forty nights finally ended, Mt. Ararat is where Noah boat is said to have landed. Climbing is only allowed with permission from Ankara. The search for the remains of Noah's Ark has been a growing business even since the French nobleman Pitton de Tournefort first scaled the mountain in 1707. We will continue for Dogubeyazit. On our way we will stop for Ishak Pasha Palace that rises up over the valley below. This noteworthy architectural complex was built at the turn of the 17th century by Ishak Pasha, a Kurdish emir on whom the sultan of Istanbul had conferred the title of governor. Architecturally speaking, the building is eclectic since it is a fusion of characteristic elements of well defined styles. Overnignt at Dogubeyazit. ON (B,L)
DAY 8 - Arrive Van and Van Castle: We will leave from our hotel for Van. After picturesque drive we will explore for Van Castle. Overnight and dinner at Van. ON (B,L)
DAY 9 - Van Lake - Akdamar Church - Museum: We will do a full day city tour in Van. Our visiting program is Akdamar Church in the Island Akdamar in Van lake, the Castle Mahmudiye and Archeological Museum. Overnight in Van. ON (B,L)
DAY 10 - Van - Hasankeyf - Mardin: After breakfast we will leave from Van to Mardin. On the way we will stop for Hasankeyf. We will visit grottos, castle and Hasankeyf 's bridge. Then We will visit another great monastery which is called the Monastery of Mor Gabriel. We will continue for Mother Mary Monastery which was built in the 1st century. Overnight in Mardin. ON (B,L)
DAY 11 - Mardin - Deyrul Zeferan Monastery- Diyarbakir: After breakfast we will explore for Mardin. This town had a large Christian community and there are still some Syrian Christian families and churches . On the out skirts is the monastery of Deyrulzaferan in which Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still used as the liturgical tongue. The history of Mardin, like that of Diyarbakir, involves disputes by rival armies over dozens and dozens centuries. Syrian Orthodox Christians settled in this area during the 1st century. We will visit also Kirklar Church ( Forty-Martyrs Church ). We will leave from Mardin to Diyarbakir. It will take 100-kilometre countryside view trip. The Tigiris (Dicle) flows by the mighty black walls of Diyarbakir. Considering that Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates valleys, saw the down fall of the world's first great empires. We will visit the famous city's wall which is the second longest in the world after China's Wall. It is 5 kilometers long and 8-12 meters high. Our visiting will continue for Ulu Mosque which was converted from church to mosque in 639. Overnight and dinner at Diyarbakir. ON (B,L)
DAY 12 - Diyarbakir - Harran - Urfa: After breakfast We will leave for SanliUrfa. Our first stop is Gobeklitepe (thee first Humanity Temple builded here bu Human 12.000years ago) then we have lunch in Urfa. After lunch we continue to Harran, 50 kilometers south from Sanli Urfa, is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements on the earth, with its beehivelike mudbrick houses. Here was the Temple of Sin (erroneously called the first university ), famous throughout the ancient world for its star readers and savants. It was in Harran where Rebecca drew water for Isaac's servant, from where Abraham decided to make his move into the land of Cannan. We return backt o Urfa. We will enjoy with Halilurahman Mosque and Ulu Mosque which was first built as a synagogue then converted to a church called Kizil Church, and then on the church, Ulu Mosque was built in 1175. Lodging in SanliUrfa. ON (B,L)
DAY 13 - Adiyaman - Kahta (Mt Nemrut): We have a fabulous countryside trip to Nemrut Mountain. On the way we have photobreak point for GAP Dam. Arrive to Adiyaman and Kahta city where we will overnight. Nemrut; On this summit lies a 2000 year old memorial sanctuary for an obscure Commagene King, with huge statues of gods and kings, their heads toppled by earthquakes and scattered on the ground. Overnight our hotel in Kahta. ON (B,L)
DAY 14 - Flight to Istanbul - Transfer: Today we will have a flight to Istanbul. Your international flight to Home. End of our tour and services. (B)
Accommodation in 3 or 4 stars hotels- a professional licenced Guide - Mentioned meals above in the tour program - A comfortableBus, car or minivan - All entrance fees where necessary.
Local flight tickets from Istanbul Trabzon and way back to - Istanbul - Drinks on the meals - Self expences in Hotel rooms (Minibar- Laundry-Telephone etc) - Tips to Guide and Driver.
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