Eastern Turkey Tour 2013


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TurkeyVision's Eastern Turkey Tour 2013 is for the traveler who relishes exploring off the beaten track, this tour offers the charms of a rustic region.

14 Nights

Departure Day : Saturday
Start City : Istanbul
End City : Adana

Visits include:
Istanbul - Trabzon - Rize - Yusufeli - Barhal - Osk Vank - Erzurum - Ani - Dogubeyazit - Van - Akdamar - Ahlat - Bitlis - Diyarbakir - Hasankeyf - Midyat - Mardin - Harran - Urfa - Nemrut Dag - Halfeti - Zeugma - Gaziantep - Antioch - Tarsus - Adana

Your Advantages

o Escort by a professional guide-lecturer.
o A comprehensive and well designed itinerary,
o Possibility of tasting local food,
o Lectures on Turkey's diverse cultures,
o After the tour, possibility of extending your
stay in Istanbul.

Special Features

Included :
o Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles throughout,
o Escort by a professional guide-lecturer,
o Entrance fees to the museums,
o Accommodation in shared-twin rooms in stated or similar hotels,
o Arrival and departure transfers.

Meals :
o Daily breakfast, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
o One bottle of water (1/2 lt.) per person per lunch.

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Eastern Turkey Tour 2013

  1. 1. DAY 1 FRI Board your overnight flight to Turkeyfrom USA.DAY 2 SAT Arrive in IstanbulUpon arrival, meet TurkeyVision representativeand transfer to your hotel. Dinner is on yourown. Overnight. • MEALS BDAY 3 SUN Istanbul > TrabzonTransfer to airport for your flight to Trabzon,the main city of the Black Sea Region. Uponarrival, depart for the Byzantine Monastery ofSumela located in a breathtaking site on theface of a 4,000 ft. high cliff. Return to Trabzon.After lunch, visit Hagia Sophia, whose 13th c.frescoes are Turkey’s most beautiful from thisperiod. Tour the first church to be convertedinto a mosque (Fatih Camii) when the city fell toMehmet the Conqueror, PanaghiaChryzokephalos (The Golden Head Virgin).Explore the walls and old quarters of the uppertown. Dinner and overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 4 MON Trabzon > Rize > Yusufeli(140 mi.) In the morning, drive toward Rize inthe midst of tea plantations. Continue throughHopa, near the Georgian border, to Artvin.After lunch, drive through the scenic CoruhValley. Visit picturesque Ishan perched high inthe mountains with its ruins of an 8th c.cathedral, as well as a church dedicated to theVirgin Mary in 1006. Dinner and overnight.• MEALS BLDDAY 5 TUE Yusufeli > Barhal > Osk Vank> Dort Kilise > Erzurum (130 mi.)After breakfast, take a minibus on amountain road to Barhal to take in amagnificent Georgian church. Continue tothe Georgian monastery Osk Vank and themonastery complex Dort Kilise. Enjoy lunchat Yusufeli. Drive to Erzurum (6,250 ft.)along beautiful Lake Tortum. Dinner andovernight. • MEALS BLDDAY 6 WED Erzurum > Ani > Dogubeyazit(280 mi.) In the big city of Erzurum, visitSeljuk monuments. Tour Cifte MinareMedresesi (the old theology school with twotile-covered minarets) and the city’s oldestmosque Ulu Cami with its beautiful woodendome, as well as the turbe (domed tombs).Appreciate the Russian architecture andenjoy lunch in Kars. Drive to the ancientcapital of the Bagratid Armenians, Ani, nearthe scenic gorges of the Arpa Cayi Riverbordering Armenia. Return through Kars toDogubayazit in the foothills of MountArarat. Gaze in awe at Anatolia’s highestmountain (16,945 ft.) where Noah’s Arkallegedly landed after the Deluge. Dinnerand overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 7 THU Dogubeyazit > Van (106 mi.)Explore Ishak Pasha Palace where Persian,Armenian, Georgian, Seljuk, and Ottomanstyles blend harmoniously. Enjoy lunchnear Muradiye Waterfalls. Drive along theArtvin © Izzet Keribar Ani © Izzet Keribar Mardin © Izzet KeribarFor the travelerwho relishesexploring off thebeaten track,this tour offersthe charms of arustic region.Eastern Turkey38 F O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E V I S I T W W W . T U R K E Y V I S I O N . C O MIranian border through a barren landscape ofvolcanic stones. Continue to Van, known asTushpa when it was the capital of the ancientUrartu Kingdom. From the citadel, admirethe panoramic view of Turkey’s largest lake,Lake Van. Dinner and overnight.• MEALS BLDDAY 8 FRI Van > Hosap > Akdamar (100 mi.)Drive to Çavustepe to visit the Urartiancitadel (8th c. BC). Continue to Hosap, wherea castle impressively crowns the village, toappreciate an astonishing landscape. Returnto Lake Van and enjoy lunch in Gevas. Relaxon a boat excursion to Akhtamar Island tomarvel at Holy Cross Church (10th c.) withbeautiful reliefs of animals, vines, biblicalscenes, and King Gagik of Armenia. Return toVan for dinner and overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 9 SAT Van > Ahlat > Bitlis >Diyarbakir (265 mi.) Drive along the northshore of Lake Van to explore Ahlat with itsinteresting Seljuk cemetery. In a deep,narrow valley, visit the picturesque town ofBitlis. In the big city of Diyarbakir, seeimpressive city walls and the Grand Mosque,constructed with materials recycled fromByzantine and earlier periods. Dinner andovernight. • MEALS BLDDAY 10 SUN Diyarbakir > Hasankeyf >Midyat > Mardin (143 mi.) Travel throughthe Batman oilfield area to reach Hasankeyf,12th c. capital of the Artukids, at the end of agigantic gorge carved by the Tigris River.Note the huge piers of the Old Bridge. Abovea high cliff, explore the Roman ruins ofancient Cephe with its splendid views. Drivethrough the Turbadin Plateau, where aSyriac-Jacobite community now lives, to visitthe small architectural treasure that isMidyat. After lunch, visit Mar GabrielMonastery and the Church of the Virgin Maryin Anitli. Continue to Mardin, rising in tiers upthe mountain slope overlooking the vastplains of Mesopotamia. Stroll the alleys andclimb the steps to see typical houses and
  2. 2. DEPARTURE DATESON BELOW FRIDAYSPricesLANDonlyPricesAIR & LANDfrom New York$2.235 $3.449$2.235 $3.449$2.235 $3.449$2.235 $3.574$2.235 $3.574May 03May 24August 02August 30September 13RATES Land only rates do not include international or domesticflights. Air & Land rates are based on the Turkish Airlines tariff ofOctober 2012 and are subject to change. Airport taxes are includedin our Air & Land rates. NOT INCLUDED Visits and services notmentioned in program. Insurance. Personal expenses and allbeverages. Gratuities to the guide and driver. Visa fee.International & domestic flights (except Air & land rates).FLIGHTS Please call us for more information about flight rates,airport taxes, business class upgrade, add-on rates from most U.S.cities and more.Single Supplement $520PRICES per person in double roomZeugma. Dinner and overnight.• MEALS BLDDAY 14 THU Gaziantep > Antakya > Adana(235 mi.) Travel to Antakya, ancient Antioch,where the disciples of Jesus were firstcalled "Christians." After lunch, visit theMosaic Museum, which displays one of therichest collections of Roman and Byzantinemosaics in the world. Tour the Grotto of St.Peter (designated by the Vatican as a placeof pilgrimage) where the Apostle Peterallegedly preached. Drive through the Plainof Issus (Dörtyol) where Alexander theGreat crushed the Persian army of DariusIII and Crusaders built the Fortress ofToprakkale. Continue to Tarsus, birthplaceof St. Paul. Visit St Pauls Well, Ulu CamiMosque, and Eski Mosque, as well as theGate of Cleopatra. (Note that Mark Anthonyallied with Cleopatra VII in Tarsus.)In the evening, arrive in Adana for dinnerand overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 15 FRI Adana > Karatepe > Adana(145 mi.) In the morning, visit the open-airmuseum of Karatepe, a Neo-Hittite (8th c.BC) site whose statues, hieroglyphics, andreliefs have been left intact afterexcavation. Continue to Anavarza todiscover an impressive fortress built by thekings of Little Armenia. Return to Adana tovisit Yilankale Fortress built by theCrusaders. Dinner and overnight.• MEALS BLDDAY 16 SAT Departure Transfer to AdanaAirport for your return flight. • MEAL BF O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E C A L L 8 5 5 - 3 3 5 - 6 9 0 0explore monuments (Sultan Isa Medrese,the Great Ulu Camii Mosque, and PostOffice). Outside Mardin, visit the Syriac-Jacobite Deyrul Zaferan Monastery.Dinner and overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 11 MON Mardin > Harran> Urfa (190 mi.) Travel to Harran to seebeehive houses with cone-shaped roofs.Enjoy lunch in Urfa, the ancient city whereAbraham allegedly spent several years.Visit Abraham’s Caves and Balikli Gol, alarge carp-filled pool reflecting mosques.Experience the colorful bazaar and thehans with their different guilds. See the oldquarter’s traditional, corbelled houses.Dinner and overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 12 TUE Urfa > Nemrut Dag > Kahta(126 mi.) At Gobeklitepe, investigate therecent discovery of the oldest (12,000 years)temple in the world. En route to Kahta, stopat Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates River.In Kahta, marvel at the burial sanctuary ofKarakus Tumulus and the Cendere Bridge,erected by the XVI Legion in honor ofSeptimus Severus, as well as the cultmonuments at Arsameia on Nymphaios(Eski Kale). Ascend Mount Nemrut (7,000ft.) in Nemrut Dag National Park to explorethe site where King Antiochus I ofCommagene erected a sanctuary ofmonumental statues in the first century BC.Return to Kahta. Dinner and overnight.• MEALS BLDDAY 13 WED Kahta > Halfeti> Zeugma > Gaziantep (186 mi.)Drive to Halfeti to explore by boat thepicturesque canyon carved the EuphratesRiver. See Rumkale Fortress and the valleypartially submerged by waters rising behindBirecik Dam. After lunch, visit the ancientRoman city of Zeugma, the Euphrates’ mostfamous crossing spot for Silk Roadcaravans and antiquity’s military convoys. InGaziantep visit the Archeology Museumwith its superb Roman mosaics fromEscorted tour 16 daysGUARANTEED DEPARTURES SATURDAYOperates with a minimum of 2 passengers$160Land only $2,235Air & Land $3,449per nightfromLand only from39INCLUDED• Arrival and departure transfers.• Transportation by comfortable,air-conditioned vehicles.• Accommodation in double room in specifiedhotels or similar.• Entrance fees according to the itinerary.• Daily breakfast, 13 lunches, 13 dinnersYOUR ADVANTAGES• One of the rare tour visiting Eastern Turkey• Visit some sites you cannot find in othertours: Ishan, Hosap, Ahlat, Hasankeyf, Midyat,Mardin, Barhal, Osk Vank, Karatepe.• Escort by a professional guide-lecturerHOTELSIstanbul Novotel 4* or similarTrabzon Novotel 4* or similarYusufeli Barcelona 3* or similarErzurum Palan 4* or similarDogubeyazit Simer 3* or similarVan Merit Sahmaran 4* or similarDiyarbakir Green Park 4* or similarMardin Buyuk Mardin 4* or similarUrfa Harran 4* or similarKahta Nemrud 2000 SC or similarGaziantep Ravanda 4* or similarAdana Surmeli Cukurova 5* or similarNO HIDDEN COSTSIGHTSEEING INCLUDED PER ITINERARYMount NemrutIshak Pasha Palace © Izzet Keribar Urfa © Izzet Keribar