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Western to Eastern (15D)

Duration:15 Days - 14 Nights
Highlights: Pamukkale, Sirinci, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Gaziantep Sanliurfa, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Van Trabzon
Operates:  All Year Around. Daily. Max 12 Persons
Price: Price on Application

 

DAY 1: Pamukkale

After disembark from your boat, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight stay in Pamukkale

DAY 2: Şirinci

After breakfast we drive to Hierapolis, with its basilica, ancient theatre, the church of St Phillip and the largest Necropolis in Turkey. The calcium waters of Pamukkale rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 C and tumble down the mountain, forming an array of pools. Cream-colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows from the pools, creating a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world. From Pamukkale we drive to the ancient city of  Aphrodisias, dedicated to Aphrodite who is the Greek Goddess of Love. We visit the Temple of Aphrodite, Tetra Pylon Gateway, Gladiator Stadium and other monuments at the site. Overnight stay in Şirince.

DAY 3: Ephesus

The tour of Ephesus begins at the House of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her final years. We then proceed to the City of Ephesus with its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Library of Celcius, the Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Domitian, the Theatre, believed to be the largest outdoor theatre in the ancient world. We then leave for the Village of Sirinci for our overnight stay.

DAY 4 : Cappadocia 

After breakfast we transfer to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport to fly Kayseri and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight stay in Cappadocia

DAY 5: Cappadocia

For the early bird there is an optional Hot Air Balloon Flight. Just after dawn these gentle giants float silently across the lunar landscape. After breakfast we visit the Goreme Open Air Museum; the first Christianity base, with its numerous cave churches and frescoes, the largest cave monastic complex in the region. We also visit the Three Beauties, Urgup Town and Red Valley, for its panoramic vistas. We continue onward to the town of Avanos, on the Kizilirmak River, the Devrent Valley and Pasabag Valley. Finally we visit Natural Fortress in Uchisar before we return to your hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 6: Cappadocia

After breakfast we travel to the Underground City of Derinkuyu. Here we can see chapels, living quarters, refectories, wine and oil presses, stables, cellars and storage rooms. On the second floor there is a spacious room with a barrel vaulted ceiling. The verdant Ilhlara Canyon boasts one of the deepest gorges in Asia Minor which is filled with over 4000 dwellings and churches, decorated with amazing frescoes. After the lunch we travel to the Selime Monastery, one of the most important monastery’s, carved into rock. Overnight stay.

Day 7: Gaziantep

Leaving Cappadocia we drive to Gaziantep to visit the world famous Mosaic Museum. With the construction of the Ilusu Dam across the Euphrates the town of Zeguma was impounded beneath the waters. Prior to construction archaeologists began frantically excavating the area and the fabulous mosaics which were uncovered are displayed here. We visit the castle and take the opportunity to visit the workshops of local coppersmiths, famed for their household wares in local markets, famous for its copperware, view of 6th century castle. The city is famous for its Baklava, which was first made here. Overnight stay in Gaziantep.

Day 8: Sanliurfa

En-route to Sanliurfa we drive up to the summit of Mount Nemrut. With its huge monoliths and stone heads this is probably the most visited site east of Ankara. We drive to Kahta and pass the ruins of Arsemai, the Roman bridge of Cendere and Karakus Tumulus. On the drive to Sanlıurfa we stop at the Ataturk Dam, which is the largest dam of the Middle East. On our arrival in the city we visit the cave of the Prophet Abraham, where legend says he was born. We also visit the Halil-Ur Rahman Mosque - Rizvaniye Mosque and the Balikli Gol, Fish Lake, filled with ‘Sacred Carp’,  and Urfa old bazaar an the oriental market. Overnight stay in Şanlıurfa

Day 9: Mardin

After breakfast we drive to Harran famed for its mud-brick “beehive” houses where Abraham spent last years of his life. The village is mentioned in the book of Genesis 11:31. We visit the ruinous city walls, the oldest Islamic university and the 8thC castle. We drive to Göbeklitepe, the oldest known religious structure in the world, that outdates Stonehenge by 6000 years. We stay overnight in Mardin with its beautiful stone houses.

Day 10: Diyarbakir

From Mardin  we drive to Midyat with its beautiful stone houses and churches and then continue onward to Hasankeyf, where we visit the Castle and Grand Mosque. We drive to Diyarbakır with its well preserved city walls, second only in length to the Great Wall of China. We visit the Ulu Camii, one of the oldest and most important mosques in Asia Minor. Overnight stay in Diyarbakır.

DAY 11: Van

We will leave after an early breakfast for the city of Van. We sail across the lake to Akdamar Island to visit the recently restored 10thC Armenian Church of the Holy Cross. We visit the Basilica of Aya Sophia with its magnificent frescoes. Overnight stay in Van.

DAY 12: Erzurum

Leaving Van we stop off at the Muradiye Waterfalls, giving you the opportunity of a photo shoot. At  Doğubeyazıd we visit Ishakpasha Palace, overlooking the Plains of Ararat. The different  styles of  Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian and Armenian blend together in total harmony. This region was briefly ruled by Russia who looted the palace and the gold plated doors that once hung at the main gate are now in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. Overnight stay in Erzurum.

DAY 13: Trabzon

After breakfast we leave for Trabzon, stopping en-route at the Çifte Minareli and Yakutiye Medresesi. The Çifte Minerali Medrese was constructed as a theological school during 13thC. We stop at the Sumela Monastery in the Altinda National Park. Perched high above the valley, looking as if it is just stuck on the cliff-face, the monastery is famous for its frescoes. Overnight stay in Trabzon.

DAY 14: Istanbul

After visiting the Hagia Sophia Mosque, with is dazzling mosaics we transfer to Trabzon Airport for the flight to Istanbul. The remainder of the day is at your leisure Overnight stay in Istanbul.

DAY 15: Departure

After breakfast you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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