The city of Erzurum perched high on a plateau is known for its turquoise tile minaret of the Yakutiye Medrese, built in 1310, and its 5th-century citadel.Travellers who visit Kars come to view the black basalt Armenian Church of the Apostles, built in 932, and the ancient ruins of Ani; a 10th-century Armenian city of beautiful churches. You can ontinue to Mount Ararat, considered to be where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the 40 days of rain.
From the shores of Lake Van. Disembark you can visit Akdamar Island and view the richly carved Old Testament scenes in the 10th-century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross. From the town of Van, neighboring Hosap Castle, as one of the best preserved and most picturesque castles in Turkey.