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Eastern Splendours Tour’ 17 – Day itinerary

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17 Day

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Eastern Splendours Tour' 17 - Day itinerary This 17-day tour starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. More

Eastern Splendours Tour’ 17 – Day itinerary

This 17-day tour starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Day 1 Thursday Istanbul

Day 1 Thursday Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to
your hotel. Overnight Istanbul

Day 2 Friday Istanbul Old City, Trabzon

Day 2 Friday Istanbul Old City, Trabzon
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of
Istanbul visiting the Blue Mosque, St.Sophia
Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. This
afternoon we will fly to Trabzon, on the Black Sea
coast. Overnight Trabzon (B)

Day 3 Saturday Trabzon

Day 3 Saturday Trabzon
Today we tour Trabzon and surrounds, visiting the
breathtaking Byzantine Sumela Monastery and
Uzungol, a picturesque lake surrounded by thick
woods. Overnight Trabzon (B)

Day 4 Sunday Rize, Erzurum

Day 4 Sunday Rize, Erzurum
Today we travel along the Black Sea coast towards
Artvin before driving through the wild landscapes
of Çoruh Valley. Overnight Erzurum (B)

Day 5 Monday Ani, Dogubayazit

Day 5 Monday Ani, Dogubayazit
Visit the Seljuk monuments of Erzurum before
continuing through Kars to Ani, close to the Turkish
Armenian border. We continue to Dogubeyazit
located at the foothill of Mount Ararat, the highest
mount in Anatolia and where Noah's Ark is
thought to have landed. Overnight Dogubeyazit (B)

Day 6 Tuesday Dogubeyazit, Van

Day 6 Tuesday Dogubeyazit, Van
Tour Ishak Pasha Palace before driving through
barren landscapes of volcanic stones stopping at
Muradiye Waterfalls. Overnight Van (B)

Day 7 Wednesday Van, Hosap, Akdamar

Day 7 Wednesday Van, Hosap, Akdamar
Morning drive to Çavustepe, to explore the ancient
Urartian citadel. Early afternoon we take a boat
excursion to Akdamar Island which is home to the
10th century Holy Cross Church. Overnight Van (B)

Day 8 Thursday Ahlat, Tatvan, Bitlis

Day 8 Thursday Ahlat, Tatvan, Bitlis
Today we drive along the north shore of Lake Van to
visit Ahlat, Tatvan and the picturesque town of Bitlis.
Overnight Diyarbakir (B)

Day 9 Friday Hasankeyf, Midyat

Day 9 Friday Hasankeyf, Midyat
Morning drive to Hasankeyf, to visit the cliff-top Roman
ruins of ancient Cephe, and the old town of Midyat, an
architectural treasure. Overnight Mardin (B)

Day 10 Saturday Harran, Urfa

Day 10 Saturday Harran, Urfa
On the way to Sanliurfa, we will visit Göbeklitepe which
will allow you to discover the region and observe the
excavation currently running at the site. Visit the famous
'beehive' village houses of Harran and the ancient city
of Urfa, home of Abraham. Discover the "City of the
Prophets" as we visit Abraham's Caves.
Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa) (B)

Day 11 Sunday Adiyaman, Adiyaman

Day 11 Sunday Adiyaman, Adiyaman
We have an interesting drive today as we pass by
Bozova and see Ataturk Dam before arriving in
Adiyaman. Overnight Adiyaman (B)

Day 12 Monday Mt Nemrut

Day 12 Monday Mt Nemrut
We set off for Mt. Nemrut before dawn and after a
short ascent of the mountain watch the magical sunrise
over the plateau. Visit the ancient Roman city of
Zeugma and tour Gaziantep, and the Mosaic Museum
where the superb Roman mosaics of Zeugma are
displayed. Overnight Gaziantep (B)

Day 13 Tuesday Kahramanmaras, Cappadocia

Day 13 Tuesday Kahramanmaras, Cappadocia
After breakfast we set off for Cappadocia, stopping off
at Kahramanmaras (produces Turkey's best ice cream!)
along the way. Overnight Cappadocia (B)

Day 14 Wednesday Cappadocia

Day 14 Wednesday Cappadocia
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia as you
visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy
chimneys and explore the many levels of an
underground city. Overnight Cappadocia (B)

Day 15 Thursday Yazilikaya, Hattusa, Alacahoyuk

Day 15 Thursday Yazilikaya, Hattusa, Alacahoyuk
After breakfast, we drive via Kozakli to the city of
Hattusa, the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late
Bronze Age. First we visit Yazilikaya, the ruins of the
open air temple where there are rock carvings of Hitite
gods. Then we go to Hattusa, 'the Great Temple', the
city ruins including the Lions' Gate and the Royal Gate
and the summer palace of Hitites. Then we drive to
Alacahoyuk seeing the Sphinx Gate and the Royal
Tombs. Overnight Ankara (B)

Day 16 Friday Ankara, Istanbul

Day 16 Friday Ankara, Istanbul
This morning we visit the Museum of Anatolian
Civilizations, an award winning museum located near
the ancient citadel of Ankara and then continue on to
Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B)

Day 17 Saturday Istanbul

Day 17 Saturday Istanbul
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye
to our new friends before being transferred to the
airport for your onward flight. (B)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alacahöyük - Ancient Site
  • Ankara - Atatürk's Mausoleum
  • Bitlis - Castle
  • Dogubeyazit
  • Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
  • Harran
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Old City
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Muradiye - Bendimahi Falls
  • Uzungöl Lake
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Ataturk Dam
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Dogubeyazit - Ishak Pasa Palace
  • Göreme - Open Air museum
  • Hattusa - Ancient Site
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Midyat
  • Mt. Nemrut - Ancient Site
  • Sumela Monastery
  • Van - Akdamar Church

Included/Exclude

  • Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
  • New Istanbul Airport (IST)
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul
  • New Istanbul Airport (IST)
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 16 nights - accommodation.
  • - 1 night4 starIstanbulPort Bosphorus Hotel- 2 nights4 starTrabzonBüyük Sumela Hotel- 1 night5 starErzurumPalan Hotel- 1 nightBoutiqueDogubeyazitButik Ertur Hotel- 2 nights4 starVanGrand Hotel Van- 1 night4 starDiyarbakirClass Hotel- 1 night4 starMardinHilton Garden Inn Mardin- 1 night4 starSanliurfa (Urfa)Hotel Harran- 1 night4 starAdiyamanWhite Star Hotel- 1 night3 starGaziantepIbis Gaziantep- 2 nightsBoutique CaveCappadociaMDC Hotel- 1 night5 starAnkaraHotel Ickale- 1 night4 starIstanbulPort Bosphorus Hotel
  • 16 Breakfasts
  • Tour does not include :-
  • Domestic flight between Trabzon and Istanbul
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - driver and guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance

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