Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
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Black Sea & Eastern Turkey Tours

Itinerary

2017 - 'Black Sea & Eastern Splendours Tour'
23 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
Day 2
Sunday

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
(B)
Day 3
Monday

Akcakoca, Safranbolu

This morning we drive to the coastal town of Akçakoca. Its old town area, situated on a gentle hill is a well preserved neighbourhood of traditional houses of wood and firebricks, lining square-shaped blocks. We then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Safranbolu.

Overnight Safranbolu
Boutique
(B)
Day 4
Tuesday

Safranbolu, Amasra

After breakfast, we start our tour from Hidirlik Hill to get a city view then discover Safranbolu's well-preserved wooden houses, Cinci Inn and Bath, old goverment building, the clock tower and the Arasta Bazaar where we will learn about the traditional handicraft shops. In the afternoon we drive to Amasra and visit the Roman castle and walls, wood-carving handicraft bazaar and the outer and inner piers of the city.

Overnight Safranbolu
Boutique
(B)
Day 5
Wednesday

Kastamonu

After breakfast we will drive to Kastamonu, which is one of the rare cities where you can find great examples of traditional Turkish houses.

Overnight Kastamonu
Boutique
(B)
Day 6
Thursday

Inebolu, Sinop

This morning we head for Inebolu with its wooden houses reflecting Rum (Byzantine or Ottoman Greek) architecture, dark green nature and excellent coastline which amazes visitors.

Overnight Sinop
Boutique
(B)
Day 7
Friday

Akliman, Hamsilos, Erfelek Waterfall

We depart from our hotel and visit Akliman Cove, Hamsilos Bay which offers rich natural beauty with green forests, colourful flowers and small inland bays where military ships took strategic advantage of the bays' hidden location during the First World War. Lastly we visit Erfelek Waterfall where you will be able to trek through the park and find many cascading waterfalls and other beautiful natural scenes.

Overnight Sinop
Boutique
(B)
Day 8
Saturday

Ordu, Trabzon

Today we will drive towards the Black Sea coast to Trabzon, stopping on the way for a short visit to Yason Church which stands along one of the most picturesque locations on the Black Sea coast. Then you will have great photo opportunity at Boztepe before heading to Trabzon.

Overnight Trabzon
4 star
(B)
Day 9
Sunday

Trabzon

Today we tour Trabzon and surrounds, visiting the historical Trabzon Hagia Sophia Church Museum. Proceed to Uzungol, a picturesque lake surrounded by thick woods before returning back to the hotel.

Overnight Trabzon
4 star
(B)
Day 10
Monday

Rize, Erzurum

Today we travel along the Black Sea coast towards Artvin before driving through the wild landscapes of Çoruh Valley. We also visit picturesque Ishan village on our way to the scenic heights of Erzurum.

Overnight Erzurum
5 star
(B)
Day 11
Tuesday

Ani, Dogubayazit

This morning we 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
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 12
Wednesday

Dogubeyazit, Van

After breakfast we tour Ishak Pasha Palace before driving through barren landscapes of volcanic stones stopping at Muradiye Waterfalls. We continue to Van, home to Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake.

Overnight Van
4 star
(B)
Day 13
Thursday

Van, Hosap, Akdamar

Morning drive to Çavustepe, to explore the ancient Urartian citadel before continuing to the village of Hosap. Early afternoon from the town of Gevaş we take a boat excursion to Akdamar Island which is home to the 10th century Holy Cross Church.

Overnight Van
4 star
(B)
Day 14
Friday

Ahlat, Tatvan, Bitlis

Today we drive along the north shore of Lake Van to visit Ahlat, Tatvan and the picturesque town of Bitlis. Late afternoon arrival in Diyarbakir.

Overnight Diyarbakir
4 star
(B)
Day 15
Saturday

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
4 star
(B)
Day 16
Sunday

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, the pool of sacred carp and the busy and colourful bazaar.

Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa)
4 star
(B)
Day 17
Monday

Adiyaman, Adiyaman

We have an interesting drive today as we pass by Bozova and see Ataturk Dam before arriving in Adiyaman.

Overnight Adiyaman
4 star
(B)
Day 18
Tuesday

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, and visit the massive ancient rock statues. 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
3 star
(B)
Day 19
Wednesday

Kahramanmaras, Cappadocia

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

Overnight Cappadocia
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 20
Thursday

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
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B)
Day 21
Friday

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
5 star
(B)
Day 22
Saturday

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
Boutique
(B)
Day 23
Sunday

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)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note:
1. Single travellers may share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex, if available. If a same-sex room share is not available then the single room supplement will be payable. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
Tour does not include :-
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Highlights

  • Akçakoca
  • Amasra - Castle
  • Ankara - Atatürk's Mausoleum
  • Bitlis - Castle
  • Dogubeyazit
  • Erfelek Waterfall
  • Göreme - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Harran
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Midyat
  • Mt. Nemrut - Ancient Site
  • Safranbolu - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Trabzon - Hagia Sophia Musuem
  • Van - Akdamar Church
  • Alacahöyük - Ancient Site
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Ataturk Dam
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Dogubeyazit - Ishak Pasa Palace
  • Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
  • Göreme Open Air museum
  • Hattusa - Ancient Site
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St Sophia Museum
  • Kastamonu
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Muradiye Waterfalls
  • Sinop
  • Uzungöl Lake
  • Yason Church
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Accommodation

This page is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given overnight stop this means that we alternate between the listed hotels. The pre departure pack will show hotel for a given departure.

Turkey

Adiyaman
Grand Isias Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Atatürk Bulvari No:220/A
Adiyaman
Ph. :
+90 (0416) 214 88 00
Fax :
+90 (0416) 214 97 33
Grand Isias Hotel
Grand Isias Hotel
Grand Isias Hotel
Ankara
Hotel Ickale
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
GMK Bulvarı No:89
Ankara
Ph. :
+90 (0312) 231 77 10
Fax :
+90 (0312) 230 61 33
Website :
Hotel Ickale
Hotel Ickale
Hotel Ickale
Hotel Ickale
Cappadocia
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Cappadocia
No images available for this hotel.
Diyarbakir
Class Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Gazi Cad. 101
Diyarbakir
Ph. :
+90 (0412) 229 50 00
Fax :
+90 (0412) 229 25 99
Class Hotel
Class Hotel
Class Hotel
Dogubeyazit
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Dogubeyazit
No images available for this hotel.
Erzurum
Palan Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Palandöken Kayak Merkezi
Palandöken
Erzurum
Ph. :
+90 (0442) 317 07 07
Fax :
+90 (0442) 317 07 00
Palan Hotel
Palan Hotel
Palan Hotel
Gaziantep
Ibis Gaziantep
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Yaprak Mah. Istasyon Caddesi
No 78 Sehit Kamil
Gaziantep
Ph. :
+90 (0342) 211 0030
Fax :
+90 (0342) 211 0040
Ibis Gaziantep
Ibis Gaziantep
Ibis Gaziantep
Istanbul
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Taya Hatun Sokak No:5
(formerly Sirkeci Konak Hotel)
Sirkeci
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 212 528 43 44
Fax :
+90 212 528 44 55
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Kastamonu
Kursunlu Han
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Aktarlar Bazaar Kurşunluhan
Kastamonu
Ph. :
+90 (0366) 214 27 37
Fax :
+90 (0366) 214 37 61
Kursunlu Han
Kursunlu Han
Kursunlu Han
Mardin
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Yenisehir Mahallesi Baris Caddesi 29
Mardin
Ph. :
+90 (0482) 213 9600
Fax :
+90 (0482) 213 6000
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin
Safranbolu
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Çelik Gülersoy Cad. No: 18
Beybağı
Safranbolu
Ph. :
+90 (0370) 725 28 83
Fax :
+90 (0370) 712 38 24
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Sanliurfa (Urfa)
Hotel Harran
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Atatürk Bulvari
Sanliurfa
Sanliurfa (Urfa)
Ph. :
+90 (414) 313 28 60
Fax :
+90 (414) 313 49 18
Hotel Harran
Hotel Harran
Sinop
Antik Hotel Sinop
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Gelincik Mahallesi
Ordu Caddesi Dalyan Sitesi No: 33
Sinop
Ph. :
+90 (0368) 261 25 26
Fax :
+90 (0368) 261 57 20
Antik Hotel Sinop
Antik Hotel Sinop
Antik Hotel Sinop
Trabzon
Buyuk Sumela Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Atatürk Caddesi
Maçka
Trabzon
Ph. :
+90 (0462) 512 35 41
Buyuk Sumela Hotel
Buyuk Sumela Hotel
Buyuk Sumela Hotel
Van
Grand Hotel Van
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
İrfan Baştuğ Cad. No.2
Van
Ph. :
+90 (0432) 214 88 88
Fax :
+90 (0432) 214 92 92
Grand Hotel Van
Grand Hotel Van
Grand Hotel Van
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Prices

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per person in twin share accommodation
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S.S.
01 Jan 2017
31 Dec 2017
5,499.00
1,430.00
Deposit Option available for Black Sea & Eastern Splendours Tour :
 
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01 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2020
$ 250.00

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