Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
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Black Sea & Eastern Turkey Tours

Itinerary

This 14 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Gaziantep, Turkey. Fly to Trabzon on the Black Sea coast. Then travel south along the Georgian border to Erzurum, Ani, Mt Ararat, onto Lake Van, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Mt. Nemrut, Sanliurfa (Urfa), Göbekli Tepe and finally Gaziantep.

2023 - 'Eastern Explorer Tour'
14 - Day itinerary

Day 1
 

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
 

Half Day Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided half day tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum and the Hippodrome.
This afternoon we will fly to Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast.

Overnight Trabzon
4 star
(B)
Day 3
 

Trabzon, Hopa

Visit to the 14th century Byzantine church of Hagia Sofia overlooking the Black Sea before proceeding to the cliff side monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela in the Altindere National Park. From Sumela we drive along the coast of the Black Sea to Hopa near the Georgian border where we will spend the night.

Overnight Hopa
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B, D)
Day 4
 

Artvin, Ishan, Erzurum

We depart Hopa along spectacular Georgian Valleys for Erzurum via Artvin, Ishan.
We will stop to see the Borcka Dam and then visit the, once Armenian, mountain village of Ishan where stands the ruins of an 8-9th century cathedral and a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in 1006, Ishkhani monastery. After Ishan we visit The Osvank Monastery was constructed between the years 963 and 973 and was dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

Overnight Erzurum
4 star
(B, D)
Day 5
 

Kars, Ani

After visiting, the Great Mosque, Yakutiye and the Bazaar, in Erzurum, we depart for Kars along the Aras River via the historical, 800 year old, Çobandede Stone Bridge. From Kars we continue on for Ani, the former 10th century, capital of the great medieval Armenian kingdom. The remains of the ruined city include several churches as well as the shell of the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque along with an extensive and well preserved defensive wall. There are also some exciting remains of frescoes in the Church of St Gregory (Tigran Honentz).

Overnight Kars
4 star
(B, D)
Day 6
 

Mt Ararat, Dogubayazıt, Van

We continue our journey south, on to Dogubayazıt, skirting around the western edge of the biblical Mt Ararat. In Dogubeayzit, we visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace 1685 -1784 with architecture in Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, and Armenian/Persian styles. From Dogubeyazit we leave for Van via Muradiye and the Bendimaahi Falls. Van is the provincial capital of Van and an important market town of this part of Turkey. Lake Van is home to unique flora and fauna. Our arrival in Van will be early evening.

Overnight Van
4 star
(B, D)
Day 7
 

Van, Lake Van, Akdamar Island

Sightseeing in the Van region including a visit to the 17th century fortress at Hosap, sitting astride the ancient Silk Road into Persia and the Orient. In the afternoon we will visit the island of Akdamar on Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake, to visit the 10th century Church of the Holy Cross.

Overnight Van
4 star
(B, D)
Day 8
 

Tatvan, Nemrut Crater Lake

Depart Van along the southern shore of Lake Van for Tatvan and then to visit the great Volcano Crater Lake of Nemrut (not to be confused with Mt. Nemrut in Adiyaman). We will then visit the tombs of Seljuk Kings in Ahlat and return to Tatvan.

Overnight Tatvan
4 star
(B, D)
Day 9
 

Batman, Hasankeyf, Mardin

Via Bitlis we continue down the Bitlis Gorge, via the city of Batman, to the town Hasankeyf for lunch. In Hasankeyf (recently submerged under the lake of a new dam on the Tigris) we will visit some of the many caves and the ruins of the medieval Byzantine city. On our way west to Mardin we will stop in Midyat to see the Silver bazaar. Arrive to Mardin visit Kasimiye Medrese.

Overnight Mardin
4 star
(B, D)
Day 10
 

Mardin, Diyarbakir

After breakfast visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery). The Saffron Monastery was once the ancient centre of the Syriac Christian Patriarchy. This site has been the centre of religious worship for many centuries, the monastery itself is built over an ancient temple, built in 1,000 BC and dedicated to the worship of the sun and which now provides the foundations to the main part of the monastery buildings.
From Mardin we will travel northwest to Diyarbakir to see the Ten Arches Bridge on the Tigris River.

Overnight Diyarbakir
3 star
(B, D)
Day 11
 

Mt. Nemrut

After brief sightseeing in Diyarbakir, visiting the Ulu Cami (Mar Thoma - Mosque and Church) and then the Great wall. We will travel to the top of Mount Nemrut to the Tombs of the Commagene Kingdom and the Colossal Statues of Gods. Climbing up to Tumulus of Antiochos, the capital of Kommagene we will watch the sunset from the summit of Mt. Nemrut.

Overnight Mt. Nemrut
3 star
(B, D)
Day 12
 

Sanliurfa, Göbekli Tepe

This morning we will see Karakus Tumulus, a burial sanctuary and the Cendere Bridge, before we head to Sanliurfa (Urfa) via the Ataturk Dam.
Then onto Göbekli Tepe, the most important archaeological dig currently being undertaken anywhere in the world – this site represents a major shift in our understanding of man's early history. Here lie the remains of the earliest religious structures built by man yet to be discovered. At about 11,000-13,000 years old and pre-dating pottery, writing, Stonehenge and the Pyramids!.
In the afternoon we will return to Urfa where we will visit the Holy Pools of Abraham and the cave where, tradition tells us, the Prophet Abraham was born.

Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa)
4 star
(B, D)
Day 13
 

Gaziantep, Zeugma Mosaic Museum

This morming we visit Urfa's Ottoman Bazaar and the Archaeology Museum and then travel to Gaziantep where we will visit the incredible Zeugma Mosaic Museum which houses the mosaics taken from the city of Zeugma which is now submerged. The mosaics are a superb example of the skill and artistry of these ancient craftsmen, not to mention the wealth and taste of the citizens who commissioned them.
From the museum we will leisure time visit the citadel district at the centre of the city and then to the old town to enjoy the sights and smells of old Gaziantep, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In spite of all the history and in a country renowned for the excellence of its cuisine, what makes Gaziantep special is its food.

Overnight Gaziantep
4 star
(B, D)
Day 14
 

Gaziantep

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. Group Size: Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age: Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. The domestic flight from Gaziantep to Istanbul is not included. You may book the flight yourself or through us. Contact us for latest flight rates at flights@feztravel.com
5. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
Tour does not include :-
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - Driver and Guide
  • Domestic flight from Gaziantep to Istanbul on last day
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Highlights

  • Ahlat
  • Ataturk Dam
  • Deir-Al-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery)
  • Dogubeyazit - Ishak Pasa Palace
  • Göbekli Tepe - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Ishkhani Monastery
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Mardin - Kasimiye Medrese
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Muradiye - Bendimahi Falls
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa)
  • Severus (Cendere) Bridge
  • Trabzon - Sumela Monastery
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Bitlis
  • Diyarbakir - Ten Arches Bridge
  • Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
  • Hosap - Castle
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Midyat
  • Mt. Nemrut - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Osvank Monastery
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Ayni Zeliha Lake (Balıklıgöl)
  • Tatvan - Crater Lake Nemrut
  • Van - Akdamar Church
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Accommodation

This 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 an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Turkey

Diyarbakir
Hotel Buyuk Kervansaray
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Gazi Cad. No:177
Yenişehir
Diyarbakir
Ph. :
+90 412 228 96 06
Hotel Buyuk Kervansaray
Hotel Buyuk Kervansaray
Hotel Buyuk Kervansaray
Erzurum
Polat Palandoken Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Yunusemre, Kayak Yolu Uzeri
Palandöken
Erzurum
Ph. :
+90 442 232 00 10
Polat Palandoken Hotel
Polat Palandoken Hotel
Polat Palandoken Hotel
Gaziantep
Ravanda Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Inönü Cad. No:178
Sahinbey
Gaziantep
Ph. :
+90 (0342) 230 57 57
Ravanda Hotel
Ravanda Hotel
Ravanda Hotel
Hopa
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Hopa
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Istanbul
Levni Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Ebusuud Caddesi No: 31 Sirkeci
Sirkeci
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 (0212) 519 10 19
Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel
Kars
Buyukkale Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Yusufpaşa Mahallesi
Atatürk Cd. No:60
Merkez
Kars
Ph. :
+90 474 212 64 44
Buyukkale Hotel
Buyukkale Hotel
Buyukkale Hotel
Mardin
Yay Grand Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Diyarbakır Yolu Üzeri 1.Km
Artuklu
Mardin
Ph. :
+90 482 212 57 77
Yay Grand Hotel
Yay Grand Hotel
Yay Grand Hotel
Mt. Nemrut
Hotel Euphrat Nemrut
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Karadut Köyü
Nemrut Dağı
Kahta
Mt. Nemrut
Ph. :
+90 416 737 21 75
Hotel Euphrat Nemrut
Hotel Euphrat Nemrut
Hotel Euphrat Nemrut
Sanliurfa (Urfa)
Grand Urfa Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
İpekyolu Cad No:48/A
Haliliye
Sanliurfa (Urfa)
Ph. :
+90 414 313 13 11
Grand Urfa Hotel
Grand Urfa Hotel
Grand Urfa Hotel
Tatvan
Crater Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Sahil
Cumhuriyet Caddesi No:181
Tatvan
Ph. :
+90 434 827 35 35
Crater Hotel
Crater Hotel
Crater Hotel
Trabzon
Quantum Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Toklu Mahallesi
Aksu Sokak
Merkez Bankasi Yanı No:27
Ortahisar
Trabzon
Ph. :
+90 462 255 55 55
Website :
quantumotel.com
Quantum Hotel
Quantum Hotel
Quantum Hotel
Van
Elite World Van Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Bahçıvan Mah. Kazımkarabekir Bulvarı  No: 67
Merkez
Van
Ph. :
+90 (0432) 484 11 11
Elite World Van Hotel
Elite World Van Hotel
Elite World Van Hotel
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
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Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
01 May 2023
31 Oct 2023
3,449.00
650.00
Deposit Option available for Eastern Explorer Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for Eastern Explorer Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
8
12
25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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