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

Itinerary

This 14 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

2024 - '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
4 star
Day 2
 

Trabzon, Hopa, Artvin

This morning you'll transferred to the airport for your flight to Trabzon.
Once in Trabzon, we visit the 14th-century Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia, perched majestically overlooking the Black Sea. Then, delve into the serene ambiance of Altindere National Park to explore the cliff-side monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela.
Following this spiritual journey, our path winds along the captivating Black Sea coast, offering breathtaking views, until we reach Hopa near the Georgian border. From here we set forth, traversing through the picturesque landscapes of Artvin

Overnight Artvin
4 star
Hotel to be advised
(B, D)
Day 3
 

Ishan, Erzurum

Our journey continues towards Erzurum, passing through the countryside of Artvin, Ishan, and the awe-inspiring Georgian Valleys. Along this route, nature unveils its breathtaking beauty, treating us to spectacular vistas and scenic wonders that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on our adventure.

Overnight Erzurum
4 star
(B, D)
Day 4
 

Kars, Ani

Prepare for a day filled with discovery in Erzurum before we head towards Kars. Our departure takes us through the captivating Aras River valley, passing by the poignant First World War battlefield site of Sarikamis.
Upon arrival in Kars, our itinerary unfolds with an exploration of the ancient Armenian city of Ani, situated along the Arpaçay River. This remarkable city is adorned with ancient ruins and steeped in historical significance.

Overnight Kars
4 star
(B, D)
Day 5
 

Mt Ararat, Dogubayazıt, Van

Continuing our expedition, we journey towards Dogubayazit, tracing past the iconic Biblical Mount Ararat. Our visit includes the splendid Ishak Pasha Palace, an architectural gem steeped in history and cultural significance. Our voyage then leads us to the enchanting city of Van, where we'll settle for the night.

Overnight Van
3 star
(B)
Day 6
 

Van, Lake Van, Akdamar Island

Embark on a day of exploration in the Van region, commencing with a visit to the 17th-century fortress at Hosap, a strategic landmark along the ancient Silk Road that connected Persia and the Orient.
Later in the afternoon, our journey takes us to Akdamar Island on Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake. Here, we'll discover the historic 10th-century Church of the Holy Cross, an architectural treasure adorned with intricate reliefs, offering a glimpse into the region's rich cultural and religious heritage.

Overnight Van
3 star
(B, L)
Day 7
 

Tatvan, Nemrut Crater Lake

Our journey progresses from Van along Lake Van's southern shore, leading us to Tatvan. From there, we'll venture to witness the impressive Volcano Crater of Nemrut, a natural marvel. Continuing our exploration, we'll visit the Seljuk monuments of Ahlat, significant remnants from the Seljuk era, offering insight into the region's historical and architectural legacy.

Overnight Tatvan
4 star
(B, D)
Day 8
 

Batman, Hasankeyf, Mardin

Our journey proceeds via Bitlis, traversing the picturesque Bitlis Gorge and passing through the city of Batman, leading us to Hasankeyf, poised for submersion under the lake formed by a new dam on the Tigris, offers a glimpse into its history through its caves and remnants of the medieval Byzantine city.
Continuing our westward route towards Mardin, we'll pause in Midyat to explore its captivating Silver Bazaar. Upon arriving in Mardin, our itinerary includes a visit to the Kasimiye Medrese, an architectural gem steeped in history that stands as a testament to the region's cultural richness and scholarly heritage.

Overnight Mardin
4 star
(B, D)
Day 9
 

Mardin, Diyarbakir

Following breakfast, our itinerary leads us to the iconic Deir-Al-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery) which historically served as the core of the Syriac Christian Patriarchy. This ancient site holds centuries of religious significance, originally constructed over a 1000 BC temple dedicated to sun worship. Remarkably, the monastery's main buildings are situated upon the foundations of this ancient sun temple, showcasing a captivating architectural fusion highlighted by a distinctive flat arch roof.
Subsequently, we'll journey northwest from Mardin to Diyarbakir, where our sightseeing includes a visit to the 10 Arches Bridge spanning the majestic Tigris River. This historical bridge stands as a testament to ancient engineering and serves as a cultural landmark.

Overnight Diyarbakir
4 star
(B, D)
Day 10
 

Mt. Nemrut

Commence the day with sightseeing in Diyarbakir, beginning with a visit to the Ulu Cami (Mar Thoma), a significant religious site encompassing both a mosque and a church.
Subsequently, our journey proceeds as we depart for Nemrut via a ferry crossing over the Euphrates River, reaching Narlice Village in Nemrut National Park. Upon arrival, we'll ascend Mount Nemrut to explore the awe-inspiring Tombs of the Commagene Kingdom and the monumental Colossal Statues of Gods. Climbing further to the Tumulus of Antiochos, the capital of Kommagene, we'll witness the mesmerizing sunset from the summit of Nemrut.
This ancient funerary monument atop Mount Nemrut, lost and forgotten for nearly two millennia, stands as a testament to history and offers a breathtaking vista that captures the essence of time and memory.

Overnight Mt. Nemrut
3 star
(B, D)
Day 11
 

Sanliurfa, Göbekli Tepe

Following breakfast, we continue towards Sanliurfa, with an extraordinary stop at Göbekli Tepe, a pivotal archaeological site of global significance. This groundbreaking excavation represents a paramount shift in comprehending early human history. Here, the remains of the earliest known religious structures crafted by humankind are unveiled, dating back approximately 11,000 to 13,000 years, preceding the advent of pottery, writing, Stonehenge, and even the Pyramids!
In the afternoon, our journey returns to Sanliurfa, where we'll visit the revered Holy Pools of Abraham (Balıklıgöl) and the sacred cave believed to be the birthplace of Prophet Abraham.

Overnight Sanliurfa (Urfa)
5 star
(B)
Day 12
 

Gaziantep, Zeugma Mosaic Museum

Following breakfast, our day unfolds with a visit to Sanliurfa's vibrant Ottoman Bazaar, a bustling marketplace offering a glimpse into the region's cultural tapestry. Our exploration continues at the Archaeology Museum, delving into the rich history and artifacts that chronicle Sanliurfa's captivating past.
Subsequently, our journey proceeds to Gaziantep, where we'll be captivated by the incredible Zeugma Mosaic Museum. This remarkable museum houses an exquisite collection of ancient mosaics, showcasing the artistry and cultural heritage of the Zeugma region. Prepare to be amazed by the intricate designs and historical significance preserved within these mosaic treasures.

Overnight Gaziantep
4 star
(B, D)
Day 13
 

Gaziantep, Istanbaul

Today you will be transferred to the airport for u flight to Istanbul where the remainder of the day is free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 14
 

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. 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. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking local tour guides at each site
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Domestic flight between Istanbul and Trabzon and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Gaziantep and Istanbul and transfers
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 13 nights - accommodation.
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Istanbul
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Artvin
    Hotel to be advised
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Erzurum
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Kars
    - 2 nights
    3 star
    Van
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Tatvan
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Mardin
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Diyarbakir
    - 1 night
    3 star
    Mt. Nemrut
    - 1 night
    5 star
    Sanliurfa (Urfa)
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Gaziantep
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Istanbul
  • 13 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - Driver and Guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Ahlat
  • Bitlis
  • Diyarbakir - Ten Arches Bridge
  • Dogubayazit - Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Göbekli Tepe - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Mardin - Kasimiye Medrese
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa)
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Ayni Zeliha Lake (Balıklıgöl)
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Ottoman Bazaar
  • Trabzon - Hagia Sophia Musuem
  • Van - Akdamar Church
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Deir-Al-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery)
  • Diyarbakir - Ulu Camii (Mar Thoma)
  • Gaziantep - Mosaic Museum
  • Hosap - Castle
  • Midyat
  • Mt. Nemrut - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Archaeology Museum
  • Sanliurfa (Urfa) - Cave of the Prophet Abraham
  • Tatvan - Crater Lake Nemrut
  • Trabzon - Sumela Monastery
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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

Artvin
Hotel to be advised
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Artvin
No images available for this hotel.
Diyarbakir
Dies Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Aliemiri
Ali Emri 6. Sok. 11/A
Yenisehir
Diyarbakir
Ph. :
+90 (0412) 229 67 67
Website :
diesotel.com/
Dies Hotel
Dies Hotel
Dies Hotel
Erzurum
Zade Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Muratpasa Mah.
Ismetpasa Cad. No:25
Yakutiye
Erzurum
Ph. :
+90 (442) 233 16 16
Zade Hotel
Zade Hotel
Zade Hotel
Gaziantep
Şirehan Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Alaybey Mah.
Belediye Cad. No:1
Sahinbey
Gaziantep
Ph. :
+90 (342) 221 00 11
Şirehan Hotel
Şirehan Hotel
Şirehan Hotel
Istanbul
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No. 21
Tophane
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 (0212) 292 90 60
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Kars
Kale Park Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Yusufpasa Mahallesi
Ataturk Caddesi No.60
Merkez
Kars
Ph. :
+90 (474) 212 6 444
Kale Park Hotel
Kale Park Hotel
Kale Park Hotel
Mardin
Gazi Konağı Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Ucyol Mevkii Cinar Sok. No:2
Artuklu
Mardin
Ph. :
+90 (0482) 213 03 33
Gazi Konağı Hotel
Gazi Konağı Hotel
Gazi Konağı 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)
El Ruha Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Yeni Mah
Haleplibahce Cd. 155/A
Şanlıurfa Merkez
Sanliurfa (Urfa)
Ph. :
+90 (414) 215 4411
El Ruha Hotel
El Ruha Hotel
El Ruha Hotel
Tatvan
Kardelen Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Tuğ Mah
Hükümet Cad. No: 229
Tatvan
Ph. :
+90 0507 215 79 79
Kardelen Hotel
Kardelen Hotel
Kardelen Hotel
Van
Life Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Kazım Karabekir Cad.
Sedir Altı 1.Sokak No:2
Ipekyolu
Van
Ph. :
+90 (432) 503 00 00
Life Hotel
Life Hotel
Life Hotel
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Departure Dates

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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
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Currency:- USD
Cost
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Single Supplement explanation
01 May 2024
31 Oct 2024
4,615.00
1,164.00
Deposit Option available for Eastern Explorer Tour :
 
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01 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00

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