8-Day Black Sea Eastern Turkey Tour

Welcome to Turkey! 8 Days through the East of Turkey through the Zigana Mountains, visiting Sumela Monastery, Mount Ararat the resting place of Noa's Ark, the medieval Armenian City of Ani, The Church of the Holy Cross, the wonderful Kurdish castle of Hosap near the Iranian Border. As well as experiencing all the culture and mysteries left behind by the Hittites, Urartians, Persian, Armenians, Macedonians, Romans and finally the Turks during their occupation of the Eastern Region of Turkey.

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$2,428

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Arrival Airport Transfer
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Trabzon
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Erzurum
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Kars
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Dogubeyazit
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Van
    • 1 night hotel accommodation in Diyarbakir
    • Guided Tour in Trabzon
    • Guided Tour in Erzurum
    • Guided Tour in Kars
    • Guided Tour in Dogubeyazit
    • Guided Tour in Van
    • Guided Tour in Diyarbakir
    • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
    • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
    • Professional English - speaking tour guides
    • Hotel Room Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Van
    What's excluded :
    • International flights
    • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Trabzon
    • Domestic flight from Diyarbakir to Istanbul
    • City tax
    • Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
    • Insurance: All types

  • Day 1: Trabzon - Arrival Day

    Pass By: Trabzon, Trabzon, Turkish Black Sea Coast
    Welcome to Trabzon. Today is your arrival day. Airport transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Trabzon.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Grand Vuslat Hotel

    Day 2: Trabzon

    Stop At: Trabzon, Trabzon, Turkish Black Sea Coast
    After breakfast, we depart for St. Sophia (Ayasofya), a 13th century church and study its extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion (a picturesque hillside retreat), visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town). Lunch at a seaside restaurant in Akcaabat for famous meatballs. Afternoon, we explore the cobbled stone streets of Trabzon. Drive to Boztepe; enjoy our tea from samovar with the panoramic view of the city. Dinner and overnight in Trabzon.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Grand Vuslat Hotel

    Day 3: Sumela Monastery - Zigana - Karaca Cave - Erzurum Tour

    Stop At: Erzurum, Erzurum
    After breakfast, we depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4th century Sumela Monastery which clings to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park, lunch and keep on traveling along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains (Pontic Alps) that will take us to Karaca Cave, considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Drive to Erzurum via Bayburt. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Dedeman Palandoken Hotel

    Day 4: Erzurum - Kars Tour

    Stop At: Kars, Kars
    An early morning departure upon breakfast from Erzurum that will take us on a beautiful drive to Kars passing on the way Sarikamis, the coldest spot in Turkey. We will arrive in Kars and visit Ani at the Turkish-Armenian border. We will take a 45-minute drive to the medieval Armenian City of Ani which lies mostly in ruins. Impressive fortified walls still encircle the ruins of numerous churches, mosques and caravansaries. Enjoy a walk around the ruins and see the beautiful view to the Armenian border imagining it as a city with one million people rivaling Bagdad in its time! This city has experienced the cultures of Urartians, Armenians, Georgians, Mongols, Russians and finally the Turks. Dinner and overnight in Kars
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Karot Hotel

    Day 5: Dogubeyazit Tour (Mount Ararat)

    Stop At: Dogubeyazit, Dogubeyazit, Agri Province
    This morning after the breakfast, we will drive for along the "Silk Road" to Dogubeyazit. At the Iranian border, we will see a site known as the Crater Hole. This is a beautiful, yet rugged area. We will have the opportunity to see Mount Ararat from all sides. It is believed by some to be the resting-place of Noah's Ark; but to date no one has found anything that has been verified as the Ark - yet the search is still on. In the afternoon, we will stop and see the Ishak Pasa Palace. This complex is a combination of a mosque, a fortress and a palace which originally had a room for every day of the year! Below, you can also see the remains of Eski Bayazit and Urartian City which flourished in 1000 BC. Dinner and overnight in Dogubeyazit.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Tehran Boutique Hotel

    Day 6: Dogubeyazit - Lake Van

    Stop At: Lake Van, Van Turkey
    Upon breakfast and after visiting the Iranian border, Murtis Tour will take you for Van journey in the early morning, a drive of approximately three hours. This city has been established 13th century BC, when the Hurrites arrived. Then the Hittites, Urartians, Persian, Armenians, Macedonians, Romans and finally in 11th century the Turks came here. From here, we will visit the finest Armenian architectural wonder of the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. We'll also visit the wonderful Kurdish castle of Hosap very close to the Iranian border as well as the Urartian citadel. Dinner and overnight in Van.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Avalon Hotel

    Day 7: Van - Ahlat - Bitlis - Diyarbakir

    Pass By: Diyarbakir, Diyarbakir
    After visiting the eerie 12th century Selcuk cemetery in Ahlat in the morning upon breakfast, we will head to Bitlis for lunch and a good walk around Bitlis otherwise known as Alexander's town. It’s a unique medieval town! Dinner and overnight in Diyarbakir.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Mitannia Regency Hotel

    Day 8: Diyarbakir - End of Tour

    Pass By: Diyarbakir, Diyarbakir
    Today your tour is over. Please make your own arrangements for departure remembering that your hotel will need you to check out before midday. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future.Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Trabzon, Turkey
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Diyarbakır, Turkey
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by TravelShop Turkey

Activity ID: V-9878P211

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