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Black Sea & Eastern Splendours Tour 23 Day

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23 days

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, Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

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, Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

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, Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi

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, Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi

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, Kursunlu Han

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, Antik Hotel Sinop

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, Antik Hotel Sinop

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, Buyuk Sumela Hotel

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, Buyuk Sumela Hotel

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, Palan Hotel

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

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, Grand Hotel Van

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, Grand Hotel Van

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, Class Hotel

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, Hilton Garden Inn Mardin

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, Hotel Harran

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, Grand Isias Hotel

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, Ibis Gaziantep

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

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

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, Hotel Ickale

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, Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

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.

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PRICES:

01 Jan 2017 – 31 Dec 2017 – 4,185.00GBP

Includes

Tour includes:

– Inbound Airport Transfer – Istanbul, Atatürk Airport (IST) / Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

– Outbound Airport Transfer – Istanbul, Atatürk 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

– 22 nights – accommodation

2 nights in Istanbul at the Boutique, Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

2 nights in Safranbolu at the Boutique, Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi

1 night in Kastamonu at the Boutique, Kursunlu Han

2 nights in Sinop at the Boutique, Antik Hotel Sinop

2 nights in Trabzon at the 4 star Buyuk Sumela Hotel

1 night in Erzurum at the 5 star Palan Hotel

1 night in Dogubeyazit at the 4 star Hotel to be advised

2 nights in Van at the 4 star Grand Hotel Van

1 night in Diyarbakir at the 4 star Class Hotel

1 night in Mardin at the 4 star Hilton Garden Inn Mardin

1 night in Sanliurfa (Urfa) at the 4 star Hotel Harran

1 night in Adiyaman at the 4 star Grand Isias Hotel

1 night in Gaziantep at the 3 star Ibis Gaziantep

2 nights in Cappadocia at the 4 star Hotel to be advised

1 night in Ankara at the 5 star Hotel Ickale

1 night in Istanbul at the Boutique, Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

– 22 Breakfasts

 

Tour does not include:

– Suggested optional activities

– Tips – driver and guide

– Compulsory Travel Insurance

Itinerary

 

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

 

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