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Eastern Enchantment Tour 12 Days
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Day 1 – Saturday – Trabzon
Welcome to Trabzon! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace. Tonight you meet your tour guide and fellow travelling companions. Overnight Trabzon.
4 star, Buyuk Sumela Hotel
Day 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 Gevas 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 7 – 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 8 – 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 9 – 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 10 – Monday – Adiyaman, Kahta
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 11 – 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 12 – Wednesday – Gaziantep
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
– Inbound Airport Transfer – Trabzon, Trabzon Airport (TZX)
– Outbound Airport Transfer – Gaziantep, Gaziantep Oğuzeli Airport (GZT)
– 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
– 11 nights – accommodation
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 (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
– 11 Breakfasts
Tour does not include:
– Suggested optional activities
– Tips – driver and guide
– Compulsory Travel Insurance
- Ani – Citadel
- Ataturk Dam
- Bitlis – Castle
- Dogubeyazit – Ishak Pasa Palace
- Gaziantep – Mosaic Museum
- Mt. Ararat
- Mt. Nemrut – Ancient Site
- Muradiye Waterfalls
- Trabzon – Hagia Sophia Musuem
- Uzungöl Lake
- Van – Akdamar Church
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.