Location: Turkey straddles the borders of Europe and Asia with the majority of the country in Southwest Asia. It has a total area of 780,580 sq.km. that lies within Europe. The country is bordered at the east by Georgia, Armenia and Iran with Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea on the south. The Aegean Sea, Greece and Bulgaria are to the west, and the Black Sea forms the northern border. Turkey's geographical coordinates are 36o 00' to 42o 00' north latitude and 26o 00' to 45o 00' east longitude.
DAY 1: Arrive in Istanbul. Meet with our guide and your transfer to hotel. Free day, O/N Istanbul.
DAY 2: After breakfast we have Istanbul highlights as visits to places, monuments St.Sophia Museum, Sultan Ahmet Emperial Mosque, Hippodrome area mini tour, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, and ends by visiting to Grand Cover Bazaar. Transfer to hotel. (B,L)
DAY 3: After breakfast today we have 9.00am - flight to Kayseri (ASR) or Nevsehir airport. Transfer and have Cappadocia tour as visits to Goreme Valley and its Open Air Museum, Five churches, Uchisar Castle, Avanos, Rose Valley, Zelve Valley, Çavuşin, Urgup, Gorema panorama. Return our hotel and overnight. (B,L)
DAY 4: Breakfast and we have another Cappadocia tour as visits to Pigeon Valley, Kaymakli Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Walking & hicking for 1h30 min , Selime village , Ceravanserail, Aci lake and return to our hotel in Cappadocia. (B,L)
DAY 5: Cappadocia depart to Mt. Nemrut: Departure in the morning from Göreme, After pass Kayseri visit the 13 th century Seljukian Caravansarai "Karatayhan". The next stop will be in Pınarbasi for a short tea break than drive to Tekir for Lunch. Take a picture of the beautiful scenery of the Tekir Valley. Drive to Kahramanmaras to have world famous (Uses Goat Milk) Maras Icecream, than drive to Adiyaman direstion to arrive Kahta. Tea break, transfer to hotel, Dinner and ON at Hotel in Kahta. (B, L )
DAY 6: Mt. Nemrut - Urfa,Gobeklitepe, Abraham Pool, Harran (Edessa): Very early departure up to the ruins, After get off the minibus twenty five minutes climbing on foot to the top where you will watch the beautiful sun rise between the colossal size statues and heads of the kings and Gods. After sun rised time to walk around and taking pictures. Then drive back to the hotel for breakfast. Drive to Kahta, on the way visit the ruins of the arsemia Roman bridge of Cendere and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. Have our breakfast at our hotel in Kahta. Leave from hotel drive to Sanlı Urfa-Harran on the way visit Ataturk Dam which is the biggest dam in Middle east. After lunch visit to Gobeklitepe which is this place well know the first Temples for Human ages goes back to 12.000YO. Then arrive to downtown of Urfa where visit to Abrahams Cave and the Pools of Holy Carp surrounding it, than walk around oriental covered bazaar drive to Harran a village of Spellbinding Mud-Birck "beehive" houses mentioned in the book of genesis where Abraham spend last years of his life.Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls, oldest islamic university and the castle dated to eighteen century. Arrive our hotel Dinner and ON. (B,L,D)
DAY 7: Mardin - Midyat --flight to Istanbul: After breakfast we head to visits Mardin. At 10:30am we arrive to Mardin a city well known its and have a its golden stone houses, with a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia, We have a visit to Syriac-Jacobite Monastery of Deyrulzaferan. After Lunch, proceed to visit Midyat and see the old town with its sandstone houses and the steeples of nine Syrian Orthodox churches. Midyat is famous for its silver filigree jewelry. We continue to the Monastery of Mor Gabriel, where services are still held in Aramaic. Then drive back to Mardin airport to take a late flight back to Istanbul. (B,L) /font>
Accommodation and stays in 4 stars hotels - a professional licenced tour Guide - Mentioned meals above in the tour program - A comfortable Bus, car or minivan - All entrance fees where necessary.
On arrival airport visa fee -taxes on custom - domestic flight tickets Istanbul - Kayseri and Malatya - Istanbul routes - Drinks on the meals - Self expences in Hotel rooms (Minibar- Laundry-Telephone etc) - Tips to Guide and Driver.
Herewith I would like to emphasize again the excellent experience we had last week with our guide Yildirim on the climbing of the Ararat. He was taking care of us with a lot of attention and we could really trust on him. Also after the climbing he was escorting us very kindly and all appointments were taken accurately. It was really a great pleasure for us.
We should also congratulate Celam who prepared nice meals, always with enthousiasm, and we will remind him as our good cook forever.
As soon as we have the opportunity, we will send you some pictures about this expedition.
Be assured we are happy about the way it was organised.
Pierre Kockerols / Brussel