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  TOURS INFORMATION
Class: Istanbul - Eastern Turkey Tour Season: Period 01 April - end of Nov
   
Discover Eastern Turkey, Kars to Gaziantep (8 Days - 7 Nights)
DAY 1: Istanbul - Kars: Flight to Kars, upon arrival transfer to your hotel where weet with your Tour guide and have a mini briefing  about tour days and have aa mini walking tour in Kars old Carsi, Historical part, the city was under Russian occupation years ago and have many Russian made stoned buildins, Palaces also called Little Russia. The restaurants and cheese shops, it’s well worth taking a turn around the “Little Russia“ back streets of old Kars, which boast an architecture quite unlike anything else in Turkey. Unexpectedly wide and tree-shaded, they’re lined with pastel-colored, one-story buildings with sloping roofs, neat little dormer windows and lots of neoclassical detail from Russian period. Return to hotel Dinner and overnight. (D)

DAY 2 - Kars - Ani - Dogubeyazit - Van: After breakfast we will leave from our hotel for an exciting and long tour day. Our first stop is ruins of Ani. Ani,  45 kilometers east of Kars, was completely deserted in 1239 after a Mongol invasion, but before that it had been an important city and a capital of both Urartion and Armenian Kingdoms. Surrounded by walls, the ruins lie in fields overlooking the Arap Cayi river, which forms the border with Armenia. The ghost city is extremely dramatic and there are several notable churches, including a cathedral built between the years 989 and 1010. Then drive to Dogubayezit as we knows history of Mt. Ararat. Forty days and forty nights finally ended, Mt. Ararat is where Noah boat is said to have landed. Climbing is only allowed with permission from Ankara. The search for the remains of Noah's Ark has been a growing business even since the French nobleman Pitton de Tournefort first scaled the mountain in 1707.  On our way we will stop for Ishak Pasha Palace that rises up over the valley below. This noteworthy architectural complex was built at the turn of the 17th century by Ishak Pasha, a Kurdish emir on whom the sultan of Istanbul had conferred the title of governor. Architecturally speaking, the building is eclectic since it is a fusion of characteristic elements of well defined styles. Arrive to Van city C/in to our hotel. Dinner and Overnight. ON (B,L,D)

DAY 3 - Van Lake - Akdamar Church - Museum: We will do a full day city tour in Van. Leave from our hotel for Van. After picturesque drive we will explore for Van Castle at Cavustepe Urartuan Civilisations Walls, ruines. Follows our visiting program passes to Ahtamar Church in the Island Akdamar in Van lake, Its a Armenian building and recently restored and opened to public. After Lunch visit to Archeological Museum. Overnight in Van. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Van - Batman - Hasankeyf - Midyat: After breakfast we will leave from Van to Midyat. On the way we will stop for Hasankeyf. We will visit grottos, castle and Hasankeyf's bridge on Ilısu. Arrive to our hotel Overnight in Mardin. ON (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - Midyat - Mardin: After breakfast we visit a great monastery which is called the Monastery of Mor Gabriel. We will continue for Mother Mary Monastery which was built in the 1st century. Depart to Mardin and explore Deyrul Zeferan Monastery This town had a large Christian community and there are still some Syrian Christian families and churches . On the out skirts is the monastery of Deyrulzaferan in which
Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still used as the liturgical tongue. The history of Mardin, like that of Diyarbakir, involves disputes by rival armies over dozens and dozens centuries. Syrian Orthodox Christians settled in this area during the 1st century. We will visit also Kirklar Church (Forty-Martyrs Church). Overnight in Mardin. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - Mardin - Gobeklitepe - Harran - SanliUrfa: After breakfast We will leave for SanliUrfa. Our first stop is Gobeklitepe (the first Humanity Temple builded here bu Human 12.000years ago) then we have lunch in Urfa. After lunch we continue to Harran, 50 kilometers south from SanliUrfa, is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements on the earth, with its beehivelike mudbrick houses. Here was the Temple of Sin (erroneously called the first university ), famous throughout the ancient world for its star readers and savants. It was in Harran where Rebecca drew water for Isaac's servant, from where Abraham decided to make his move into the land of Cannan. We return back to Urfa. We will enjoy with HalilRahman Mosque, Abraham holy fishes Pool, and Ulu Mosque which was first built as a synagogue then converted to a church called Kizil Church, and then on the church, Ulu Mosque was built in 1175. Lodging in SanliUrfa. ON (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - SanliUrfa - Gaziantep: We have visit to Halfeti and Birecik for İbis Birds Protected zone. Then drive to Rumkale for Assurian times strategic Castle. Arrive to Gaziantep. We have Lunch in our restaurant.Gaziantep well know a city with its Baklava (Turkish delight) with deligious Pistache. Have time to taste. Then we have visit to Arshaelogical Museum where can be seen Worldwide famous Zeugma Mosaics Collections. Arrive to our hotel dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - Gaziantep - Flight to Istanbul - Transfer to Gaziantep Airport: Today we will have a flight to Istanbul connected with your international flight to Home. End of our tour and services. (B)













 
Accommodation in 3, 4 or 5 stars hotels- a professional licenced Guide - Mentioned meals above in the tour program - A comfortable Bus, car or minivan - All entrance fees where necessary.
Local flight tickets from Istanbul to Kars and from Gaziantep to Istanbul - Drinks on the meals - Self expences in Hotel rooms (Minibar- Laundry-Telephone etc) - Tips to Guide and Driver.

Seasons/Prices

Low Season: November - March

Summer Season: April to October 

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 4 - 6   Pax

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8 - 12  Pax

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14 - 16 Pax

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18 - 22 Pax

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24 - 30 Pax

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32 - 35 pax

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36 - 42 Pax

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