Tour Code : EN-037

Eastern Anatolia Civilizations Tour 9 Days

Arrival at Erzurum Airport. Your guide will meet you at the airport and you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Free time after check-in. You may discover the city and the vicinity of your hotel at your own will. Overnight stay in Erzurum. ( Dinner )

We’ll start our Erzurum tour after breakfast. Erzurum is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia and today, we’ll be visiting the Nene Hatun Bastion, Double Minaret Madrasa, Ulu Mosque, Üç Kümbetler (Three Tombs), Yakutiye Madrasa, Erzurum Congress and Milli Mücadele Müzesi (National Struggle Museum). 
Afterward, we’ll head for Kars. We’ll give a lunch break and visit the Ani Ruins. Ani had its heyday between 953 and 1020 when it served as the capital of the Armenian Kingdom. The city of Ani was captured by the Byzantines in 1045 ending the Kingdom of Armenia. Then in 1064, Seljuk Emperor Alpaslan conquered Eastern Anatolia and took it from the Byzantines. Today, Ani is on the Unesco World Heritage List. Ani ruins spread over a wide area with the Gate of Lions, Church of the Redeemer (St. Prkitch), Stone Bridge, Seljuk Palace, Church of Saint Gregory of Tigran Hornets, and the Inner Fortress. Next, we’ll see historical artifacts such as Menüçehr Mosque, Ani Cathedral, Monastery of the Hripsimian Virgins, and Cathedral of Kars, also known as the Holy Apostles Church.
After our visits, we’ll head to Kar's city center. Here, we recommend you to try Kar's specialties such as goose meat, honey, Kars cheese, Kars gruyere cheese, yellowfish, Hengel, and kit, which you can buy as souvenirs as well. In Kars, you’ll also realize buildings featuring Russian architecture and that the city’s climate and geography are similar to that of Russian cities.
Dinner and accommodation in Kars. (Breakfast – Dinner )

Today, we will continue our tour with a trip to the South. On the way, we will enjoy the beautiful geography of Eastern Anatolia and see the ruins left by ancient civilizations, which offer a glimpse into their way of life. We will arrive in Doğubayazıt via Iğdır city. We will give a lunch break and visit the famous Ishak Pasha Palace. It is said that the construction of the 116-room palace took 99 years. After we tour this magnificent palace overlooking Mount Ararat, we will depart for Van bypassing the Tendürek Mountain accompanied by beautiful views. 
At the end of a 7- hour bus journey, we’ll arrive at Van, one of the largest cities in Eastern Turkey located on the shores of Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake (3,713 square km).
Dinner and accommodation in Van.  (Breakfast – Dinner )

We start today's tour in Van Castle, known as Tuspa Castle in the olden days. The castle, which overlooks Lake Van, was built by the Urartu King Sarduri 2800 years ago. It became the capital of the Urartu Kingdom with the name Tuspa. Inside the castle, rock tombs are belonging to the Urartu Kings. Next, we’ll visit the Akdamar Church located on the Akdamar Island in Lake Van, which was built with magnificent stonework and later restored by the Turkish government. We’ll reach the island on boats from the pier in the Edremit district and enjoy the wonderful lake and mountain scenery. 
After our visit, we’ll give a lunch break, and head for Ahlat (180 km away). Here, we’ll see the largest Turkish-Islamic cemetery in the world, established in 1200 by the Seljuks, with 8,169 tombstones, some of which are 3,5 meters long. What makes the tombstones more special are the unique inscriptions and decorations on them. After seeing the Grand Vault and the Emir Bayındır Mosque, we’ll continue on our way to Diyarbakır.
Arrival and accommodation in Diyarbakır. (Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, we will visit the Diyarbakır Castle and Fortress, city walls, and the Ulu Mosque. Afterward, we’ll continue towards Batman and have lunch at a traditional restaurant. Here, we’ll see the historical Malabadi Bridge, built in the Seljuk Period in 1147, the world's largest stone arch bridge with its single arch spanning 41 meters.
In Midyat, you will find the best examples of Filigree art and all kinds of handcrafted silver jewelry, which Syriac masters elaborated with centuries of experience at the Syriac-Muslim neighborhoods. During shopping and wandering around the neighborhood you can also sample some of the local dishes. 
Next, we will visit the Mor Gabriel Monastery (20 km from Midyat). We’ll give a tea break after sightseeing in Nusaybin in the recreational area called Beyazsu (white water), famous for its ice-cold stream. 
Upon our arrival to Mardin, we’ll visit the ancient city of Dara to see the cave tombs, cave houses, huge water cisterns, and ancient city ruins spread over a wide area with a history of 3500-4000 years. 
End of the tour. Dinner and accommodation in Mardin. (Breakfast – Dinner )

For today, we prepared a tour program in a way that you can experience Mardin like its residents. After breakfast, we’ll start our tour of Old Mardin from the Kasımiye Madrasah (Mosque Kebir), which has a rich cultural mosaic with its architectural structure that gives a mystical Muslim, Syriac, Turkish, Arabian and atmosphere to the city, bringing together different religions and languages, the Ulu Mosque and the Minaret, Şehidiye Madrasa and Old PTT Building. After our visits, we will have free time in Mardin and have lunch on traditional dishes at a local restaurant. We recommend you to bring extra luggage with you for local products, natural soaps (Sabuncu Mehmet), nuts, and Mardin-specialities like almond candies, dried fruits, sweets, rosary, and similar handmade accessories and souvenirs. 
Afterward, we’ll continue towards the city of Urfa and about 2 hours later, we will arrive at Göbeklitepe Temple, the oldest temple in the world with a history of 12.000 years. In the mysterious atmosphere of the temple, you will feel the mysticism in your bones. Göbeklitepe is the oldest open-air temple in the world, dating back to the Stone Age, which started a new era in the history of world archeology, and even changed the world's human history. We will leave Göbeklitepe's mystical environment and head for our hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Urfa. (Breakfast – Dinner )
*** Optional Sıra Gecesi musical program with traditional music, highly recommended.

After breakfast in our hotel, we’ll start our tour of Urfa, also known as the City of the Prophets. Here, we’ll see the Halil-Ür Rahman Mosque, Rızvaniye Mosque, Balıklıgöl, Ayn-el Zeliha Lake, and the pit where the Prophet Abraham was thrown into the fire. The city of Prophets has very fertile lands with great plains, and it is one of Turkey's most important agricultural centers. After our visits, we will have free time for shopping at Bedesten and Gümrük Inn. Then, we will have lunch at a local restaurant, sampling Urfa's famous kebab and local dishes. Next, we will admire the Urfa Archlologial Museum, where many historical artifacts from Anatolian civilizations are exhibited, and the Mosaic Museum. 
We take Lunch in Urfa with delicious Urfa Kebap. Then we will visit Halfeti ancient city and boat trip to Halfeti dam. During the Halfeti boat tour, we will see Rumkale, which is said to have reproduced the Gospel of St. Paul, the apostle of Jesus, from the boat, accompanied by a magnificent view. Architectural ruins in Rumkale have Late Roman and Medieval characteristics, and the Greek castle, which has the ruins of structures such as old water cisterns, St. Nerses Church, Barşavma Monastery, has a magnificent visual view.
Afterward, we will continue on our way to Adıyaman. Dinner and overnight stay in Adıyaman. (Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, we will depart early for Mount Nemrut where the tumulus of the Commagene King Antiochus Antiochus I and huge head statues are located. This place will be one of the highlights of the entire trip.

With the narration of our guide, we will admire the history of the region. We will see the Karakuş Tumulus and Cendere Bridge on the way to the top by minibus (Big buses and minibusses are not allowed to go up the hill.) After some climbing, we will see the Zeus, Apollon, Heracles, Antiochhos, Commagene, Eagle, and Lion sculptures on the eastern terrace of the Nemrut summit. The tumulus of the Commagene King Antiochus I is at the top. We will see the altars and sculptures on the western terrace as well. It is impossible not to be impressed by the magnificent view and the beauty of the colossal statues at the top of Mount Nemrut.

After this visit, we will head for Halfeti (approx. 190 km) and take a lunch break on the road. Halfeti district is also known as the hidden paradise of the Southeast with its historical stone houses, black roses, and natural beauties. Next, we will visit the Savaşan Village, a large part of which is underwater, therefore called "the sunken city", on a boat.  During the Halfeti boat tour, we will see Rumkale, which is said to have reproduced the Gospel of St. Paul, the apostle of Jesus, from the boat, accompanied by a magnificent view. Architectural ruins in Rumkale have Late Roman and Medieval characteristics, and the Greek castle, which has the ruins of structures such as old water cisterns, St. Nerses Church, Barşavma Monastery, has a magnificent visual view. 
We will see the Sunken Mosque, and have plenty of time to take photos of the scenery and have coffee by the dam lake. Afterward, we will drive to our hotel in Gaziantep.  Dinner and overnight stay in Gaziantep. (Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, we will start our day with a visit to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the second-largest mosaic museum in the world. The world-famous Gypsy girl mosaic and the bronze statue of the God of War ARES are also exhibited here.  Afterward, we will go for a shopping trip to Bakırcılar Bazaar, Almacı Bazaar, and Zincirli Bedesten, where you’ll have free time to lunch at local restaurants. We strongly recommend you to try Gaziantep's world-famous baklava and delicious local dishes.
End of the tour. Transfer to Gaziantep Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul Airport where you can connect to your onward flight to your next destination. (Breakfast )

Customized Tours
We can create a tour program on your request and offer an itinerary that suits your personal, educational, cultural, and budgetary requirements. Please contact us with your requests.

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Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
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Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
Price includes

 Transfer  Erzurum Airport to Hotel. 

 Transfer  Gaziantep Hotel to Gaziantep Airport

 8-Night hotel Accommodation with daily breakfast

 8 Dinners

 Entrance fees, as per  the itinerary.

 Experienced and professional tour guide

 Private air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicles 

 All parking, highway, bridge fees

 All tours in the program

 VAT and city tax 

Price Excludes

Gastos personales

Bebidas durante el almuerzo y la cena.

Seguro de viaje (muy recomendable)

Comidas distintas a las especificadas

Minibar del hotel y otros gastos

Tours opcionales

Propinas para el guía y el conductor. por persona por día 7 USD

 (Pago en efectivo hecho al oficial el día de llegada)


Cancellation Policy
- For cancellations made 30 days before the tour, 100% refund. ( Except for the % 15 Service Charge, Flight ticket, mandatory expenses, and Bank Commission,)
- For cancellations made 29 - 15 days before the tour, 50% refund. (Except for the Bank Commission, and mandatory expenses )
- For cancellations made 14 – 11 days before the tour, 30% refund.
- No refunds will be made on reservations made 10 days before the tour. %100 Penalty is applied.

Remarks
- Travel health insurance is mandatory.
- Sample hotels are confirmed on the date of booking in case of availability. Otherwise,
  similar hotels are booked.  
- In the event of bad weather, time scarcity, traffic jams, and similar situations, the Guide may make changes to the tour program. 
- The locations given in the itinerary can be changed with other places if they are closed.  
- During the tours, you will be walking approximately 2 km every day on uneven and
   cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and steps. 
- You must wear comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. in summer months and raincoats, warm clothes, winter walking shoes, umbrella, etc. in winter.  
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid crowds.  
- You will need your passport at check-in for all domestic flights.
- Domestic flights are economy class. Luggage limit 15 Kg.


Gold Package Hotels

Erzurum (1)      -  Polat Erzurum Resort 5*
Kars (1)             -  Cheltikov Boutique
Van ( 1 )            -  Doubl Three By Hilton 
Diyarbakır (1)    -  Divan Diyarbakır 5*   
Mardin (1)         -  İzala Boutique
Urfa (1)              -  Nevali Hotel 5*
Adıyaman (1)     -  Dedeman Adıyaman 
Gaziantep (1)     -  Divan Gaziantep 5*

Standard Package Hotels
Erzurum (1)      -  Otel Zade 4*
Kars (1)             -  Grand Ani 4*
Van (1)              -  Royal Milano 4*
Diyarbakır (1)   -  SV Business 4*    
Mardin (1)        -  Mesopotamia Garden  4* 
Urfa (1)             -  Grand Gulizar
Adıyaman (1)   -  White Star Hotel 4*
Gaziantep (1)   -  Ravanda Hotel 4*

Note: Sample hotels are confirmed on the date of booking in case of availability. Otherwise, reservations are made in similar hotels.


Erzurum
Kars
Ani Ruins
Doğubayazıt
Van
Tushpa Castle
Van Lake
Akdamar Church
Ahlat
Tatvan
Bitlis
Diyarbakır
Hasanpasa Hanı
Midyat
Dara
Deyrulzafaran Monastery
Mardin
Mount Nemrut
Arsaemia Ruins
Karakuş Tumulus
Cendere Bridge
Adıyaman
Urfa
Göbeklitepe
Taştepeler
Karahantepe
Halfeti
Zeugma Museum
Gaziantep

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Tour Code
EN-037
Tour Name
Eastern Anatolia Civilizations Tour 9 Days
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Erzurum
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Eastern Anatolia Civilizations Tour - 9 Days


The 9-day Eastern Turkey tour starts in Erzurum and ends in Gaziantep. It is a beautiful tour that blends the fascinating geography of the Eastern Anatolia and Mesopotamia regions and historical regions and artifacts bearing the traces of thousands of years of civilization.
In Erzurum, the oldest settlement in Eastern Turkey, the Madrasahs, Tombs, and stone buildings, which are the most beautiful examples of the Seljuk architectural style, the exemplary buildings of Russian architecture in the city of Kars, which have the Caucasian culture, architecture and climate, the Ani Ruins, known as the country of Churches, Mount Ararat, Ishak Pasha Palace and Tuspa, the capital of the Urartians, are among the heritages of Eastern Turkey.
Mesopotamia, which covers the Southeastern Anatolia region, will continue to surprise you with new archaeological excavation sites. All the mysteries of Mesopotamia, such as the 12,000-year-old Göbeklitepe, Mount Nemrut, Zeugma Museum, Harran, Mardin, Midyat, Dara ruins, Sanliurfa, the city of the Prophets, and Gaziantep, are hidden in this tour program.

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  • Tour Code : EN-037
  • Duration : 9 Days
  • Start : Erzurum
  • End : Gaziantep
  • Tour Season : 15 April - 31 October
  • Transfer : Vehicle
  • Distance : 2.150 Km
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