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Arrive in Istanbul airport & transfer to the hotel. Free Afternoon to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of this amazing city. Welcome Dinner. Night in Istanbul. 

Lunch in the picturesque Bolu Mountains, then on to Safranbolu where you will enjoy the experience of staying the night in a traditional Ottoman style house. 

We visit some of Safronbolu's traditional old buildings including the Governor's House and Caravanserai before setting off for Amasya and its dramatic setting of river, rock tombs and a castle, all floodlit at night. Night in Amasya. 

Morning in Amasya inspecting the Pontic tombs, the historic Beyazit II Mosque, and a restored Ottoman mansion. Free Afternoon. Night in Amasya.

Today travel along the picturesque Yesil Irmak River valley, and across the Potic Mountain range to Giresun on the Black Sea coast. Night in Giresun. 

Morning visit Kale (Castle) Park, then follow the coastal road to Trabzon where we visit the Ayasofya Museum and Ataturk's Mansion. Night in Trabzon. 

Morning visit to Sumela National Park. Enjoy breathtaking sight of Sumela Monastery on the mountainside. Free afternoon to visit local bazaars and artisans' shops, a Turkish Bath or just relax in a tea garden. Night in Trabzon.

Travel along the Black Sea coast, visiting the picturesque Uzun Lake and Turkey's tea country capital, Rize. Then on to Ayder to enjoy the Thermal Springs, Alpine scenery and highland villages. Night in Ayder. 

In the morning we travel through hilly tea country before reaching the roaring Çoruh River. Lunch stop to enjoy the breathtaking views in the city of Artvin before heding on to Erzurum. Night in Erzurum.

Enjoy a morning tour of some of the notable city sites, including Çifte Minareli Medrese (Twin Minareted Seminary), Ulu Cami (the Grand Mosque) and the 5th century Citadel. Free afternoon. Night in Erzrum.

On the way to Kars we stop to look at the 13th Century Çobandere Bridge and monument to the victims of Sarikamis siege. Afternoon visit to the 12th century Selçuk Citadel and the 10th century Armenian Church of 12 Apostles in Kars. Night in Kars.

A morning visit to the ruins of the 10th century Armenian capital of Ani, before driving to Dogubeyazit, stopping to take in the views of Turkey's most famous natural landmark, magnificent Mt Ararat on the way. Night in Dogubeyazit.

We set off to explore the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace, once used to control the Silk Road before continuing on to the Van, home of Lake Van, Turkey's largest inland body of water, and one of the world's highest lakes. Night in Van. 

A full day exploring the ancient remains of the Van Region including the 10th Century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van and the 9th century Hosap citadel some 50km away. Night in Van. 

Today we visit Nemrut Crater Lake with its volcanic hot springs, then on to Diyarbakir where the River Tigris flows past the mighty black basalt walls of Diyarbakir, (second only to the Great Wall of China). Night in Diyarbakir. 

Morning exploring Diyarbakir's maze of cobbled streets and alleys, then travel to the architectural "treasure chest" of Mardin. Continue to the old Testament town of Sanliurfa, reputed birthplace of Prophet Abraham. Night in Sanliurfa.

Visit Mount Nemrut's spectacular stone heads and god statues built in honour of King Antiochus, and Ataturk Dam which provides hydroelectric power and irrigation for the region. Night in Sanliurfa. 

After a morning visit to the beehive-style mud houses of Harran, we visit the fascinating Old Testament town of Urfa, including the Sacred Carp Pools of Abraham and his birth cave. Free afternoon. Night in Sanliurfa. 

Travel to Gaziantep where we visit the local museum which holds the exquisite mosaics from the ancient Roman City of Zeugma. On to spend the night in Tarsus. 

Visit to Tarsus, the birth place of St Paul, almost 2000 years ago, before continuing to Kizkalesi where we will enjoy a farewell dinner. Night in Kizkalesi.

Drive to Adana airport, for morning flight to Istanbul.

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astern Turkey is like one big national park with its vast and dramatic scenery.  Perfect for the traveller who enjoys travelling a little bit off the beaten path or for second time visitors to Turkey, our 21 day escorted Eastern Turkey tour gives travellers the chance to explore the Black Sea region and Eastern Turkey in a small group (max. 16) staying in comfortable hotels.

Step far back in time in the towns of Urfa and Harran where human settlement dates back to the fifth millennium BC, see Urartian citadels, Roman frontier towns, Byzantine churches, Seljuk mosques, the site of the World's first university, the birthplace of St Paul and more in this small group tour of Turkey's beautiful East.

 

Some highlights of the tour include:

The melting pot of Seljuk, Ottoman, Persian, Georgian and Armenian architectural styles that is Ishak Palace.
The Armenian ruins of Ani
Stunning Lake Van with its backdrop of mountains
The amazing ruins of Gobekli Tepe dating back to around 10,000 BC
Mount Nemrut and its giant statues
 

Price:

€ 3500 per person twin share

€ 4100 per person single

Early Bird discount of AUD150 per person if booked and fully paid six months prior to tour start date.

Price does not include flights.