Tour Information

Driver Guided tour for Eastern Turkey. You will have a chance to see Gobekllitepe, Hasankeyf, Nemrut. This Tour will operated beetween April to October due to wheather conditions.
Day 1Sanliurfa; (Lunch )

Arrive to Sanlıurfa and Meet and Sanlıurfa Airport.

Urfa has been occupied since the Babylonians followed by the Hurrites, Hittites, Assyrians, Greeks. Today we will visit Urfa Archaeological Museum. This museum exhibit a huge collection, founded from Harran and Gobeklitepe Area. We will also visit the holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. While in Urfa we will visit the cave where the prophet Abraham was born. Then, walk through the local covered bazaar of Sanliurfa. Walk through the town to discover the many hidden treasures. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Urfa.

Day 2Sanliurfa – Mt. Nemrut; (Breakfast-Lunch)

After breakfast at hotel we will visit nearby Harran and see the incredible beehive houses. Harran- according to the Bible- was the site where prophet Abraham spent a few years with his family before moving on to Israel, the Promised Land. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area. In the afternoon drive to Kahta city. On the way, you will see Gobeklitepe, a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Urfa. What makes Gobeklitepe unique in its class is the date it was built, which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10,000 BC. In the afternoon hike to the summit of the mount Nemrut (one of the most popular UNESCO world cultural heritage sites), watching the sunset, be amazed by the colossal heads and statues of ancient deities, as you step into mythology. This extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiochus built the entire complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his divine ancestry. Also definitely take time to visit the old castle, Arsemeia, cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge (Septimius Severus bridge) dating all the way back to the 3rd century and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. After visiting Nemrut, drive to hotel. Overnight stay in Adiyaman.



Day 3Adiyaman - Mardin; (Breakfast-Lunch)

After breakfast, departure to Mardin. We will reach Mardin around 11:00 and visit thisold, historical city. Mardin is very unique with lovely old-Arabic style houses. Thehouses are often decorated with intricate carvings. This is a very lively trading centerwith people coming from surrounding villages to buy and sell. We will have a fantasticview of the Plain of Mesopotamia. It is a city that played an important role in the earlydevelopment of Christianity. We will visit Forty Martyrs Church (Kirklar Kilisesi). Thischurch dates back to the 4th century, and was renamed in the 15th century tocommemorate Cappadocian martyrs, now remembered in the fine carvings above theentrance. Then, we will visit Zinciriye Madrasah (Zinciriye Medresesi). This theologicalschool was built by Melik Necmeddin Isa in 1385. We will also visit the Monastery ofDeyr-az-Zaferan just outside of town, founded in 762 A.D. It was the seat of the SyrianOrthodox Patriarch for almost 800 years. Walk in its busy streets and bazaars, and admire the stonework all around the town. Overnight stay in Mardin.

Day 4Mardin - Tatvan; (Breakfast-Lunch)

Today we drive to Hasankeyf, with stop at the beautiful little town of Midyat to see the Monastery and ancient houses on the way. Hasankeyf, with its history that spans nine civilizations, the archaeological and religious. The history of Hasankeyf goes back 10,000 years. This is three times longer than the Giza pyramids, 10 times longer than Stonehenge, and makes the glorious civilizations of the Maya and Inca seem as if they were flourishing just yesterday. Some of the city's historical treasures will be inundated if construction of the Ilısu Dam is completed. These include ornate mosques, Islamic tombs and cave churches. After lunch by the Tigris River we depart to Tatvan, a small village on the edge of Lake Van and watch the sun set over the lake. Overnight stay in Tatvan.

Day 5 : Tatvan - Van; (Breakfast-Lunch)
Depart from Tatvan and a beautiful drive around the lake to reach Van city, established 13th century BC. From here, we will take a ferry across the lake to visit the finest Armenian architectural wonder of the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. Step over to the huge Van Castle from the days of Urartu and see the hieroglyphs as you sense the spirit of the once Urartu capital Tushpa, feel the salty waters of the great Lake Van called as 'the Sea' by the locals. Overnight stay in Van.
Day 6 : Van - Dogubeyazit; (Breakfast-Lunch)
After breakfast departure and drive on the "Silk Road" to Dogubeyazit. On the way, we will visit Muradiye Waterfalls. A quite large waterfall, usually getting frozen in winter. It is north of Muradiye, which is about 80 km north of Van, off the highway to Doğubeyazıt. On the way we will also have the opportunity to see Mt. Ararat from all sides. It is believed by some to be the resting-place of Noah's Ark; but to date no one has found anything that has been verified as the Ark - yet the search is still on. We will stop and see the IshakPasa Palace. This complex is a combination of a mosque, a fortress, and a palace which originally had a room for every day of the year! Below you can also see the remains of EskiBeyazit, and Urartian City which flourished in

1000 BC.
Overnight stay in Kars
   

Day 7: Kars; (Breakfast-Lunch)  

An early morning departure for a 45-minute drive to the medieval Armenian City of Ani, which lies mostly in ruins. Impressive fortified walls still encircle the ruins of numerous churches, mosques and caravansaries. Enjoy a walk around the ruins and see the beautiful view to the Armenian border imagining it as a city with one million people rivaling Bagdad in its time! This city has experienced the cultures of Urartian’s, Armenians, Georgians, Mongols, Russians and finally the Turks. Also visit the impressive Kars Castle and historical sites surrounding the city. After visiting the castle we will visit Holy Apostles Church (12 Havari Kilisesi) This church is a former Armenian church in Kars, eastern Turkey. Built in the mid-10th century by the Armenian Bagratid King Abas I (r. 928–953), it was converted into a mosque in 1579. In the 19th and early 20th century it was converted into a Russian Orthodox and later Armenian cathedral. In 1993 it was again converted into a mosque. After tour return to hotel and overnight stay in Kars

Day 8 : Kars - Erzurum; (Breakfast-Lunch)  

Depart from Kars after breakfast and drive southwest to Erzurum. Of great interest will be the villages of stone houses and black sheep on green meadows. Visit the 12th century Medrese (a Seljukian School). Talk with the imam at the 12th century Mosque and enjoy the ethnographic museum. Visit an old caravan stop where the local black stone is mounted in silver and gold by the local artists in the most aesthetic art form and  then dropped to Erzurum Airport.

The price is 1975 EUR per person, including:



·       1 night’s BB accommodation in double room at Dedeman Hotel in Sanliurfa.

·       1 night’s BB accommodation in double room at Rabat Resort Hotel in Adıyaman

·       1 nights’ BB accommodation in double room at Erdoba Elagance Hotel in Mardin

·       1 nights’ BB accommodation in double room at Tasar Hotel in Tatvan

·       1 night’s BB accommodation in double room at Hilton Garden INN in Van

·       2 night’s BB accommodation in double room at Kars Hotel in Kars

·        full-day driver/guidance service in English w/ a professional licensed guide

·       Transportation w/ Ford Focus or similar type A/C vehicle

·       Entrance fees to the sites visited

·       Lunch during the tours (except drinks)

·       Breakfast at hotels (or on the way where not possible)

·       Istanbul-Sanlıurfa-Erzurum-Istanbul flight tickets

·       Fuel, highway tolls, parking fees



·       Excluding Services

·       - Dinner

·       - Personal expenses