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TURKEY TOUR PACKAGES
  GRT-201    ISTANBUL TOUR PACKAGE 5 DAYS - Everday between 11 Nov 2015- 09 Mar 2016 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  GRT-202    ISTANBUL TOUR PACKAGE 4 DAYS - Everday between 11 Nov 2015- 09 Mar 2016
  GRT-203    ISTANBUL TOUR PACKAGE 6 DAYS - Everday between 11 Nov 2015-11 Mar 2016
  GRT-204    ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA TOUR 6 DAYS - Everday between 11 Nov 2015-11 Nov 2016
  GRT-205    ISTANBUL & AEGEAN DREAM TOUR 6 DAYS - Everday between 11 Nov 2015- 09 Mar 2016
  GRT-206    DISCOVER TURKEY TOUR 9 DAYS - Everday between 11 Nov 2015- 11 Nov 2016
  GRT-207    BEST OF TURKEY TOUR 8 DAYS - Every Friday between 11 Nov 2015- 11 Nov 2016
  GRT-401    FIRE OF ANATOLIA - Everday between 11 Nov 2015-11 Nov 2016
  GRT-402    TURKEY TREASURES 10 DAYS          - GUARANTEED DEPARTURE between 11 Nov 2015-11 Nov 2016
  GRT-403    GLORIES OF TURKEY 10 DAYS - *** GUARANTEED DEPARTURE ** between 11 Nov 2015-11 Nov 2016
  GRT-501    TURKISH RIVIERA TOUR - All Year-Round
  GRT-502    JEWISH HERITAGE          -
  GRT-503    WONDERS OF TURKEY    -
  GRT-504    MYSTICAL TURKEY          -
  GRT-505    BLACK SEA & EASTERN TURKEY -
  GRT-506    ANCIENT WEST TURKEY -
  GRT-551    GRAND TURKEY -
  GRT-552    HALF GRAND WITH CRUISE -
  GRT-785    CLASSICAL RELIGION TOUR - 7 Days
  GRT-786    CLASSIC TURKEY LONG STAY TOUR - 10 Days
  GRT-787    EASTERN TURKEY RELIGION TOUR - 12 Days
  GRT-788    WINE TOUR - 11 Days
  GRT-789    CLASSIC TURKEY EXPRESS TOUR - 7 Days
  GRT-790    EASTERN TURKEY TOUR - 9 Days
  GRT-791    VIP TOUR - 10 Days



EASTERN TURKEY TOUR


9 Days




 DAY 1 : ISTANBUL
Arrival to Istanbul. Transfer directly to hotel. All day will be free for leisure. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul

 DAY 2 : KAYSERI - CAPPADOCIA
Departure from hotel at 06:00 for flight to Kayseri by Turkish Airlines TK260. Arrival time to Kayseri is 10:00. We will drive to Cappadoccia. Cappadoccia is a wonderful region formed by volcano eruptions centuries ago. Erosions by wind, rain and snow caused many interesting shapes, which gives the impression that we are in the scene of a science fiction movie. Starting from the third century BC, Cappadoccia also became a religious centre for Christianity. We will visit Goreme open-air museum with its many carved churches. Afterwards we will discover the region with different valleys, each with breathtaking landscapes such as Zelve. We also see Pasabag wineyards. Lunch at a local restaurant in Cappadoccia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadoccia

 DAY 3 : CAPPADOCIA
Whole day will be spent in Cappadoccia region which displays a beautiful combination of nature and history. The geographic movements had formed the fairy chimneys and during the historical development process, mankind had settled and inhabited these natural wonders, fairy chimneys and carved houses and churches inside these formations and adorned these settlements with frescos, carrying the traces of the thousands of years of their civilizations. Staring from the 4th Century on, Cappadoce has also been chosen as a Christian center. Today we will see Derinkuyu underground city. The settlement is approximately 85m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground settlement (stables, cellars, refectories, churches, wineries etc.).The next stop will be Avanos. The main economic activity in the town is pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay, which is worked by local craftsmen, comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river. We will also see Guvercinlik, Uchisar and L. Canyon. Lunch at a local restaurant in Avanos. Dinner and overnight in Cappadoccia.

 DAY 4 : KAYSERI - SIVAS - MALATYA
Departure from hotel at 09:00 and drive to Malatya via Kayseri and Sivas Kangal Thermals. The thermal springs are located 96 km. away from Sivas and 13 km. away from Kangal district at the Kangal Creek Valley located northeast of Kangal. Fishes not more than 10 cm length live at the waters of the thermal spring. These fishes assist the cure of the skin diseases such as acne, wound, eczema and nacre by cleaning the wounds. Lunch at a local restaurant in Sivas. Dinner and overnight in Malatya.

 DAY 5 : ADIYAMAN - DIYARBAKIR
Departure from hotel at 09:00 and drive to Diyarbakir. First We will visit Nemrut Mountain. At the junction of the East and West civilisations, Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut) is one of the most astounding sites in Turkey: A collection of colossal statues on a remote mountain 2150m high, adorning the temple and tomb of King Antiochus. Unknown until 1881 when an Ottoman geologist discovered these 10 metre-high stone heads, archaeological work began in 1953 to uncover their history. Afterwards we will visit Diyarbakir Rampart. These Diyarbakir ramparts famous for being the longest second rampart after the great wall of China, are 5.5 km long and 7 - 8 m high. Black Basalt Ramparts composed of 16 castles and 5 main gates are the most attractive places of the city. Magnificent sample of mediaeval military architecture, these ramparts were decorated with inscriptions and embossments. Subsequently we will visit Grand Mosque. This mosque built by Sultani Melik Shah of Seljuks, displays an interesting outlook with its original design and usage of either Byzantine or older architectural materials and is one of the oldest mosques of Turkey. Lunch at local restaurant in Adiyaman. Dinner and overnight in Diyarbakir.

 DAY 6 : VAN - DOGUBEYAZIT
Departure from hotel at 09:00 and drive to Dogubeyazit. First we will visit Akdamar Church in Van. It is the church that gives its name to the biggest island of the Van Lake which it is on. It is at the southeast of the island and 3 m away from the shore. It can be reached to the island by boats. It had been founded by King Gagik for the honor of sacred cross. There are a variety of figurative representations in the church, such as the banishing of Adam and Eve from the Heaven, and the birth of Jesus Christ. Lunch at a local restaurant in Van. Dinner and overnight in Dogubeyazit.

 DAY 7 : ERZURUM - AGRI
Departure from hotel at 09:00 and drive to Erzurum. Today we will visit Ishak Pasha Palace. It is a palace that was built on a hill in east Beyazit in 1789 by Ishak Pasha who is the son of vizier Hasan Pasha. Having approximately 360 rooms and lounges, the palace fits the qualities of a traditional Ottoman Palace. It covers a field of 760 m2 and it is told that the construction process of the palace took 99 years. All the buildings of the palace take place around two "U" shaped courts, each within the other, and in all the architecture of these constructions (mosque - harem flats - free eating place for poor people - public bath, recreation hall for only men - ceremony hall and entertainment hall - tombs etc.) a perfect masonry can be observed. In the art of carving and wall embellishments, the traces of Ottoman, Seljukian and Persian Civilisations are apparent. Afterwards next stop is Noah’s Ark at Agri Mountain. Turkey’s highest mountain, Mount Agri (5165 m.) According to the widespread belief, the mountain, which is mentioned in Holy Bible and the Pentateuch. The world was covered with evil things during The Prophet of Noah. In order to punish human beings, God ordered Noah to construct a ship. Prophet Noah, his spouse, his sons and their spouses as well as 7 male and 7 female of all species in the world and 2 male and 2 female reptiles would be taken on board. Prophet Noah had constructed the ship as the god ordered and entered the ship with the creatures. 7 days later, all the creatures except the ones within the ship had been vanished as a result of the flood that had continued for 40 days and 40 nights. With the withdrawal of flood the ship had grounded on Mount Agri, and the creatures had left the ship happily and spread all around the world. The Mountain which has a special place in religion is very fascinating with its majestic appearance rapidly ascending to sky on a smooth surface, with its snowy peeks even in summer and with its vegetation and animal species. Lunch at a local restaurant in Agri. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum.

 DAY 8 : TRABZON
Departure from hotel at 08:30 and drive to Trabzon. First we will see Sumela Monastery. This Greek Orthodox monastery was constructed within a cavern in the middle of a steep slope above dense forests, and lies 45km south of Trabzon. This was the most important of many monasteries built in the area during the Byzantine era and the best preserved. One of the monks discovered treasures - including the famous icon said to have been painted by St. Luke and responsible for several miracles. Recent restorations have enhanced the quality of the different chapels, some of which contain frescoes dating back to the 9th century. The next stop is St. Sophia Church. Lunch is at a local restaurant at Macka. Dinner and overnight in Trabzon.

 DAY 9 : ISTANBUL
Departure from hotel for flight to Istanbul by Turkish Airlines TK543. Arrival time in İstanbul is 09:05. Istanbul, once known as an important capital has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Byzantine and Ottoman. The city still remains the commercial, historical and cultural pulse of Turkey, and its beauty lies in its ability to embrace its contradictions. Ancient and modern, religious and secular, Asia and Europe, mystical and earthly all co-exist here. After having breakfast, we will tour the “Old City”. This is the centre from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. First visit of the Hippodrome, centre of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Subsequently visit of the Basilica of St. Sophia and Topkapi Palace with its treasury section and harem. Hereafter visit of the Blue Mosque, the latter one is famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets and is built for Sultan Ahmet. After the visits there will be some free time at Taksim Square. This is one of the city’s focal points for shopping, entertainment and urban promenading and is a fine example of the contrasts and compositions of Istanbul with fashion shops, bookshops, cinemas, markets, restaurants. Lunch at a local restaurant. Flight back to home country.


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St.-Sophia-Museum
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