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Antalya - Alanya - Anamur - Antakya - Nemrut - Midyat - Akdamar - Dogubeyazit - Kars- Tblisi - Batumi - Trabzon - Hattusas - Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya

1. Day   

Arrival to Antalya. Tranfer to hotel in center. Overnight in Antalya.

2. Day   

Departure to Alanya. Alanya city tour. Alanya Castle is one of the most sought after districts of Alanya. In this area you live with Alanya’s largest attraction, the Castle, as your neighbour. At the same time you have fantastic views of the city, the mountains and the beaches from your own balcony. You will not find better views anywhere else. Continue to Anamur, The Anamur Castle is one of the largest and best preserved castle complexes in Turkey. Started under the Romans in the 3rd century it was made part of a defensive line by the Armenians. It has 36 towers and two large courts, containing a mosque, stables, baths and a spring. Overnight in Tasucu or Mersin.

3. Day   

Drive to east, on the way visit Cennet Cehennem (Heaven and Hell) are two dolines, the Greek believed this to be the place where the giant Typhon lived, who was killed by Zeus, with the help of Pan and Hermes. Heaven is a huge pit 250m long, 110m wide, and between 60 and 70m deep. Cool air announces the cave entrance, which is also the place of a 5th century cave church, or better a cave chapel, which is ruined with only the lower meter of the walls remaining. This cave leads to an underground stream of cold water, which the path follows to a sump. Hell is located 75m northeast of Heaven, It is 60m wide and 120m deep, an almost circular daylight shaft. Continue to Tarsus – the birthplace of St. Paul. Overnight in Hatay (Antakya).

4. Day   

Drive to Kahta – Mt.Nemrut. Visit to the Nemrut mount by local buses, to see the tumulus of the King Antiochus of Commagene, the special tomb known for its gigantic statues, the heads spread around and reflecting the charming periods of the past.. On the summit of the mountain we will see Karakuş tumulus, Cendere Bridge and Arsemia. Western part of the mountain we will watch the beautiful sunset Overnight in Adıyaman.

5. Day   

Departure to Midyat, on the way short visit to Ataturk Dam ( 3. biggest dam of Europa ). Midyat, the meetpoint of religions and civilizations. One of the good excample of peace because Christians,Jewish and Muslim people from different etnic nationalities are still living together here, after visiting a Syriac-Orthodox monastry drive to hotel. Overnight in Midyat.

6. Day   

Departure to Van, visit Akdamar Island, situated in Lake Van ( boat trip ), Turkey’s biggest lake where you’ll view an exquisite example of an Armenian Church. Overnight in Van. ( rooms without air-condition )

7. Day   

Drive to Dougbayazid it was settled by Armenians in the Daroynk Fortress during the times of the Kingdom of Urartu (over 3000 years ago); Panoramic view of Mt. Ararat (5135 mt) from the Western Armenia. Stop at the beautiful Muradiye Waterfall then head for Ishak Pasha Palace, a spectacular 17th century palace set on a 200m high plateau overlooking the town. Ishak Pasha Place, overshadowed as it is by the magnificent Mount Ararat , the architect seems to have taken elements from every architectural style extant in Anatolia and incorporated them into the palace’s construction. Overnight in Kars or Sarikamis. (rooms without air-condition)

8. Day   

Kars; is a town that is dominated by the ruins of the ancient castle, sits at the top a rocky hill over-looking Kars. About 42 kilometers east of Kars, on the ancient Silk Road is the medieval city Ani, one of the capital's of Armenia.Today the great City of Ani is in ruins... a ghost town, a mere shadow of the once world-renowned splendor of 1,000 years ago; can attract us even today. Departure to Georgia border, with the assistance of Georgian local guide continue to Tbilisi via Ahaltsikhe, on the way visit Borjomi which is famous with mineral waters. Overnight in Tbilisi.

9. Day   

Early departure after breakfast, start the visits in old and new part Tblisi, Sameba Monastry, Mtatstsminda, Nari Castle, Metekhi Temple. This impressive has been established by King Vakhtang Gorgasali on the Silk road and become a famous trade centrum. We are going to walk on the narrow streets of the city and visit History, Silk, Handcrafts&art Museums. Afternoon we depart to Batumi, on the way visit the ancient capital of Georgia “Mtskheta” which is established between Aragvi and Kura rivers. Here is the place where they accepted Christianity in 4.Century, visits to Jvari Monastry and Svetitskhoveli church which are under care of UNESCO. Before arriving to Batumi visit to famous Surami castle. Overnight in Batumi.

10. Day   

Start the day with visiting Archeological and Etnographia museums, from that location we are going to have chance to see old and new part of Batumi ( city square, dancing waters, Katedrale Eklesia, Medea Statue ). Continue to worldwide famous Botanic Park, here is the place that you can see 2037 types of trees and fauna of many different countries. Before passing to Turkey border stop for Gonyo Apsaros Castle. Overnight in Trabzon.

11. Day   

Trabzon is said to be founded in the 7th century BC by Miletion colonists and then Alexis Comnenes founded the Comnenos Empire, which lasted until 1461 when the Ottomans took over the area. The city is now an important port of trade, continuing its role throughout the history. Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent was born here and Yavuz Sultan Selim, another Ottoman sultan, was the regional governor of Trabzon when he was a prince. The city is mostly situated on a table like promontory above the harbor. The citadel is one of the oldest remains, and the first thing you will notice when entering Trabzon, is a well-preserved 13th century Byzantine Church, now restored as the Ayasofya Museum. The walls of this church are decorated with frescoes which are the finest examples of Byzantine craftsmanship. Visit the amazing Sumela monastery, built into a cliff halfway up a mountain in the Kachkar mountains of Turkey's Black Sea coast. Departure to Amasya. Set in a ravine hemmed in between two ridges of rock, bisected by the Yeşilırmak River, lined with fairytale Ottoman houses, Amasya has a fantasy air about it, an ethereal quality to the loveliness of the location that makes it feel almost as if it shouldn't exist at all. Luckily, though, it does. Overnight in Amasya.

12. Day   

Drive to Hattusas, the capital city of the Hittites and site of the world famous cuneiform tablets. You will also visit the rock shrine of Yazilikaya, featuring drawings of 63 out of the 1, 000 deities worshipped by the Hittites. Continue to Cappadocia. Overnight in Urgup. ( Rooms without air-condition )

13. Day   

Tour to Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum in a wild natural setting near a typical Cappadocian village with its different style Rock-Cut churches and frescoes. Villages in the valleys, surrounded by the "table top" mountains, are spectacular. Visit to Sahinefendi ( Sobesos )- Sobessos, newly discovered (01 May 2002) mosaic houses & Archaeological excavation site. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil, that hides its frescoes behind a very thin smoke layer which we can only see by torch light. The Medrese (Theological School) from Seljuk Turks in Taşkınpaşa is the witness of an early and rich Turkish settlement in the town. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos), an old Greek town with its spectacular old Greek houses; very fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Turkish night with folkloric dances and performance of the mystic whirling dervishes in a rock carved lounge. (At additional cost).Overnight in Urgup. ( Rooms without air-condition )



14. Day   

Departure to Antalya via Konya. On the way visit Sultanhani Caravansarai . Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Empire, but known worldwide as the home of the sect of the Whirling Dervishes. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a euphoria that, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight. Visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Overnight in Antalya.

15. Day   

Drive to Antalya airport for departure flight.





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