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Turkey Long Package Tour #8
6Days-5Night Searching NOAH'S ARK

Day 1:
Depart from your hotel for the flight to Erzurum.Flight departs for Erzurum.
09: 10 Arrive in Erzurum.City Tour of Erzurum, Drive to Çifte Minareli Medrese located beside the Tabriz Gate, the eldest of the city's standing gates. Sources indicate that Medrese was built in 1253.
Visit Yakutiye Medresesi. This building was constructed in 1310 on behalf of Hodja Cemalettin Yakut, during the reign of Olcayto Hudabende.Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
Visit Ahmediye Medresesi. This unique covered Medrese structure was originally built in 1314 by Alioglu Ahmed. Visit the tomb of Üç Kümbetler built around the end of the 13th Century.
The city tour will end at approximately 15:00 o'clock. Drive to Kars. Arrive in Kars at approximately 19:00. Dinner & overnight stay in Sim-er Hotel, Kars.

Day 2:
After Breakfast , City tour of Kars. Visit Ani, the old capital city of Armenia. Ani is located 45 kilometers from Kars at the point where the Arpa river delimits the border with Armenia and Turkey.Lunch served in the hotel. Drive to Dogubayazit via Vigor & Igdir. Along the way stop at traditional Turkish vi1lages. Excellent photo opportunities! Arrive to Dogubayazit. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3:
Early departure from hotel, Visit Ishakpasa Palace built in 1784 as a combined castle and palace. This site was specially selected to control the trade route between Iran and Anatolia.
Witness the beauty of Mt. Ararat. Mt. Ararat, Turkey's highest mountain rising 5165m is of particular biblical importance being the traditional resting place of Noah's Ark. The lower Lesser Ararat (3925m) is also nearby.Visit the second largest meteor hole of the world after the one in Alaska close to the Iranian border. Lunch will be served in the hotel. Drive onto Van via Muradiye waterfalls. Excellent photo opportunities.Arrive in Van, the former capital (Tushpa) of the Urartian Kingdom. Visit Van Castle, the original settlement called Tilki Tepe built in the 9th Century B.C by Sarduri I. Dinner & overnight stay in Yakut Hotel.

Day 4:
Daily city tour , Visit Cavustepe, once called 'Sardurihinili' meaning "The City of Sarduri" after the founder and Urartian king Sarduri II. Visit Hoşap Castle, located at a strategic point on the site of an Urartian fortress with magnificent views of the region. The castle was built in 1643 by Shah Suleyman, one of the princes of the Mahmudi Tribe.
Drive to the shores of Lake Van and take a ferry to Akdamar Island. Lunch will be provided on the island. Visit the church of Akdamar built in 915 by Gagik I. A visit of Van Museum will conclude the day's sightseeing.Dinner & overnight stay in Yakut Hotel.

Day 5:
Early Breakfast in the hotel then drive to to Diyarbakir via Tatvan. Visit Ahlat situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Van. Here you have the chance to see beautiful examples of conical tombs and richly-decorated gravestones from the Seljuk period.Lunch will be served in Tatvan.
Continue to Diyarbakir via Bitlis.Arrive in Diyarbakir the ancient city with history reaching as far back as the Early Stone Age. Visit the Diyarbakir City Wall, which is the longest and best preserved wall in the World today after the Great Wall of China.Dinner & overnight stay in Kervansaray Hotel.

Day 6:
Visit Ulu Cami, one of the oldest mosques in Anatolia. The Church of Mar-Toma once occupied the site but in 639, Diyarbakir was taken over by Muslim armies and the church was converted into a mosque.Free time to wander the streets and visit the old bazaar.Lunch provided in a local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Istanbul.Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to hotel.

Departure Point: Istanbul Airport Domestic Terminal.
Departure Time: Flexible although we aim to leave Istanbul by early morning.
Departure Date:
Daily during summer season
Duration: 6 Days - 5 Nights
Including: All meals mentioned in the itinerary, guidance, museum tickets, transport & flight tickets.
Ask for the price of the regular tour!


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