Explore ancient mud brick cities, bargain in bazaars, taste regional specialties, visit the mysterious stone heads of Mount Nemrut
Spectacular mosques, rustic Armenian churches and towering stone castles reward those willing to get off the beaten path. From ancient mud brick cities to exotic bazaars and the mysterious fallen stone heads at Nemrut Dagi, this 8-day trip is Turkey at its most fascinating. Travel to the land beneath the snow-capped peak of Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark and immerse yourself in the magnificent sights and legendary hospitality of the people in this lesser-known, and lesser-travelled, region of Turkey.
- Stone ruins of Ani visit. Ishak Pasha Palace entrance and visit. Akdamar Island boat trip. Hasankeyf visit. Mardin orientation walk and sights. Nemrut Dagi excursion including Karakus Tumulus, Severan Bridge and Arsameia. Harran beehive houses visit. Golbasi park and Sanli Urfa bazaar guided walk. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 7 breakfasts. (Allow USD145-190 for meals not included)
- Hotels (7 nts).
- Private air-conditioned van, ferry, plane
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
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Day 1 Istanbul
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Kars (1B)
Fly to Kars and visit the pinkish stone ruins of Armenian cathedrals, homes, fortresses and palaces at nearby Ani, the former capital of the Armenian Empire. Opt to visit the Kars Castle for panoramic views of the city.
Day 3 Van (1B)
Visit Ishak Pasha Palace and see Mount Ararat en route to Van, the cultural centre of the area's Kurdish majority. Option to visit the ruins of the Fortress of Van.
Day 4-5 Mardin (2B)
Enjoy an Akdamar Island boat trip and church visit before exploring Hasankeyf. Orientation walk of Mardin including Ulu Mosque and a visit to Deyrul Zaferan Monastery. Option to visit a local hammam.
Day 6 Mount Nemrut/Kahta (1B)
Visit the Karakus Tumulus (Women's Monument), Severan Roman bridge and the site of ancient Arsameia at the giant burial monuments atop Mount Nemrut.
Day 7 Sanli Urfa (1B)
Visit beehive houses at Harran. Enjoy a guided walk to Golbasi Park and the covered bazaar of Sanli Urfa, the supposed birthplace of Abraham and an important Islamic place of pilgrimage.
Day 8 Istanbul (1B)
Return flight to Istanbul where the tour finishes on arrival. Onward travel can be booked for 5pm or later. We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.
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