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Grand Tour of Eastern Turkey Eastern Turkey Tours Tel: (UK Office) +44 0560 285 8907 Tel: (Turkish Office) +90 432 215 20 92
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The Adventure begins Welcome to the Grand Tour of Eastern Turkey; a ten day tour of the natural and historic splendours of a region that has been the conflu- ence of cultures for millennia. The tour will take you from Trabzon on the Black Sea coast and on through the Alpine passes of the Pontic mountains to Erzerum and then along the Arras plain and up the Arras gorge to the eastern outpost of Kars via the WW I battle- field of Sarakimis. Kars will be the base for a visit to the medieval Armenian city of Ani and then on, around Mt Ararat, to Dogubeyazit and the serene palace of Ishak Pasha overlooking the plains of Ararat. Following Dogubeyazit the tour will go on to Van where there will be a day to either relax or to join smaller groups to see the sights around and near the city. Following Van the tour will visit the Nemrut Crater Lakes and the Seljuk cemetery at Ahlat before travel- ling on to Batman down the dramatic Bitlis gorge and then on to Hasankeyf on the river Tigris. The tour then takes in Midyat, Mardin and Sanliurfa with a visit to the Pool of Abraham and a short trip to see the extraordinary archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. From Urfa, on to the mysterious and enigmatic Tumulus on top of Mt Nemrut in Adiyaman with its amazing funerary monuments and the next day on to Gaziantep and the fabulous mosaic museum and sinful bakla- va. The tour then concludes with an optional three days enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Istanbul. Spring time at the ancient Armenian city of Ani
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Day 1 Arrive at Trabzon and after a visit to the Aya Sofia museum, journey to the Altin Dere national park to visit the breathtaking cliff side monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela. From Sumela we cross the Zigana pass and through the Alpine scenery and forests of the Pontic mountains and on to the great eastern city of Erzerum. Day 2 See the sights of Erzerum, including the Great Mosque and the Medrese before heading up the Arras River plain and into the Arras river gorge, through the WWI battlefield of Sarikamis and into the frontier town of Kars. Between the 1870s and 1917 Kars and Sarikamis were Russian frontier posts and still contain many Russian military buildings, now housing the Turkish army; these two towns hold the distinction of being, in winter, the coldest places in Turkey. In the spring and summer, however, the region is a cornucopia of wild flowers and natural abundance- some of the best honey in the world comes from the many travelling bee keepers you will see along the route. Itinerant Bee Keepers of Eastern Turkey The Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela
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Day 3 Early morning trip to visit the ancient Armenian city of Ani. Located on a crook in the gorge of the River Arpacay right on the border of Armenia, Ani is an extraordinary site built by King Ashot III as his new capital in 961. After a short period of prosperity and in spite of
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