TOUR 47: Central & Eastern Anatolian Heritage 2
5 DAY TOUR

DAY 1: ISTANBUL • KAYSERI > CAPPADOCIA

Your private vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Kayseri city, you will travel to the Cappadocia region by car.

You will visit the open-air Museum of Goreme with its churches carved out of rock and colorful frescoes; as well as the Karanlik Church, which has recently been restored and announced as one of the treasures of the world by UNESCO.

The tour also includes the Zelve Valley and the Kaymakli underground city, where the early Christians found refuge Other sites to visit will be Pasabag Valley with Fairy Chimneys, the Pigeon Valley, the citadel of Uchisar, and Avanos, the pottery village.

Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).

DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA > NEMRUD

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Mount Nemrud, during a journey with breath taking panoramic views; and you will check in to your mountain hotel.

The Nemrud mountain stands in Southeastern Turkey, and it is a 7.000 feet tall memorial for Kings and Gods of the ancient world; for its summit is decorated with a number of large statues that were erected in 62 BC, by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene.

The statues flank the tomb-sanctuary; and they are built after the images, apart from the King himself, lions, eagles and various ancient gods, such as Hercules - Vahagn, Zeus-Aramaz or Oromasdes (associated with the Iranic god Ahura Mazda), Tyche and Apollo-Mithras.

...DAY 2: NEMRUD

The same statues and ancestors found throughout the site can also be found on the tumulus at the site, which is 49 m (161 ft) tall and 152 m (499 ft) in diameter. The statues appear to have Greek-style facial features, but Persian clothing and hairstyling. Meanwhile, the western terrace contains a large slab with a lion, showing the arrangement of stars and the planets Jupiter, Mercury and Mars on 7 July 62 BC; believed to be an indication of when construction began on this monument.. In 1987, Mount Nemrut was made a World heritage site by UNESCO.

DAY 3: NEMRUD

You will leave the hotel very early in the morning, to witness the spectacular sunrise over the stone heads and god statues form the time of King Antiochus. You will return to the hotel for breakfast and a rest till the afternoon climbing. This second climbing will be rewarded with an awesome sunset, which you will watch from the sanctuary, where the King rests eternally, with an escort of gods.

Dinner and overnight stay at the mountain hotel.

DAY 4: NEMRUD > MALATYA

You will leave the hotel after breakfast, for a journey to the city of Malatya. On your way, you will visit the the 14th century castle at Eski Kale (Arsameia of Nymphaios) and a magnificent 3rd century Roman bridge at Cendere. You will travel through the plains of the ancient Mesopotamia. You will witness the progress of ages, during your lunch at the foot of the giant Atatürk Dam that tames the Euphrates River. You will have dinner and spend the night in Malatya, the city of Apricots.

DAY 5: MALATYA • ISTANBUL

You will leave the hotel early in the morning, to catch the morning flight to Istanbul.

PRICES

Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.

Number of Guests Prices per person
1 4,985 €
2 2,990 €
3 2,450 €
4 2,415 €
5 1,995 €
6 1,860 €
7 1,800 €
8 1,755 €
9 1,710 €
10 up 1,665 €

INCLUDES

  • • Transportation by air conditioned vehicles.
  • • Fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide.
  • • Admission fees.
  • • H/B Accomodation
  • • Airport transfers.
  • EXCLUDES

  • • Drinks and all personal expenses.
  • • Domestic flight tickets.
  • TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • • Rates for tours out of Istanbul that has overnight stay include half board accommodations in a 3+star hotel. Rates are per person with double occupancy. Upgrades are available upon request for an additional fee.
  • • Cancellation policy for tour out of Istanbul can be done up to 48 hours before the tour to avoid any penalties, otherwise full tour rate will be charged.
  • • Children 11 and younger receive 50% discount.
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