TOUR 50: Central & Eastern Anatolian Heritage
6 DAY TOUR

DAY 1: ISTANBUL • ANKARA > CAPPADOCIA

Early departure from Istanbul, for a drive to Cappadocia via Ankara, the Turkish capital. Your half day tour in Ankara will include the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder and the first president of Turkish Republic. You will then proceed to Cappadocia, and the drive will take you to the shores of the picturesque Salt Lake, a vast ocean of white. You will have dinner and spend the first night in Cappadocia.

DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA

Cappadocia was an object of desire to men, even before it was mentioned in the Holy Bible. Once the capital of the powerful Hittite empire, later a refuge for early Christians; it is a land of magic, a region of exceptional natural wonders (in particular characterized by fairy chimneys) and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Prepare yourself to travel back in time, and prepare your mind to wander between the images of ancient people and the breath taking beauty of the landscape.

The first spot to visit in Cappadocia will be the Derinkuyu Underground City. It is documented that the first carving in this underground city goes as far back as the time of the Hittites (2000 BC).

The city was used, during the Early Christian epoque, as a refuge from the wrath of Romans.

Lunch will be served in an authentic restaurant.

In order to digest your lunch you will climb up to the citadel of Uchisar, which was used as a watch tower. You will see the Pigeon Valley with pigeon houses on the slopes of the valleys. You will enjoy the amazing panorama from Esentepe and Cevizlibag. You will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum which is populated by chapels, with awe-inspiring paintings made by exiled Christians during the Roman era.

You will take a short walk to Zelve - Pasabag where you will find the most interesting rock formations, called "fairy chimneys"; as well as the first examples of a monk's chapel. You will then visit Avanos, the pottery village, where tiles and plates are crafted, using the millennia-old Hittite technique. You will have dinner and spend the night at the hotel. (Optional tours to a simple wine house or to a local folkloric performance after dinner are available).

DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA>NEMRUD

Your day of wonders will begin early, even before breakfast. You will be picked up from the hotel to watch the sun rise over this magnificent land, from a hot air balloon. You will have a unique, fairy tale-like experience, dipping down to picking fresh from the tree tops, or soaring above the landscape, picking out landmarks never before noticed.

You will then return to the hotel for breakfast; before continuing to explore Cappadocia; You will visit Pancarlik Valley, Cavusin Village and Soganli Valley.

At approximately 4 p.m., you will leave the Cappadocia region to travel to the Nemrud region.

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.

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. You will spend the night at the mountain hotel in Nemrud.

DAY 4: NEMRUD

You will leave the hotel very early in the morning, to witness the spectacular sunrise over the stone heads and god statues from 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 will be at the mountain hotel.

DAY 5: 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 at Malatya, the city of Apricots.

DAY 6: 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 5,000 €
2 3,935 €
3 3,145 €
4 2,890 €
5 2,700 €
6 2,565 €
7 2,475 €
8 2,340 €
9 2,245 €
10 up 2,150 €

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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