The Extended Highlights Black Sea Eastern Package - 15 Days

Here is a perfect 15 Days alternative Tour that covers the Eastern side of the Balck Sea Region and Cappadocia.

Overview

The Extended Highlights Black Sea Eastern Package – 15 days

  • Discover more demands in your limited time
  • Flexibility with and without a tour guide
  • Regular tours, with no hidden costs

Additional activities to do during the tour with extra payment.

  • Hammam
  • Hot air Balloon flight

TRIP TYPE:  Private Tour / Regular Tour

STARTS: Trabzon

ENDS:  Ankara

DEPARTS: Daily Full Year

GROUP SIZE: Min 2 / Max 30

HOTEL RATING: 4- star

TOUR GUIDE / LANGUAGE: Yes – English

MEALS: Breakfast: 14  / Lunch: 13 / Dinner: 14

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Please wear comfortable clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and shoes.
  • Take your camera (without professional equipment)

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Clients must be ready at the departure point 15 minutes before the exact pickup time.
  • Please do not forget to carry a headscarf with you for the visit to religious places.
  • If you cannot find the service you need please contact our dedicated team to advise of your requirements.
  • Please take always a passport

Highlights

  • The cliff-hanging Byzantine Sumela monastery , Harvesting Tea with locals from tea farms & walking around hazelnut gardens , Exploring Karagol National Park on foot , Wandering around the evocative ruins of Ani on the Armenian border , Visiting the unique Ishak Pasha Palace & catching views of Mt Ararat , The markets and architecture of Mardin & Urfa , Fantastic sunset by the majestic heads of Mt. Nemrut , Eastern Turkey cousine influenced from borderline cousines.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Day, Trabzon – Sumela Monastery Tour

We arrive at Trabzon Airport in the late morning, meet our guide and drive to the Sumela Monastery. As we park our vehicle on the skirts of the hill upon which the monastery is built, we first have lunch at a restaurant and then take 30 minutes to hike up to the monastery following a narrow hike path covered with pine trees. After our visit, we hike back and drive to Trabzon, spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2
Trabzon

We check out and visit St. Sophia Church before driving to the Ataturk Museum. As we are done with our visits to Trabzon, we drive to Rize, following a spectacular road with tea gardens on our right and the Black Sea on our left. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit a tea factory around Rize and drive back to Trabzon.

Day 3
Trabzon – Erzurum Tour

On our way to Erzurum, we leave the Black Sea Coast and start driving inland. We have lunch on arrival in Erzurum. This is Turkey”s highest elevated city, built at 1853 m (6200 ft.). More important are the finest examples of Selcuk architecture that can be seen here. After visiting Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, Rustem Pasha Bedesten, Ulu Mosque, and the Cite Minarelli Medrese, we check in at our hotel where we will spend the night

Day 4
Ani – Kars Tour

After breakfast, we drive to Ani, via Kars. Ani dates back as far as the 5th century AD and from 806 it served as the capital of Armenia. After our visits here, we drive to the center of Kars and visit Kars Castle. We will stay at the Kar’s Hotel, where, Orhan Pamuk, Nobel prized Turkish writer, wrote his book called “Snow”. After the tour, we check in at our hotel where we will spend the night

Day 5
Dogubeyazit Tour – Van

Today, we head on further south to Van via Dogubeyazit where we visit the legendary Ishak Pasa Palace built towards the end of the 18th century by a powerful local family who was the de facto rulers of the area. We, then drive further, past Mt. Ararat, which according to ancient tradition, is the mountain on which Noah’s Ark rested. Ararat consists of 2 peaks: Buyuk Agri (5165 m) and Kucuk Agri (3925 m). We visit the Muradiye waterfalls en route.

Day 6
Van Tour

After a leisurely breakfast, today we visit the Fortress of Van and the museum. After lunch at a local restaurant, we head on to Hosap Castle and then to Cavustepe. After the tour, we check in at our hotel where we will spend the night

Day 7
Akdamar Church – Hasankeyf – Midyat Tour

Departing early, we first visit Akdamar Church before driving further southwest to Midyat. En route, we stop by Hasankeyf which was the capital of the Artuklu Seljuks in the period 1102-1232. It is well known for its structure and remains to belong to various Islamic reigns. Remains on both banks of the Tigris (Dicle) river will be submerged upon the completion of the Ilisu Dam nearby. Salvation works were started in 1988. Though the original founders of the settlement are not known, scholars state that nearby caves were inhabited since prehistoric times. After the tour, we check in at our hotel where we will spend the night

Day 8
Mardin Tour – Sanliurfa

We leave Midyat and drive South to Mardin via the Tigris Bridge. On the outskirts of Mardin, we visit the still practicing Monastery of Mar Gabriel. As we drive back, we stop for lunch at Mardin, then drive further to Sanliurfa where we will spend the night.

Day 9
Harran – GobekliTepe Tour

Genesis refers to Harran as Terha, the place where Abraham took his wife and son, Lot. It is difficult to believe that this small settlement on the edge of the desert was once a major economic, religious, and cultural center. Harran means “crossroads” and has been occupied since at least 2000 BC. After finishing our visit to Harran, we drive back to Sanliurfa to see the pool and the birthplace of Abraham. After lunch at a local restaurant, we head to the highlight of the all-trip; Gobeklitepe; The data which were obtained as a result of the excavations that continued uninterrupted since 1995 show that Gobeklitepe was a cult center, made by mankind and dated to approximately 12,000 years before present. It is composed of approximately 20 round and oval structures, reaching 30 m in diameter. 6 of them have been exposed in excavations and others were identified by surveys in geomagnetic and georadar methods. The results of excavations and surveys showed that Gobeklitepe was a 12,000 years old major meeting center composed of monumental structures built for ceremonial purposes, instead of spaces of daily life.

Day 10
Mt. Nemrut Tour

After breakfast, we leave Sanliurfa and drive to Kâhta along a spectacular road, having lunch at Adiyaman. We stop for refreshment on the skirts of Mt. Nemrut before our 500-meter hike to the sanctuary. This is the magnificent funerary monument of the Commagene Antiochus I Theos. We arrive at our hotel in the evening.

Day 11
Drive to Cappadocia

We take a long but pleasant drive today to Cappadocia; the land of the fairies. En route, we will stop by Kahramanmaras the city famous for its ice cream. We will walk on the streets of the city and visit the Archaeological Museum. We have lunch at a local restaurant and keep driving along the picturesque road which connects East to West along the silk road.

Day 12
Cappadocia – Red Tour

Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations, phallic pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up at approximately 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go to Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. The last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end at beginning of the evening and you will be returned back to your hotel.

Day 13
Cappadocia – Green Tour

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel. We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels open to visitors. After that, we will drive you to Ihlara valley which is a 16 km long canyon, and both sides are lined with rock-carved churches. We will have a 3 km hike and visit one of the churches in the valley. By the end of the hiking, lunch is served at the Belisirma village beside the river. After lunch we will visit Selime monastery, carved out of the rock by Christian monks in the 13th century On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the pigeon valley.

Day 14
Cappadocia – Ankara Tour

Leaving the land of fairies, we drive around the shores of Salt Lake to the capital of Turkey: Ankara. First, we drive to the old district of the city to visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. Lunch will be served at the heart of the modern city before visiting Ataturk”s Mausoleum where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic, is buried. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, strolling down the streets of Ankara. Our farewell dinner will be at an old mansion in the Ankara citadel.

Day 15
Ankara - End of Tour

After breakfast, check out and Transfer to Ankara Airport for your flight.

Included Services

  • • Accommodations
  • • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary in private
  • • Transfer service during tours
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • • Accommodation included dinner

Excluded Services

  • • Beverage during the tour
  • • Tips to the guide and driver
  • • Personal expenses
  • • Visits and services not mentioned in the itinerary
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For Direct Customers
There are so many adventures waiting for you, by reservation, 50% of the total cost is due once the trip and cost have been approved by both parties. The full amount may also be paid at this time. The remaining balance is due upon arrival/check-in. This applies to any of the seasons and guarantees the trip.

For Travel Agencies
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Cancellation Policy

The deadline for canceling a reservation is as follows:
If payment is made and the customer, due to outside circumstances, cannot make the trip, the reservation can be postponed, without penalty charges, and can be rescheduled at a later date. No changes can be made to the original reservation upon rescheduling.

Deadlines for cancellation with a refund: One (1) week prior to the date of your tour
Last Minute Cancelations
Full payments or deposits will not be reimbursed for last-minute cancellations by either direct customers or travel agencies.
No Show
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In case of fortuitous events or Acts of God, management will assess the situation and decide upon a course of action. If a reimbursement or discount is agreed upon, the amount will return within the time specified by management. The Direct Customer or Travel Agency is responsible for all/any bank charge that may apply to the transaction.

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The Extended Highlights Black Sea Eastern Package