Day 1. TRABZON
Arriving at Trabzon International Airport or otogar transfer to hotel, dinner and brief information about the trip, and overnight stay in Trabzon.
Day 2 . TRABZON ,
Depart for St. Sophia ( Ayasofya ), a 13th century church and study its extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion (a picturesque hillside retreat), visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town). Lunch at a seaside restaurant in Akçaabat. Afternoon walking tour to laydies bazaar, grand bazaar and Kunduracılar Street . Drive to Boztepe, drink tea and enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Dinner & overnight stay in Trabzon.
Day 3. TRABZON, SUMELA MONASTERY, ZIGANA, KARACA CAVE, ERZURUM
Depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4th century Sumela Monastery which clings to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altındere Valley National Park , lunch, travelling along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains ( Pontic Alps) will take us to Karaca Cave , considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Drive to Erzurum via Bayburt. Dinner & overnight stay in Erzurum .
Day 4 . TORTUM, OSK-VANK, YUSUFELI, ISHAN, ERZURUM
Drive to Artvin , visit Georgian ChurchOsk-Vank and Tortum Waterfalls. River Coruh Valley will take us to Yusufeli and other Georgian Church Ishan. End of the day we'll be in Erzurum . Dinner and O/N in Erzurum . Because of the low water level Tortum Waterfall worth to see between first of April to end of June.
Day 5. ERZURUM, KARS
Morning visit to Seljuk monuments; Ulu Mosque , Cifte Minareli Medrese , Yakutiye . Drive to Kars , visit Havariler Church and Kars Castle , dinner and O/N in Kars.
Day 6. ANI, DOGUBEYAZIT
Morning tour to medieval Armenian capital of Ani , impressive fortified walls still encircle the ruins of numerous churches, mosques and caravanserais. Lunch en route drive to Dogubeyazit, passing by the eternally snow-covered Biblical Mt. Ararat . After arrive at Dogubeyazit we visit 2 nd largest meteor falls of World and Noah's Ark at Mt. Ararat. Dinner and O/N in Dogubeyazit.
Day 7. VAN
Morning visit to Ishak Pasha Palace .Departure for Van via Muradiye Fall , visiting the citadel of Van; the site of Tushba, capital of Urartians. Enjoying the scenery on Lake Van , excursion to the island of Ahtamar to visit the Holly Cross Church , famous for old testament reliefs on the outer wall. Dinner and overnight in Van .
Day 8. CAVUSTEPE , VAN
Departure for Cavustepe and Hosap Castle . Drive to Van, after visit city fortress and Van Museum arrive at Van Airport for a homebound flight, and say farewell...
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