TOURS

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TOUR PROGRAM
TOUR ROUTE
CANCELATION
HOTELS
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DAY 1 : DEPARTURE ISTANBUL
We meet at Sogutlucesme Train Station at 05:45, after completing our ticket procedures, we reach Ankara at noon by Ankara high-speed train at 06:00. We start our journey with the Van Lake Express train, which will depart from Ankara at 11:20, and we spend the night in the sleeping cars that were reserved for us.
OVERNIGHT: ON TRAIN
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DAY 2: VAN
On our journey that will take approximately 26 hours, we pass through Kayseri, Sivas, Malatya and Elazıg and spend time alone with the unique landscapes of Anatolia. We reach the Tatvan district of Bitlis, on the western shore of Lake Van, which is our last stop. We start our tour by getting on our vehicle waiting for us at the station. First, we will go to the Nemrut Crater, the second largest crater in the world, and watch the insatiable view of the crater lake on one side and Lake Van on the other. Afterwards, we go to Ahlat, one of the first gates Anatolia opened to the Turks, and visit the largest Seljuk cemetery in Anatolia. The symbols and inscriptions engraved on the tombstones are of unequaled beauty. After our visit, we arrive at our hotel in Van on our journey along the shore of Lake Van. Dinner and accommodation in our hotel.
MEAL: DINNER
OVERNIGHT: VAN
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DAY 3: VAN
After breakfast in our hotel in the morning, we start our tour of Van. In this ancient land that donated to the Urartians, our tour point will be Çavuştepe. In addition to the Urartian human life in Çavuştepe, it will be a worthwhile trip for us when we come across Uncle Mehmet, who is one of the very few people in the world who can speak Urartian. Then we reach the Gevas district of Van. In Gevas, we get on our boat and arrive at Akdamar Island with approximately 30 minutes. We start with the visit to the church, which was the highest level spiritual journey of Armenian students for a period, which was made in the name of a king Gagik. After listening to the meanings of the landscapes on the church where our guide will be in Akdamar church, guide offers a short coffee break in the almond trees. We will have chance to taste Pearl Mullet that Van is famous for this fish. After that, we will give a break at the Carpet-Cooperative, where we can get information about carpets and kilims, which are the most important items in Iran, and as Tushpa, we said, "It will be the most castle of the castle, which is one of our visiting points in the city. Dinner and accommodation at our hotel.
MEAL: BREAKFAST - DINNER
OVERNIGHT: VAN
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DAY 4: VAN-KARS
After our breakfast, we leave the hotel and reach Muradiye Waterfall, formed by Bend-i Mahi stream. We take lots of photos and enjoy the waterfall during our coffee break at the waterfall, which falls enthusiastically over a wide area. After our waterfall tour, we reach Dogubeyazıt by crossing the Tendurek Mountains. We will visit the Ishak Pasha Palace, which is frequently used in Turkeys promotional photographs, in Dogubeyazıt, built on the skirts of Mount Ararat. It is the most important palace built after Topkapi Palace during the Ottoman Empire. It is the first palace in the world where the central heating system was used. This masterpiece of art greets us with its crown gate, selamlik and harem sections. In our free time in the charming atmosphere of the palace, we get the chance to take lots of photos and watch Dogubeyazıt from above. Afterwards, we will reach Kars with the journey we will make to the Armenian border. Fethiye Mosque, which was built as a cathedral in Kars and converted into a mosque with the withdrawal of the Russians, is our first stop. We see Kars Castle and Kumbet Mosque (12 Apostles Church) in the city center and reach our hotel after free time. Dinner and accomodation in our hotel.
MEAL: BREAKFAST - DINNER
OVERNIGHT: KARS
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DAY 5: KARS
After breakfast at our hotel in the morning, we depart for Ani Ruins which is really important such as the Great Cathedral, the Picture Church, the Seljuk Palace, and the Menucehr Mosque, the first mosque built in Anatolia, are just a few of the historical artifacts we will see there. After the briefing and photoshooting Turkey's easternmost historical city for the last time, our journey begins towards Lake Cıldır, the highest lake in Eastern Anatolia. Our guests who wish to spend time by the lake can take a sled tour with snow sledges. We give you free time on the streets where you will see the most beautiful examples of Russian architecture covered with snow until dinner. Dinner at our hotel.
MEAL: BREAKFAST - DINNER
OVERNIGHT: KARS
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DAY 6: KARS-VAN
After breakfast at our hotel in the morning, we reach Sarıkamıs. During our break at the Sarıkamıs Allahuekber Mountain Martyrdom, we will once again face the painful aspects of the war. After commemorating our soldiers who succumbed the cold in 1914 in the Martyrdom, we climb the Allahuekber Mountains and reach Erzurum from the Khorasan route. Our guests who wish can taste Cag Kebab during a break in Erzurum, where we can visit Uc Kumbetler, Double Minaret Madrasa, Ulu (Atabey) Mosque, Erzurum houses and find products made of Oltu stone in Tashan. We meet after our break and go to the airport with our vehicle and say goodbye to you, our valued guests, with the hope of meeting you on another cultural tour.
MEAL: BREAKFAST

TOUR INCLUSIONS

Licensed through guide All Airport transfers Enterance fees per itinerary Hotel porterage

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

Flight Tickets Visa Guratitude for guide and driver Drinks Optional Tours Personal Expenses

CANCELLATION POLICY

30 to 15 days prior arrival, 25% non-refund from total amount 15 days to 7 days arrival, 50% non-refund from total amount Less than 7 days or no-show, no refund is provided
Note: The program can be changed on customers request or road conditions.

VAN

Elite World Hotel Doubleetree Hilton Van Akdamar hotel Merit Sahmaran Büyük Urartu Leskate Hotel

KARS - VAN

Merit Şahmaran Grand Ani Hotel

KARS

Büyük Urartu

KARS - VAN - ISTANBUL

Leskate Hotel

ORIENT EXPRESS OF TURKEY I

A magnificent historical tour by train Orient Express, the first settlements of the Seljuk Turks

6 Day - 5 Night
Plane
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