Eastern Turkey Dream

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  • 12 Days
  • Max Travelers : 14
  • Private or Group Tour

Overview

Embark on a trans-formative journey with our 12-Days 7 Churches of Revelation. Immerse yourself in the biblical tapestry of Asia Minor, tracing the footsteps of St. John. Uncover the spiritual and historical significance of each church, blending ancient wonders with modern comfort for an unforgettable pilgrimage experience.

Price Includes

  • Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • 11 Nights 4/5* Accommodation
  • Meals (11 Breakfast; 9 Lunch; 7 Dinner)
  • Professional licensed local tour guide
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 2 Domestic Flights
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Any activity mentioned as optional
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for the guide and driver

What to Expect

Embark on a spiritual pilgrimage through the ancient landscapes of Asia Minor  in the “7 Churches of Revelation” tour. This immersive experience promises a deep dive into biblical history, offering participants a unique opportunity to connect with the roots of Christianity. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Rich Historical Tapestry
  • Spiritual Reflection
  • Local Cultural Immersion
  • Fellowship and Camaraderie

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul

Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will receive the room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.

Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Guide at approximately 6 PM, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Istanbul

Included Meals: None

Day 2 - Flight to Gaziantep

Embark on an early morning adventure with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Gaziantep, a city in southeast Turkey. Upon arrival, relish some leisure time for lunch in the city center. Dive into the world of art and history with a visit to the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, renowned for its extraordinary mosaic collection. Stroll through the narrow streets of the historical Bey district, indulging in the flavors of Turkish coffee or tea at a popular coffee house. Immerse yourself in the traditions of Gaziantep as you take a guided walk through the historical bazaars, witnessing craftsmen practicing their traditional trade at the Coppersmith Bazaar. Later, check into your room and freshen up before a delightful dinner.


Overnight: Gaziantep
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3 - Gaziantep

Embark on a flavorful morning by visiting one of the many baklava shops, indulging in the sweet Turkish confection made of phyllo pastry and nuts. Traverse to the town of Halfeti, located on the east bank of the Euphrates River, and savor lunch at a local restaurant. Engage in a captivating boat excursion along the Euphrates River, offering a close-up view of partially submerged buildings—a poignant reminder of a town affected by the construction of the dam in the 1990s. Continue your journey to the Zeugma Antique City, founded in the Hellenistic period and flourishing under Roman rule. Wander through the ancient streets, marveling at well-preserved statues and structures.

 
Overnight: Gaziantep
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4 - Mardin

Commence your day with a visit to Gobeklitepe, a Neolithic archaeological site showcasing massive carved stones dating back 11,000 years, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people. After an insightful lunch, journey to the city of Mardin. Explore the historic Kasimiye Medresesi, an old seminary complex, and ascend to the upper section for panoramic views of Mardin. Check into your hotel, settling in before indulging in dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Mardin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Mardin

Embark on a day of exploration with a visit to the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, dating back to the 5th century and serving as a spiritual center for the Syriac Orthodox Church. Explore the significant Dara Ancient City, an essential Silk Road settlement established in the 5th century. Witness well-preserved ruins, including city walls, gates, and various structures, before enjoying a home-cooked lunch with a local family. Take a guided tour through the Old Town of Mardin, meandering along narrow streets, admiring unique architecture, and discovering Kirklar Church, also known as Forty Martyrs Church

Overnight: Mardin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6 - Mardin

Delve into history with a visit to the ancient Mor Gabriel Monastery, a significant Syriac Orthodox monastery. Embark on a scenic drive through picturesque landscapes to Ezidi Village, home to the indigenous Yazidis. Continue to Midyat for lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Anitli Virgin Mary’s Monastery and its church. Interact with the locals, gaining insight into their way of life, and enjoy free time to explore the village before returning to Mardin.

Overnight: Mardin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

 

Day 7 - Van

Depart from Mardin in the morning and travel to Hasankeyf, an ancient town along the Tigris River. Explore the Hasankeyf Museum, showcasing artifacts that offer a glimpse into the diverse civilizations that have shaped Hasankeyf. Savor lunch at a local restaurant before journeying to Van. Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Overnight: Van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8 - Van

Embark on a captivating tour to Cavustepe, a historic site revealing the remains of an ancient Urartian fortress perched atop a hill, also known as the Fortress of Hayk. Visit the Urartu Hali carpet atelier, where exquisite handmade Anatolian carpets captivate with their colors, patterns, and techniques. Following lunch at a local restaurant, cruise to Akdamar Island in Lake Van, home to the 10th century Armenian Holy Cross Cathedral. Return by boat to Van for a delightful dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 - Kars

Embark on a day filled with cultural experiences, starting with a visit to a Savat (silversmith) atelier, where new artists are trained in the important handcraft of the Urartians. Make a scenic stop at Muradiye Waterfalls, witnessing crystal-clear water tumbling down rocks amidst lush greenery. Head to the town of Dogubeyazit for lunch, admiring panoramic views of Mount Ararat, considered the resting place of Noah’s Ark. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ishak Pasha Palace, dating back to the 17th century and showcasing exemplary Ottoman architecture. Conclude the day with a journey to Kars.

Overnight: Kars
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 - Kars

Embark on a morning drive to the ancient city of Ani, the former capital of the Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia. Explore the medieval city located on a secluded hilltop along the Turkish and Armenian border, featuring ruins such as the Ani Cathedral, medieval walls, and the Citadel. Enjoy a tasting of Reyhan Serbeti, a special non-alcoholic drink, paired with a sampling of local Kars gruyere cheese. Visit Kumbet Mosque and drive by Kars Castle, adorned with imposing walls crowning the ridge that dominates the city’s northern edge. On the drive back to the hotel, view Russian-style buildings dating from the 19th century Russian occupation. Conclude the day with dinner at a regional restaurant.

Overnight: Kars
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 - Istanbul

Today, take a tour of the Old City of Kars and visit the iconic Fethiye Mosque, characterized by its distinctive dome and intricate details. Explore the Kars Museum, featuring exhibits from the early Bronze Age, Urartu and Roman periods. Free time to stroll through the local market. 

Transfer to Kars airport in the afternoon for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, check into to your hotel. Tonight, celebrate your last night in Turkey with dinner and bid farewell to your group.

Overnight: Kars
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 12 - Departure

Experience a seamless transfer to the airport for your departure flight, concluding your remarkable journey through Turkey.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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FAQ

Can I get the refund?

You can cancel at any time, cancellation fees apply as in Terms&Conditions. The cancellation will be effective as at the time that we receive a written request from you.

Can I change the travel date?

Yes, you have the flexibility to change their travel date. To do so, we kindly ask you to reach out to your dedicated sales consultant. Please note that there may be additional fees associated with changing your travel date, and your consultant will provide you with all the necessary details. We strive to accommodate your needs and ensure a smooth adjustment to your travel plans. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support team for assistance

How many days in advance do I need to pay?

To confirm your booking and secure our services, we require a 30% non-refundable package deposit. This payment is typically due at the time of booking. As for the balance payment, we offer flexibility, and you have the option to settle it upon arrival at our office. This allows you to manage your payments more conveniently

Do I need to apply visa?

Visa requirements can vary based on factors such as your nationality and the purpose and duration of your visit. The embassy’s website will provide detailed and specific information about whether you need a visa, the application process, and any associated fees or documentation requirements.

Do you have insurance covered?

For international travel, it is mandatory to have travel insurance on all our trips. At a minimum, your insurance coverage should include medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. Residents within the European Union, Switzerland, or the USA are exempt from the compulsory nature of this requirement. However, we strongly recommend that even for those residing in these regions, the purchase of travel insurance is highly advisable. Ensuring adequate coverage enhances your overall travel experience and provides essential protection in unforeseen circumstances.

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