- Akdamar Island
- Lake Sevan
- Lake Van
- Silk Road
Comprehensive tour incorporating Eastern Turkey, Georgia and Armenia with beautiful views of Mount Ararat.
ONE DOMESTIC FLIGHT P.P. AT BEGINNING OF TOUR
|Fitness Level||Moderate - Able to walk 2 kms over possibly broken ground with incline.|
|What is included?||
All road transport (tolls etc) English speaking guide All state and local taxes All museum and site entries
|What is not included||
Lunch Personal expenses Beverages Insurance (unless otherwise stated)
|Terms & Conditions||
Please note that there is a 15% surcharge for single room occupancy.
Please note that it is essential that you have purchased travel insurance for all parts of Turkey. It is your responsibility to organise the correct cover but we are happy to advise.
1Day 1 - Van
Arrive in Van and after checking into your hotel we will proceed to Akdamar Island where we visit the beautifully restored 10th C Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, or Sourp Khach, built as a part of a palace and religious complex between 915 and 921 AD.
2Day 2 - Hosap
From Van we travel south along one of the legs of the Silk Road (Ipek Yol) in Turkey. We visit Hoşap Castle. The main castle structure of Hoşap was built straddling the Silk Road and served as both a means of protecting the road and as a point for charging tolls on travellers. From Hoşap we return to Van for lunch, before ending the day with a visit to the Citadel of Van at sunset.
3Day 3 - Dogubeyazit - Kars
After breakfast, we leave for Doğubayazıt via Muradiye and the pretty Bendimaahi Falls. On our approach to Doğubayazıt we will get our first view of Ararat. Mt. Ararat is known in Turkish as “the Mountain of Pain” and in Kurdish as the “Mountain of Fire”. Armenians know it at as Masis. The name Ararat derives from the Bible (Jeremiah 51:27) and is a transliteration of “Urartu” the name foreigners gave to the inhabitants of this region in Biblical times. From Doğubayazıt we continue north around Mt. Ararat, to Kars.
4Day 4 - Kars - Ani
After breakfast we will drive from Kars to Ani to spend the morning at the former capital of the great medieval Bagratid Armenian kingdom.
5Day 5 - Gyumri
Today we leave Kars and cross over into Georgia and on into Armenia to the city of Gyumri. Gyumri is located in the north-western part of Armenia, in the middle of the Shirak valley and approximately 126 km from Yerevan.
6Day 6 - From Gyumri we drive to Echmiadzin
Located 30 minutes outside of the city of Yerevan and considered one of the holiest cities in Armenia. This former capital is now home to the Supreme Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church. On the way back to Yerevan we will visit ruins of Zvartnots Temple which is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
7Day 7 - Yerevan
From Yerevan we will drive to Khor Virap Monastery a place of pilgrimage for Armenians all over the world. Khor Virap lies in the shadow of Mount Ararat on the opposite side of the mountain from Dogubeyazit; at this point you will have virtually circumnavigated the mountain of Noah. From Khor Virap the view of Mt Ararat is one of the iconic images of Armenia.
8Day 8 - Yerevan - Lake Sevan - Tbilisi
We visit Garni Temple, a 1st century building from the Roman period and in the Roman style, probably built to honour the Emperor Nero. Soon after Armenia adopted Christianity, the temple became the summer residence of Armenian royalty. Next stop is Geghard cave Monastery and then we continue to Lake Sevan. This part of the tour connects two of the Eurasian region’s highest lakes; Lake Van in Eastern Turkey (1550m) and Lake Sevan in Eastern Armenia (1900m). Transfer to Tbilisi, Georgia.
9Day 9 - Mtskheta
We start our Georgian tour with a visit to Mtskheta. Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia is situated 20km from Tbilisi. The town has a history that goes back to the 2nd millennium B.C. Mtskheta was the capital of the Georgian Kingdom of Iberia during the period between 500BC – 500AD and it was here that, in the year 330, Georgians accepted the Christian faith after the mission of St. Nino of Cappadocia.
10Day 10 - Tbilisi
We start the city tour of Tbilisi with visits to the Old Town: Metekhi Temple (12th c.), the Abanotubani bath houses whose thermal healing sulphur baths have attracted poets, writers, musicians, kings down through the centuries; from Narikala – the main fortress of Tbilisi (4th c.), there are excellent views over the city and the river Mtkvari (Kura).
11Day 11 - Depart for Istanbul and connections home
Depart. Tour extensions in Georgia available on request.