• Date: 05.06-09.06.2019
  • Location:Van
  • Price: € 350 per person. Single suppl. € 50

Highlights:

  • The cathedral of de Holy Cross at Akdamar
  • Bitlis and Nemrut crater lake
  • The Seljuk cemetery at Ahlat
  • Van Castle
  • Ishak Paşa Palace
  • Mt Ararat (5.137 Mt)
  • Temple of the Royal cult at Çavuştepe (Sardurihinili)
  • Hoşap Castle

Program:
Day 1:
After arrival in Van departure to Gevaş for visit to Seljuk and Halime Hatun tombs and mosques.Then cross Lake Van to Akdamar island to see the spectacular 10 th century Armenian church of the Holy Cross.Refreshment /swim break on the island. After lunch on the lakeside ( excl )visit to Van Castle and old Van houses, watch sunset from the castle and continue to 4 stars hotel in Van for dinner and night.

Day2:
Today we will visit Bitlis, a charming old town dominated by a Byzantine castle and after we bought some refreshments in Tatvan drive to Mount Nemrut, one of the largest complete calderas in the world where we can swim in the thermal pools and cold lakes. Lakeside lunch in Ahlat (excl) and visit to the tombs of Seljuk Kings. Dinner and night at hotel Kardelen in Tatvan.

Day3.
Early departure for visit to Ishak Paşa Sarayı in Doğubeyazit. Teabreak at the Muradiye waterfalls and after viewed Çaldıran plain from Tendürek mountain head to Doğubeyazit for a breathtaking view of MT Ararat . After visit to the Palace and covered market dinner and night in Doğubeyazit

Day 4.
After breakfast, head to Çavuştepe to see the remains of the first capital of the Urartian Kindom, then to Hosap Castle,built in the 16 th century by Mahmudi clan leader Süleyman Bey ; located on the Silk route it’s a very photogenic landmark . After lunch (excl) visit to the university research institute where the green-blue eyed Van cat is hold, free time for shopping .
Dinner and night at the 4 stars hotel in Van.

Day 5.
After breakfast transfer to Ferit Melen airport for flight
End of the arrangement

Includes :
• Accommodation / 2N x 4**** hotel  in Van/ 1 N *** hotel in Tatvan/  1 N ** hotel in Doğubeyazit
•  Transport in Taxi or minibus / driver -guide
• Ferry to Akdamar
• All mentioned excursions
• Türsab travel insurance

• Excludes:
• Admissions fees for museums, sites and national parks  ( c. TL 30 p.p.)
• Lunches
• Personal expenses

 

Background information

http://www.historical-quest.com/english-articles/669-the-ancient-kingdom-of-urartu.html

https://www.britannica.com/place/Urartu

Good read :

Yaşar Kemal ; Ağrıdağı Efsanesi ( the legend of Mount Ararat)

http://www.downloadbooks.live/list/175574/books-s1s11733835s-1ss2s80fbde95s-2s