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12 DAYS ANCIENT LANDSCAPES OF EASTERN TURKEY (26 Sep – 7 Oct 2022)

Adiyaman, Halfeti, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Van, Dogubeyazit, Kars, Istanbul

History & Culture, Off the Beaten, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Bask in the warm glow of the rising sun at the enigmatic Mount Nemrut with a special breakfast picnic
  • Listen to fascinating tales of an archaeologist at the world’s oldest temple, Gobekli Tepe, which pre-dates Stonehenge by 6,000 years
  • Experience stunning landscapes dotted with ancient monuments, from sunken villages to the snow-capped Mount Ararat and Turkey’s largest lake – Van
  • All-inclusive package from all meals with alcoholic drinks to gratuities
  • Small group travel with maximum 16 adults, children not allowed
  • Assistance of acclaimed Tour Concierge throughout the journey

Eastern Turkey boasts of some of the world’s most important archaeological sites, a melting pot of cultures and fascinating stories from various bygone empires.

This vast, less-explore region awaits the intrepid explorer looking to discover an incredible journey through ancient civilisations and biblical sites set among some incredible natural landscapes, without the crowds. Encounter the hospitality of the locals and sample the diverse cuisine, while in the company of our experienced local guide and travel concierge to elevate your experience of Eastern Turkey.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing: HK$ 41,800/-
Single Supplement: HK$ 3,800/-

HKD 41,800 Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First 2 bookings (up to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a suite except at Four Seasons Bosphorus (upgrade to Deluxe Room)

Deposit Amount

HKD 4,180/- Per Person

10% deposit (HK$ 4,180) at confirmation. Balance required on 28 Jul 2022

12 Days 11 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
28 Jul 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

Before 28 Jul 2022: HK$ 900 fee for domestic flights 28 Jul – 9 Sep 2022: 35% cancellation fees apply From 10 Sep 2022: 100% cancellation fees apply
Teck Koh

Teck Koh

Travel Concierge

With decades of experience in escorting small group journeys to the remote corners of the world, Teck knows a thing or two about tending to the needs of well-traveled guests on the road.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
26 SEP 2022, MON Arrival In Istanbul / Adiyaman

26 SEP 2022, MON  Arrival In Istanbul / Adiyaman
Adiyaman
Lunch & Dinner included

Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, proceed to customs and immigrations for security clearance, after which you will continue to the domestic terminal to check-in for your flight to Adiyaman.

Domestic Flight (Economy)

TK2216, Istanbul – Adiyaman: 11:55 – 12:30

Upon arrival at Adiyaman Airport, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and taken to a local restaurant for lunch. Transfer to your hotel to rest after today’s long journey.

Dinner will be available at your hotel this evening.

Day 02
27 SEP 2022, TUE Adiyaman / Mount Nemrut / Adiyaman

27 SEP 2022, TUE Adiyaman / Mount Nemrut / Adiyaman
Adiyaman
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

The early start today is well worth it – catching a sunrise at one of the most fascinating archaeological sites of the Middle East; the enigmatic colossal statues of the Kingdom of Commagene, on the summit of Nemrut Dagi. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the finest ancient treasures of Turkey. A breakfast spread will be prepared on site.

 

Next, visit the medieval ruins of Yeni Kale (New Castle) situated above the village of Kocahisar and built on a narrow mountain spur high above a Seljuk bridge spanning the Kahta Cayi gorge. The complex was constructed on top of earlier foundations by Kara Sonkar (Governor of Aleppo, 1286), being altered and extended at the end of the 13th century and in the mid-14th century.

 

Continue to the ancient city of Perre – synonymous for its burial caves and cities built into the hills. One of the largest cities of the Commagene Kingdom dating back to 162BC, the Pirin Caves is a stunning collection of rock tombs in striking resemblance to Cappadocia.

Day 03
28 SEP 2022, WED Adiyaman / Halfeti / Sanliurfa

28 SEP 2022, WED   Adiyaman / Halfeti / Sanliurfa
Sanliurfa
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

After breakfast, we proceed on our journey to the stunning village of Halfeti (approx. 4hrs drive) on the banks of the Euphrates River in Southeastern Anatolia. Much of Halfeti is submerged due to the building of the Birecik Dam and the new village was moved to Karaotlak. Enjoy a boat tour in “Old Halfeti” as you learn about its fate. Until the area was flooded in 1999 the people lived from fishing in the Euphrates and farming on the riverbank, especially growing peanuts and the area’s famous black roses. Admire the Rum Kale from your boat (closed for restoration) – an ancient fortress first built by Assyrians, later occupied by various Byzantine and Armenian warlords during the Middle Ages. It once served as the seat of an Armenian patriarch. The Memluks of Egypt, Seljuks and finally Ottomans retained the fortress securing Anatolia under Islamic rule. Spend the rest of the day strolling through the beautiful village.

 

In the afternoon, travel towards the legendary village of Harran. Located on the west bank of the Balikh River, the ancient city of Harran is a major crossroad for primary trade routes from ancient Mesopotamia to the west. The most distinctive aspect of Harran is its mud beehive houses, and you can visit models of these at the Harran Cultural Centre. Harran also has a “kale” (fortress) dating from the 11th Century, an impressive city wall and ancient remains of abandoned caravanserais and mosques.

Day 04
29 SEP 2022, THU Sanliurfa

29 SEP 2022, THU Sanliurfa
Sanliurfa
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, we have a full day to explore Sanliurfa where according to the Bible and Quran, is the birthplace of Abraham – the biblical patriarch of Israel whose story is told in the Book of Genesis. We visit Abraham’s Pool (Balikli Gol), the Great Mosque and Abraham’s Cave to discover the ancient city’s association of the great patriarch.

 

We visit the Gobekli Tepe – pre-dating Stonehenge by more than 6,000 years and is now celebrated as the world’s first and oldest temple. Archaeologically categorized as a site of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A period (9600 – 7300B.C.), the world’s oldest temple sits in the same time-frame when Plato’s Atlantis civilization is said to have disappeared. Listen to fascinating tales of an archaeologist who will show you around this ancient site.

 

Then visit Karahantepe, is only around 35 kilometers (or 20 miles) from Gobekli Tepe and appears to be just as old (or older). At the site, archeologists have uncovered similar T-shaped stelae there including 250 obelisks featuring animal figures.

 

Day 05
30 SEP 2022, FRI Sanliurfa / Mardin

30 SEP 2022, FRI  Sanliurfa / Mardin
Mardin
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today we continue our eastern endeavour to the ancient city of Mardin where it was under the rule of the Hittites, Surs, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Arabs and the Seljuk Turks. Known formerly as “Marde” under the Persians and “Mardia” under the Romans, “Mardin” was coined after it was occupied by the Turks. Witness a city of honey-colored, sandstone buildings perched on the southern slope of a hill. Explore on foot, the labyrinthine alleys of the old town and soak in the atmosphere and architecture.

Day 06
1 OCT 2022, SAT Mardin

1 OCT 2022, SAT Mardin
Mardin
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, visit the ancient Roman ruins of Dara, where Mesopotamia’s first dam and irrigation canals were built. Discover the ancient stairways, underground aqueducts and cisterns of one of south-eastern Anatolia’s forgotten gems, which were only recently opened to public. En-route back to Mardin, we visit the Deyrul Zafaran Monastery, once the seat of the Syrian Orthodox patriarchate, and built on the site of a temple dedicated to the sun. Church services are still held in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

 

Rest of the day is at leisure in Mardin.

Day 07
2 OCT 2022, SUN Mardin / Van

2 OCT 2022, SUN  Mardin / Van
Van
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today will be a long day on the road so get comfy for ride!

From Mardin, we first drive to Hasankeyf (approx. 2hrs), an ancient village that is now submerged with the completion of the new Ilisu Dam project. Enjoy a 2hr private boat tour of the submerged village, lunch and then continue on to Van (approx. 6hrs).

Day 08
3 OCT 2022, MON Van

3 OCT 2022, MON  Van
Van
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Devote the day to exploring the wonderful sights around scenic Lake Van, Turkey’s largest body of water, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The well-preserved ruins of the Monastery of St. Thomas of Gandzak, in Altinsac village, is an Armenian church perched on a mound overlooking the lake.

Driving back towards Van, stop at Gevas Cemetery, full of tombstones dating from the 14th to17th centuries. The highlight of soda-rich Lake Van would have to be the spectacular 10th century Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island accessed by a 20-minute ferry (join-in basis) ride. One may recognize the relief carvings that are in a very good condition, featuring various popular biblical stories ranging from Adam & Eve to David & Goliath.

Day 09
4 OCT 2022, TUE Van / Dogubeyazit / Kars

4 OCT 2022, TUE  Van / Dogubeyazit / Kars
Kars
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Leaving Van today, drive to Dogubeyazit (approx. 3hrs), en-route stopping mid-way at the elegant cascades of Muradiye Falls, much of which comes from snow melt.

Arriving in Dogubeyazit, visit the beautiful Ishak Pasha Palace ruins, perched on a small hill overlooking the city. The palace, built in the 17th century, is one of the most magnificent and lavish examples of Ottoman architecture. We then continue to the Noah’s Ark mound situated on a hillside and is one of a few possible ark sites around Mount Ararat. We continue to Kars (approx. 2hrs drive).

Day 10
5 OCT 2022, WED Kars

5 OCT 2022, WED  Kars
Kars
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, we will drive through the eastern frontier of Turkey bordering Armenia past the town of Igdir where you may still have lasting views of Mount Ararat. We then arrive at the eerily stunning medieval ruins of Ani, the “City of 1,001 Churches”, a must-visit in this part of the country, surrounded by remote landscapes near the border with Armenia. At its peak, Ani served as the capital of the Armenian empire under the Bagratid dynasty, rivalling even the most powerful cities of the Middle East. Wander amongst the numerous cathedrals, churches, homes, fortresses and palaces before returning to Kars.

Day 11
6 OCT 2022, THU Kars / Istanbul

6 OCT 2022, THU Kars / Istanbul
Istanbul
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, we visit the Castle of Kars sitting atop a hill for a panoramic view of the city. First built in the mid-12th Century during the Bagratuni Armenian period, the castle went through several defining moments – most significant during the Russo-Turkish war in the late 19th Century when the Ottomans suffered a decisive defeat in the siege of Kars until the beginning of WWI when Kars was returned to the Ottoman Empire. It was only a matter of time when the occupation of Kars once again changed hands during the Turkish-Armenian war. Eventually, a treaty of Kars was signed and forever established the boundaries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with the eastern frontiers of Turkey.

After lunch, transfer to Kars airport for your flight to Istanbul.

Domestic Flight (Economy)

TK2715, Kars – Istanbul: 15:15 – 17:30

Upon arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel to freshen up, before heading to a nice restaurant for the trip’s farewell dinner.

Day 12
7 OCT 2022, FRI Departure From Istanbul

7 OCT 2022, FRI  Departure From Istanbul
N.A.
Breakfast included

Enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before the transfer to Istanbul Airport for your onward journey.

Hotels & Tour Price

Intriq Finesse's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Twin Share HK$ 41,800
Single Supplement HK$ 10,500

Ramada by Wyndham • Hilton Garden Inn  • Ramada Plaza Mardin  • Doubletree by Hilton Van • Hotel Cheltikov  • Four Seasons Bosphorus 

Adiyaman

Adiyaman

Ramada by Wyndham (King Bed, City View)

One of the newest properties in the historic city of Adiyaman, this smart hotel of the Wyndham group features contemporary furnishings with natural tones and wooden floors. Amenities include a lobby café, a fitness centre and event spaces for businesses conferences. (Opened: 2021; Rooms: 86)

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Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa

Hilton Garden Inn (King Room)

Well positioned in the heart of Sanliurfa and close to the city’s historical sites and a mall complex with restaurants and shops, this relaxed, contemporary hotel features a health club with indoor and outdoor pools and meeting facilities on site. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 159)

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Mardin

Mardin

Ramada Plaza Mardin (King Bed)

This international hotel offers bright rooms with contemporary furnishings, and excellent leisure facilities from indoor and outdoor pools, an extensive fitness centre and spa with lovely hammams, and 2 restaurants serving local Turkish and international cuisine. (Renovated: 2020; Rooms: 220)

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Van

Van

Doubletree by Hilton Van (King Guest Room with City View)

Just steps away from the shores of Lake Van, this modern hotel offers lovely views over the water from its contemporary rooms. A short drive from the city of Van, it is well positioned for excursions to the region’s key attraction, with leisure facilities including an indoor pool, spa and fitness centre – perfect for relaxing after a full day of exploration. (Renovated: 2018; Rooms: 100)

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Kars

Kars

Hotel Cheltikov (Standard Room)

Housed in a historic building that was built in 1874 as a private family mansion and later serving as an opera house, day care school, military pharmacy warehouse and maternity hospital, this boutique hotel has since been refurbished, with comfortable rooms and period furnishings that gives it plenty of character. (Opened: 2011; Rooms: 27)

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Four Seasons Bosphorus (Superior Room)

a 19th-century Ottoman palace standing on the shores of the storied Bosphorus strait, lovingly restored to one of Istanbul’s iconic hotels that brings together ancient architecture, warm Turkish hospitality and contemporary accommodations. On site, there’s an expansive spa with traditional hammams, an outdoor pool and various dining options with views of the city’s inimitable waterfront skyline. (Opened: 2008; Rooms: 170)

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Estimated Price per Person

Economy Standard HK$ 9,620
Business Standard HK$ 32,550

Turkish Airlines
25 Sep
TK 071, HKG – IST: 23:00 – 05:15

7 Oct
TK 070, IST – HKG: 01:50 – 17:05 (+1D)

DEPOSIT
HKD 4,180/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 2 bookings (up to 2 rooms) will enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a suite except at Four Seasons Bosphorus (upgrade to Deluxe Room)

Registration Closing Date: 28 Jul 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Service of Intriq Journey’s Travel Concierge
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • All transportations and transfers on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Domestic flight in Economy from Istanbul to Adiyaman, and Kars to Istanbul
  • All entrance fees in sights as stated
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry

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