Destination

Turkey

Duration

10 Days

Price

From $2,498 pp*

Imagine the great floodwaters of Genesis steadily guiding Noah’s Ark into the picturesque Uzengili area, finally withdrawing until the boisterous Ark settled on a sunny hilltop. This unbelievably unique tour brings you through the stunning Turkish countryside, past Kurdish villages into the most remote regions of Turkey. Explore the fascinating rock formation believed to be the remains of the Ark and visit the Noah’s Ark Museum for profound insights about the most recent findings related to the Ark. Continue on, through rolling hills and deep valleys, to the village of Sagliksuyu which proudly displays anchor stones, hung from the ark to keep the rear facing the waves. Embark on a trekking expedition towards the volcanic cone of Mount Ararat, reaching 10,170 feet. This two-day trek through green pastures and alongside deep canyons will leave you absolutely spellbound. Tour the beautifully restored palace and historic monuments in Dogubeyazit before heading back to Istanbul for a final evening in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities! Note: Pricing is based on a group of 4 travelers.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Istanbul
  • Airport Assistance & Transfer
Neorion Hotel - Superior Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Istanbul
  • Istanbul City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Neorion Hotel - Superior Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Istanbul - Uzengili - Van
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Airport Transfer: Van to Uzengili (via Dogubeyazit)
  • Flight: Istanbul - Van
Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room
Half Board
Day 4
Uzengili
  • Uzengili Village
Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room
Half Board
Day 5
Sagliksuyu
  • Sagliksuyu Village
Grand Cenas Hotel (Agri City) - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Mt. Ararat - Uzengili
  • Mount Ararat Trek
Base Camp 1 - Overnight Camping
Full Board
Day 7
Uzengili
  • Mount Ararat - Uzengili
Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room
Half Board
Day 8
Uzengili - Dogubeyazit
  • Ishak Pasha Palace - Diyadin Village
Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room
Half Board
Day 9
Van - Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer: Uzengili to Van
  • Flight: Van to Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Half Day Bosphorus Tour & Cruise
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
  • Istanbul by Night (Dinner Included)
Magnaura Palace - Deluxe Sea View
Bed and Breakfast
Day 10
Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to your hotel for check-in.

Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium, is an unbelievably fascinating city where ancient history meets modernity at its best. As a result of its strategic location along the historic Silk Road and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul is the place where East and West come together in a harmonious fusion of color, sight and sound. The still glorious city of Istanbul was once the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is in the top five most visited cities in the world because it offers an abundance of absolutely incredible and unique cultural, historic, architectural, gastronomic and natural wealth.

Enjoy an adventurous evening exploring the area or simply relaxing in your hotel.

Neorion Hotel - Superior Room

Day 2
Istanbul

After breakfast, get ready for your fun-filled and in-depth Istanbul tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, which is the scene of Byzantine chariot races. Then visit the Blue Mosque, which was built between 1609-1616 and has more than 20,000 blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles. Next, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, housing 600 year-old souvenirs and exhibiting imperial treasure.

Once you've savored a delicious lunch, you will continue to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the greatest marvels of architecture. It was once a patriarchal basilica before it was converted into an Islamic mosque. Now, it is one of the most visited museums in the world. Finally, visit the famous Grand Covered Bazaar, which is the world"s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Go for a "shopping spree" in this labyrinth of more than 4000 shops. Choose leather, carpets, jewels or copper crafts, but be sure to bargain!

Neorion Hotel - Superior Room

Day 3
Istanbul - Uzengili - Van

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure.

Welcome to Van! Here, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your representative will escort you to the hotel in Dogubeyazit and assist you with check-in.

The beautiful town of Dogubeyazit is a settlement with a long history. It lies 15km southwest of Mount Ararat, and 35km from the Iranian border. The Dogubeyazit area has had a rich history with monuments dating back to the time of the Kingdom of Urartu (over 2,700 years ago). Before the Ottoman Empire the site was referred to by its Armenian name, Daroynk. There are many places to visit, such as the castle and the mosque of Old Beyazit, where you can find traces of many civilizations.

Overnight in Igdir City.

Flight from Istanbul to Van.

Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room

Day 4
Uzengili

Today, you will begin an unforgettable journey to the small Turkish village of Uzengili where the remains of Noah's Ark are found.

After breakfast, you will drive up to the snow-capped dormant volcano of Mount Ararat to visit Noah's Ark. This interesting rock formation that takes the shape of a boat was discovered in 1985 and has been an object of intense study every since. As you explore this stunning area, you'll learn more about the geological analyses and scientific research that have been completed since the discovery of the area.

Afterwards, you will visit an altar stone where it is believed that Noah built it to sacrifice the animals in thanksgiving for surviving the flood.

Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room

Day 5
Sagliksuyu

Today, you will head to the quaint Sagliksuyu village, a small village near the Iranian border.

Here, you will visit a number of anchor stones, which were hung from the ark to keep the rear facing the waves. Next, you will visit what is believed to be the remains of Noah"s house. Finally, you will stop by another altar stone that was used for prayer and sacrifice, before visiting the iron springs next to the village.

Spend the evening at leisure exploring the village and observing the simple way of life of the local people.

Grand Cenas Hotel (Agri City) - Superior Room w/Balcony

Day 6
Mt. Ararat - Uzengili

Today, you will begin your unforgettable journey to the Mount Ararat summit.

After an early breakfast, you will get your packs, water and equipment ready and then drive to the highest truck stop (approximate elevation 2000 meters/6562 ft). From here, you will begin a four-hour hike that ascends about 1100 meters to Base Camp 1 (3,100 meters/10,170 ft.) The distance is about 8-10 km. Base Camp 1 is a lush, green pasture with stonewalls to shield tents from the wind.

Once you reach camp, hot drinks and appetizers will be waiting for you.

Base Camp 1 - Overnight Camping

Day 7
Uzengili

Once you've had a warm breakfast at Green Camp, you will begin your descent down to we depart for our descent down to 2700m (8,850 feet) to visit a Kurdish nomad village.

After exploring the village and having a traditional Kurdish lunch with the villagers, you will have a chance to learn about the various traditions and beliefs of the Kurdish people. You will also have the opportunity to see the kind of agricultural work they do and how they earn their livelihood.

This one of a kind experience will be topped off with stunning hike down 2,000 feet to where a local representative and vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Uzengili.

Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room

Day 8
Uzengili - Dogubeyazit

Today, you will visit various historic monuments in Dogubeyazit.

Your first stop will be at Ishak Pasha Palace, a semi-ruined palace that was built during the Ottoman period. In the meantime, the palace has been beautifully restored and its incredible location on a plateau along stark cliffs makes for a breathtaking experience. Visit the elaborate 366 rooms and don"t forget to go by the harem, with 14 luxurious rooms!

Next, you will drive to the Diyadin village to visit the natural hot spring for a relaxing soak in the warm waters.

Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City) - Standard Room

Day 9
Van - Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to Van airport for your flight to Istanbul.

Flight from Van to Istanbul. Duration is 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from the airport to your hotel.

Today, you will embark on an incredible cruise along the Bosphorus- the strait connecting Europe to Asia. Seat yourself comfortably on the deck as you cruise through its stunning blue waters of, enjoying the view of the traditional waterfront houses built by the Ottomans at the turn of this century. From the sea, you will see the Dolmabahce & Ciragan Palaces, the Ortakoy, the Rumeli Fortress, Anatolian Castle, the Uskudar and the Beylerbeyi Palace.

After your adventurous boat tour, you will be taken on an Istanbul by night tour with dinner. This includes visiting floodlit mosques, savoring a mouthwatering traditional meal and then enjoying a fascinating bellydance show.

Magnaura Palace - Deluxe Sea View

 

Day 10
Istanbul

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Turkey! Stay Travelous!

Turkey: The cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe and Asia. Historically, the lands of Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to the Ottomans; all have once thrived and expired within the borders of Turkey.

Neorion Hotel

The Neorion hotel's 53 guest rooms and suites bring the past to life, all with modern comforts. The swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, cultural library, museum-quality decorations and subtlety of turkish meze (traditional Turkish appetizers) make the hotel a unique place. Experience all of Istanbul, ancient and modern, right where you live, and just outside your door.

All Superior Rooms come with either 1 double or 2 twin beds, Terrace balcony, Air conditioning, Satellite Television, Wireless Internet connection, Hairdryer, Safe box, Instant coffee and tea maker, Pillow Menu, Toiletries, Bathrobes, slippers. Rooms are non-smoking.

Star Royal Hotel (Igdir City)

With all its glory and glamour, the Star Royal Hotel is now entirely renovated, has modernized its tradition and ready to serve the guests in the same way that it has served before. In addition to a significantly personalized hotel service, Strar Royal Hotel provides guests an elegant ambiance of the highest quality with the whole hotel staffs. A symbol of grace and elegance among businessmen of Igdir, the hotel today is carrying on this custom with modern touches, providing the maximum standards in hospitality.

Relax and recharge in the comfortably-designed standard room. Room include: Mini Bar, Direct Dial Phone, Study Table, 32" LED TV, HD Satellite System, Central Air Conditioning and Heating System, Hair Dryer, Luggage Rack and Safety Deposit Box.

Grand Cenas Hotel (Agri City)

Welcome to the Grand Cenas Hotel located in the heart of Agri City. This 4 star property features 91 total rooms, an a la carte restaurant on site, an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath, modern decor, 24 hour room service and free Wi-Fi throughout.

All rooms are tastefully decorated with your choice of king or twin bedding, separate living area, some with private balcony and free wireless internet connection.

Base Camp 1

Spending the evening under the stars at your mobile campsite.

Magnaura Palace

Perched above the ruins of the Byzantine era Magnaura Palace lays the modern day Magnaura Palace Hotel. Each room was expertly designed with the comfort and opulence of its guests in mind. Adorned in sleek contemporary Turkish decor, regal mahogany furniture, and rejuvenating toiletries along with a breathtaking view of the Marmara Sea to cater to your senses for the ultimate escape in the middle of bustling Sultanahmet district. Let the outstanding staff of Magnaura Palace Hotel cater to you while you explore the treasure that is Istanbul.

Deluxe Rooms enjoy stunning views of the Marmara Sea and Istanbul"s metropolitan Asian half. All rooms feature: Secure Electronic Safe, Central Air Conditioning/Heating, Wardrobe and Closet Space, Vanity/Desk Space, Plush Linens and Traditional Turkish Silk Accents, Flat Screen Television with Satellite Channels, High Speed Wireless Internet, Turkish Cotton Bathrobes and Slippers,Complimentary Toiletries, Electric Tea Kettle and Complimentary Tea and Coffee, Stocked Minibar, Telephone and Hairdryer.

Terms and Conditions

 What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.       In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.       Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.      Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.      Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

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