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Expeditions Cappadocia - Taurus - Bolkar - Van Dogubeyazit Mt. Ararat - Van - Istanbul

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Turkey  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2690 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2990 US Dollar (USD)

Mesopotamia is between the rivers Tigris and the Euphrates, the coffer of Noah in Ararat, the Trojan horse in the borders of the Aegean Sea, the civilization of the hitites in the heart of the Halys river, the temple of Artemis or the mausoleum of Halicarnasus that are two wonders of the world. King Midas turned everything into gold, Thet Alexander Great and Saint Paul are the most famous travellers and the virgin Mar completed her trip in Éphesus. Hagia Sophía, Byzantine, the eternal residence of sultans Ottoman; it is the Topkapi palace. The gardens of Tulips, the Turkish bath, the turquoise water beaches, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, the Bosphorus and Istanbul, the modern country of the Ataturk.

White bull is the old name of the Southeastern region of the included Anatolia peninsula between the Pamphilia to the west, the chain of the Taurus mounts to the north, the Antitaurus to the east and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Eastern half of White bull is an extensive fertile plain, whereas the western one is wild and very rough orographically. The coastal plain has taken terrain to the sea due to the alluvial sedimentation of several rivers (old the Calicadnos, Cydnos, Sarus and Pyramos) that, coming from the Taurus, impressive tubes, cleaved throats and foces between vertiginous precipices are opened to passage by the mountain ranges digging.

The highest mounts are the Bolkar Daglari (Medetsiz 3,586 ms) and (Aydos 3,510 ms). In the coast own cultures of the benign Mediterranean climate grow: naranjos, lemon trees, bananas, vegetables, and mainly cotton. The main populations are Adana (the fourth city of Turkey in population), Ceyhan, Mersin and Tarsus (the old capital of Cilicia). They have found in White bull vestiges of slumses that go back to VII BC the millenium . Pasillo of transit forced between Anatolia and the countries of Near East, the only route between the peninsula and Mezapotamia crossed White bull One crosses some tracks of the Route of Silk of the famous Doors Very rich White bull of territory formation .Exploring the traditions and the life of the nomads ones of turcomanos.

The fantastic landscapes of the region of Turkey that formerly was called Cappadocia are the result of a orogenic whim, in which it has taken divides the powerful action of volcanos, rain and the time. The volcanic sediments that conform the crust of the ground of Cappadocia have undergone during eras the ferocious erosion of the climatic elements of the plateau anatolia, little by little creating an unreal scenery populated with formation stony improbable, own of the world of the dreams that of the real one. As well, the men have taken part to torment still more these landscapes, drilling their entrails to carve churches and monasteries, pestering the rock walls and grounds to construct to labyrinth underground cities. The rock architecture reaches in the Cappadocia its apotheosis.

Old capital of three successive empires - Roman, Byzantin, Ottoman, Istanbul is the economic center of the Republic of Turkey. A continuous parade of oil tankers and merchant boats crosses to newspaper waters of the Bosphorus. It is in fact, the variety of Istanbul which fascinates its visitors: the museums, churches, palaces, great mosques, bazaars and the views of natural beauty seem inexhaustible.

AGRI the Ararat Mount (Agri ): The first book of the old Testament says thus: At the end of the flood, day 17 of the seventh month, the Noah' s Arc was landed on the top of Mount Ararat. It is the highest mount of Turkey it measures 5137 m and it has a circumference of 30 km Is enormous mass is entirely in Turkish territory, nevertheless, it is possible to be seen from will even Iran and Armenian. It is an old volcano its last eruption goes back to year 1840. To height of 2100 m.are some caverns that were inhabited by the first Christians of Anatolia. Some reliefs of crossings in the walls of caverns can be seen Towards the side the northwest, to a height of more than 3000 m. is the greatest glacier of Turkey. The same height the called source Yakup Pinar is seen, that is created is where the travellers of the Noah's Arc when disembarking in the top drank water. To a height of 4000 m.

The palace of Ishak Pasha, on the foot of the Ararat mount. The palace of Ishak Pasha, located near Dogubeyazit, in the Eastern end of Anatolia, was constructed in 1784 by the sanjaco (governor) Ishak Pacha on a filled up land of 7600 square meters, since in the region a sufficiently high space for the accomplishment of this project did not exist. It is masterpiece constructed of tufa of a red color from roots of plants similar to palaces of Topkapi and Edirne. The high minaret of its mosque is visible from very far.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Via Istanbul Cappadocia. Arrival Istanbul. Flight to Kayseri airport. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 2: Cappadocia - Kozol Vadi (Red Valley).

Day 3: Cappadocia. Transfer to Mount of Bolkar - Kapuzbasi. Encampment near Kapuzbasi. Daily trek 1-2h, 1800 m.

Day 4: Mountains of Bolkar - Tersakan. Encampment near Tersakan. Daily trek 7-8h, 2850 m.

Day 5: Mountains of Bolkar - Tersakan. Top of Aydos (3450m) and encampment near Tersakan. Daily trek 5-6h, 2850 m.

Day 6: Mountains of Bolkar. Alagol Summit of Alagol (3150m) and encampment near (lake) Alagol. Daily trek 5-6h, 2850 m possible to swim in lake.

Day 7: Mountains of Bolkar - Karagol. Summit of (Deer) Geyik (3350m) that dominates all the horizon of the mountain range of Taurus. Great scenery and encampment near (Lake) Karagol. To the east arrive to lake Cinigol (2550m). It is crater lake of dark blue color. Daily trek 5-6h, 2850 m.

Day 8: Mountains of Bolkar - Maden. Slope to the site of Maydan that was a seat of market of retailers of the silk route. Arrive to Maden (5-6h) encampment near fish farm Daily trek 5-6h, 1000m.

Day 9: Maden - Adana via Ankara - Van - Dogubeyazit. Transfer to airport of Adana for the flight to Van. Transfer to Dogubeyazit on the way visit to Muradiye waterfalls (wonders of region), visit to Ishak Pasa Palace and overnight in Dogubeyazit.

Day 10: Dogubeyazit - Mt. Agri (Ararat). After breakfast arrive to camp place, (3200 m.) passing by Eli town, lodging. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Mt. Agri (Ararat). After breakfast, trekking ascent to the Ararat towards the second zone of the camping (4200m). For the transport our team accompany us by their animals. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Mt. Agri - Summit. After breakfast, Trekking ascent to the summit (5137m.), and return the camp. for the transport our team accompany us by their animals. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 13: Mt. Agri (Ararat) Dogubeyazit - Van - Estanbul. After breakfast, drive to Van via Dogubeyazit, Transfer to airport for the flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 14: Istanbul - Free day. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).

Day 15: Istanbul - Transfer to Istanbul airport.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotels in Cappadocia HB
- House of Ulas: In Cappadocia BB
- Transportation:
* All transfers with private Mercedes, VWVolt, A/C
* All transfers from airport to hotel or from hotel to airport
- Multilingual Guides.

Price Excludes:
- Guide in Istanbul
- Lunches and dinners
- Transportation at 10-11th days in Istanbul
- Flights and entrance of museums.

- Groups for 4-5 people: %10 discount
- For 6-7 people: %13 discount
- For 8 and above people %16 discount.