Upon arrival to Gaziantep Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today you will be exploring the capital of Turkish cuisine, every corner has a different delicacy to taste. We will also visit the Mosaic Museum where you can see incredibly well-preserved highlights including the poignant Gypsy Girl and the Birth of Venus mosaics.
In the morning we will visit Cendere, the Roman bridge, Karakus cemetery and the tumulus where the royal women of Kommagene were buried. We continue on to Tatvan via Diyarbakir over the bridge on the Euphrates. We will drive to Hasankeyf, situated by the Tigris River which is soon to be submerged under the flood waters of a new dam on the Tigris. From Hasankeyf we continue to Tatvan on the western shore of Lake Van.
We will see the old city in Van, Tusba, and a visit the 3000 year old Citadel of Van and then head to Akdamar Island where we visit the beautifully restored 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, or Sourp Khach. We leave Van for Dogubeyazit via Muradiye and the Bendimaahi Falls.
We will travel to Durupinar which some believe is the final resting place of Noah's Ark, we visit the open air museum. We return to Dogubeyazit where we will visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace with its unique fusion of architectural styles from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, Armenian and Persian traditions.
We will drive to Sagliksuyu village to see the Noah's Ark Anchor stone called Delikli Tas. Many crosses have been added since the original eight, which are in a different styles. Transfer to Agri Airport to catch the direct flight to Istanbul