Blue Mosque - Grand Bazaar - Pagan Temple - Geghard monastery - Khor Virap - Noravank - Areni - Tbilisi - Baku
Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Murtis tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4, 000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free Evening and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner Cruise incluing traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul. BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with Murtis tours local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart for Istanbul Ataturk International airport. Arrive to Yerevan and you will be transferred from airport to your hotel by one of official guide of Murtiâ€™s tour. Check into the hotel where your accommodation has been reserved for the night. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy party and explore to Yerevan.
After breakfast you will depart for a guided city tour Garni and Geghard. during the excursion first we visit to museum Erebuni, and Genocide Memorial to the victims of 1915. Drive to the Pagan Temple of Garni, which is the only non - Christian temple currently standing in Armenia and cave monastery in Geghard. The structures of the fortress of Garni are in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. Lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread lavash baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called tonir. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture - Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list (inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list). Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. Dinner at the National restaurant Our Village where you can taste Armenian National food and listen Folk music. Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast we visit to Matenadaran Museum which was built in 1959, has one of the worldâ€™s largest manuscript collection in the world and has the largest collection of Armenian manuscripts We visit to the centre of Armenian - Apostolic Church in Echmiadzin where is the worlds oldest National Church and is one of the most ancient Christian communities. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in 301 AD, in establishing this church. After then visiting to Main Cathedral and Hripsime church where is one of the oldest surviving churches in Armenia. The structure was completed in the year 618 AD. Lunch in the bee keeper house where we you can have a lunch with his family . We visit ruins of Zvartnots temple where is the ruins of a seventh century centrally - planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by order of the Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 641 - 653. At 7:00 pm dinner at the famous national restaurant Yerevan Pandok Overnight in Yerevan.
After breakfast we visit to Saghmossavank and Hovhanavank medieval monastery, situated in the breathtaking site, at the deep canyon of Ashtarak. After here we go to see the fortress of Amberd which was a family estate of Pahlavuni dukes. The fortress fell in the XIIIth century under attack of the Mongols, who burnt everything that could burn and destroyed many stone structures. The fortress was errected on the cape in the junction point of two rivers. Amberdâ€™s impregnable walls are assembled of big basalt blocks. Next to that fortress we do picnic. At 7:00 pm dinner at the Armenian and Georgian national restaurant Genac Vale. Overnight in Yerevan.
You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast we visit to Khor Virap Monastery, from here one can enjoy the majestic view of Mount Ararat not too far from the Arax river. Khor Virap is the closest point to Mount Ararat from the territory of Armenia, the most convenient place for observing and taking pictures of the biblical mountain. Noravank set in a canyon rich with rare flora. It is a 13th century Armenian Apostolic Church monastery, located 122 km from Yerevan in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. We will have our lunch in the cave of Noravank. After we can continue our tour to Areni wine factory. We will have an opportunity to taste Armeniaâ€™s finest wine in a village. Then our tour continue by Selim pass to Sevan lake. Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and one of the largest high - altitude lakes in the world. Lake Sevan is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, inside the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1, 900m above sea level. Visit to Sevanavank. Sevanavank is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the northwestern shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia. Dinner and overnight in Sevan.
You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast. First we visit to Dilijan town. Dilijan is a lush, green city located in the northern Armenian province of Tavush. It is one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park. Hiking, mountain biking, and picnicking are popular recreational activities. Walking tour to the Haghartsin Monastery. In the upper reaches of the Aghstev River, there is Haghartzin monastery ensemble of the Tavush district. Lunch in a family house in a family house. After lunch driving to Alaverdi Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery located 20 km from Telavi, in the Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia. Parts of the monastery date back to 6th century. Dinner and overnight in Dilijan.
You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast. We visit first Sanahin Monastery is an Armenian monastery founded in the 10th century in the Lori Province of Armenia. The name Sanahin literally translates from Armenian as this one is older than that one, presumably representing a claim to having an older monastery than the neighbouring Haghpat Monastery. We visit Haghpat Monastery (10 - 13cc). The construction of this monastery is associated with the glory of the Bagratuni Royal Family. The oldest structure of the monastery, the holy Cross Church was built in 977 - 911. We will have our lunch in this area. We drive to Sadakhlo border. 15:00 Meet at the border, coach and guide change and drive to Tbilisi. Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mtkvari (Kura) River Dinner at Georgian Traditional restaurant and overnight in Tbilisi.
After breakfast we departure from Tbilisi Pass through Mtskheta one of the oldest cities of the country of Georgia, is located approximately 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Kura rivers. On the way visit two UNESCO world heritage sites: Jvari Monastery is a Georgian Orthodox monastery of the 6th century near Mtskheta (World Heritage site), Mtskheta - Mtianeti region, eastern Georgia. The name is translated as the Monastery of the Cross. For another, Jerusalem - located Georgian monastery with the same name, see Monastery of the Cross. and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is a Georgian Orthodox cathedral located in the historical town of Mtskheta, Georgia, 20 km (12. 5 miles) northwest of the nations capital of Tbilisi. Then continue to Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. The ski season lasts from December to April. Heliskiing is also available throughout the season. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast to start for a lovely day out and then driving to mount Kazbegi. Mount Kazbek, is a dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus located on the border of Kazbegi District of Georgia and North Ossetia. It is the third highest mountain in Georgia (after Mount Shkhara and Janga) and the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. Kazbegi is steeped in legend: the ancient Greeks believed that Prometheus was chained to the rocky flanks of the mountain as a punishment for stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to mortals, while Christian legend tells that the manger of Christ was brought to Kazbegi and is still hidden somewhere hereabouts. Whether you believe these tales or not, climbing the mountain is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Dinner and overnight in Gudauri.
After breakfast drive to second largest city of Georgia founded about 40 centuries ago, former capital of the west Georgian Kingdom Colkhics, to which is related the myth of Golden Fleece and Argonauts. Visiting to Bagrati Temple Bagrati Cathedral is an 11th century cathedral church perched atop the Ukimerioni Hill. The cathedral is now in ruins, but is still considered a masterpiece of Georgian medieval architecture. the Bagrati Cathedral, combined with the Gelati Monastery are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After here visiting to Gelati Monastery is a monastic complex near Kutaisi, Imereti, western Georgia. It contains the Church of the Virgin founded by the King of Georgia David the Builder in 1106, and the 13th - century churches of St George and St Nicholas. Dinner and overnight in Kutaisi.
After breakfast you will be picked up and driving to Gori. Visiting Joseph Stalins House Museum. The Joseph Stalin Museum is a museum in Gori, Georgia dedicated to the life of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, who was born in Gori. The museum has three sections, all located in the towns central square. It was officially dedicated to Stalin in 1957. With the downfall of the Soviet Union and independence movement of Georgia, the museum closed in 1989, but has since been reopened, and is a popular tourist attraction. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner and overnight in Tbilisi.
After breakfast at the hotel on the way to the Georgian - Azerbaijani border we visit Gremi complex. Gremi is a 16th - century architectural monument - the royal citadel and the Church of the Archangels - in Kakheti, Georgia. The complex is what has survived from the once flourishing town of Gremi and is located east of the present - day village of the same name in the Kvareli district, 175 kilometers east of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. Visit Sinaghi, Lagodekhi Lagodekhi is a small town and district in the Kakheti region of eastern Georgia. There is a border crossing there leading to Azerbaijans Balakan Province. Lagodekhi Nature Reserve, established in 1911, is situated in this area. From the border we continue our trip to the town of Sheki. Dinner and overnight in Sheki.
After breakfast we go to start for a nice day. The sightseeing tour of Sheki includes a visit to Caravanserai, Khanâ€™s Palace and local market. Then we continue to Baku en route visiting the town of Shemakha. Shemakha is a city in and the capital of the Shamakhi Rayon of Azerbaijan. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. The citys estimated population as of 2010 was 31, 704. It is famous for its traditional dancers, the Shamakhi Dancers. In its history eleven major earthquakes have rocked Shamakhi, but through multiple reconstructions it maintained its role as the economic and administrative capital of Shirvan and one of the key towns on the Silk Road. The only building to have survived eight of the eleven earthquakes is the landmark Juma Mosque, built in the 10th century. Dinner and overnight in Baku.
Baku sightseeing program - we visit Gobustan ruins, Shirvanshah Palace Palace of the Shirvanshahs is the biggest monument of the Shirvan - Absheron branch of the Azerbaijan architecture, situated in the Inner City of Baku. The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial - vaults, the shahs mosque with a minaret, Seyid Yahya Bakuvis mausoleum, a portal in the east - Murads gate, a reservoir and the remnants of the bath - house. After we see Maidens Tower and you can ask from your Travelshop Turkey guide to tell you the story about this tower. The last place to visit Ateshgah Fire - Worshippers Temple The unique Atesgah Fire Temple is one of Azerbaijanâ€™s most remarkable sights. It stands on the site of a natural gas vent that was sacred to Zoroastrians for centuries, though this temple was actually built by 18th - century Indian Shiva devotees. Dinner and overnight in Baku.
Check out from your hotel before 11:00 am. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey tour. We make your return airport transfer services. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport 3 nights hotel in Istanbul including breakfast Guided Istanbul City tour Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport International flight from Istanbul to Yerevan Arrival airport transfer from Yerevan airport 4 nights hotel in Yerevan 1 night hotel in Sevan 1 night hotel in Dilijan 2 nights hotel in Tbilisi 2 nights hotel in Gudauri 1 night hotel in Kutaisi 1 night hotel in Sheki 2 nights hotel in Baku 17 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners Guided Yerevan tour Guided Sevan tour Guided Dilijan tour Guided Tbilisi tour Guided Gudauri tour Guided Kutaisi tour Guided Sheiki tour Guided Baku tour 1 bottle of mineral water per person/per day All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach Professional English-speaking tour guides Return transfer to Baku airport
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