3 Days Mt. Ararat and Noahs Ark Tour Izmir

3 Days Mt. Ararat and Noahs Ark Tour Izmir

Duration:

3 Days

Departing:

Everyday

Time:

08:00

Pickup Point:

Izmir

Highlights:

Ishak Pasha Palace, Mount Ararat, Caucasian Front War History Museum, Kumbet Mosque, Fethiye Mosque, Ani Ruins, Cildir Lake, Seljuk Palace, Sarıkamis, Karastel Plateau, Caykara, Uc Kumbetler, Yakutiye Madrasa

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3 Days Mt. Ararat and Noahs Ark Tour Izmir

3 Days Mt. Ararat and Noahs Ark Tour Izmir; The Short Eastern Turkey tour is Turkey’s most scenic part, Kars to Dogubeyazit, and winds through some stunning mountain scenery, broad plains, and rustic villages. Dogubeyazit is a small provincial town with so many of the major highlights of this trip: the awe-inspiring Mount Ararat, Noah’s Ark, Ani, and the equally breathtaking Ishak Pasha Palace. The palace is built on the edge of a hill overlooking Dogubeyazit and an immense plain. The palace, built in the 17th century, is one of the most magnificent and lavish examples of Ottoman architecture. The elaborate stone carvings on the portals and walls are exquisite.

The holy "Noah's Ark" is supposed to have landed here after the floods, what brings special and dear meanings to "Mount Ararat", with its green pastures and vineyards, will be the backdrop of your pictures. Touching memories to take home. Unmissable! 

Another famous site is Ani Ruins, which is the star attraction of Russian-influenced Kars; once a thriving Armenian capital, it’s now a field strewn with magnifi cent ruins next to the border of modern Armenia.

Day 1: Fly from Izmir to Kars - Ishak Pasha Palace - Mount Nemrut -Overnight in Kars

  • Pick up From Izmir Hotels at 4:30 am
  • Drive to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airpot, Fly to Dogubeyazit about 08:00pm
  • Arrive at Dogubeyazit Airport, Meet with your guide.
  • Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Local Lunch
  • Mount Ararat
  • Drive back to Kars. Overnight and dinner in Kars

Day 2: Ani Ruins - The Old Apostles Church - Overnight in Kars

  • Drive to the Caucasian Front War History Museum
  • Kumbet Mosque (Old Apostles Church)
  • Fethiye Mosque
  • Ani Ruins
  • Local Lunch
  • Cildir Lake
  • Seljuk Palace,
  • Drive back to Kars. Overnight and dinner in Kars

Day 3: Sarikamis - Erzurum - Uc Kumbetler - Yakutiye Madrasa - Fly to Izmir

  • Visit Sarıkamis
  • Karastel Plateau
  • Local Lunch
  • Caykara
  • Drive back to Trabzon. Overnight and dinner in Trabzon
  • Arrival to Izmir and transfer to hotel.

Note: If you wish, you can extend your tour, or you may request a transfer service from us to other cities such as Mus, Van, Georgia, Mardin, Sivas, and Ankara.

*4 Days Mt. Ararat and Noah’s Ark Tour Izmir, runs every day and is available all year round. Also, documents with details and confirmations will be e-mailed to you after your booking.

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Izmir airport. Fly to Igdir, and arrive in Igdır, Following your arrival, we are moving to Dogubayazit. We will visit Ishak Pasha Palace, which is frequently featured in Turkey's promotional photographs and has a view of Mount Ararat. Ishak Pasha Palace was built in 1685 by the governor of Beyazit. This place is unusual but worth a visit. It is one of the most important palaces in Turkey and it is just as beautiful. The room labyrinths inside and the structures of the complex are in good condition. It has many elements of Iranian and Western European design.

It is richly decorated both inside and outside. While its architecture resembles an Ottoman palace, its decorations reflect Seljuk, Ottoman, gothic, romantic imperial, and Caucasian influences. The library was looted by the Russians for the first time after the Ottoman-Russian war of 1828-29. The silver doors of the harem section were dismantled and taken away. After local lunch (Cag Kebab), we will continue our journey to Kars over Igdir (with a panoramic view of the city center), where we will watch the magnificent view of Mount Ararat, which is the highest mountain in our country with an altitude of 5137 meters.

Mt. Ararat has been high on the list and finally this winter, we went to see it. Two days and it did not disappoint. I would recommend visiting in the winter because the snow-covered peak and the peaks around Dogubeyazit are really special. The best views were when we took a taxi to the meteor crater on the Iranian border with Turkey. From that highway, Mount Ararat was on the left side and had the best views.

Also, great views from the meteor crater as well if you want to do both. Something surreal about this peak, and knowing it is seen from Iran, Armenia and Turkey make it even more special. Overnight and dinner at Kars.

We will start our tours in Kars, the Caucasian Front War History Museum has the most fortifications in Turkey with 46 bastions, the Russians killed a battalion of 600 soldiers in a night raid, and the walls were covered with blood due to the close clashes, therefore the 'Bloody Bastion'.

After seeing this museum was built in the place named after his name, the White Wagon where the Gyumri treaty was signed, which was a gift to the Caucasian Front Commander Marshal Fevzi Cakmak by the Russian commander, the Fethiye Mosque, one of the most beautiful examples of Baltic architecture, built by the Russians as a Cathedral from the Russian occupation period, and historical buildings; Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the Evliya Alperen's who played a major role in the Turkification and Islamization of Anatolia, buried in Kars Castle (from a distance), Kumbet Mosque (Old Apostles Church) are among the places to see.

After our Kars tour, we set out for the Ani Ruins on the Armenian border. During our trip here, the City Walls, the Lion Gate, the Great Cathedral, the Church of St. Gregor, the Surp Kirkor Church, the Seljuk Palace, and the Menucehr Mosque, the first mosque built in Anatolia, are among the places to see. After seeing the Ani Ruins, we move to Cildir Lake, which is the second-largest lake in the Eastern Anatolia Region with an area of 123 km2.

If you wish, you can take a sleigh ride on the lake (not included in the tour fee), watch the fishing made by breaking the ice, and taste the yellow fish caught from the lake and Harakanî soup in the beautiful facility by the lake. Free time for those who want to buy the famous local products of Kars, such as Kalpak, cheese, honey, etc., on our return to Kars. After dinner, overnight at our hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, we move to Sarikamis, where 90,000 of our soldiers froze to death, and where painful memories of our recent history are experienced.

After visiting Allahuekber Mountain, Martyrdom visits, and Katerina's Hunting Lodge (from a distance), we set off for Erzurum after some free time at Sarikamıs Ski Center. During our city tour upon arrival, we will see the Great Mosque, Uc Kumbetler, Yakutiye Madrasa, and Pacha Bey Mansion (when time permits).

After free time for shopping, we depart for Erzurum Airport for our return journey. Flight to Izmir.

What’s Included?

  • Pick up From Izmir Hotels
  • English-speaking tour guide during the tours
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Domestic Flights
  • 2 Night Accommodation in Kars (3-4 Star)
  • 2 Dinner
  • 3 Local Lunch (Vegetarian lunch option available upon request).
  • Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local taxes and service charges

What’s Not Included?

  • Personal expenses and Gratuities
  • Drinks

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