Wednesday Aug, 1 - Tuesday Aug 14, 2007
The people who have left their homes in Eastern Turkey to find better jobs in Istanbul return to their grandparent's villages for the summer vacation and at least for couple of weeks they live, dance, dress like their ancestors did. The villages in the Black Sea part of Turkey are full of joy during the first half of August. The sound of bagpipes echoes off the steep cliffs of the green mountains. The clouds might allow you to see the top of the mountains maybe for a couple of hours a day. But the rain will not be a problem because there is always enough sunshine above the clouds where most of the villages move to above 5,000 feet.
The silk road bridges do not only connect the two sides of the rushing rivers but they also look like a connection from the past to our time.
The Eastern Turkey tour has been on our agenda for a long time. But some of you might have been worried about the unstable condition in the East and have been postponing your visit to the Eastern part of Turkey. We have done many tours year after year and have only wonderful memories of the time we spent in the East. Now that, thank goodness, terrorism is finished, this is the best time to explore this part of Turkey before it gets overrun by tourists.
As you will see from the itinerary, Eastern Turkey offers a great variety of historic, ethnic, and geographic diversity to make this educational tour not have a dull moment.
THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN TURKEY (THE BLACK SEA)
The tea bushes and the hazel nut orchards grow so fast that you will feel that if we stay long enough we too will turn into a tea bush. The clouds will always cast shadow over the damp soil. The rain tree forests will be a great contrast to the bare mountains of the Eastern Turkey.
To punish Prometheus for stealing the fire, Zeus decided he should be taken to the high, unreachable mountains where no one can rescue him. The mountain where Prometheus was bound is now the border of North East Turkey. To save the living from corruption, God ordered Noah to build an Ark. Noah's Ark landed on Mount Ararat, which was above and beyond the flood. Mount Ararat is now the eastern border of Turkey.
The mountains of the eastern part of Turkey cast their grand shadows over the fertile valleys of the "Garden of Eden." The rivers Tigris and Euphrates continue to nourish the "Tree of Life" in this land where the people of all different ethnic identity: the Kurds, the Georgians, the Arabs, the Turks, the Assyrians experience a new present and a hopeful future in the changing world.
The colors of nature and diverse cultures compose the most wonderful symphony. Give 1,001 painters all the colors they want and ask them to paint the colors of the Eastern part of Turkey during a day. By the sunset, they will be out of breath but they would still not be able to get all the colors that you will see and experience in one day.
PRE TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
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Day 1 - Wednesday, August
1 , 2007
Day 2 - Thursday,August
2 2007 TRABZON
Day 3 - Friday, August
3, 2007 AYDER
Day 4 - Saturday, August 04,
Day 5 - Sunday, Aug 06,
Day 6 -Monday, Aug 06,
Day 7 - Tueasday, Aug 07,
Day 8 - Wednesday, Aug 08,
Day 9 - Thursday, Aug
9, 2007 ERZURUM
Day 10 - Friday, Aug 10,
Day 11 - Saturday, Aug 11, 2007 VAN
Day 12 - Sunday, Aug 12, 2007
Day 13 - Monday, Aug 13, 2007
Day 14 - Tuesday, Aug 14,
The tour price of $2,350 includes the following:
Single Room Supplement
The single room supplement is $250.
The Hotel Chart
All rooms are double occupancy, all but one with private facilities.