8 DAYS TURKEY AND ARMENIA SHORT BREAK TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and
transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
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.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour
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 Çiragan 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
Day 4 - Istanbul - Armenia
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart by international flight to
Armenia. Upon arrival in Yerevan, you will meet with our local representative at
the airport and be transfered to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to
explore this historial cultural city. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 5 - Yerevan City Tour and Etchmiatsin
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 10.00AM. Firstly we will
go to see the panoramic view of Yerevan.
Matenadaran Museum: The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts is one of the oldest
and most well-endowed libraries in the world dominates the centre of Yerevan
from its location on top of the hill at the end of Mashtots Avenue. The
Matenadaran has a collection of more than 17000 books and manuscripts, many from
ancient times, covering not only different facets of Armenian history and
culture, but also of many other countries as well.
Along the way you will get to see the Sports and Concert complex, Kievyan
Bridge, Baghramyan Avenue-the Presidential Palace, Academy of Sciences, National
Parliament, Writers Union, and the Opera House, Republic Square
History Museum of Armenia: The State History Museum of Armenia was founded in
1919. The Museum had Archeology, Ethnography, Historiography and Fine Arts
sections. The Museum collections became the main resource for starting up a
number of museums (Museum of History of Yerevan, Armenian Ethnographic Museum,
etc.). The archeological groups of the Museum conduct excavations on various
sites and publish monographs and collections of research papers. Currently the
Museum has about 400,000 exhibits, over 5,000 of which are on a permanent
display. Pilgrimage to Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the first official Christian
church in the world, built in 301.
Etchmiatsin, called New City and Vagharshapat in the past, lying 20 km from
Yerevan, is the city where the Mother Cathedral - the throne of the Supreme
Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians - is located. It was founded in the
beginning of the 4th century A.D. According to the Revelation of Gregory the
Illuminator, Jesus Christ descended from the heavens and pointed to the site on
which the Cathedral was to be built. That is why it was named 'Etchmiatsin'
which means The Only Begotten Descended.At the end of the tour, we will drive
back to Yerevan and you will be invited to our welcome dinner. We will transfer
you back to hotel at the end of the dinner. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 6 - Yerevan - Khor Virap Monastery - Noravank
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Today we will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00AM. We will drive to Ararat
Region, visit Khor Virap Monastery - If you want to see Mt. Ararat at its best,
Murti's Tour highly recommend you to visit Khor Virap. The latter was a royal
dungeon in Artashat (Artaxata), the ancient capital of Armenia which is located
just in front of the biblical mountain.
Afterwards we will keep moving on, we will drive to Vayots Dzor Region to visit
Winery and tasting in Areni Village. Also we will visit Noravank - The
architectural complex of Noravank (13-14th centuries). At the end of the tour,
drive back to Yerevan and transfer you back to your hotel. The rest of the day
is leisure. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 7 - Yerevan - Lake Sevan - Dilijan
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After your breakfast, at 09.00AM we will pick you up from your hotel and shall
start our tour. TravelShop Turkey will accompany you to visit Lake Sevan and
Sevan Monastery on the peninsula. Then we will drive to Dilijan where is a small
paradise in Armenia with its charming nature and extraordinary architecture.
In Dilijan, we will visit Sharambeyan street, it has been preserved as an "Old
Town Dilijan" complete with craftsmen's workshops, small shops with traditional
Armenian products and crafts, museum, showing a typical 19th century home with
all its locally made furnishings, guest house and a Tufenkian Restaurant.
Afterwards, we will visit Goshavank Monastery in Dilijan before we drive back
Yerevan. At the end of the tour, drive back to Yerevan and transfer you back to
your hotel. The rest of the day is leisure. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 8 - Yerevan - Garni Temple - Geghard Monastery - End of the Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Today our tour starts pick you up from your hotel at 10.00AM. Firstly, we will
drive to Garni village to visit Garni Pagan Temple where is the ancient
architectural complex of Garni (3rd century B.C. - 1st c. A.D.), 28 kilometers
away from Yerevan, in the province of Kotayk, includes a fortress, a palace and
a pagan temple. On this triangular plateau, plunging from a height of 300 meters
to the rushing River Azat, stand the ruins of a powerful fortress with huge
basalt slabs designed for defense of the royal summer residence of Armenia. Also
we will visit Rustic House in Garni with you. In here we will organize Armenian
bread-lavash making ceremony and the visitors will participate in it.
Then Murti's Tour will visit Geghard Monastery with you. The cave monastery of
Ayrivank or Geghard. - six kilometers from Garni, dates back to the 4th century.
Subsequently destroyed, it was rebuilt in the 12th century. The main Cathedral
of the Virgin Mary was erected in 1215. The spear that pierced Christ's body is
believed to have been kept here. That is why the monastery was named Geghard
('Spear' translated from Armenian). It is a unique complex of churches carved
into the mountain and linked to each other by a series of tunnels and caves.
The last stop of today is the old food market. Afterwards we will drive back to
Yerevan and we have arrange a farewell dinner for you before we transfer you to
airport for flying back home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would
like to see you in future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home
and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
8 DAYS TURKEY AND ARMENIA SHORT BREAK TOUR INCLUDES:
8 DAYS TURKEY AND ARMENIA SHORT BREAK TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
- 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 3 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
- Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport
- Arrival airport transfer from Yerevan airport
- 4 nights hotel in Yerevan
- 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
- Guided Yerevan City tour and Etchmiatsin
- Guided Khor Virap Monastery tour and Wine Factories
- Guided Lake Sevan tour
- Armenian bread making ceremony
- Armenian souvenir
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer to Yerevan airport
- International flights
Please Note: In Istanbul Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.
8 DAYS TURKEY AND ARMENIA SHORT BREAK TOUR PRICES IN EURO:
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