11 days

From £4,255

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Summary

The dramatic landscapes between the Black Sea and Lake Van include the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mount Ararat. The name Ararat is a derivation of “Urartu”, an enigmatic Iron Age kingdom that wielded great power over a huge highland territory. We visit a number of their spectacularly situated citadels, built during the political upheavals of the 1st millennium BC, on this archaeological escorted tour of Turkey's wondrous north east.

The kingdom was taken by the Armenians, whose conversion to Christianity in AD 301 by St. Gregory the Illuminator brought a new religious landscape to the region. Our tour ends at the mountain-ringed Lake Van - a fitting end to an exceptional journey, having explored a region far beyond the reach of most tourists.

Spend 11 memorable days discovering little-visited parts of Turkey in expert company, from the precariously perched Sumela Monastery to the remote Kingdom of Urartu and more.

Tour highlights:

  • Learn more about the history of these little-visited parts of Turkey
  • Explore the remote Kingdom of Urartu with its fortified palace complexes and the ruined medieval Armenian city of Ani
  • Discover the Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery, which has been built into the side of a sheer cliff in a remote mountain valley
  • Admire spectacular scenery that ranges from dense forest to volcanic craters – a tour to this part of the world is picturesque and surprising in equal parts

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£4,255

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £670

Includes flights

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Whether you want to add extra nights on either side of your tour, you want to upgrade your flight or hotel room, or you are hoping to enjoy a door-to-door airport transfer, we can help.

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Meet your Experts

Terry Richardson

Andante Guide Lecturer

Terry Richardson has a university background in ancient history and classical civilisation. He first travelled to Turkey as an undergraduate back in 1977 and has been back countless times since then, and he also lived in southwest Turkey for around 13 years.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Offer Availability
3 June 2022 ANET220603 3 June 2022 (Friday) 13 June 2022 (Monday) Terry Richardson £4,255
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18 June 2023 ANET230618 18 June 2023 (Sunday) 28 June 2023 (Wednesday) Terry Richardson £4,375
(inc. flights)
£750 £765 £4,075
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