HISTORY AND CULTURE TOGETHER
Istanbul - Van Lake - Foot of the Ararat - Black Sea
the journey from Istanbul via Lake Van to the Black Sea Nature and culture in - When you think of Turkey, you think of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya, sun and beach holidays. But Turkey offers a lot more. This sparsely populated and untouched region of Turkey is steeped in tradition and history. Treat yourself to the enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Ararat (you might think you can see the silhouette of Noah's ark ...!), Wander through the original Garden of Eden and the holy basin of Abraham and pet one of Van's famous cats with green and blue eyes. Visit to the monastery church on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, which dates back to the 10th century. Legends and myths are not only about Mount Ararat, but also about this Church of the Holy Cross. Visit of the İşhak Paşa Palace, which was built high above a wide plain near Doğubayazıt in the 17th century and controlled caravan traffic on the Silk Road below for decades. Visit the hot springs of Diyadin, which are often compared to the springs of Pamukkale and of course Black See.
zero point of history (Göbeklitepe)
Anatolia between the Tigris and Euphrates to the Black Sea
Göbekli Tepe Southeast Anatolia - an archaeological sensation! Only a fraction of this first man-made monumental cult site has been exposed so far. The oldest sculptures, enigmatic figures and relief-decorated megalithic pillars, lay hidden in the earth here for over 10,000 years. Humans settled in the fertile crescent north of the Syrian desert, this is the cradle of civilization. In the early Neolithic, permanent settlements emerged, and agriculture and cattle breeding developed. Historically, the Hittites, Greeks and Romans have left their mark on the region. Biblical ground in Urfa, the city of Abraham. In today's Antakya the followers of Jesus were called "Christians" for the first time; The journey leads through northern Mesopotamia to the ancient Christian settlement area of Tur Abdin. A special experience awaits us at Nemrut, the mountain of the gods, with gigantic colossal statues of the Commagenic ruler Antiochus.