Turkey & Armenia in 14 Days

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An action-packed tour through Turkey and Armenia, tick off all the major archaeological and cultural sights and discover the immense cultural heritage and religious history of this one-of-a-kind destination!

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Garni
Khor-Virap
Vagharshapat
Yerevan
Ankara
Cappadocia
Istanbul
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Experience the history and culture of Turkey and Armenia. Get lost in the bazaars of Istanbul, cruise along the Bosphorus and explore the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the ancient caves of the Goreme Valley. Discover one of the most fascinating nations on earth as you travel to Armenia

14 days trip including flights*

13 days and 12 nights in destination

1

YMQ - IST

2

YMQ - IST

Istanbul

3

Istanbul

4

Istanbul

5

Cappadocia

6

Cappadocia

7

Istanbul

8

Yerevan

9

Yerevan

10

Yerevan

11

Yerevan

12

Yerevan

13

Yerevan

14

EVN - YMQ

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: Canada - Night on board

It's time to discover the immense history and incredible landscapes of Turkey! Arrive at your departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Istanbul

Arrive in the bustling melting-pot of Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey and a city of immense history, wonderful culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled and, if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring this historic, lively city. Overnight stay in Istanbul.



3rd Day: Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day to explore Istanbul at your own pace. Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, colourful city life and eclectic architecture. To make sure you see all the top sights, we recommend an optional full-day city tour!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional Full-Day Istanbul City Tour: See the most emblematic sights in Istanbul, beginning with the incredible Hagia Sophia Basilica and the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Sultanahmet before continuing to the iconic Blue Mosque and the historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops!

Optional
Full-Day Istanbul City Tour with lunch
4th Day: Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate captivating views of the old palaces of the Sultans and traditional riverside houses as you view the city from a different perspective. Disembark and head to the famous Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans and filled with exotic aromas. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the delights of Istanbul at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the Anatolian side of the city to see its more important sights and discover more of Istanbul!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion: Explore the 'Asian' or Anatolian side of Istanbul including its ornate Beylerbeyi Palace, the historic Eyüp neighborhood and the hilltop Pierre Loti Cafe, for excellent views across the city and the old trading harbour known as the Golden Horn. Lunch included. 

Included
Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit
Optional
Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch
5th Day: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the route. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankara, the Turkish capital and a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history and ancient culture. Later, pay a visit to Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Inaugurated in 1953, it is dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. After the visit, continue your journey towards Cappadocia, passing by the spectacular Salt Lake and a 13th-century caravanserai along the way. Arrive in Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia. 

Included
Salt Lake
6th Day: Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the fascinating region of Cappadocia today. This unique landscape was formed by the erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions produced by Mount Erciyes and Hasan over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, an incredible Byzantine monastic complex containing the finest rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the so-called "Fairy Chimneys" are located. End the day with a visit to local carpet, onyx and turquoise stone workshops, to learn about the production of these traditional products. This is a unique opportunity to purchase authentic quality souvenirs at good prices. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia. 

Included
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion
7th Day: Cappadocia - Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. You're returning to Istanbul today. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the city. Arrive in Istanbul, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Dive into Turkish cuisine, go shopping in the bazaars or enjoy some last-minute sightseeing! Overnight stay in Istanbul. 

8th Day: Istanbul - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel.  At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Armenia. Touch down in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, and transfer to your hotel. As one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Yerevan oozes history, from Soviet-era architecture to Iron Age fortresses. Spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure, sightseeing in the city's magnificent squares or indulging in the city's eclectic restaurant scene. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

9th Day: Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know Yerevan today on a panoramic city tour! Begin at the giant limestone Cascade monument. Climb to the top of this impressive staircase to enjoy magnificent views of the city below. Next, visit the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, known as the Matenadaran. This fascinating museum is home to around 14,000 ancient and priceless manuscripts! Continue the day with a peaceful stroll through the city park before catching the Yerevan metro to Abovyan Street and the spectacular Republic Square. Get a feel for local life at a food market and end the day admiring the beautiful Blue Mosque, which dates back to the 18th century. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore at your leisure or go sightseeing in the city's plentiful museums. Alternatively, we recommend an optional visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum.* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum: Visit this fantastic museum, the former home of Lusik Aguletsi, Armenian painter, ethnographer, and Honored Cultural Worker of Armenia. The visit concludes with Armenia tea tasting and homemade sweets!

Included
Panoramic Tour of Yerevan
Optional
Visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum
10th Day: Yerevan - Vagharshapat - Zvartnots Temple

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the city behind as your head for Vagharshapat this morning (commonly known as Echmiadzin). The 4th-largest city in the country, on arrival visit Ejmiatsin Cathedral, considered the first Christian cathedral in the world! Founded in 303 AD, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main shrine of Armenian Christians worldwide. Also, discover the priceless artefacts housed inside the Alex and Marie Manoogian Treasury House Museum and pay a visit to the Church of Saint Hripsime, which dates back to the 7th century. Leaving Vagharhapat behind, continue to the ruins of Zvartnots Temple, constructed in the 7th century and partially destroyed in a huge earthquake 300 years later. Return to Yerevan and spend the remainder of the day exploring the city and Armenian culture at your leisure. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion or photo session to complete your day.* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional Armenian Brandy Factory visit: Take the opportunity to taste authentic Armenian brandy and learn about the history and art of distilling at Yerevan Brandy Factory. Take an informative tour of the cellars packed with old brandy barrels, and learn about the history of brandy-making in Armenia from the late 19th century onwards.

*Optional Yerevan History Museum/Erebuni Fortress: Enjoy entrance to the impressive Yerevan History Museum, home to more than 94,000 objects representative of the local culture from ancient times to the present day. Alternatively, this visit can be replaced with an excursion to the amazing Erebuni Fortress, one of the most impressive Urartian structures in existence!

*Optional Traditional Dress Photo Session: A fun-filled photo session and the chance to adorn yourself in beautiful traditional Armenian clothing! Try on different traditional costumes and pose for photos during this photography session.

Included
Visit Echmiadzin & Zvartnots Temple
Optional
Yerevan History Museum/Erebuni Fortress Visit
Optional
Traditional Dress Photo Session
Optional
Armenian Brandy Factory Visit
11th Day: Yerevan - Khor Virap - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the region of Ararat to visit the spectacular Khor Virap Monastery, where, according to legend, Christianity was adopted as the state religion following the conversion of the King to Christianity by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the year 301. It is set in the shadow of mighty Mount Ararat and looks like something from a fairytale! Spend some time exploring this 4th-century site before returning to Yerevan to enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Alternatively, extend your discovery with an optional excursion to Noravank Monastery or a visit to the oldest wine cellar in the world!* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional visit to Noravank Monastery: This UNESCO World Heritage Site, located deep within a narrow gorge dug out by the Amaghu River and surrounded by brick-red cliffs, is an astounding vision of an Armenian Monastery complex. Built in the 13th century by the architect Momik, the complex is composed of a collection of churches and was once the residence of pious bishops in the 14th century.

*Optional visit to ancient wine cellar: Thought to be over 6,000 years old, visit the world's oldest wine cellar, located within a cave in the village of Areni! An incredibly important archaeological site, this prehistoric winery was only rediscovered in 2007. 

Included
Monastery of Khor Virap & Mount Ararat
Optional
Visit to Noravank Monastery
Optional
Visit to Areni Ancient Wine Cellar
12th Day: Yerevan - Saghmosavank - Alphabet Valley - Ashtarak - Karmravor Church - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin this day of discovery with a visit to the impressive medieval monastery of Saghmosavank, a 13th-century Armenian monastic complex located in the village of Saghmosavan. As well as immense history, the site is surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Qasakh Canyon. Next, continue to Alphabet Valley, home to a beautiful monument celebrating the 39 characters of the Armenian alphabet! Built in 2005, it commemorates the 1600th anniversary of the Armenian alphabet. On the way back to Yerevan, pay a visit to Karmravor Church in Ashtarak, thought to be the smallest church in the country. Remarkably well-preserved, this beautiful place of worship dates back to the 7th century. The remainder of the day is free to explore Yerevan at your leisure. Alternatively, discover Armenian food and drink with a winery or chocolate factory visit!* Overnight stay in Yerevan.

*Optional Armas Winery Visit & Tasting: Visit Armas Winery in Aragatsotn to discover the centuries-old traditions of Armenian wine-making and enjoy a tasting session of three local wine varieties.

*Optional Chocolate Factory Visit & Masterclass:  Visit a local chocolate factory to find out more about the creation of this tasty sweet treat! Enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass and taste the finished product.

Included
Saghmosavank Monastery, Alphabet Valley & Karmravor Excursion
Optional
Armas Winery Visit & Tasting
Optional
Chocolate Factory Visit & Masterclass
13th Day: Yerevan - Geghard - Garni - Yerevan

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off for the amazing Garni Pagan Temple, dating back to the 1st century AD and was dedicated to the sun god Mihr, it is the only Hellenistic temple left in the Caucasus. Admire its ionic columns and enjoy a glimpse into pre-Christian Armenia. Afterwards, head to Geghard Monastery, also known as Ayrivank, which means 'church carved out from the rock. The monastery was constructed in the 6th century and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pay a visit to a local house to see the process of making traditional Armenian bread, known as lavash before heading back to the capital to enjoy your final evening in Armenia at your leisure. Spend the evening enjoying Yerevan's nightlife or doing some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Yerevan.

Please note: The itinerary of this day can be replaced by an excursion to Lake Sevan, a huge high-altitude lake in eastern Armenia and a visit to the Sevanavank Monastery. Please select the 'Excursion to Lake Sevan' optional excursion during the booking process if you would prefer to visit Lake Sevan today.

Included
Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery & Traditional Village Excursion
Optional
Excursion to Lake Sevan
14th Day: Yerevan - Canada

Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to bring your adventure through Turkey and Armenia to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation: 12 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 4 in Istanbul

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

Enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate the views of Istanbul's old palaces and traditional riverside houses before heading to the famous Spice Bazaar.

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Cappadocia

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Salt Lake

On the journey towards Cappadocia, pay a visit to the spectacular Salt Lake.

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Included activity for day 6 in Cappadocia

Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion

Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, home to rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the "Fairy Chimneys" are located. End the day with a visit to a local artisan workshop.

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Included

Included activity for day 9 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Panoramic Tour of Yerevan

Get to know Yerevan on a panoramic city tour! Climb to the top of the Cascade Monument, visit the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts and see Abovyan Street and the spectacular Republic Square. Visit the food market and end the day at the beautiful Blue Mosque.

What's included: Transfer, guide, entrances as indicated in the itinerary. Not included: Tips, drinks.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 3 in Istanbul

Full-Day Istanbul City Tour with lunch

Begin with a visit to the Hagia Sophia Basilica and Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar.

What's included: Guide, lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 4 in Istanbul

Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch

Explore the Anatolian side of Istanbul including its Beylerbeyi Palace, the historic Eyüp neighbourhood and the hilltop Pierre Loti Cafe, for excellent views across the city and the old trading harbour known as the Golden Horn. Lunch included.

What's included: Guide, lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 9 in Yerevan

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Visit to the Lusik Aguletsi House-Museum

Visit this fantastic museum, the former home of Lusik Aguletsi, Armenian painter, ethnographer, and Honored Cultural Worker of Armenia. The visit concludes with Armenia tea tasting and homemade sweets!

What's included: Transfer, guide, entrance, tea and sweets

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 10 in Yerevan

Duration 00:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Yerevan History Museum/Erebuni Fortress Visit

Enjoy entrance to the impressive Yerevan History Museum, home to more than 94,000 objects representative of local culture from ancient times to the present day. Alternatively, this visit can be replaced with an excursion to the ancient Erebuni Fortress.

What's included: Transfer, guide and entrance.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main Canadian airports.
  • International flights: Canada - Istanbul, Istanbul - Yerevan, Yerevan - Canada.
  • Internal flights: Cappadocia - Istanbul. *
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  • 12 nights hotel accommodation in Superior & Luxury category hotels.
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  • 12 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. **
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, entrance fees, tips (approx. 40$ per person), and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Please note: Mandatory tips of $40 per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay in Turkey. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Turkish culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

The maximum baggage weight for the Cappadocia – Istanbul flight is 15KG.

**The order of visits can be modified depending on your departure day, according to unexpected circumstances, weather changes or the guide consideration.

Most Museums and some attractions are closed on Mondays, in case your visit to them is initially planned on Monday, the itinerary will be adapted.

Please note: Mandatory tips of $40 per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay in Turkey. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Turkish culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

Turkey: The order of the itinerary is determined based on the days you travel to Cappadocia, which are Tuesday and Friday. Therefore, the 4 nights in Istanbul are distributed accordingly.

Payments at destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

Any hotel mentioned in the offer, whether the main one or an alternative, is as likely as each other to be confirmed. You will find your final hotel confirmation on your updated trip summary 10 days before departure.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.
  • Visa
    You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Cost is approx. $20.
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira
  • Language
    Turkish
  • Electricity
    230 V 50 Hz
  • Health
    Vaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.goturkeytourism.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

The extra bed in hotels are fold-out style and smaller in size than a standard single bed. Triple rooms are not bigger or more spacious only because they are occupied by 3 people.

 

Turkey: The order of the itinerary is determined based on the days you travel to Cappadocia, which are Tuesday and Friday. Therefore, the 4 nights in Istanbul are distributed accordingly.

 

Payments at destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

 

Any hotel mentioned in the offer, whether the main one or an alternative, is as likely as each other to be confirmed. You will find your final hotel confirmation on your updated trip summary 10 days before departure.

 

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