Welcome to Adana

The city is more or less cut in two by the D400 highway. North of the road (called Turan Cemal Beriker Bulvarı in town and running west to east and over Kennedy Bridge) are leafy and well-heeled districts. South of the trendy high-rise apartments and pavement bars and cafes, things get more cluttered and housing starts to sprawl. The Seyhan River delimits the city centre to the east.

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A Photography Experience: In Junction of Two Continents

ItineraryDay 1: Istanbul ArrivalStop At: Istanbul Airport Transfer, IstanbulTransfer to your Hotel Palace Dlx Category or similar 5*****Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Pera Palace DlxDay 2: Istanbul : Street photography dayStop At: Sultanahmet Square, IstanbulGuided visitDuration: 1 minuteStop At: Kapali Carsi, IstanbulGuided visitDuration: 1 hourStop At: Misir Carsisi, IstanbulGuided VisitDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Sirkeci Station, IstanbulGuided visitDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Marmaray, IstanbulPassage to Asian side by underground tunnel under BosphorusDuration: 15 minutesStop At: KIz Kulesi, IstanbulPhotography of Maiden towerDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, IstanbulFree time Duration: 1 hourPass By: Karakoy Rihtim, IstanbulGuided Stop At: Istiklal Street, IstanbulGuided visit of Istiklal avenue and BeyogluDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Cicek Pasaji, IstanbulWith a free drink insideDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Pera Palace DlxDay 3: Istanbul / Adana / Aladağlar ExpeditionStop At: Aladaglar, Kayseri, Kayseri ProvinceAfter breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Adana. Upon arrival departure to Aladağlar National Park following a very scenic road. Lunch and briefing before walking the camp area. (4 km) we will have mules to carry our heavy equiptments. Upon arrival installation and preparation for sunset shots. Dinner (lunch boxes) around the camp fire. We will have coffe and tea. Overnight in mountain camper house when available or in tents (provided by us) however you are encouraged to bring your own sleeping bag keeping warm until until -10°C (14°F)Region, Fauna and FloraThe name “Ala-Daglar” (Crimson-Mountains) comes from the rusty colour of its hills in the sunset. Aladaglar National Park hosts the tallest mountains of the Central Taurus Mountains of Turkey. The area covers four regions as Demirkazik, Yedigoller, Kaldi and Torasanlar, which have their highest peaks respectively as; Demirkazik (Demirkazık) 3756 m, Kizilkaya (Kızılkaya) 3771 m, Kaldi (Kaldı) 3688 m and Vayvay 3565 m. Depending on the season, you’ll be encountering everything from floral bouquets and goat herds to heavier snow nearer the limestone peaks. Besides these highland beauties the woodland shelters red pine, black pine and fir trees. Aladaglar National Park is also the home of the famous Capra ibex, and other animals like wild boar, wolf, weaser and coyote. Bird watchers all around the world visit Aladaglar as well, to spot the various wild and singing birds(Caspian Snowcock, Crimson-winged Finch, Red-fronted Serin, Snowfinch, Wallcreeper, Radde's Accentor, Alpine Accentor, Horned Lark, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Rock Thrush, Finsch's Wheatear, Ortolan Bunting, Chukar, Ortolan Bunting, Black Redstart) of the region. More than fifty endemic plant species have been observed in the area, which was declared a national park in 1995. Nine of these are seen solely in this area. The Aladaglar National Park present rich diversity in terms of bird and butterfly pecies. Some of the birds of prey one can see are the rock eagle, bearded vulture, and peregrine falcon. Wildlife includes wild goats, bears, lynx and sable.Included Meals: Breakfast , lunch and camp dinner in form of small lunch box. Tea and Coffe in the camp site. Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Aladaglar BungalowsDay 4: Aladağlar – CappadociaStop At: Love Valley, Goreme, CappadociaSunset photographyDuration: 1 hourStop At: Aladaglar National ParkAfter the camp breakfast , we start to descend the valley on our own rythm until our bus waits for us. Before proceeding to Cappadocia, we will take our last shots from this unique area. Upon arrival to Cappadocia region, transfer to your Hotel Acropolis or similar charming cave hotel in Ürgüp village. Briefing and departure for sunset shots in Love Valley. Dinner in Ürgüp. Included Meals: Camp breakfast lunch and dinner.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Acropolis Cave Hotel or similar cave hotelDay 5: CappadociaStop At: Goreme National Park, Goreme, CappadociaEarly morning departure (04:00 am) before sunrise to photography the take-off of hot air baloons. Cappadocia has been choosen by National Geographics as the best place to fly over in a hot air baloon, therefore we will also experience it. We offer you this unforgettable experience because we want to embrace the region from another angle. The landscapes that are offered to the eyes are absolutely incredible: green valleys, steep plateaus, numerous canyons, rocky peaks, fairy chimneys and rocks whose troglodyte dwellings can be seen in a beautiful palette of colors marvelously completed by the farandole of balloons.Return to the hotel for the breakfast. Departure from hotel afternoon to overview of the most visited sites in the region: discover small churches troglodytes of the Goreme valley, and stop in front of the Avcilar Valley rocky peak. This journey will end in Uçhisar with a friendly moment around a glass before taking our sunset shots. Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar, CappadociaSunset photographyDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Acropolis Cave or similar cave hotelDay 6: Cappadocia – Beypazarı Stop At: Lake Tuz, SereflikochisarAfter breakfast departure to photography Mount Hasan, inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province with an elevation of 3,268 m. Continuation to Tuz Gölü to photography the lake. Lake Tuz is the second largest lake in Turkey with its 1,665 km2 (643 sq mi) surface area and one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world. (It exceeds our imagination; 1500 kms2 of salt and twice as large as Singapore). Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Beypazari, BeypazariLunch during visit and continuation to Beypazarı that still preserves the magical atmosphere of an Ottoman town. Houses like white boxes lean against the slope, their plaster facades delineated by dark wood beams and adorned with wooden doors and windows. Named the town of carrots and nurturing a deep respect for the orange vegetable, nearly 70 percent of Turkey's carrots are grown in Beypazarı. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Beypazarı Hotel or Zerde KonakDay 7: Beypazarı – Nallıhan – IstanbulStop At: NallIhan Bird Sanctuary, NallihanAfter breakfast continuation to Nallıhan Bird Paradise which is one of the most valuable freshwater sites in Turkey with respect to nature photography; bird, butterfly and plant observation; eco-tourism activities; and also increasing nature conservation values. Nallıhan Bird Paradise is an ideal place for nature photography and bird watching due to presence of large number of birds all seasons and it’s geological and landscape values.A 425-hectare area which was located at the junction of Aladağ Stream and Dam of Sarıyar, has been set as a Wildlife Development Area due to it’s intense bird population and hunting is prohibited in this area. Different ecological habitats such as willow grove, reeds and tamarisks which grew near the Aladağ Stream, extensive farmlands, groves, steppe areas, rocky cliffs and hills and presence of rich nutrient provides shelter for different bird groups in the area. 191 bird species have been observed to date in Nallıhan Bird Paradise. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner: Farewell dinner at Karaköy Lokantası Restaurant Accommodation included: Pera Palace DlxDay 8: Istanbul Departure Stop At: Istanbul Airport Transfer, IstanbulTransfer to the airportDuration: 45 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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Eastern Turkey Tour - Mt. Ararat to Tarsus

ItineraryDay 1: ISTANBUL – AGRI – MT ARARAT VIEW – ISHAKPASA PALACE – VANStop At: Mount Ararat, Agri, Agri ProvincePick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for flight to Agri. Arrival and meet your guide and driver. We will start our tour with a photo of majestic Mount Ararat. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ishak Pasa Palace, Agri, Agri ProvinceWe will also visit the magnificent Ishak Pasa Palace, which was built between the 17th and 18th centuries by a local lord. It is a mixture of Ottoman, Persian and Armenian architectural styles. We get a view of the Dogubeyazit Castle. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Muradiye Selalesi, VanWe visit the Muradiye Waterfalls on our way to Van.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Van. Elite World HotelDay 2: VAN – CAVUSTEPE – VANStop At: Van Castle (Van Kalesi), VanVan was the ancient Urartian capital. An imposing 9th c B.C. citadel overlooks the town. We will visit the famous Citadel and view Lake Van, which is ringed by mountains, and deep blue in color. It is the largest lake in Turkey and lies at an altitude of 1720 meters. A fortress over 3000 years old was discovered under the waters of the lake. Duration: 1 hourStop At: House of Van Cats, VanWe will continue along the southern shore of Lake Van where you will have some wonderful views and have lunch in Tatvan. After lunch we continue to the northwest part of the lake and visit the Volcano Crater of Nemrut. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli), VanWe take a journey to the ancient Urartian site of Çavuştepe.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Van. Elite World HotelDay 3: VAN – AKDAMAR – NEMRUT VOLCANO CRATER – AHLAT – TATVANStop At: Holy Cross Church, VanAfter breakfast we drive along Lake Van and will take a small ferry to visit the Akdamar Church (Church of the Holy Cross), which is built on an island in the lake. This church, from the 10th century is carved with impressive Old Testament scenes and figures on the outside.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Nemrut Krater Lake, Bitlis, Bitlis ProvinceWe will continue along the southern shore of Lake Van where you will have some wonderful views and have lunch in Tatvan. After lunch we continue to the northwest part of the lake and visit the Volcano Crater of Nemrut. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ahlat Mezar Taslari, Bitlis, Bitlis ProvinceAnd then to the ancient cemetery of Ahlat. The eerie lichen covered tombstones left by the Ahlatshah dynasty and others are each one of a kind with intricately carved inscriptions. These impressive stelae all face in the same direction and make for an unforgettable photo with the background of the mountains and Lake Van. We continue to Tatvan and overnight.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Tatvan Kardelen HotelDay 4: TATVAN – HASANKEYF – ANITLI – MIDYAT – MARDINStop At: Hasankeyf, Batman, Batman ProvinceWe depart after breakfast and continue to Hasankeyf, which is an ancient city located on the Tigris River. We view the Mausoleum of Zeynel Bey who was the son of Uzun Hassan ruler of the Akkoyunlu Dynasty who had control of Hasankeyf in the 15th century, the old Tigris Bridge built in the 12th century by the Artukid Sultan Fehrettin Karaaslan, the ancient citadel and the mint. You will view rock cut stairwells and dwellings in the huge rock face. Hasankeyf is threatened by the Ilisu Damn project and some monuments have been removed access restricted.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Midyat Old City, Midyat, Mardin ProvinceOn our way to Midyat we will make a stop in Anitli (HAH) village where there is an ancient church and monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Syriac name of the church is Yoldath (Aloho) and according to the local Syriac community, the 6th-century church was originally established by the three Kings of the Orient. The church is considered the most beautiful example of church architecture in Tur Abdin. We continue to Midyat and see the old town with its sandstone houses and the steeples of nine Syrian Orthodox churches. Midyat is famous for its silver filigree jewelry and local wine. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mardin Izala Hotel or Maridin Hotel.Day 5: MARDIN – DEYRULZAFERAN – DARA – MARDINStop At: Great Mosque of Mardin, Mardin, Mardin ProvinceToday we visit the city of Mardin, with its golden stone houses that blend into the hills. The houses are often decorated with intricate carvings. This is a very lively trading center with people coming to buy and sell and a great place to look at copperware, jewelry and hand-made soap. See the Great Mosque of Mardin, the Kasimiye Madrasa and get a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Mardin, Mardin ProvinceWe visit the Syriac-Jacobite Monastery of Deyrulzaferan, which is a beautiful structure made of the native stone.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, Mardin, Mardin ProvinceWe visit Dara which is an amazing village hosting a Necropolis which was dug into Roman quarries, a roman water purification system and underground cisterns.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mardin Izala Hotel or Maridin Hotel.Day 6: MARDIN – HARRAN – SANLIURFAStop At: Harran Ruins, Harran, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe depart for Harran, city of the prophet Abraham, with its fortress, the world’s first Islamic University and beehive shaped adobe houses.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cave of Abraham, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe continue to Sanliurfa for lunch and then visit Abraham’s Cave where it is thought that the prophet was born.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Balikligol, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe will also wander the gardens and see the Pools of the Holy Carp. The Halilurrahman Mosque on the sacred pool was built in 1211. We continue for some shopping and exploring in the Old Bazaars. These are old stone arcades from the 16th century. Important bazaars are Gumruk (Customs), Haci Kamil, Mencek, Bican Aga and Topcu Hans. Traditional crafts are still being practiced and you can find colorful material, scarves (Kefiye or Agali) and outfits, copper, wood and household items. Colors and scents may overwhelm you. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Sanliurfa. Hilton Garden Inn or El Ruha Hotel. Day 7: SANLIURFA – MUSEUMS – GOBEKLITEPE – SANLIURFAStop At: Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe visit the Archaeology and Mosaic Museums where you will start to learn about Gobeklitepe and see some amazing finds from the site and others in the area and also see some intricate mosaics such as those of the Amazon women. Surrounding the museum grounds are the remains of cave houses.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gobeklitepe, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe drive to see the real thing! Gobeklitepe, which is one of the most incredible archeological finds ever as the remains are those of the earliest religious structures yet to be discovered. With its T-shaped megaliths carved with strange images of animals. Gobeklitepe is at least 12,000 years old and is still being excavated. It is possible after we return to Sanliurfa to visit the Great Mosque and walk in some back streets where we can visit the Memorial House of Klaus Schmidt who led the excavations of Gobeklitepe until 2014. His wife, who is also an archeologist still lives in the historical house, does artwork and seminars.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Sanliurfa. Hilton Garden Inn or El Ruha Hotel.Day 8: SANLIURFA – MT NEMRUT – ADIYAMANStop At: Severan Bridge, AdiyamanToday we drive to Mount Nemrut, which is the highest mountain (2150 m) in Northern Mesopotamia. Our first stop is Cendere Roman Bridge - built by Septimus Severus in the 2nd century AD. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Arsemia Antik Kenti, KahtaContinue to Arsemia with relief carvings of Antiochus and Hercules.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Karakus Tumulusu, KahtaSee Karakus, a tumulus of the royal Commagene women. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Mount Nemrut, AdiyamanWe continue to Mt Nemrut and visit the East and West terraces, fire altar, statues of Apollo, Zeus, Hercules, Tyche and Antiochus Epiphanes I, Tumulus. We then descend down the mountain through small villages and beautiful scenery.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Adiyaman. Grand Isias Hotel, White Star or Hilton Garden Inn.Day 9: ADIYAMAN – GAZIANTEP – ADANAStop At: Bakircilar Carsisi, Gaziantep, Gaziantep ProvinceAfter breakfast we drive to Gaziantep. The artisans of Gaziantep are specialists in making copperware and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The city has a fortress with 36 towers originally constructed in the Justinian era and later rebuilt by the Seljuks. See the Old town of Gaziantep with beautifully carved stonework of doors and windows in the old parts of town and the bazaar. Gaziantep is also known for its cuisine so we should enjoy a traditional meal with specialties of the region such as lahmacun, kebabs, cig kofte and sweets such as baklava.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Gaziantep ProvinceWe will visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum which is the second largest mosaic museum in the world containing 1700 m2 of mosaics. The collections are focused on finds from Zeugma. Here you can see the famous “Gypsy Girl” Mosaic. We will continue to Adana.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Adana Senbayrak City Hotel, Masel Hotel or Ibis Hotel. Day 10: ADANA – TARSUS – ISTANBULStop At: Ancient Road, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastWe will drive to Tarsus and discover the rich religious heritage of this town which is the birthplace of St Paul. We will visit the Ancient road of Tarsus.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: St. Paul Kuyusu, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastSt Paul’s Well and the foundations of the house where he is believed to have lived.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Old Tarsus Houses, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastWe will take a walk in the old district of with its beautiful stone houses and continue to the ruins of the Roman baths. We see the church mosque which is one of the oldest places of worship in Tarsus and may have been the original cathedral of St Paul. Although converted into a mosque this church still has Christian religious frescoes. Duration: 1 hourStop At: St.Paul's Church, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastWe also visit the Church of St Paul which was built in the 5th century A.D. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kirkkasik Bedesteni, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastKirkkasik Bedesten (40 Spoons Bazaar) which was built in 1579 and is now a center of handiwork by local women artisans. After the visit we continue to the Adana airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.