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Additional / culture program

Following our tours we are happy to organize for you a stay in Istanbul, Ankara or Van with a German or English speaking city guide.


Istanbul [isË^tÉ`nbul] (türk. Ä°stanbul [Ë^ɪstanbuːl]) (former name Constantinople) lies in ancient Byzantium and is the biggest city of the East Roman and accordingly the Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire. The current city, without the outskirts, has a population of 12, 6 million people, and is the third most populous city worldwide. Istanbul spans the European as well as the Asian site of the Bosporus and is therefore the only metropolis that lies in two continents. Due to its 2700 years of history the city is known as one of the oldest continuously populated cities in the world.


  • Blue Mosque

  • Bosporus-Bridge

  • Großer Bazaar

  • Hagia Sophia

  • Hippodrom

  • Museum for turkish and islamic arts

  • Süleymaniye Camii

  • Topkapi-Palace

  • Yerebatan Sarayi


Since 1923 Ankara (former Angora, ancient name Ancyra) has been the capital city of Turkey und the eponymous province Ankara. The city has over 4 million inhabitants (2008) and is therefore, after Istanbul, the second biggest city of Turkey.


  • Roman ruins of the Augustus temple and the spa and the Julian pillar

  • Kocatepe mosque (Kocatepe Camii)

  • Hacibayram mosque

  • Antikabir, the mausoleum of Atatürk

  • Atakule television tower and the museum for Anatolian civilizations at the base of the citadel

  • The first republic parliament across the historical hotel Ankara Palace in the Ulus district


Van (kurdish Wan, armenian: ÕZÕ¡Õ¶, urartäisch Tuschpa, assyrian probably ArzaÅ¡kun) is the capital city of the Turkish province Van.


  • Tower of Van (Van kalesi) in which you can see several urartian cuneiform inscriptions from the time of Saduri II.

  • Archeological museum

  • Island Akdamar with an Armenian church from the 10th century.

  • Ruins of the uartian fort sarduihinili

  • Fort of Hosap

  • Bathing spots on the shore of Lake Van

Çavus tepe is a town in the Turkish province Van. ÇavuÅ"Ytepe it lies 21 km away from the city of Van at the south-east part of Lake Van. In ÇavuÅ"Ytepe you can see the remains of the urartian fort Å arduihinili (Sarduris city), which was built by King Sarduri II between 764 and 735 B.C

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