- DAILY TOURS
- WEEKEND TOURS
- PACKAGE TOURS
- EASTERN BLACK SEA
- TAILOR MADE TOURS
Day 1 – Train ride from Erzurum to Kars
After meeting at the designated time at Erzurum airport we take the Havaş bus to the city center and meet our local guide for our city tour. Our train to Kars is at 1.55 PM so we do not have to rush. After a 2 hour walk around the city we will have our lunch consisting of a variety of local dishes. We will trust our local guide to give us the best recommendations. After lunch we will head out to Kars by train. Our estimated arrival time is 6.30 PM. A vehicle will be waiting for us at the train station to drive us to our hotel. After settling in our hotel we may be able to walk up the Kars Castle to see city from above at night.
Day 2 – Ruins of Ani – Çıldır Lake – Şeytan Castle
After breakfast we will start driving to the ruins of Ani, known also as “Ephesus of the East”. We will walk among these magnificent ruins which are very impressive especially when you hear about all the wars and natural disasters that have taken place there. The restorations have brought some of the buildings back to life but it is definitely not enough. You will see for yourselves that there is a lot more to be done. After visiting this abandoned capital we will hit the road again to go to the Çıldır Lake located at an altitude of 1960 meters and leaving without a tour around it would be a big mistake. The works carried out in the area have helped increase the touristic activities in the region. Due to the freezing of the lake, the local community has found a very interesting way of fishing which is their main livelihood. You will see what we mean at Atalay’s Place. Those who want to can take a sledge ride as an extra. After eating the famous yellow fish of the lake we will drive to a hidden beauty – “Şeytan Castle”. This castle is located within the village of Yıldırımtepe and still stands with all its glory on the Kura River guarding one of the Silk Road trading routes. You will be very impressed by how well it has survived to our day but it was not a place of interest until 2 years ago. Thanks to SERKA development agency it was cleaned and its roads were improved and since then it has become a tourist site. Its location is impressive enough as it is. After taking many photographs we will end our long day at our hotel.
Day 3 – Sarıkamış Forests – Ski Resort
After breakfast we will drive to Sarıkamış. Our first stop will be the Aleksi Mansion, also known as the Katherina Mansion. Even though the state of this hunting and rehabilitation mansion built by Tsar Nicholas II in 1896 is rather sad, it is still worth seeing. From here we will carry on driving to Sarıkamış ski resort. We will first use the gondola lift to get to the restaurant area for lunch. The restaurants have a good variety on offer. The time we spend at lunch will be defined according to the crowds. After dinner you have two options. You can either ski or hike. We will say goodbye to those who want to ski and with the hikers we will do a fun and easy hike in the Sarıkamış Forests. After a 1,5 hour hike we will go up to the summit again using the gondola lift. After taking many photographs and meeting the skiers we will get back to our vehicle and start driving back to Kars.
Day 4 – Kars City Tour and Journey Back
After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and start our walking tour of Kars city center. We will first walk up to the Kars Castle. After seeing the typical domed buildings (kümbet) and the beautiful streets we will have our last lunch and head back to the airport.
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