3 Days Tour
A GATE TO CAUCASUS
Kars is located in the north-east Anatolia, and is on the historic Silk Road. The background extends to 9000 BC. The buildings of Kars come in a variety of architectural styles reflecting Armenian, Turkish, Georgian, Russian cultures. You will also enjoy Russian imperial buildings from 19th century built in a Baltıc style. The Kars carpets and pileless carpets called “kilim” weaved from natural painted cotton, silk and wool trends having traditional local patterns are very famous. A visit to Eastern Anatolia is not complete without a visit to the ruins of the ancient Armenian city of Ani. Menucihr Mosque at Ani Ruins attracts attention as the first mosque constructed by the Seldjoukians in Anatolia.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Kars. Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Lunch of traditional tastes. Kars Castle built in 1153 sits at the top of a rocky hill overlooking the city. Church of the Holy Apostles (Surp Arakelots) an Armenian church built in 930s. Stone Bridge, Ottoman Baths and Hotel Katerina behind Kars Castle Bastion. Alexander Nevski Church converted to a mosque in 1579, today Fethiye Mosque, Merkez Camii (recently an Orthodox Church).
Departure after breakfast and visit to the ruins of the Ancient City Ani, 45 km to Kars, Gagik Church, St. Krikor Chapel, St. Prktich Church, Fethiye Mosque (Virgin Mary Cathedral), Virgins Monastery, Seldjoukian Palace. Drive to Çıldır Lake at 2000 m. and a yellow fish lunch at the banks of the lake. Boğaztepe Village and Cheese Museum tasting the famous sheep cheese and gruyere. Evening return to Kars and dinner with the most famed local speciality of rice-stuffed stewed goose.
Departure after breakfast and visit to the Caucasian Battle Museum, Train Station, Archaeology and Ethnography Museum. Lunch on the way. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to İstanbul.