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Photos of Turkey: Castle of Ishak Pasha at Dogubeyazit Eastern Turkey

We started in the eastern provinces and headed west to end at the Aegean coast in Kuşadası. Adventurous Eastern Turkey, is a magnificent country with vast steppes and high mountains. It offers a magnificent scenery full of remains of ancient and lost civilizations. Among the highlights of this vacation were: the fairy-tale like castle of Ishak Pasha overlooking the vast plain at the foot of Mount Ararat, the ruins of the ancient Urartian civilization at Van, exotic mysterious Urfa, ancient Harran with its beehive houses, Mount Nemrut with its mysterious idols, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, and pieceful Lake Egirdir. Nature in Eastern Anatolia is splendid and unspoiled with landscapes one is never to forget. There are the vast steppes, the snow-capped top of Mount Ararat, the blue-green waters of the Van lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and grazing herds of cattle.

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Here's a detailed itinerary of the June 2002 travel:

  1. Monday June 3: Flight TK1938 Brussels 12:25 - Istanbul 16:45
  2. Tuesday June 4: Flight TK806 Istanbul 07:45 - Van 09:45, dolmuş to Doğubeyazit
  3. Wednesday June 5: Stay at Doğubeyazit visit of İşak Paşa Saray
  4. Thursday June 6: Dolmuş Doğubeyazit - Van, visit of Van Kalesi
  5. Friday June 7: Stay at Van
    Visit by private car Hoşap Kalesi, Çavuştepe, and Akdamar island
  6. Saturday June 8: Bus Van - Diyarbakır
  7. Sunday June 9: Visit of Diyarbakır
  8. Monday June 10: Visit of Mardin by taxi
  9. Tuesday June 11: Bus Diyarbakir - Şanlı Urfa
  10. Wednesday June 12: Guided visit of Harran
  11. Thursday June 13: Bus Şanlı Urfa - Adiyaman
    Dolmuş to Kahta
    Afternoon and evenıng guided tour Mount Nemrut
  12. Friday June 14: Kahta - Adiyaman - Kayseri - Göreme
  13. Saturday June 15: Visit Cappadocia
  14. Sunday June 16: Göreme - Konya - Eğirdir
  15. Monday June 17: Stay at Eğirdir visit of Sagalassos
  16. Tuesday June 18: Bus Eğirdir - Kuşadası
  17. Wednesday June 19: Stay at Kuşadası
  18. Thursday June 20: Stay at Kuşadası
  19. Friday June 21: Stay at Kuşadası
  20. Saturday June 22: Stay at Kuşadası
  21. Sunday June 23: Stay at Kuşadası
  22. Monday June 24: Flight Izmir - Istanbul Ataturk Airport, followed by Istanbul - Brussels

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