Excursions to the Far East and Black Sea Coast Feature

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Explore the ruins of Ani: This ancient city was once the seat of a small Armenian kingdom.

Float in Lake Van: As in Israel's Dead Sea, the water is rich in minerals and very alkaline; you'll be remarkably buoyant in the startlingly blue water.

Take the ferry to Akdamar: The uninhabited island and its monastery are worth the trek.

Journey up Mt. Nemrut: The massive stone heads looking out over the horizon are an impressive sight to behold.

Visit the cliff-side monastery of Sümela: The climb is fairly strenuous, but just seeing this remarkable sight is unforgettable.

Wander through the bustling bazaars of Urfa and Gaziantep: Craftsmen in these ancient cities still work the same way they have for centuries.

Updated: 2014-04-04

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