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Price
$4515 per person
Duration
16 days
Destination
Turkey
Travellers
8

Gaziantep, Mount Nemrut, Diyarbakir, Van, Trabzon and more. Hidden Gems of Eastern Turkey Tour

An unforgettable journey through the heart of Eastern Turkey
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Join us on this extraordinary expedition as we unveil the timeless wonders and hidden gems of Eastern Turkey. Book your adventure now and prepare to be captivated by the magic of this mesmerizing region!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Gaziantep
Return Location
Istanbul
Price includes
  • Accommodations
  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Meals - Half Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
Price does not include
  • Airfare- International
  • Entrance Fees
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Snacks
  • Tips
  • Trip Insurance
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: $500

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Eastern Turkey, where ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant cultures await you at every turn. Join us on a meticulously crafted tour that promises to unveil the treasures of this enchanting region.

  • Sept 7/Day 1
  • Sept 8/Day 2
  • Sept 9/Day 3
  • Sept 10/Day 4
  • Sept 11/Day 5
  • Sept 12/Day 6
  • Sept 13/Day 7
  • Sept 14/Day 8
  • Sept 15/Day 9
  • Sept 16/Day 10
  • Sept 17/Day 11
  • Sept 18/Day 12
  • Sept 19/Day 13 Trabzon
  • Sept 20/Day 14
  • Sept 21/Day 15
  • Sept 22/Day 16
Sept 7/Day 1

Arrival in Gaziantep

Arrive in Gaziantep and transfer to your hotel. In the evening we have a welcome dinner. Overnight Sirehan Hotel or similar. (D)

Sept 8/Day 2

Gaziantep

After breakfast we will head out to see the impressive mosaics at the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum on the outskirts of the city, the bazaars of the historic quarter, tasting some of the excellent baklava made here. Overnight Sirehan Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 9/Day 3

Kahta

In the morning we drive to Kahta. We explore the remains of an ancient Commagene civilization including Karakus Tumulus, once a burial place for royal women. Other sites include a 2000-year-old Roman bridge, the summer palace and Antiochus Tumulus, located at the top of Mt Nemrut and where the Commagene used to perform their sacred rituals. The site is known for its giant Commagene stone heads which sit guarding the burial mound of Antiochus. We spend time learning about the rituals once performed here and stay to watch the sunset, then return to the hotel. Overnight in Kahta. (B/L)

Sept 10/Day 4

Mount Nemrut – Gobekli Tepe - Urfa

Drive to Urfa, stopping for views over the vast Lake Ataturk Lake. From here we drive to the remarkable site of Gobekli Tepe. Only discovered in the late 20thcentury, this is the oldest temple in the world, dating back 9000 years, with stone circles and carved pillars giving a tantalizing hint into the lives of Neolithic people. In the afternoon we visit Abraham’s Cave, supposedly the site where the Biblical prophet was born and a popular place of pilgrimage for local people who come to see the sacred fish in the pools nearby. We then explore Urfa’s lively bazaar, with opportunities to taste some of the great street food to be found here. Overnight Hotel Uludag or similar. (B/L)

Sept 11/Day 5

Harran – Urfa

After breakfast we visit the Archaeology Museum to discover the Neolithic Era artifacts that are housed here. We will have lunch in a local home and then continue to the small town of Harran, best known for its beehive style houses. Built from mud, their design has changed little since Biblical times, and they are perfectly adapted for the extremes of temperature found here. Return to Urfa. Overnight Hotel Uludag or similar. (B/L)

Sept 12/Day 6

Mardin

Drive to Mardin and begin exploring the city on arrival. Overnight Kaya Ninova Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 13/Day 7

Mardin

Visit the ancient Deyrulzafaran Monastery, where services are still conducted in Aramaic, the language of the Bible. The Byzantine church here dates back to the 5th century, and the monastery is a tangible link with early Christianity. We also see Mardin’s beautifully carved stone houses. Overnight Kaya Ninova Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 14/Day 8

Zerzevan - Diyarbakir

This morning we head to the Roman castle of Zerzevan, home to a temple dedicated to the ancient religion of Mithraism – accompanied by a local archaeologist we learn about this mystical cult. We then continue to Diyarbakir, the capital of Turkey’s Kurdish population. We walk along the impressive city walls, which originally date back to the 3rd century and are dotted with watchtowers, as well as visiting one of the traditional caravanserais and exploring the historic old city. Overnight Amida Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 15/Day 9

Lake Van - Van

Drive to Turkey’s largest lake and from here take a boat to the island of Akdamar. Here we visit the beautiful Armenian church, with its frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible. After returning to the lake shore, we continue to Van for the night. Overnight Elite World Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 16/Day 10

Van Castle – Ishak Pasa – Kars

We first visit the ancient Urartian citadel, which dates back almost three thousand years and is home to the tombs of the kings of Urartu. Continue to the picturesque palace of Ishak Pasa, a well preserved and far-flung outpost of the Ottoman empire close to the border with Iran, with views of the mighty Mount Ararat. From here drive to Kars. Much of the city was constructed by the Russians in the 19th century and we explore its elegant streets with their typical architecture. Kars produces some excellent cheese, and we visit one of the local cheese markets to sample some of the produce. Overnight Cheltikov Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 17/Day 11

Ani - Erzurum

This morning we visit the abandoned Armenian capital of Ani, a vast walled city with numerous palaces, churches and other buildings to explore. This is one of eastern Turkey’s most atmospheric sites, and is a testament to the erstwhile power of the Armenian empire. From here we continue to Erzurum for the night. Overnight Hotel Zade or similar. (B/L)

Sept 18/Day 12

Erzurum - Trabzon

This morning we explore Erzurum – the city has some great examples of Seljuk architecture, including the 12th century Grand Mosque and the Yakutiye Madrassah. Drive towards the Black Sea. On the way we stop at Sumela Monastery, built against a sheer rock face and decorated with Biblical frescoes. Continue to Trabzon, on the coast, where we’ll sample some of its local seafood, and visit the Hagia Sophia Cathedral. Overnight Axis Suites Hotel or similar. (B/L)

Sept 19/Day 13 Trabzon

Istanbul

Check out after breakfast and sightsee in Trabzon until it is time to go to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul transfer to the hotel for overnight. (B)

Sept 20/Day 14

Istanbul

After breakfast we leave for a full day city tour. Our tour starts in the morning with the Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life. Of the monuments which once adorned it, only three remains; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Today, it is the center of historical, cultural and touristic Istanbul. In the same vicinity lies the German fountain. Then, across Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque; supremely elegant, imperial six-minaret mosque called the "Blue Mosque" because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Then comes Suleymaniye Imperial Mosque. The Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent where he and his wife, Hurrem Sultan (Roxelane), are buried, is considered the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul. It was built by the famous architect Sinan whose wish was to surpass the builders of St. Sophia. After lunch, our tour will include the Imperial Topkapi Palace which for more than four centuries was the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans. It houses extraordinary collections of porcelains, armor, fabrics, jewelry (newly restored), calligraphy, harem; the secluded quarters of the wives and concubines of the sultan and many precious objects and works of art that once belonged to the sultans and their court. Last but certainly not least, you will visit the world-famous Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar). In this labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area. After some rest at the hotel, we will be ready for our Bosphorus dinner cruise - a stay in Istanbul is not complete without a traditional and unforgettable excursion by boat along the Bosphorus, that winding strait separating Europe and Asia. (B/D)

Sept 21/Day 15

Istanbul

After breakfast our full day tour starts in the morning by visiting the city’s famous museum of St. Sophia; this ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 6th century is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Close to St. Sophia, is the 6th century Byzantine cistern known as the Yerebatan Sarnici - the Underground Cistern. Fine brick vaulting is supported by 336 Corinthian columns. After visiting Underground Cistern, we will drive to Fatih district where we will visit Kariye Museum (St. Chora). The 11th century church of St. Savior in Chora is after St. Sophia, the most important Byzantine monuments in Istanbul. The walls are decorated with superb 14th century frescoes. The church is a remarkable museum of Byzantine art that influenced the European Renaissance. Here you will find a quiet, carefully tended garden facing old wooden houses where you can enjoy apple tea or coffee. We will finish our sightseeing tour by driving along the Byzantine city walls and the gates built in the 5th century. Once an impenetrable fortification, the walls stretch seven kilometers from the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn. Then, finally, we visit the Mosaic Museum. This museum was built to preserve "in - situ" the exceptionally fine mosaic pavements from the 5th and 6th century. Return to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Sept 22/Day 16

Departure from Istanbul

Check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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Join us on this extraordinary expedition as we unveil the timeless wonders and hidden gems of Eastern Turkey. Book your adventure now and prepare to be captivated by the magic of this mesmerizing region!

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Single Supplement: $500

The rate includes:
Hotel accommodation at 4-star on HB basis for 11 nights and BB accommodation in Istanbul for 3 nights
Private vehicle with air-conditioning with 15 seats
English speaking guide
Domestic flight fee from Trabzon to Istanbul
Parking fee
Tips to hotel
Bosphorus Cruise Dinner (alcoholic drinks excluded)

Not included:
Entrance fees to the historical sites
Personal expenses
İnternational flight tickets
Istanbul – Gaziantep flight ticket
Meals not listed
All beverages during the meals
Tips to guide and driver
Trip Insurance

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Eastern Turkey Tour

Price
$4515 per person
Duration
16 days
Destination
Turkey
Travellers
8