Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour

  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour
  • Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour

Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 Day Tour

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Eastern Turkey Explorer 12 day tour is an escorted group tour with:
- Minimum number 4 required to open following departure dates in 2019: 02 May, 26 May, 08 June, 23 June, 13 July, 22 August, 02 September, 14 September, 07 October, 19 October. Please check updated open dates with us.
- Single Supplement fee is %20 extra.

- Domestic flights as shown on the itinerary
- Airport transfers from/to Istanbul Hotels
- Accommodations in 4 or 5-star hotels,
- All transportation by A/C car, minibus or bus
- English speaking professional tour guide
- Half board meals (Breakfast & Lunch)
- Entrance fees

Not Included:
- Lunch
- Personal expenses
- All Drinks, Minibar


In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the airport for your flight to Trabzon.

Upon arrival in Trabzon, we will visit the 14th century Byzantine church of Hagia Sofia overlooking the Black Sea before proceeding to the cliff side monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela in the Altindere Valey.

From Sumela we drive along the spectacular Black Sea coastal highway to Hopa on the Georgian border.

Overnight Hopa.


We depart Hopa for Erzurum via Artvin, Ishan and the spectacular Georgian Valleys.

Overnight in Erzurum.


Sightseeing in Erzurum before departing for Kars via the Aras River valley and the First World War battlefield site of Sarakimis. After arriving at Kars we will continue to visit the ancient Armenian city of Ani (Ani Cathedral) on the Arpacay River.

Overnight in Kars.


On to Dogubeyazit and past the Biblical mountain of Ararat to visit the Ishak Pasha Palace, and then on to the city of Van where we will spend the night.


Sightseeing in the Van region including a visit to the 17th century fortress of Hosap, sitting astride the ancient Silk Road into Persia and the Orient. In the afternoon we will visit the island of Akdamar in Lake Van to visit the 10th century Church of the Holy Cross.

Overnight in Van.


Depart Van along the southern shore of Lake Van for Tatvan and then to visit the great Volcano Crater of Nemrut and the Seljuk monuments of Ahlat. Overnight in Tatvan.

Overnight in Tatvan.


Via Bitlis we continue down the Bitlis Gorge, via the city of Batman, to the town Hasankeyf for lunch. In Hasankeyf (soon to be submerged under the lake of a new dam on the Tigris) we will visit some of the many caves and the ruins of the medieval Byzantine city.

On our way west to Mardin we will stop in Midyat to see the Silver bazaar. Arrive to Mardin visit Kasimiye Medrese.

Dinner and overnight in Mardin.


After breakfast visit Deir-Al-Zafaran (Saffron Monastery). The Saffron Monastery was once the ancient centre of the Syriac Christian Patriarchy. This site has been the centre of religious worship for many centuries, the monastery itself is built over an ancient temple, built in 1000BC and dedicated to the worship of the sun and which now provides the foundations to the main part of the monastery buildings - it is a fascinating structure as the roof of the temple to the sun is, essentially, a flat arch!

From Mardin we will travel northwest to Diyarbakir to see the 10 Arches Bridge on the Tigris River.

Overnight Diyarbakir.


Sightseeing in Diyarbakir: the Ulu Cami (Mar Thoma) (Mosque and Church), then visit the Great wall. Leave for Nemrut via the ferry over the Euiphratesry arriving in Narlice Village in Nemrut National Park. We will travel to the top of Mount Nemrut Tombs of Commagene Kingdom and the Colossal Statues of Gods. Climbing up to Tumulus of Antiochos, the capital of Kommagene we will watch the sun set from the summit of Nemrut. This ancient funerary monument at the peak of Mt Nemrut was forgotten and lost to memory for nearly 2000 years.

Overnight near Nemrut.


After breakfast you will see Karakus Tumulus, a burial sanctuary and the Cendere Bridge, erected by the XVI Legion in the honour of Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, before proceeding to for Urfa.

Via Urfa we will visit Ataturk dam a part of the giant South East Anatolia Project. Arriving in Urfa we will visit the Holy Pools of Abraham and the cave where, tradition tells us, the Prophet Abraham was born. Visit the Bazaar.

Dinner and Overnight Urfa.


After breakfast we will visit the on-going archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe. Although this site is not widely known it is one of the most important archaeological digs currently being undertaken anywhere - this site represents a major shift in our understanding of man's early history. Here lie the remains of the earliest religious structures built by man yet to be discovered. At about 11000-13000 years old and pre-dating pottery, writing, Stonehenge and the Pyramids!

We then depart for Gaziantep where we will visit the stunning mosaic museum which houses a priceless collection of mosaics from the now sunken city of Zeugma. We will visit the citadel and the Old Town of Gaziantep.

Overnight in Gaziantep.


In the morning, we will transfer you from your hotel in Gaziantep to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul (or Izmir).

This is the end of the tour. If you have any enquiries about further tours or travel within Turkey, we're happy to help!

Tour Prices

-Rates are per total person, in a double/twin/triple private room

1. Please press BOOK NOW above to submit an enquiry or book this package tour which will be based on standard range accommodation. 
2. Once your online enquiry/booking is completed, please email us if you wish to upgrade to following packages: 
-Upgrades to 'Top End' and 'Premium' accommodations
-Single private room
-Dorm rooms are available for budget travelers

To see list of accommodation options included on your range, please go to 'Accommodation Options' tab above. 

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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2 star equivalent.
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.

TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.

PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.

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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    12 Days
  • Departing Cities
    Istanbul, Izmir
  • Returning Options
    Istanbul, Izmir
  • Departure days
    Please ask
Essential Info
  • Pick-up Time
    To be confirmed
  • Tour Type(s)
    Group Tour
  • Language(s)
  • Tour Range(s)
    Top End
  • Tour bus, Domestic Flight
Overnight Stays