Book This Trip

Private Tour Eastern Turkey Tour

Eastern Anatolia

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore incredible ancient sites
  • Marvel at the mosaics at Zeugma, the huge god heads on Nemrut Mountain and Harran, one of the oldest cities of Mesapotamia.
  • Enjoy the beauty of Lake Van and charm of small traditional towns untouched by tourism.
  • Connect with the hospitable Turkish people and enjoy fantastic food, art and culture

Discover the hidden treasures of the remote eastern side of Turkey with visits to Zeugma, Harran, Urfa, Van, Kars, Ani, Eurzurum and Trabzon. Visit sites with a variety of architecture from several periods in history including ancient monasteries, churches and palaces. Enjoy varied landscapes including Lake Van, one of the highest lakes in the world and scenics along the Black Sea. Soak up the ambiance of old world Turkey.

trip_photos/Nemrut-East-Turkey.jpg
Gods on Nemrut Mountain

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul-Fly to Adana
Met on arrival and connect to flight to Adana. (D)

Day 2: Antakya
Drive to Antakya and visit Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Caravanserai, Antakya Mosaic Museum, Grotto of St. Peter. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Gaziantep
Visit the site of Zeugma, located next to the Euphrates River and known for its marvelous mosaics. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Nemrut Mountain-Adiyaman
See the huges heads of gods and goddess on the mountain. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Harran - Urfa
Drive to Harran, one of the oldest cities of Mesapotamia. Continue to Urfa, city of the prophets. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Marden - Diyarbaker
Visit of the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, an Armenian orthodox monastery still inn use. In Diyarbakır, see the city walls, the market and Ulu Cami. (B,L,D)

Day 7-8: Van
Drive to Van, situated on the shores of Lake Van, at 5,500 feet, one of the highest lakes in the world. Visit the St. Croix Church on Akdamar Island, a beautiful example of Armenian architecture. Visit Hosap Castle and Cavustepe, the Ourartéens site. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Dogubeyazit - Kars
Visit the 17th century Ishak Pasha Palace, built on a high valley overlooking the caravan route. Continue to Kars, small city which is a beautiful example of Russian urbanism of the 19th century.(B,L,D)

Day 10: Ani - Erzurum
Visit Ani, the capital city of Ourartéens State and later of the Armenian Bagratid Kingdom from 953 to 1045 AD. Among the ruins, there are eight churches, a convent and a citadel along with the main cathedral which has alternately been a church or a mosque. In Erzurum, the largest city in eastern Anatolia, visit the Islamic monuments from Seljuk, Mongol and Ottoman eras, Ulu Mosque and Cifte Minare. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Trabzon
Drive to Trabzon along the Black Sea. Visit Hagia Sophia and Sumela Monastery which was well respected as a monastic centre from the 4th century until 1923. (B,L,D)

Day 12: Istanbul
Fly to Istanbul. Free afternoon. (B, D)

Day 13: Depart

 

Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
13-day trip begins and ends in Istanbul
Best Seasons
Summer thru September
LAND COST
Depends on number of people
ACCOMMODATIONS
4 star or best available
GROUP SIZE
as per your request
INCLUDED MEALS
12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners

Extend Your Trip

Timeless Charms of Bulgaria

Reading

Privacy & Terms of Use | Phone: USA (888) 367-6147 | International (415) 381-5861 | inquire@originalworld.com | Copyright © 2009 to
Header - Not A Member
Overview  |  Ethiopia  |  Sudan |  Morocco  |  Tunisia  |  South Africa
Overview  |  North India  |  South India  |  Tribal Regions  |  Indian Himalaya  |  Wildlife