Eastern Turkey Tour
Undiscovered Eastern and South East of Turkey Tour (15 Days)
Duration: 15 Day
Pick Up Time: 08:00 am
Pickup Point: Trabzon-Turkey
Highlights: Atatürk House Museum, Sumela Monastery (Monastery of the Virgin Mary), Artvin Castle, Ani Ruins, Holy Apostles Church, Kars Castle, Kars Museum, Kümbet Mosque, Mount Ağrı, Ishak Pasha Palace, Van Ancient City, Tuspa Castle, Akdamar Island and Church of the Holy Cross, Van Castle, Lake Van and ‘the Sea’ Name Hasankeyf, Midyat, Hevsel Garden, Ulu Mosque, Diyarbakır city walls, Hasan Pasha Han, Four-Legged , Minaret, Diyarbakır Church, Ten-Eyed Bridge, Mount Nemrut, Arsemeia Castle, Cendere Bridge, Karakus Tumulus, Gaziantep Castle, Copper Bazaar,Gaziantep Mosaic, Tarsus, Olba, Uzuncaburc, Cennet & Cehennem Caves, Göreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag Valley(Three Beauties), Devrent Valley, Avanos, Ürgüp, Uchisar Castle, Ihlara Valley, Sultanhanı Caravanserai, Mevlana Mausoleum, Toros Mountains, Derinkuyu Underground City, Aspendos, Perge, Side, Myra Ancient City, Kursunlu Waterfall
WHY SHOULD YOU SEE THIS TOUR?
If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable travel experience, look no further than Castle Travel’s Eastern Turkey Tour. This tour takes you off the beaten path to explore the stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this fascinating region.
Throughout the tour, you’ll visit ancient ruins, colorful bazaars, and remote villages where traditional ways of life still thrive. You’ll also have the opportunity to sample delicious local cuisine and meet friendly locals who are eager to share their stories and traditions with you.
Highlights of the tour include a visit to the historic city of Van, known for its stunning lake and impressive castle; a trip to the surreal landscape of Cappadocia, where you can explore underground cities and see the famous “fairy chimneys”; and a journey through the rugged mountains of Eastern Turkey, where you can experience the breathtaking beauty of this remote and untouched region.
With Castle Travel’s expert guides and carefully crafted itinerary, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget. So why wait? Book your Eastern Turkey Tour today and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Thank you for choosing our tour package! Here is an overview and an itinerary for your trip of our Tour
Itinerary: Start your journey with a visit to the breathtaking Sümela Monastery, perched on a mountainside in Trabzon. This historical and spiritual site offers a captivating panorama and a profound spiritual experience. Next, explore the Hagia Sophia Church, a prominent religious structure in the Black Sea region, and learn about its rich history and architectural features. Visit the Atatürk House Museum, where artifacts from the era of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk provide a glimpse into the past. Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local specialties. In the afternoon, travel to Artvin and take in the mystical beauty of its natural surroundings.
Overview Start your day by visiting the Atatürk House Museum in Trabzon and immerse yourself in the life and history of Turkey’s beloved leader, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Next, make your way to the stunning Sumela Monastery, also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Explore its intricate frescoes and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty. At the end of the day, drive to your hotel in Artvin for an overnight stay.
Itinerary: Explore the heart of Artvin, observing traditional bazaars, historical buildings, and the vibrancy of daily life. Visit Borcka Karagöl, a natural lake surrounded by captivating forest scenery. Immerse yourself in the peacefulness of nature. Journey through Yusufeli and make your way to Kars. Visit the Cathedral of Kars, also known as the Holy Apostles Church. Check into your accommodation in Kars and cherish the unforgettable experiences of the day.
Overview: Embark on a city tour of Artvin and discover its unique blend of Ottoman and Georgian architecture. Don’t miss Borkca Göl, a picturesque lake surrounded by lush greenery. Continue your journey to Kars and explore the remarkable Ani Ruins, an ancient city known for its medieval churches and citadels.
Visit Kars Castle and delve into the region’s history at Kars Museum. Don’t forget to admire the beautiful Kümbet Mosque and the Holy Apostles Church. In the evening, check in to your hotel in Kars for a comfortable overnight stay.
Itinerary: : Start the day with a delightful breakfast in Kars before heading to Mount Ağrı. Marvel at the captivating scenery and impressive nature of this legendary mountain. Visit the stunning Ishak Paşa Palace, a dazzling relic of the Ottoman era. Capture the palace’s elegant architecture and picturesque surroundings. Travel to Van and settle into your hotel.
Overview: Rise early and embrace the adventure of climbing Mount Ağrı, the majestic peak that holds a significant place in Turkish culture and mythology. After enjoying the mesmerizing views, visit the stunning Ishak Pasha Palace, an architectural gem that reflects the rich history and grandeur of the Ottoman era. At the end of the day, drive to your hotel in Van for a well-deserved rest.
Itinerary: Indulge in a delightful breakfast in Van before exploring the Van Ancient City & Tuspa Castle. Bear witness to Van’s rich history and trace the footsteps of the past. Visit Akdamar Island to see the majestic Church of the Holy Cross, dating back to the Middle Ages. Enjoy panoramic views of Van from Van Castle. Be captivated by the grandeur and turquoise beauty of Lake Van. Visit the Van Cat House to learn about the famous Van Cats. Drive to Tatvan and spend the night.
Overview: Awaken your senses with a visit to the Van Ancient City, an archaeological site showcasing the remains of a once-great civilization. Continue your exploration with a trip to Akdamar Island and the Church of the Holy Cross, known for its exquisite stone carvings. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Van Castle and learn about its fascinating history. Experience the unique Cat House, a sanctuary for the city’s beloved feline residents. Lastly, indulge in the beauty of Lake Van, also known as “the Sea,” and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings. At the end of the day, relax in your hotel in Tatvan for an overnight stay.
Itinerary: Start the day with a delicious breakfast in Tatvan before visiting Noah’s Tomb and the Dara Ancient City. Continue your journey to Mardin and explore the Mor Hananyo Monastery and Midyat, known for their historical and cultural richness. Discover Hasankeyf, an ancient city with human settlements dating back to prehistoric times. Travel to Diyarbakır and settle into your hotel.
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Overview: Start your day in Tatvan.Afterwards,visiting the historic Noah’s Tomb, a significant religious site. Then, make your way to Hasankeyf, an ancient city with fascinating ruins that date back thousands of years. Lastly, explore the charming town of Midyat, known for its beautiful architecture and historic buildings.
At the end of the day, drive to Diyarbakir and check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY6: Discover the Historical Gems of Diyarbakır:
Itinerary: Embark on a captivating city tour of Diyarbakır, a city rich in history and cultural heritage. Our first stop is at the enchanting Hevsel Gardens, located along the beautiful Tigris River. Marvel at the natural beauty and immerse yourself in the historical significance of these gardens. Next, we will visit the iconic Ulu Mosque, a symbol of Diyarbakır. Admire the stunning Islamic art and the architectural elegance of this mosque.
Continuing our journey, we will explore the ancient Diyarbakır City Walls. Take a walk along these walls and transport yourself back in time as you feel the echoes of the past. Our next destination is the historic Hasan Paşa Han, a well-preserved caravanserai from the Ottoman era. Experience the intricate detailing and immerse yourself in the atmospheric ambiance of this historical site.
Next, we will visit the Four-Legged Minaret, a unique structure made of Mardin stone. Capture the stunning views and take memorable photographs of this beautiful minaret. We will then proceed to the Diyarbakır Church, which reflects the city’s religious diversity and historical richness.
Our tour will conclude with a visit to the historic Ten-Eyed Bridge (On Gözlü Köprü). Marvel at the
architectural marvel of this Ottoman-era bridge as it gracefully spans the Tigris River. At the end of the day, we will return to the hotel in Diyarbakır for a well-deserved rest.
Overview: In Diyarbakir, begin your day by strolling through the exquisite Hevsel Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit the grand Ulu Mosque and marvel at its stunning architecture. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk along the Diyarbakir city walls, which offer panoramic views of the city.
Continue your tour by exploring the historic Hasan Pasha Han and the unique Four-Legged Minaret. Make sure to visit the Diyarbakir Church and admire its intricate designs. Finally, end your day at the Ten-Eyed Bridge, an iconic landmark in the city.
Return to your hotel in Diyarbakir for another overnight stay.
Itinerary: Embarking on another day of our journey, we leave our hotel in Diyarbakır and make our way to the city of Urfa, which promises a harmonious blend of history and culture. After a comfortable 2-hour and 22-minute journey, we arrive at our destination.
Our first stop in Urfa is the extraordinary Göbeklitepe. This ancient temple complex is recognized as the oldest known temple in the world, holding immense archaeological importance. As you explore this site, you will be fascinated by the enigmatic clues it provides about the history of humanity.
Next, we visit the Urfa Archaeological Museum, where a vast collection of historical and archaeological artifacts from the city are on display. Delve into the rich history of Urfa and gain a deeper understanding of its cultural heritage.
No visit to Urfa is complete without experiencing the mythological stories and the sacred Balıklıgöl. This revered site holds historical and spiritual significance and is believed to be the birthplace of Abraham. After paying our respects, we proceed to the Covered Bazaar, where you can indulge in local products, handicrafts, and delicious cuisine.
At the end of the day, we drive to our hotel in Sanliurfa. Rest and prepare for the adventures that await you tomorrow.
Overview: On day seven, head to Sanliurfa and visit the extraordinary archaeological site of Göbeklitepe, regarded as the world’s oldest temple complex. Explore its mysterious stone pillars and learn about its significance in human history.
Next, visit the Urfa Archaeological Museum to discover a remarkable collection of artifacts. Then, make your way to Balıklıgöl, a sacred fish pond surrounded by historical sites, including the Birthplace of Abraham. Conclude your day by exploring the vibrant Covered Bazaar and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Overnight in Sanliurfa.
Itinerary: Leaving Sanliurfa behind, we set off on an unforgettable journey to Adıyaman. Our first destination is the awe-inspiring Mount Nemrut, where history and nature come together in perfect harmony. Witness the majestic statues and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views as you visit this ancient tomb during sunrise or sunset.
Continuing our exploration, we visit Arsemeia Castle. Take a stroll through this ancient fortress, immerse yourself in the depths of history, and marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds it.
Next, we make our way to the Cendere Bridge, a historic Roman bridge that symbolizes passage through time. Be amazed by its grand architecture and appreciate the historical significance it represents.
Another highlight of our tour is the Karakuş Tumulus, a significant historical monument that offers a glimpse into the region’s past. Explore this historic tomb and observe the traces of the ancient era, immersing yourself in its historical depth.
After a day filled with remarkable experiences, we return to Adıyaman for accommodation. Unwind in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Adıyaman, savoring the local flavors and reflecting on the impressive ancient sites you have discovered.
Overview: Embark on a journey to Mount Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its colossal stone heads. Marvel at the stunning scenery and witness the breathtaking sunrise or sunset from the top of the mountain.
After your visit to Mount Nemrut, proceed to Arsemeia Castle, an ancient fortress with panoramic views. Explore the nearby Cendere Bridge, an incredible Roman aqueduct, and the Karakus Tumulus, an ancient burial site.
Drive to Adiyaman and check into your hotel for overnight accommodation.
Itinerary: As the morning unfolds, we bid farewell to Adıyaman and set out on a tour to Gaziantep. Our first stop is Gaziantep Castle, a place of historical significance that offers a captivating panoramic view of the city. Discover the footprints of the past and embark on a journey through history within the walls of this castle.
Continuing our exploration, we visit the Copper Bazaar, also known as Bakırcılar Çarşısı. Here, you can immerse yourself in a historical bazaar, adorned with handcrafted copper products and the works of skilled artisans. Witness traditional crafts up close and take the opportunity to acquire unique items.
Next, we visit the Gaziantep Mosaic Museum, renowned for its exceptional collection of mosaics unearthed from the ancient city of Zeugma. Marvel at the intricate details of these magnificent artworks as you explore the museum and delve into the past.
At the end of our excursion, we return to Gaziantep for accommodation. Indulge in the flavors of Gaziantep’s rich cuisine and immerse yourself in the cultural ambiance of the city. Reflect on the echoes and experiences of the day, as you gather energy for the adventures yet to come.
Overview: Begin your day in Adiyaman by visiting the impressive Gaziantep Castle, which offers commanding views of the city. Then, head to the Copper Bazaar to shop for traditional crafts and souvenirs.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Gaziantep Mosaic Museum, home to an extensive collection of ancient mosaics. Explore the fascinating history and craftsmanship behind these intricate artworks.
Afterward, drive to Gaziantep and check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY10: Exploring Gaziantep & Mersin:
Itinerary: Start your day in Gaziantep with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before embarking on an exciting journey to Mersin. The distance between the two cities is approximately 287 kilometers.
On the way to Mersin, make a stop in Tarsus, a city known for its religious and historical sites. Visit the St. Paul’s Well and the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, both holding great significance in religious history. If you’re looking for some relaxation, don’t miss the Tarsus Waterfall or the opportunity to explore the historical site of Gözlükule.
Continue your journey to the Olba Ancient City, where you can marvel at the remnants of the ancient era. The Olba Temple, in particular, will captivate you with its impressive structure. Next, visit Uzuncaburc, a place renowned for its historical and archaeological richness. Explore the Uzuncaburç Ancient City from the Roman period and witness the remnants of that era.
One of the highlights of this journey is the Cennet and Cehennem Caves, famous for their intriguing natural formations, such as stalactites and stalagmites. Take your time to observe the enchanting beauty of these caves.
Upon arriving in Mersin, take a break and head to the Maiden’s Castle (Kız Kalesi) to capture mesmerizing photos. The castle offers a magnificent panoramic view of the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. If you visit during sunset, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking display of light between the castle and the sea, perfect for capturing unforgettable memories.
Overnight in Mersin.
Overview: On day ten, you will have the day to enjoy Gaziantep at your leisure. Explore the city’s vibrant streets, visit local attractions, or indulge in delicious regional cuisine.
In the evening, drive to Mersin and check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY11: Tarsus and Journey to Cappadocia:
Itinerary: After enjoying a delightful breakfast at your hotel in Mersin, start your day with a visit to Tarsus. Known for its ancient Roman-era ruins, historical churches, and unique architecture, Tarsus offers a rich historical and cultural experience. It is also famous as the birthplace of Saint Paul, adding to its importance in Christian history.
Next, embark on a journey of approximately 265 kilometers to reach Cappadocia. Along the way, make a stop at the Derinkuyu Underground City, an ancient underground complex used for hiding and protection. With its tunnels, chambers, and secret passages, this site will transport you back in time to the prehistoric era.
Continue your journey and visit the Kervansaray, a captivating structure from the Middle Ages. This historical caravanserai served as both accommodation and a trade center, offering a glimpse into the trade routes and accommodation culture of that era.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Overview: Start your day by visiting Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul and a city rich in history. Explore the ancient ruins and gain insights into the city’s significance.
Continue your journey to Derinkuyu, an underground city carved into the rock. Discover its fascinating tunnels, rooms, and hidden passages.
Conclude your day at The Kervan Sarai, a beautiful caravanserai that offers a glimpse into Turkey’s past.
Check into your hotel in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.
DAY12: Discovering the Beauty of Cappadocia on the Red Tour:
Itinerary: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Cappadocia before embarking on the Red Tour, a journey to explore the unique beauty and history of the region.
Begin your tour at the Göreme Open-Air Museum, one of the most famous sites in Cappadocia. Marvel at the historical rock churches and monasteries nestled among the remarkable rock formations of Göreme.
Next, visit the Paşabağ Valley, renowned for its fascinating fairy chimneys and rock pillars. Don’t miss the chance to see the peculiar group of fairy chimneys known as the “Three Graces.”
Continue to the charming town of Avanos, famous for its ceramic production. Explore the numerous ceramic workshops and witness skilled artisans at work. You can even try your hand at crafting your own ceramic piece.
Enjoy lunch in Ürgüp, a town known for its historic houses, fairy chimneys, and wine-making facilities. It’s a delightful place to experience the essence of Cappadocia.
Visit Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, famous for its intriguing rock formations. Let your imagination run wild as you discover various shapes within the rocks.
Conclude the tour with a visit to Uçhisar Castle, perched atop the highest point in Cappadocia. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views and marvel at the unique geological features of the region.
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary beauty and rich cultural heritage of Cappadocia, creating unforgettable memories on this Red Tour.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Overview: Embark on the Cappadocia Red Tour, starting with a visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing remarkable rock-cut churches and frescoes.
Next, explore the unique rock formations in Pasabag Valley, also known as Three Beauties. Marvel at the surreal landscape and take memorable photos.
Continue to Devrent Valley, often referred to as Imagination Valley, due to its unusual rock formations resembling various shapes and figures.
Visit the pottery town of Avanos and witness the traditional art of pottery-making. Finally, explore the picturesque town of Uchisar and visit the Uchisar Castle, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Cappadocia.
Return to your hotel in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.
DAY13: Cappadocia Green Tour & Antalya
Itinerary: Embark on a journey to explore the natural wonders of Cappadocia on the Green Tour. Begin your adventure by visiting Ihlara Valley, a stunning valley with high rock walls, ancient churches, and monasteries. As you hike through the valley, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes and rich historical heritage. Next, delve into the depths of Derinkuyu Underground City, an impressive underground marvel that served as a hiding place and refuge in ancient times. Marvel at the historical and architectural details as you explore this fascinating underground city.
Afterwards, travel to Antalya, known for its picturesque beauty. Enjoy a scenic drive that takes approximately 6.20 hours, with two stops along the way. Explore Sultanhanı Caravanserai, a historic building from the 13th century that played a vital role in trade and accommodation during the Seljuk Empire. Marvel at its architectural beauty and immerse yourself in the history of the region. The second stop is the Konya Mevlana Mausoleum, the resting place of the renowned Islamic scholar and poet, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. Experience the spiritual atmosphere of this sacred place and learn about Mevlana’s teachings and life. Take in the picturesque views of the Toros Mountains in the surrounding villages of Sultanhanı, famous for their natural beauty and outdoor activities.
Overnight in Antalya.
Overview: Start your day by visiting the Sultanhanı Caravanserai, an ancient resting place for traders along the Silk Road. Marvel at the impressive architecture and learn about its historical significance.
Next, explore the Derinkuyu Underground City, a fascinating underground complex that served as a refuge for early Christians. Discover the intricate network of tunnels, rooms, and chapels as you delve into the depths of this unique historical site.
Afterwards, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Ihlara Valley. Take a leisurely hike along the canyon, marvel at the towering cliffs, and admire the lush greenery surrounding you. Don’t forget to visit the hidden cave churches that dot the valley, each housing beautiful frescoes.
Continue your journey to the Mevlana Mausoleum, the final resting place of the famous Sufi poet Rumi. Explore the serene atmosphere of the complex and learn about the life and teachings of this influential figure.
Finally, prepare to be captivated by the scenic beauty of the Toros Mountains as you make your way to Antalya. Admire the majestic peaks and breathtaking vistas as you drive towards the city.
Itinerary: Start your day with a delicious Turkish breakfast and embark on a historical journey in Antalya. Explore the well-preserved Aspendos Ancient Theater, dating back to the Roman Empire. This colossal theater was a hub of artistic performances during the Roman era. Walk through the ancient stage and imagine the grandeur of the past. Continue your adventure to the ancient city of Perge, where you’ll discover magnificent ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Explore the ancient theater, agora, and temples as you trace the footsteps of history.
Next, visit Side, a beautiful coastal town famous for its ancient theater, the Temple of Apollo, and stunning beaches. Take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean Sea and explore the ancient ruins. Conclude your tour at the Kurşunlu Waterfall, a serene natural attraction nestled in a forested area. Enjoy a walk, cool off under the waterfall, and bask in the beauty of nature.
Overnight in Antalya
Overview: Embark on a cultural journey as you explore the historical sites of Antalya. Begin with a visit to Aspendos, home to one of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world. Marvel at the grandeur of the theater and imagine the performances that once took place here.
Next, discover the ancient city of Perge, renowned for its well-preserved Roman ruins. Explore the ancient streets, temples, and agora as you immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this once-thriving city.
End your day in Side, a picturesque coastal town that showcases a blend of ancient ruins and stunning natural beauty. Wander through the well-preserved Roman ruins, visit the famous Temple of Apollo, and relax on the beautiful sandy beaches.Overnight in Antalya
DAY15: End of the Tour and return to Istanbul with flight:
After your Antalya tour, you will flight back to Istanbul, which is approximately a 2-hour journey.
We hope you have a memorable experience exploring the rich cultural heritage, historical sites, and natural beauty of The Tour.
⦁ Please note that the program is subject to changes based on flight schedules, availability, and local conditions.
⦁ This all-inclusive, private guided tour includes a professional English-speaking tour guide, comfortable transportation in a fully air-conditioned vehicle, and comprehensive entrance fees. Let the expert guide take care of the logistics while you explore the history, beauty, and authenticity of This tour.