Eastern Turkey Tour (14 Days – 13 Nights)

Day 1 (Arrival to Cappadocia)

You will have your flight to Cappadocia area, we will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in Cappadocia. The flight ticket is not included in the price, but we can certainly help you get one. Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 2 (Private Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included)

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight in the early morning can be a good start the day with sunrise.

Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 10:00 and you will start touring in magical Cappadocia. The tour will begin with a panoramic view point in Goreme to give you the information about the geography, formation and history of Cappadocia as well as seeing the most famous valleys in Cappadocia. You will be able to see The Pigeon Valley, Rose and Red Valleys, Goreme and Uchisar Villages from this point.

After driving about 30 minutes, we will visit Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cappadocia. The most impressive aspect of the Kaymakli Underground City is the organized, structured and very well thought nature of the entire city. It had everything from living quarters, sleeping rooms, stables and communal kitchens to a church and a graveyard as well as being well fortified to protect its inhabitants. After experiencing the life in underground, we will drive you to Pigeon Valley to see Uchisar Castle and the valley from a panoramic point.

We will have our lunch at a small boutique restaurant in Avanos. We will then see the kick-wheel pottery demonstration in Avanos which is the oldest art in the area inherited from the Hittites from 4000 years ago. You will see the entire process of making a pot and you can also try to make one. We will then visit Pasabag (Monks Valley) which is also known as mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. The fairy-chimneys in Pasabag are the best-protected ones in the area and it gives the best idea about the formation of a fairy-chimney. Our guide will inform you about the formation of these chimneys with live examples.

Finally, we will visit Devrent Valley in which you will see the camel-shaped fairy chimney and much more different shapes than usual. The tour will end around 17:00 and we will drive you back to your hotel. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.

Day 3 (Private Cappadocia Tour, breakfast and lunch included, breakfast and lunch included)

Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 09:30 and start the hike in Red & Rose Valleys which are the most incredible valleys in Cappadocia. You will be able to see lots of pigeon houses, amazing view of Uchisar Castle and some rock-cut churches over 1000 years old. The hike will take about 1,5 hours and end in Cavusin Village which is an abandoned Greek village with amazing view.

Cavusin village was abandoned because of the falling rocks in 1950s. After seeing the panoramic view of the village, we will drive to Uchisar Castle Viewpoint to see the beautiful view of the castle. We will drive to a local restaurant to have our lunch after this visit. You can get the famous "Pottery Kebab" in this restaurant.

After lunch, we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in Cappadocia area and learn about the Eastern Orthodox church paintings and details.

We will then drive to Mustafapasa (Sinasos) Village. This village housed both Turkish and Greek people until the population exchange compulsory has been fulfilled in 1924. We will see lots of Old Greek houses, an Ottoman Madrasah and an old church. Then we will stop in Urgup to see beautiful examples of fairy chimneys. After this visit, we will drive you to your hotel around 17:00. Overnight accommodation in Goreme.

Day 4 (Drive to Gaziantep and visit the city, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

At around 8:30 a.m., we'll begin the day with a drive to (about 1,5 hours) Karatay Caravanserai on the historic Silk Road. This caravanserai is one of the best preserved of all Anatolian caravanserais, and is one of the most monumental examples of Seljuk architecture. After another 2 hour scenic drive, we'll have lunch in Kahramanmaras and try its renowned ice cream before continuing towards Gaziantep's world-famous Mosaic Museum.

The Gaziantep Mosaic Museum has Turkey's finest fully protected mosaics. The museum has beautiful mosaics from Zeugma Ancient City. Zeugma is in the Tentative List of UNESCO since 2021. These mosaics are a 2000 years old and unique in design, colour and perfection. Besides this 1450 m² of mosaics, there are also 140 m² of frescoes, 4 Roman fountains, 20 columns, 4 limestone sculptures, bronze statue of Mars, grave steles, and sarcophagi. We'll also see the ancient city castle, copper market, and baklava shop(Baklava originates from Gaziantep). Overnight accommodation in Gaziantep

Day 5 (Drive to Harran and Sanliurfa, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Harran about 2 hours. Harran is where Prophet Abraham lived for a while. Despite the fact that it is situated in a dry, barren plain, Harran has managed to stay alive for 5000 years. The commerce from Anatolia to Mesopotamia and from Mesopotamia back again provided welfare and an immutable culture for thousands of years through Harran and ensured its survival. Harran is famous for it's adobe houses (bee-hive houses), castle and the university building from 08th century. Harran has been on the UNESCO Tentative List since 2000.

After having lunch, we will drive to Sanliurfa center. The Old Testament prophets Jethro, Job, Elijah, and Abraham all lived in this city. The region was also home to Prophet Moses working as a shepherd for seven years in the region before returning to Egypt. That's why, the city is known as 'The City of Prophets'. We will visit the Pool of Prophet Abraham. It is believed that Prophet Abraham did not follow the religion of Nimrod and therefore he was thrown into the fire by Nimrod to kill. As Abraham is a follower of God, he was not killed by the fire. The fire was converted into the water and the firewood became the carps that you can see in the pool. We will also have a walk through the streets which have a great harmony of different cultures and ethnic groups. Overnight accommodation in Sanliurfa.

Day 6 (Visit Gobeklitepe and drive to Kahta, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Having breakfast at the hotel, we will first get to Sanliurfa Archaeology and Mosaic Museum. The museum has a nice selection of mosaics from several different places around Sanliurfa and T-shaped columns of Gobeklitepe. Orpheus Mosaic, Ktisis Mosaic and Achilleus’ Life Mosaics are really worth seeing.

After this visit, we will drive about 30 minutes to get to one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey: Gobeklitepe. Gobekli Tepe is the earliest known evidence of monumental human-made architecture so far. The site has been proved by the scientists that it is the oldest temple in the world from 11,500 years ago. The site features a large number of limestone pillars, many decorated with the stylized image of a T, and archaeoastronomers believe these also served an astronomically aligned function, as well. After this amazing visit and lunch, we will drive about 3 hours to get to Kahta. We will stop at the Ataturk Dam to see the biggest dam project in Turkey. Overnight accommodation in Kahta.

Harran, Mount Nemrut, Zeugma and Mardin

Day 7 (Visit Mount Nemrut and drive to Diyarbakir, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We will wake-up quite early this morning around 03:30am to climb up to the summit of Mount Nemrut. We will hike up to summit about 30 minutes after arriving to the entrance of the national park. We will see one of the best sunrises in the world along with the statues of gods and kings. Mount Nemrut has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. We will then drive down from the mount to see Arsemia Ancient city, Cendere Bridge and Karakus Tumulus. The Arsameia Ancient City is on steep cliffs and the structures here are reached by a pathway used as a ceremonial road. On this path there are relief stelae, rock-carved monuments, the largest inscription in Turkey, the tunnel structure, and remnants of architectural sites at its peak. The Cendere Bridge was built in the first years of the third century after Septimius Severus defeated Parthians. The Karakus Tumulus is a funerary monument of the Commagene Royal Family. After these visits, we will get to the hotel for the breakfast.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive about 2,5 hours to Diyarbakir to visit this amazing city. The Diyarbakir Walls are the widest and longest complete defensive walls in the world, after only the Great Wall of China. We will also visit The Great Mosque of Diyarbakırwhich is the oldest and one of the most significant mosques in Anatolia. The Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. After lunch and entire afternoon in Diyarbakir, we will drive another 1 hour to get to Mardin where we are going to stay overnight.

Day 8 (Visit Mardin and drive to Tatvan, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After having a Mesopotamian breakfast at our hotel, we will start discovering Mardin. Mardin is a very special, multi-etnical city located on a hill in the Mesopotamia region, overlooking its plains. Since it lies along major trade routes, ancient civilizations have continually conquered and ruled the town to make it part of their empire. The city was ruled by the Hurri-Mitani, Hittites, Surs, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Arabs and the Seljuks respectively. The Artuklu Kingdom established their Mardin branch and made it flourish during this time. We will visit several important historic buildings such as Kasimiye Madrasah, Zinciriye Madrasah and Grand Mosque. We will also visit Dayrul-Zeferan Monastery which is still an active Syriac Christian Monastery dating back to 08th century.

We will then drive to Midyat about 1 hour to see the amazing Mor Gabriel Monastery (Deyrulumur Monastery) and Midyat Historical City. Churches and Monasteries of Midyat (Tur ʿAbdin) and Surrounding Area has been added to Tentative List of UNESCO in 2021. Having lunch in Midyat, we will head to Tatvan via Hasankeyf. Hasankeyf is located on the shores of the Tigris River. It was once a crucial trade spot on an ancient trade route and has seen many important historic events throughout its history, even dating back 10 thousand years ago. After this picturesque town and 2 hour drive, we will arrive in Tatvan which is a small town by the Lake Van. Overnight accommodation in Tatvan.

Day 9 (Visit Ahlat Cemetery & Akdamar Church and drive to Van, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We will depart from Tatvan to see the Ahlat Seljuk Cemetery. Seljuk Cemetery Ruins is the most famous tombstones and works by notable artists done in Seljuk Period. Covering an area of 210,000 square meters, the cemetery ranks 3rd in size among world Turkish-Islamic Cemeteries. The Tombstones of Ahlat has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO in 2000.

Then, we will drive to Akdamar Island. After 1 hour drive, we will get a boat to cruise to the Akdamar Island & Church. Akdamar Church or The Church of the Holy Cross is located on Akdamar Island in Lake Van. Akdamar Church, which is thoroughly reflective of the different faiths in Vaspurakan Kingdoms and their relationship during the 10th century with its architecture and decorations, has a significant place in world history. Akdamar Church has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO in 2015. We will then drive about 1 hour to get to Van and stay overnight in Van city center.

Akdamar Church, Ishakpasha Palace, Sumela Monastery and Hasankeyf

Day 10 (Visit Van and Dogubeyazit & drive to Kars, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

First place we will visit after the breakfast in Van will be the famous Van Castle. The ancient fortress of Van or Van Castle is a massive stone fortification built by the ancient kingdom of Urartu during the 9th to 7th century BC. It sits at the top of a steep-sided bluff overlooking Tushpa, the old Urartian capital. The Old City of Van and The Fortress of Van has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO in 2016.

After this visit, we will drive to Dogubeyazit to see an astonishing palace: Ishakpasha Palace. Ishak Pasha Palace is more of a complex than simply a palace. It is the second administrative center after Topkapı Palace in İstanbul, and the most well-known of the palaces built lately. The Ishakpasha Palace, which was built on a hill at the side of a mountain 5 km. east of Doğubeyazıt District, is an example of 18th-century Ottoman architecture and is one of the largest such examples remaining in that period. Ishakpasha Palace has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO in 2000. Having visited all the sections in the palace, we will drive about 2,5 hours to get to Kars. Along the way, we will see the huge Mount Ararat. Overnight accommodation in Kars.

Day 11 (Visit Ani & drive to Erzurum, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We will drive about 1 hour to Ani Ancient city after breakfast. Ani is a medieval Armenian city in Kars Province located at the far eastern tip of Turkey. It was the capital of Eastern Armenia and Bagratid Kingdom until its capture by Byzantium. Ani has been targeted by so many natural disasters and invasions-- Mongols, Tamerland, earthquakes-- that it appears as a town surrounded by the ruins of imposing stone walls. The Historic City of Ani, inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2016, has numerous churches, mosques and caravanserais. This ancient city might be your highlight of the entire trip. We will also have lunch there.

After the visit in Ani, we will drive back to Kars center and see the Kars Castle. Kars Castle was built 1153 A.D and it has a commanding view over the city. Then, we will drive to Erzurum about 2,5 hours. We will have the overnight in Erzurum.

Day 12 (Visit Erzurum and drive to Trabzon, breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After the breakfast, we will start walking through the city of Erzurum. The places we are going to visit are all walking distance to each other and we will visit Erzurum Castle, The Double Minaret Madrasah, The Yakutiye Madrasa, The Grand Mosque and The Three Tombs.

Erzurum Castle is just a few feet tall, but it offers views of the mountains and townscape that are best seen after climbing its 12th-century minaret. The Double Minaret Madrasah is the largest madrasa in Anatolia. Built in the second half of the 13th century, it was initially used as a theological school but has since also been used as a gun foundry (in 17th century) and armory (in 19th century). Yakutiye Madrasah is a rectangular building centered on an enclosed courtyard with a cylindrical minaret. The Grand Mosque was built in 1179 and can house up to 10,000 worshippers on Friday (Juma) prayers and sacred nights. After having lunch in Erzurum, we will drive to Trabzon. The drive will be about 4 hours and we will have the overnight in Trabzon.

Day 13 (Visit Trabzon , breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After a very scenic drive through the mountains and dense forestation, we will arrive to Sumela Monastery. Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and it is accepted as one of the best preserved churches in Turkey with its' amazing paintings from the entire Bible. The main elements of the Monastery complex are the Rock Church, several chapels, kitchens, student rooms, a guesthouse, a library and the sacred spring revered by Eastern Orthodox Christians. Sumela Monastery has been added to the Tentative List of UNESCO in 2000.

After having the lunch there, we will drive to another interesting place in Trabzon: Hagia Sophia Church. There are a few Hagia Sophia Churches in Turkey and this one is one of the best ones. The Hagia Sophia Church or Church of the Holy Wisdom was built in 1250s. The church has beautiful mosaics and frescoes inside and some nice reliefs outside the building. After this stop, we will drive back to the hotel. Overnight accommodation in Trabzon.

Day 14 (Flight back to Istanbul, breakfast included)

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will drive you to Trabzon Airport to have the flight back to Istanbul or any other city that you would like to fly. This flight ticket will be included in the tour rate.

The rate list for this private tour will be as:

1 Person : 9250 Euro

2 people : 4980 Euro per person in double room

3 people : 3800 Euro per person in triple room

4 people : 3300 Euro per person in double rooms

The hotel list in this package will be as:

Cappadocia : Kelebek Cave Hotel or Sultan Cave Suites

Gaziantep: Doubletree By Hilton or Divan Hotel

Sanliurfa: El-Ruha Hotel or Manici Hotel

Adiyaman : Grand Isias Hotel or Zeus Hotel

Mardin : Erdoba Evleri Hotel or Artuklu Kervansaray Hotel

Tatvan : Kardelen Hotel or Güngör Omesyus Otel

Van : Sahmaran Hotel or Tamara Hotel

Kars : Sapran Deluxe Hotel or Grand Ani Hotel

Erzurum : Palan Hotel or Dilaver Hotel

Trabzon : Zorlu Grand Hotel or Ustapark Hotel

Please send us an email to get more information and make your booking. We will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.

Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights

Transportation: Private

Visited Places: Cappadocia, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Nemrut, Mardin, Tatvan, Van, Kars, Erzurum and Trabzon

Guaranteed Departure Days: Between April and November

Type of the Tours: PRIVATE TOUR

Day 1

• Arrival to Cappadocia Airport

• Transfer to Goreme

• Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 2

• Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight

• Full Day Cappadocia Tour

• Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 3

• Full Day Cappadocia Tour

• Overnight accommodation in Goreme

Day 4

• Drive to Gaziantep

• Visit Gaziantep Mosaic Museum

• Overnight accommodation in Gaziantep

Day 5

• Drive to Harran and Sanliurfa

• Visit Harran, Pool of Prophet Abraham

• Overnight accommodation in Sanliurfa

Day 6

• Visit Gobeklitepe

• Visit Sanliurfa Archaeology and Mosaic Museum

• Drive to Kahta

• Overnight accommodation in Kahta

Day 7

• Visit Mount Nemrut

• Visit Diyarbakir

• Overnight accommodation in Mardin

Day 8

• Visit Mardin

• Drive to Tatvan

• Overnight accommodation in Tatvan

Day 9

• Visit Ahlat Cemetery

• Visit Akdamar Church

• Overnight accommodation in Van

Day 10

• Visit Van

• Visit Ishakpasha Palace

• Drive to Kars

• Overnight accommodation in Kars

Day 11

• Visit Ani Ancient City

• Drive to Erzurum

• Overnight accommodation in Erzurum

Day 12

• Visit Erzurum

• Drive to Trabzon

• Overnight accommodation in Trabzon

Day 13

• Visit Sumela Monastery and Trabzon

• Overnight accommodation in Trabzon

Day 14

• Drive to Trabzon Airport for the flight back home

Included Services

 Domestic flight ticket from Trabzon to Istanbul

 All airport transfers

 Hotel accommodations with breakfasts

 Service charges and taxes

 Professionally-licensed and experienced English speaking guides (All of our guides graduate from 4-year university course to be a tour guide. You will have one guide for the entire trip.)

 All admission fees to museums on the itinerary

 12 Lunches (basically your arrival day lunch and departure day lunch are not included)

 10 Dinner (Basicallly your arrival and departure day dinners and dinners in Cappadocia are not included)

 Parking fees

 Service Charges and taxes

Excluded Services

 International flight tickets

 Personal expenses during the tour

  2 Lunches

  4 Dinners


 Optional tips to the drivers and guides

General Policy of Booking Process

When you contact us about the trip, we'll provide you with an itinerary based on the current "real-time" availability. The tour's availability might change until your payment is received through our secure form. When we accept your reservation; all rates and program are guaranteed.

When you made your reservations with our travel agent, we'll need a 30% deposit to finalize everything. We provide a 256-bit SSL encrypted form on our website that you may use to securely submit your credit card information. After we receive your deposit, we will confirm your reservation and send you a travel voucher within 3-5 business days. You may pay the remaining balance before or after the trip in our agency's office. In our office, we accept all major currencies for cash payments, as well as Visa or MasterCard.

Below is the general guideline for our cancellation policy if your agent does not mention otherwise:

Cancellation Policy for Eastern Turkey Tour:

If you cancel 28 days before check-in date, there will be no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 28 to 14 days , we will charge 30% cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 14 days to 7 days, we will charge 50% cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 7 Days to the Tour Date, we will charge 100% cancellation fee.

There will not be any refunds on “no shows” for the hotel accommodations.