Extended Magical Eastern Turkey Tour - 16 Days

Eastern part of Turkey? We can get to the heart of our destination. This 16-day special and extraordinary tour is really Eastern Turkey travel at its best.

Overview

Extended Magical Eastern Tour – 16 days

  • Discover more demands in your limited time
  • Flexibility with and without a tour guide
  • Private or Regular tours, with no hidden costs

Additional activities to do during the tour with extra payment.

  • Hammam
  • Cooking classes
  • Bosphorus dinner cruise

TRIP TYPE:  Private Tour

STARTS: Istanbul

ENDS: Istanbul

DEPARTS: Daily Full Year

GROUP SIZE: Min 2 / Max 24

HOTEL RATING: 4- star HB

TOUR GUIDE / LANGUAGE: Yes – English

MEALS: Breakfast: 15 / Lunch: 14 / Dinner: 15

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Please wear comfortable clothes, a hat, sunglasses, and shoes.
  • Take your camera (without professional equipment)

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Clients must be ready at the departure point 15 minutes before the exact pickup time.
  • If you cannot find the service you need please contact our dedicated team to advise of your requirements.
  • Please take always a passport

Highlights

  • Istanbul-Cappadocia - Gaziantep – Sanliurfa - Mt. Nemrut - Mardin - Tatvan - Van - Dogubeyazit - Kars - Erzurum – Trabzon

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul Upon our arrival at Istanbul Airport, our professional tour guide will meet with you, greeting you by a board with your name on it. We will provide transportation, and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and discover the area.

Day 2
Istanbul City Tour

The Istanbul city tour package will start at the Old City after a delicious breakfast. Hippodrome is the main rota that was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 1985 and the living heritage of both Byzantines and Ottomans can be seen. Around Sultanahmet, The German Fountain -which was gifted by German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1898-, the Obelisk of Theodosius – nearly 3,500 years old, was brought to the Hippodrome by Theodosius from the Temple of Karnak about in 390- can be seen. Serpent Column -considered that it was at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi before- and the Column of Constantine that was brought from Apollon temple in Rome are other highlighted sites of the tour.

Day 3
Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Flight to Capadocia

After breakfast depart from the hotel. Final timing one day before will be given to you by your tour consultant. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat during that tour. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After lunch, we will depart for Istanbul airport for a domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia.

Day 4
Cappadocia - Red Tour

Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations, phallic pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. After breakfast, you depart from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go to Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. The last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end early in the evening and you will be returned back to your hotel.

Day 5
Cappadocia – Green Tour

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel. We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels open to visitors. After that, we will drive you to Ihlara valley which is a 16 km long canyon, and both sides are lined with rock-carved churches. We will have a 3 km hike and visit one of the churches in the valley. At the end of the hiking, lunch will be served at the Belisirma village beside the river. After lunch we will visit Selime monastery, carved out of the rock by Christian monks in the 13th century On the way back to the hotel we will stop at the pigeon valley.

Day 6
Cappadocia to Gaziantep Tour

After breakfast, we will depart from our hotel and stop at Kahramanmaras for lunch and a taste of its famous ice cream. Continue to visit the world-famous Gaziantep Mosaic Museum. This museum exhibits a superb mosaic discovered at the Roman site of Belkis-Zeugma before the Birecik Dam flooded most of the site. We will visit the old city castle which is located in the center of the city and the copper bazaar. This bazaar is one of the most special and oldest bazaars in Turkey. You can find a variety of copper handcrafts. We will also have the chance to taste the famous baklava; a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey (Baklava is originally from Gaziantep). After visiting the city, drive to the hotel and check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Gaziantep.

Day 7
Gaziantep to Sanliurfa Tour

After breakfast, we will check out from our hotel and drive you to Sanliurfa. Urfa has been occupied since the Babylonians followed by the Hurrites, Hittites, Assyrians, and Greeks. Today we will visit Urfa Archaeological Museum. This museum exhibits a huge collection which is been found in Harran and Gobeklitepe areas. We will also visit the holy sites at the Ainzelha, a lake with millions of domesticated fish. While in Urfa, we will visit the cave where the prophet Abraham was born. Then, walk through the local covered bazaar of Sanliurfa. Walk through the town to discover the many hidden treasures. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Urfa.

Day 8
Sanliurfa to Mt. Nemrut Tour

After breakfast, we will visit nearby Harran and see the incredible beehive houses. Harran- according to the Bible- was the site where prophet Abraham spent a few years with his family before moving on to Israel, the Promised Land. There are exceptional photo opportunities in this area. In the afternoon, drive to Kâhta Cty. On the way, you will see Gobeklitepe, a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Urfa. What makes Gobeklitepe unique in its class is the date it was built which is roughly twelve thousand years ago, circa 10,000 BC. In the afternoon, hike to the summit of mount Nemrut, watch the sunset and be amazed by the colossal heads and statues of ancient deities, as you step into mythology. This extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiochus built the entire complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his divine ancestry. Also, definitely take time to visit the old castle, Artemia, cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge (Septimius Severus bridge) dating all the way back to the 3rd century, and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. After visiting Nemrut, drive to the hotel. Overnight stay in Adiyaman.

Day 9
Adiyaman to Mardin Tour

After breakfast, departure to Mardin. We will reach Mardin around 11:00 and visit this old, historical city. Mardin is very unique with lovely Old-Arabic style houses. The houses are often decorated with intricate carvings. This is a very lively trading center with people coming from surrounding villages to buy and sell. We will have a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia. It is a city that played an important role in the early development of Christianity. We will visit Forty Martyrs Church. This church dates back to the 4th century and was renamed in the 15th century to commemorate Cappadocian martyrs, now remembered in the fine carvings above the entrance. Then, we will visit Zinciriye Madrasah (Zinciriye Medresesi). This theological school was built by Melik Necmeddin Isa in 1385. We will also visit the Monastery of Deyr-az-Zaferan just outside of town, founded in 762 A.D. It was the seat of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch for almost 800 years. Walk in its busy streets and bazaars and admire the stonework all around the town. Overnight stay in Mardin.

Day 10
Mardin to Tatvan Tour

After breakfast, we drive to Hasankeyf, with a stop at the beautiful little town of Midyat to see the Monastery and ancient houses on the way. Hasankeyf, with its history that spans nine civilizations, the archaeological and religious. The history of Hasankeyf goes back 10,000 years. This is three times longer than the Giza pyramids, 10 times longer than Stonehenge, and makes the glorious civilizations of the Maya and Inca seem as if they were flourishing just yesterday. Some of the city’s historical treasures will be inundated if the construction of the Ilisu Dam is completed. These include ornate mosques, Islamic tombs, and cave churches. After lunch by the Tigris River, we depart to Tatvan, a small village on the edge of Lake Van, and watch the sunset over the lake. Overnight stay in Tatvan.

Day 11
Tatvan to Van Tour

After breakfast, we will depart from Tatvan and a beautiful drive around the lake to reach Van city, established 13th century BC. From here, we will take a ferry across the lake to visit the finest Armenian architectural wonder the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. Step over to the huge Van Castle from the days of Urartu and see the hieroglyphs as you sense the spirit of the once Urartu capital Tushpa, and feel the salty waters of the great Lake Van called ‘the Sea’ by the locals. Overnight stay in Van.

Day 12
Van - Dogubeyazit Tour

After breakfast, we depart and drive on the “Silk Road” to Dogubeyazit. On the way, we will visit Muradiye Waterfalls. A quite large waterfall, usually getting frozen in winter. It is north of Muradiye, which is about 80 km north of Van, off the highway to Dogubeyazit. On the way, we will also have the opportunity to see Mt. Ararat from all sides. It is believed by some to be the resting place of Noah’s Ark, but to date, no one has found anything that has been verified as the Ark – yet the search is still on. We will stop and see the Ishak Pasa Palace. This complex is a combination of a mosque, a fortress, and a palace that originally had a room for every day of the year! Below you can also see the remains of EskiBeyazit and Urartian City which flourished in 1000 BC. Overnight stay in Kars.

Day 13
Kars

An early morning departure for a 45-minute drive to the medieval Armenian City of Ani which lies mostly in ruins. Impressive fortified walls still encircle the ruins of numerous churches, mosques, and caravansaries. Enjoy a walk around the ruins and see the beautiful view of the Armenian border imagining it as a city with one million people rivaling Bagdad in its time! This city has experienced the cultures of Urartians, Armenians, Georgians, Mongols, Russians, and finally the Turks. Also, visit the impressive Kars Castle and the historical sites surrounding the city. After visiting the castle, we will visit Holy Apostles Church. This church is a former Armenian church in Kars, eastern Turkey. Built-in the mid-10th century by the Armenian Bagratid King Abas I (r. 928–953), it was converted into a mosque in 1579. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was converted into a Russian Orthodox and later Armenian cathedral. In 1993, it was again converted into a mosque. After the tour, return to the hotel and overnight stay in Kars.

Day 14
Kars to Erzurum Tour

After breakfast, depart from Kars and drive southwest to Erzurum. Of great interest, will be the villages of stone houses with black sheep on green meadows. Visit the 12th-century Medrese (a Seljukian School). Talk with the imam at the 12th-century Mosque and enjoy the ethnographic museum. Visit an old caravan stop where the local black stone is mounted in silver and gold by the local artists in the most aesthetic art form. Overnight stay in Erzurum.

Day 15
Erzurum to Sumela Monastery Tour

We begin our day with a beautiful 5-hour drive to Trabzon, winding along the rivers with many photo stops and Karaca Cave along the way. Visit the Sumela Monastery, also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. It has been said that it is neither on earth nor in heaven. Carved on the slope of a mountain, it looks like a nine-story high building hanging down from the clouds and sitting on the top of the forest. A short hike through the rainforest will leave no question in your mind about where you are in Turkey. Evening at leisure and overnight stay in Trabzon.

Day 16
Trabzon Tour and Istanbul

Visit the city of Trabzon in the morning. After the crusaders invaded Constantinople in 1204, Trabzon became the capital of the Byzantine Empire for a short time. Longing for the grandeur of Constantinople, in Trabzon, they imitated the Churches of their beloved city on a smaller scale. St. Sophia of Trabzon, though much smaller in size, will leave with you the same sense of religious devotion as the original one in Istanbul. End of the tour we depart for Trabzon Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul.

Included Services

  • • Accommodations
  • • Mentioned National Flights
  • • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary in private
  • • Transfer service during tours
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • • Accommodation included dinner

Excluded Services

  • • Beverage during the tour
  • • Tips to the guide and driver
  • • Personal expenses
  • • Visits and services not mentioned in the itinerary
How Can I Book This Tour ?

Please fill out the booking request form. Our team will get back to you. The tour will be confirmed by the Excursions Finder sales department at the reception of the online booking or online payment. Please provide always all the correct information for easy processing.

Reservations and payments?

For Direct Customers
There are so many adventures waiting for you, by reservation, 50% of the total cost is due once the trip and cost have been approved by both parties. The full amount may also be paid at this time. The remaining balance is due upon arrival/check-in. This applies to any of the seasons and guarantees the trip.

For Travel Agencies
We require full payment of the tour at the time of reservation once the trip and cost have been approved by both Excursions Finder and the Travel Agency. This applies to any of the seasons and guarantees the blocking of the trip.

Cancellation Policy

The deadline for canceling a reservation is as follows:
If payment is made and the customer, due to outside circumstances, cannot make the trip, the reservation can be postponed, without penalty charges, and can be rescheduled at a later date. No changes can be made to the original reservation upon rescheduling.

Deadlines for cancellation with a refund: One (1) week prior to the date of your tour
Last Minute Cancelations
Full payments or deposits will not be reimbursed for last-minute cancellations by either direct customers or travel agencies.
No Show
In the event of a No-Show by either a Direct Customer or Travel Agency, no refund shall be given.
In case of fortuitous events or Acts of God, management will assess the situation and decide upon a course of action. If a reimbursement or discount is agreed upon, the amount will return within the time specified by management. The Direct Customer or Travel Agency is responsible for all/any bank charge that may apply to the transaction.

Methodes of Payment

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Refunds

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Extended Magical Eastern Turkey Tour