7 Days Amazing East Tour

Everyday Guarantee Departures
7 Day
4 City
14 Reviews

Places to Visit

  • Ayder
  • Ishakpasa Palace
  • Kars
  • Rize
  • Trabzon
  • Uzungol
  • Van

Tour Program

Leave the hum of Istanbul behind and catch a morning flight to Trabzon, a charming port city found along the edge of the Black Sea's far eastern shore and surrounded by lush green valleys and mountains. 


The former Empire of Trebizond is today a busy city, harbouring a fascinating history as the place where the last Byzantine Empire held out after the fall of Constantinople. The city has also been influenced over the centuries by the Greeks, Cimmerians, Medes, Hellenes, Byzantines and more, leading to a fascinating blend of cultures. 


This afternoon you’ll explore the old walled quarter of the city, which can feel like a miniature Istanbul without the crowds. Stroll the pedestrianised Uzun Sokak and visit the Church of the Holy Wisdom (also known as Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya). This was most likely built by Emperor Alexius Comnenus in 1024 and is an important surviving example of late Byzantine architecture, filled with wonderful New Testament frescoes.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

If you've heard the term “for all the tea in China”, then think again – Turkey consumes more tea than any other nation in the world! 


Gain a better understanding and appreciation for Turkish tea on a trip to Rize, the country's tea capital. Travel east along the coast, passing lush tea farms along the way, before sampling the local brew in Rize. 


Next, turn inland and travel to the foot of the Kackar Mountains to discover rolling fields fringed by craggy, frost-tipped mountains. Enjoy a late afternoon hike through alpine meadows, visiting a medieval castle and picturesque ancient stone bridges, before settling in for the night at the village of Camlihemsin.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

This morning, leave the village and head northeast towards the Georgian and Armenian borders – destination Kars


The drive today is a long one (approximately 6.5 hours) but you’ll pass through some of the best scenery in the country, initially along the Black Sea coast, then inland following the course of the twisting Kura River. 


Make a stop at Ardahan Castle, which sits on the banks of the river and is believed to have first been built in the 12th century during Seljuq rule. 
An inscription above the entry gate notes a renovation of the fortress by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the mid-16th century. 


There’s time for one more stop before arriving in Kars, and it’s a delicious one – cheese tasting. The village of Bogatepe has become so famous for its cheeses that they’ve built a museum dedicated to it. 

 

Up on a high plateau of meadows, this is dairy country, and a lot of the local cheese here is still made using traditional methods. Taste some of the local produce – the emmental-like gravyer and kasar are the best known cheeses – before a traditional home cooked dinner. Then it’s on to Kars for the evening.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

Begin the day with a visit to the important site of Ani, the ruined capital of the medieval Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia. This kingdom originally had its capital in Kars, but in the 10th century King Ashot III decided to move it to this new location, which was closer to the main trade routes. 


Surrounded by rolling steppe on a headland above the valley of the Arpa Cayi River, and right on the border with Armenia, this atmospheric ‘ghost town’ of crumbling ruins makes for one of the most romantic sights in Turkey. 


After time to explore the ruins – such as the church of Christ the Redeemer, which is split perfectly in half – return to Kars for lunch. 


Then head back west to mountain-surrounded Erzurum, one of the oldest settlement centres in Anatolia. You’ll arrive around mid-afternoon and make a short visit to the symbol of the city – the striking twin towers of the Cifite Minarelli Medrese
Originally built as a theological school, this splendid building is now an architectural monument to the late Seljuk period. 


The last part of the day is spent at the ancient trading centre of Rustem Pasa Bedesten, a showcase for the region’s famous black amber Oltu stone, used in jewellery and tespihs (rosaries). 


In the evening, maybe sample some authentic Cag Kebab, a juicy log of lamb roasted on a horizontal spit.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

After breakfast this morning, your journey continues back east towards to the town of Dogubayazit, colloquially known as the 'doggy biscuit'. 


The three-hour drive will take you through the plateau village of Agri, which shares a name with the nearby Mount Agri (Ararat), the highest peak in the country at 5,165 metres. 
The mountain has biblical ties, as its said to be where Noah’s Ark rested while the world flooded. You’ll stop here to capture some photos of the magnificent scenery. 


Continue east to Dogubayazit and spend the afternoon exploring Ishak Pasa Sarayi (Ishak Pasha Palace). This semi-ruined former palace and administrative centre sits among rugged mountains with a magnificent view overlooking the plains below and Mount Ararat in the distance. 
Take time to wander the restored rooms and take in the stunning scenery. 


The rest of the evening is spent in Dogubayzit, offering a great opportunity to mix and chat with the locals.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

Apart from gifting the world with exotic cats, Van has a deep-rooted history going back as far as 5,000 BC. 
The city has been moulded by different civilizations and kingdoms throughout history, including Urartian, Armenian, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman influences. 


You can find their fingerprints scatted throughout the city, such as the Urartian Van Fortress and Armenian Holy Cross Cathedral. Nature has also blessed Van with an idyllic location right next to the largest body of water in Turkey. 


Travel to Van (approximately 2 hours) before taking a boat trip across the lake to Akdamar Island and visiting the Holy Cross Cathedral
This 10th century Armenian construction houses impressive faded frescos, while the exterior stonework is carved with epic biblical scenes. 


Afterwards, make the most of free time to wander town, visit the bizarre Lake Monster statue, and spot the occasional Van cat.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)

It’s time to farewell eastern Turkey as you take a flight from Van back to Istanbul (approximately 2 hours).

Tour Details Tour ID 64

Uncover the Hidden Gems of Eastern Turkey: 7-Day Tour of Switzerland-esque Valleys and Cultural Wonders

Embark on a 7-day journey through Eastern Turkey's hidden wonders and cultural marvels. Explore Switzerland-esque valleys, Sri Lankan-style tea-covered hills, and historic architectural gems. Retrace the Silk Road from Istanbul to the 'pearl of the east,' Van. Discover the majestic Kackar Mountains, the dairy country of Kars, and rugged Mount Ararat

 

Breathe in the fresh air of Trabzon, visit historical sites in Erzurum and Dogubeyazit, and marvel at the Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island. Experience the wild beauty of Eastern Turkey like never before.


 Everyday guarantee departures 

✅ Small groups max 8 person 

✅ Local Guides 

✅ Stress free travel package 

✅ Skip-the-line express entry tickets to attractions 

✂ Fully customizable itinerary

✈ Travel by air instead of long bus journeys  


Departures : Daily


Departure Place : Istanbul  Airports / Hotels


Duration : 7 Days


Highlights

  • Trabzon
  • Kars
  • Kackar
  • Erzurum
  • Dogubeyazit
  • Van 

When you open the booking form ( after you click make reservation button) you will see optional activities, so you can add them in your tour and you can customize it as you wish.

✅ Inclusion :

  • Breakfast x 6
  • 6 Nights Accommodation
  • Professional guide
  • Transfers
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic Flight Fares in the itinerary
  • Admission Fees in the itinerary

❌Exclusions :

  • Turkish visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Optional additional tours or activities 
  • Tips for guide & driver

Accomodation hotels are listed in "Tour Program", you can see them.

If you book 2 people your room will be double room, if you prefer seperated twin beds please use "Notes and Requests" part in the booking form and inform us.

If you book 3 people your room will be triple room, if you prefer 1 double + 1 single room please use "Notes and Requests" part in the booking form and inform us.

In cases other than the above situations, please submit your requests in the booking form use "Notes and Requests"

Q1: What is the duration of the Eastern Turkey Uncovered tour?
A1:
The Eastern Turkey Uncovered tour spans 7 days, allowing you to delve deep into the hidden gems and cultural wonders of this fascinating region. During this immersive journey, you'll explore captivating landscapes and historical sites, creating unforgettable memories along the way.

Q2: What are the main highlights of the tour?
A2:
The tour highlights the lesser-known and picturesque aspects of Eastern Turkey. You'll experience Switzerland-esque valleys, Sri Lankan-style tea-covered hills, and architectural marvels with a rich historical background. The itinerary includes retracing the Silk Road, visiting the stunning Kackar Mountains, exploring the dairy country of Kars, and marveling at the rugged beauty of Mount Ararat. Additionally, you'll get to see historical sites like the Cifte Minarelli Medrese and Ishakpasa Palace, and visit the iconic Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island.

Q3: Is this tour suitable for all types of travelers?
A3:
Yes, the Eastern Turkey Uncovered tour is designed to cater to a diverse range of travelers. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or a cultural explorer, this tour offers something unique and captivating for everyone. While some destinations may involve moderate levels of walking and exploration, the itinerary is carefully curated to ensure an enjoyable experience for travelers of varying interests and fitness levels. Our knowledgeable guides will provide insights and assistance to make the journey comfortable and unforgettable for all participants.

# For cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be %20 of the total amount as penalty.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour without any penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

# For cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be no refund.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour with only %10 penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

After you submit your reservation please send copies of passports of all participants, and your arrival/departure airport transfer informations via email [email protected] For further assistance please feel free to call +905434428069

Comments
keoma f.

I had such a great time on our tour of Eastern Turkey. Our guide was friendly and accommodating, and helped us make the most of our time there.
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sevinnha rhonei m.

Our 7-day tour of Eastern Turkey was simply breathtaking! Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, and made sure we got to experience all the highlights of the region.
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madeleine t.

I couldn't have asked for a better guide on our trip to Eastern Turkey! Their insights and stories really brought the region to life for us.
 

corran h.

Our tour of Eastern Turkey was truly eye-opening.cool I learned so much about the rich history and culture of the region, thanks to our knowledgeable guide.
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paul f

If you're looking to explore the less-traveled parts of Turkey, this tour is definitely worth taking. Our guide was amazing and made the trip so much fun.
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Anonymous

The food we had on our tour was absolutely delicious! Our guide knew all the best spots to try the local cuisine.
 

sylvia x.

The landscapes and historical sites we saw on our tour of Eastern Turkey were incredible. Our guide was top-notch and made the whole experience unforgettable.
 

ilhani verdun h.

Our guide on the Eastern Turkey tour was an expert in local history. I learned so much from them during our trip! This tour was the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Our guide was always available to answer questions and offer suggestions.

jacob v.

I loved learning about the unique cultural traditions of Eastern Turkey on our tour. Our guide was passionate about sharing their knowledge with us.
 

jin xhiun g.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience the beauty and culture of Eastern Turkey. Our guide was amazing and made the whole trip unforgettable.

peterson h.

Our guide on the Eastern Turkey tour was fantastic! They were patient, knowledgeable, and made sure we had a great time.
 

james y.

Overall, a guided tour of Eastern Turkey is an excellent way to experience the beauty and richness of this fascinating region. It's a chance to explore a different side of Turkey, all while learning about the local history, culture, and cuisine. It's a highly recommended activity for anyone looking for an adventure-filled and memorable travel experience.yes

laura h.

For those who are feeling adventurous, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Eastern Turkey. heartAlternatively, you can simply relax and soak up the peaceful atmosphere, far away from the chaos of the city.

almira

The tour includes visits to many historical sites, such as the ancient city of Urfa, the stunning Mount Nemrut, and the beautiful Ishak Pasha Palace. You'll also have the chance to explore the picturesque villages and towns that dot the landscape, such as Mardin, with its charming architecture and rich cultural heritage.

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