Best of East Tour Turkey

Everyday Guarantee Departures
9 Day
7 City
49 Reviews

Places to Visit

  • Ahlat
  • Ayder
  • Gobeklitepe
  • Ishakpasa Palace
  • Kars
  • Mardin
  • Rize
  • Trabzon

Tour Program

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul or Izmir and transferred to the airport, where you will fly to Adiyaman.

Upon arrival in Adiyaman airport, the tour will begin right away.


The highlights of the day:

  • On the way to Mount Nemrut, we will visit the Karakus Tumulusu (Black Bird Burial Mound), then the Roman Bridge at Cendere, followed by the old castle (Arsemia) and the new castle at Kahta.
  • We will then head to the summit of Mount Nemrut.
  • Before the sun sets we will explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring the tomb of the famous king Antiochus, surrounded by dozens of statues, as well as reliefs depicting the oldest known images of humans shaking hands.
  • We will watch the sunset from the summit of Mount Nemrut.

After dark, we return to Kahta and check in to your hotel.

After breakfast we will head to Sanliurfa


The highlights of the day:

  • Our first stop is the ongoing archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepewhich is the oldest known temple in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge by 6000 years.
  • After a guided tour and photo opportunity at Gobekli Tepe, we visit the Abraham Pool. This is a highly sacred site for Christians and Muslims, as it is thought to be where Abraham/Ibrahim was thrown into the fire, before God turned the fire to water and turned the burning logs to fish.
  • Following the pool, we will continue to the cave which is believed to be the birthplace of Abraham.

In the evening, you will check into your hotel in Sanliurfa.

After breakfast we will head to Mardin, the fascinating beauty on a hill slope.


What awaits you in Mardin?

  • A cup of coffee accompanying by the view to Mesopotamia Plain will give you a great pleasure.
  • You will breathe the mystical atmosphere of the city on the stone paved streets.
  • You will see the historical buildings, madrasas, churches and mosques.

Then we go to the hotel which is made of special cut stone. You will continue to experience the city’s “touch”  in the hotel.


In the evening you can visit the local shops and enjoy the famous kebabs.

After breakfast we will head to Midyat with houses with demure doorways opening onto huge courtyards surrounded by intricately carved walls, windows and recesses.


Then we will follow the ancient river Tigris until historical Malabadi Bridge, on the way we will stop by Hasankeyf.


Highlights of the day:

  • After breakfast we will head to Midyat with houses with demure doorways opening onto huge courtyards surrounded by intricately carved walls, windows and recesses.
  • Then we will follow the ancient river Tigris until historical Malabadi Bridge, on the way we will stop by Hasankeyf.
  • We will reach Ahlat before sunset, the largest Seljuk tomb in the area. Giant grave stones are must see.
  • After all, we will reach Tatvan, a small town by Van Lake, where we spend the 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.

Overnight in Van.

After breakfast this morning, your journey continues towards to Ishak Paşa Sarayı (Ishak Pasha Palace). 


Ishak Pasha Palace: Perched atop a hill in the historic town of Doğubeyazıt, Turkey, the Ishak Pasha Palace stands as an awe-inspiring testament to Ottoman architectural magnificence.

This 17th-century marvel, commissioned by Ishak Pasha, a powerful Ottoman governor, blends elements of Ottoman, Persian, and Seljuk styles into a masterpiece of intricate craftsmanship and design.

Highlights of Ishak Pasha Palace:

  • The Harem: This secluded section of the palace, once the residence of Ishak Pasha's family, showcases intricate tilework, decorative fireplaces, and private gardens.
  • The Mosque: The palace's mosque, with its ornate minaret and serene courtyard, offers a glimpse into the religious life of the palace's residents.
  • The Divan Hall: This grand hall, once used for official meetings and gatherings, boasts impressive acoustics and stunning architectural details.
  • The Treasury: The palace's treasury, now transformed into a museum, houses a collection of artifacts and relics from the Ottoman era.

A visit to Ishak Pasha Palace is a journey through time, transporting visitors to an era of opulence, artistry, and power. Its harmonious blend of architectural styles and its rich history make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire.

Overnight in Kars

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 – head to Karagol, a hidden lake in Nature, where you will have a late lunch.


After lunch we will continue to Artvin for the 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!


What awaits you in Rize?

  • 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.

Highlights of the day:

  • We start our tour to still mysterious Sumela through Altındere Valley until we reach the mountain where the Monastery is situated; the Black Mountain, where you take pictures on the edge of the monastery’s road as a fenomena with Sumela in the view, and then we depart from the vehicle.
  • In 15 minutes we reach the monastery by feet, after break, we get back calmly to our seats and hit the road to Zigana; there will be an hour break in the pine forest where you can eat lunch at the restaurants, take pictures and get refreshed with the pure breeze of pure nature.
  • After that, we are getting on the way for Karaca Cave. Be careful, in karaca temparature will be lower and wievs will be amazing.
  • We start our way back by stopping at showroom where you can buy famous dried fruit pulps at the factory.
  • Our third spot will be at Torul Glass Terrace. At Glass Terrace, you will feel the adrenaline because of the height.
  • And for our last visit we are stopping by the wonderous village of Hamsiköy where you can have the best made Sutlaç (rice pudding) and picturing the natural magic, breathing neat weather of the village.

After the tour we will transfer you to Trabzon airport, return flight to Istanbul.

Tour Details Tour ID 33

Discover the Best of East Turkey with Our Captivating Tour

Uncover the Hidden Gems of Eastern Turkey: Switzerland-esque Valleys, Ancient Ruins, and Majestic Landscapes Await! Embark on a 9-day journey to the top 9 must-see attractions in East Turkey. From the awe-inspiring statues of Nemrut to the 8,000-year-old Gobeklitepe, prepare to be amazed.


Marvel at Mardin's hillside beauty, explore the Seljuk Empire's glorious history in Ahlat, and set foot on Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral. Don't miss the breathtaking Ishakpasa Palace and the captivating Ani Ruins. Immerse yourself in the fresh airs of Trabzon and Rize's high steppes. 

✅ Everyday guarantee departures 
✅ Small groups max 8 person 
✅ Local Guides 
✅ Stress free travel package 
✅ Skip-the-line express entry tickets to attractions 
✈ Travel by air instead of long bus journeys  
✂ If you want to customize this tour please contact, so we can offer you more of Turkey Dream.

Departures : Daily

Departure Place : Istanbul  Airports / Hotels

Duration : 9 Days


  • Nemrut
  • Gobeklitepe
  • Mardin
  • Trabzon
  • Rize
  • Kars
  • 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 :

  • 8 breakfasts
  • Transport (Luxury Mini Bus, Plane)
  • Hotel (8 nights)
  • Professional private guide for the entire journey
  • Round-trip transfers
  • Air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Domestic Flight Fares in the itinerary
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Admission Fees

❌Exclusions :

  • International flights to Istanbul
  • Turkish visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
  • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
  • Drinks
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Tips and items of a personal nature.

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"

Q: What is the Best of East Tour Turkey?

A: The Best of East Tour Turkey is a guided tour package that takes you on a journey through the eastern region of Turkey, allowing you to explore its rich history, culture, and natural beauty.

Q: What are the highlights of the tour?

A: The highlights of the tour include a visit to Mount Nemrut, the ancient city of Harran, the ancient city of Ani, and the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon, as well as the chance to learn about the history and culture of the region.

Q: How long is the Best of East Tour Turkey?

A: The tour is an 8-day package tour, with several nights spent in different cities in the eastern region of Turkey.

Q: What is included in the Best of East Tour Turkey package?

A: The package includes transportation between the different cities, accommodation in local hotels, breakfast, entrance fees to the sites visited during the tour, and a professional tour guide.

Q: Is it necessary to book the Best of East Tour Turkey in advance?

A: It is recommended to book the tour in advance to ensure availability, especially during peak travel seasons.

Q: What should I wear and bring on the Best of East Tour Turkey?

A: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather and cultural norms. Bring a camera, sunscreen, and any personal items that may be needed during the tour.

Q: Can the itinerary of the Best of East Tour Turkey be customized?

A: Yes, tour operators may offer the option to customize the itinerary to fit your preferences and interests, but additional fees may apply.

Q: Is the Best of East Tour Turkey suitable for families with children?

A: The tour is suitable for families with children, but it may not be suitable for very young children or infants due to the long travel times involved. Additionally, some of the sites visited may not be suitable for young children.

# 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

Olivia R.

Palandoken Ski Resort in Erzurum is a winter wonderland. The snowy slopes and crisp mountain air make it a paradise for skiing enthusiasts. It's a surprising addition to Eastern Turkey's diverse attractions.

Ethan O.

Süleyman the Magnificent's mosque in Van is a testament to Ottoman architectural prowess. The mosque's elegant design and historical significance add another layer to the cultural mosaic of East Turkey.

Zoey W.

Turco Travel's Trabzon and Rize leg, led by our guide Meryem, introduced us to the high steppes and fresh airs of the region. Meryem's enthusiasm and local insights added a personal touch to the journey. Exploring these picturesque destinations was a perfect conclusion to an extraordinary tour of Eastern Turkey.

Daniel I.

Muradiye Waterfalls near Van are a symphony of nature's power. The cascading waters against a backdrop of mountains create a mesmerizing scene. It's a refreshing stop that highlights Eastern Turkey's diverse natural beauty.

Aria S.

Kars blends history and culture seamlessly. The city's architecture, from its citadel to Russian-era buildings, paints a vivid picture of its past. Exploring Kars is like strolling through a living history book.

Addison R.

Savsat in Artvin is a natural wonderland. The lush landscapes, waterfalls, and diverse flora create a haven for nature enthusiasts. It's a serene escape that showcases Eastern Turkey's ecological richness.

Caleb G.

Ani Ruins, explored under the guidance of Turco Travel's knowledgeable guide Gizem, were a surreal experience. Gizem's expertise enriched our understanding of this ancient city's significance. The juxtaposition of ruins against the backdrop of Eastern Turkey's majestic landscapes made this leg of the journey truly remarkable.

Harper A.

Van Castle stands as a sentinel of time, commanding the city's skyline. Exploring its ancient halls and panoramic views, I marveled at how this fortress encapsulates the layered history of Eastern Turkey.

Samuel K.

Engin, our guide from Turco Travel, brought the Ishakpasa Palace to life with his insightful commentary. This architectural marvel left us in awe of Eastern Turkey's grandeur. The tour's seamless organization allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in the historical charm of the region.

Mia J.

Nestled on a steep cliff, Sumela Monastery is a spiritual retreat with breathtaking views. The frescoes inside tell stories of devotion, while the surroundings offer a sense of serenity. It's a place where nature and spirituality converge.

Lucas C.

The ancient city walls of Diyarbakir carry the whispers of centuries. Walking along these formidable structures, I felt the weight of history. The resilience embodied in these walls paints a vivid picture of the city's enduring spirit.

Sophia M.

Akdamar Island on Lake Van is a hidden gem. The Holy Cross Cathedral's intricate carvings and the island's tranquility make it a serene sanctuary. Exploring its history while surrounded by stunning views is a journey into architectural and natural beauty.

Benjamin F.

The journey to Akdamar Island with Turco Travel and our guide, Mehmet, was a spiritual and visual delight. The Holy Cross Cathedral was a testament to the region's rich cultural heritage. Mehmet's passion for the history and architecture added depth to the experience, making it truly unforgettable.

Lily M.

Rize's high steppes cast a spell on me with their lush greenery and misty landscapes. The combination of tea plantations and the scenic backdrop created an enchanting atmosphere, making it a perfect finale to this unforgettable East Turkey journey.

Logan Y.

Trabzon's refreshing air and scenic landscapes provided a welcome respite. Nestled between mountains and the Black Sea, the city's blend of natural beauty and historical charm left a lasting impression.

Grace C.

Seljuk Empire's history came alive in Ahlat, thanks to Turco Travel's insightful tour. Our guide, Selçuk, shared fascinating stories about the empire, enhancing our visit to historic sites. From impressive monuments to panoramic views, this leg of the journey left an indelible mark on my travel memories.

William U.

The Ani Ruins transported me to a world frozen in time. Exploring the remnants of this medieval city, with its churches and city walls, felt like uncovering secrets from a forgotten era.

Emily T.

Ishakpasa Palace, a marvel of Ottoman architecture, exuded grandeur. Its intricate design and strategic location against the backdrop of dramatic landscapes made it a symbol of power and elegance.

Oliver J.

Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral stood as a serene testament to ancient craftsmanship. The island's tranquility, coupled with the mesmerizing lake views, created a serene ambiance that was truly captivating.

Ava B.

Ahmet from Turco Travel made our exploration of Mardin's hillside beauty truly captivating. The city's rich history unfolded as we strolled through its ancient streets. The tour's thoughtful itinerary highlighted not only the cultural marvels but also the breathtaking landscapes that make Eastern Turkey a must-visit destination.

Liam Q.

Ahlat's historical tapestry unfolded before my eyes, showcasing the glory of the Seljuk Empire. The intricately designed tombstones and remnants of a bygone era spoke volumes about the region's significance in shaping Turkey's history.

Scarlett W.

Turco Travel's Best of East Tour was a mesmerizing adventure through Eastern Turkey. Our guide, Ahmet, expertly navigated us through Switzerland-esque valleys, unveiling hidden gems like the ancient Nemrut statues and the awe-inspiring Gobeklitepe. A perfect blend of history and landscapes, this 9-day journey left me in awe.

Noah M.

Mardin's hillside beauty is a picturesque blend of history and culture. Walking through its narrow streets, adorned with ancient architecture, was like entering a living museum, offering a glimpse into the region's rich heritage.

Isabella K.

Exploring Gobeklitepe's archaeological marvels was like stepping back in time. The 8,000-year-old site's enigmatic structures and intricate carvings revealed a fascinating chapter of human history.

Alexander S.

Standing among ancient giants, the grandeur of Nemrut's statues left me in awe. Witnessing the sunrise over these colossal figures was a surreal experience, making it a highlight of the East Turkey tour.

Chloe H.

From ancient wonders like Ani Ruins to natural beauty in Trabzon and Rize, every moment was a revelation. I highly recommend this captivating adventure to all travel enthusiasts.

Daniel S.

Exploring the wonders of Eastern Turkey was an eye-opening experience. The Nemrut statues and Gobeklitepe's ancient site were truly astonishing. Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral and Trabzon's serene landscapes made it a journey to remember yes

Zoey K.

The tour's well-planned itinerary took us through mesmerizing landscapes and ancient sites like Gobeklitepe. Mardin's beauty and Ahlat's historical significance were remarkable heart

Gabriel T.

The East Turkey tour was a cultural and historical treat. The ancient ruins of Ani and the stunning Ishakpasa Palace were incredible yes

Madison Y.

Exploring Ahlat's Seljuk history and marveling at Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral was an enriching experience. The region's hidden gems were truly captivating.

Jackson D.

Tour was a unique blend of historical wonders and breathtaking landscapes. The 8,000 year old Gobeklitepe and Nemrut statues were surreal experiences. Trabzon and Rize's high steppes offered a refreshing escape yes

Lily M.

Eastern Turkey's Switzerland esque valleys and captivating history made this tour an unforgettable journey. Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral was a gem, and Ani Ruins provided a fascinating look into the past heart

Elijah C.

Exploring the hidden gems of Eastern Turkey was a privilege. The tour's highlights, including Nemrut and Gobeklitepe, left us in awe yes

Ella P.

Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral was a spiritual experience, while Ani Ruins and Ishakpasa Palace showcased the region's remarkable heritage.

Matthew J.

Eastern Turkey's breathtaking landscapes and ancient ruins made this tour unforgettable. The Nemrut statues and Gobeklitepe were true marvels of history. The journey through Mardin and Ahlat was like stepping into a living history book wink

Scarlett K.

The East Turkey tour was an incredible adventure, immersing us in the region's rich history and natural wonders. The visit to Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral was especially memorable heart

Michael E.

The tour brought us to remarkable places like Nemrut and Gobeklitepe, giving us a glimpse of ancient history. Mardin's hillside beauty and Ahlat's Seljuk heritage were delightful surprises yes

Aria L.

Exploring Ishakpasa Palace and the captivating Ani Ruins was like stepping back in time. Trabzon and Rize's high steppes offered refreshing tranquility.

Lucas R.

Eastern Turkey surprised me with its Switzerland-esque valleys and majestic landscapes. Ahlat's Seljuk history and Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral were unforgettable highlights yes

Harper Q.

The East Turkey tour was an enchanting experience filled with ancient wonders and natural beauty. The Nemrut statues and Gobeklitepe's archaeological site were awe-inspiring, while Mardin's hillside charm left me mesmerized.

shafira della k.

Our trip to Eastern Turkey with Engin was an unforgettable experience. His attention to detail and personalized approach made the tour feel tailored to our interests. I would highly recommend him as a guide!

rishindia u.

özgür was an amazing guide on our tour of Eastern Turkey. His knowledge of the region's history and culture was impressive, and his passion for sharing it with us was contagious. I learned so much and had a fantastic time! smileyyes

rafa yuda m.

I was blown away by the beauty of Eastern Turkey, and Engin's guidance helped me fully appreciate the region's natural wonders. From Mount Nemrut to the Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, every stop on the tour was breathtaking.

niko lukman p.

Ege's passion for Eastern Turkey was infectious, and his energy kept us engaged throughout the tour. His knowledge of the region's history and culture was impressive, and we left feeling like we had a deep understanding of the area.

willinsen l.

Our tour with Engin was an incredible experience. His knowledge of the local cuisine was impressive, and he introduced us to some of the most delicious food we've ever tasted. We'll never forget the flavors of Eastern Turkey!

crandell v.

Engin's insights into Eastern Turkey's rich cultural heritage were fascinating, and his stories brought the history to life. His personalized approach made us feel like we were exploring the region with a friend.


One of the highlights of an Eastern Turkey tour is the opportunity to taste the local cuisine. The region is known for its unique and flavorful dishes, such as kebabs, baklava, and kofta. Your guide can recommend the best restaurants to try and can even help you navigate the menu if you're not familiar with Turkish cuisine.heart

frank s.

A guided tour typically includes transportation, accommodation, and an expert guide who can provide insights into the history, culture, and traditions of the region. You'll travel in comfort and style, with plenty of opportunities to take in the stunning scenery along the way.yes


If you're looking for an adventure-filled and memorable vacation, a guided tour of Eastern Turkey is an excellent choice. The region is rich in history, culture, and stunning natural landscapes, making it the perfect destination for those looking for a unique and exciting travel experience.heart

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