Best of East Tour Turkey: Economical Exploration

Every Monday,
9 Day
7 City
32 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.

Tugra Hotel Adıyaman

Tuğra Hotel is at your service with accommodation in Adıyaman. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. All air-conditioned rooms at this bed and breakfast are equipped with a fla..


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.

Grand Gulizar Hotel

Located in Balıklıgöl, the heart of Şanlıurfa, within walking distance of many attractions of the city, Gülizar Hotel offers its guests a pleasant accommodation with i..


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 Pasa Sarayi (Ishak Pasha Palace). 


Ishak Pasha Palace: Perched atop a hill in the historic town of Dogubeyazit, 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 Hamsikoy where you can have the best made Sutlac (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 196

Experience the Best of Turkey's East Economically

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. 

✅ Small groups max 15 person 
✅ Local Guides 
✅ Stress free travel package 
✈ 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 : Monday

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 :

  • Breakfasts
  • Transport (Luxury Mini Bus, Plane)
  • Hotel (8 nights)
  • Guide

❌Exclusions :

  • International flights to Istanbul
  • Entrance fees 
  • 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, 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

Chloe V.

Mardin's locals embraced us with warmth. The genuine hospitality, coupled with tales of local traditions, made the visit more than a sightseeing tour it became an exchange of stories and smiles.

Elijah G.

Gobeklitepe's archaeological site unveiled layers of history. The meticulously preserved artifacts and structures rewrote the narrative of early human civilization. A journey through time, witnessing the birth of human ingenuity.

Harper P.

The high steppes of Trabzon and Rize offered a refreshing contrast. Meryem, our guide, shared local traditions, enriching our understanding. Turco Travel's holistic approach showcased not only historical wonders but also the diverse landscapes of Eastern Turkey.

Christopher U.

Nemrut's statues, at the summit of Mount Nemrut, were a testament to ancient engineering. The meticulous alignment and sheer scale were mind-boggling. A destination where myth and history converge.

Addison F.

Lake Van's shores offered a serene escape. Relaxing by the water, the majestic surroundings provided a perfect setting for contemplation. A moment to appreciate the natural beauty that defines East Turkey.

Aiden R.

Rize's vibrant cultural tapestry unfolded during a visit to local markets. Traditional attire, crafts, and the warmth of the locals showcased the region's rich heritage. A glimpse into the soul of Rize.

Sophia L.

Ani Ruins' haunting beauty was amplified by Demet's insightful storytelling. Turco Travel's commitment to preserving the site's historical integrity made the visit more impactful. A journey through time, expertly curated.

Daniel D.

Exploring Trabzon's bazaars and indulging in local delicacies was a gastronomic delight. From pide to authentic baklava, the culinary journey added a flavorful dimension to the overall cultural immersion.

Zoey B.

Ahlat's ancient tombstones stand as silent witnesses to centuries of history. Each intricately carved stone tells a story of lives lived and empires risen and fallen. A poignant reminder of the passage of time.

Owen X.

Mardin's hillside charm transformed at nightfall. The city lights against the historical backdrop created a starlit affair. Strolling through narrow alleys, the ancient stones whispered tales of bygone eras under the enchanting night sky.

Mia G.

The grandeur of Ishakpasa Palace left us breathless. Engin, our guide, painted vivid pictures of its history. Turco Travel's careful planning ensured we explored the architectural masterpiece thoroughly.

Jackson S.

Rize's tea plantations unveiled the intricate process of tea cultivation. From lush fields to traditional tea houses, it was an immersive cultural experience. Sipping freshly brewed tea while overlooking the expansive plantations was a sensory delight.

Lily T.

The trek to Sumela Monastery was a magical journey through lush forests. The monastery clinging to the cliffs, surrounded by nature's bounty, was awe-inspiring. A testament to the harmonious coexistence of history and natural beauty.

Nathan W.

The Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island was a spiritual marvel. Our guide, Gizem, provided cultural context, enhancing our visit. Turco Travel's seamless arrangements allowed us to absorb the sacred atmosphere undisturbed.

Grace H.

Ani's architectural splendor provided endless photo opportunities. The play of light and shadows on the ancient structures was captivating. A paradise for photography enthusiasts, offering a timeless canvas of historical elegance.

Caleb R.

Experiencing the sunset at Ishakpasa Palace was a majestic spectacle. The hues reflecting off the palace's ancient stones created a surreal ambiance. A moment of pure beauty, encapsulating the essence of East Turkey.

Elizabeth A.

Ahlat's Seljuk Empire history unfolded magnificently under guide Mehmet's expertise. Turco Travel's commitment to historical authenticity allowed us to appreciate the grandeur of the region's past, making the journey truly enriching.

Michael H.

The tranquility of Akdamar Island was a welcome retreat. The Holy Cross Cathedral, surrounded by the azure waters of Lake Van, transported me to a spiritual haven. A hidden pearl, inviting contemplation and serenity.

Emily V.

Rize's high steppes offered a symphony of nature. The lush green tea plantations against the backdrop of mountains created a picturesque scene. Exploring the local culture and sipping authentic Turkish tea made it a perfect finale to this economical exploration.

Christopher Z.

Mardin's hillside charm was captivating. Guide Selçuk's local insights added depth to our exploration. Turco Travel's thoughtful itinerary showcased not only historical sites but the authentic beauty of Eastern Turkey.

Ava L.

Trabzon's crisp mountain air and vibrant atmosphere were a refreshing contrast. The city's rich history, combined with its scenic beauty, made it a delightful stop. The Sumela Monastery nestled in the cliffs was a true marvel.

Benjamin E.

The Ani Ruins were a journey through time, revealing the remnants of a once-flourishing medieval city. The intricate details of the churches and city walls reflect an era of architectural brilliance, leaving an indelible mark on visitors.

Olivia X.

Nemrut's colossal statues were a highlight. Ahmet's narratives brought the ancient site to life, enriching our experience. Turco Travel's attention to detail and seamless logistics made exploring the historic wonder an unforgettable adventure.

Samuel J.

Ishakpasa Palace's grandeur left me speechless. Perched on a hill, this architectural marvel showcases the opulence of Ottoman design. The panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes add to its majestic allure.

Sophia F.

The Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture. Its serene setting and intricate carvings create a spiritual ambiance, offering a unique cultural experience against the backdrop of Lake Van.

Mason K.

Ahlat's historical treasures narrate the tale of the Seljuk Empire's glory. The ancient tombstones and the serene atmosphere provide a unique glimpse into Turkey's past, making it a captivating stop for history enthusiasts.

Isabella S.

Turco Travel exceeded expectations on the Best of East Tour. Our guide, Ahmet, expertly navigated us through Turkey's hidden gems, providing insightful historical context. From Nemrut's statues to Gobeklitepe's ancient marvels, each day was a mesmerizing journey.

Andrew P.

Mardin's captivating hillside architecture and cultural richness were a highlight. The city's blend of history and modernity, coupled with warm hospitality, made for an unforgettable experience. A hidden gem indeed!

Scarlett C.

Gobeklitepe's ancient marvels transported me back in time. The 8,000-year-old site is a testament to human ingenuity, and its mystical aura left me in awe of Turkey's rich cultural heritage.

Ethan L.

The colossal statues at Mount Nemrut were a mesmerizing start to the tour, embodying ancient grandeur. The sunrise view was surreal, making it a must-see for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Pierre P.

The Best of East Tour Turkey Economical was an engaging journey through the lesser-explored regions of Turkey. It offered a mix of historical sites, natural wonders, and cultural experiences.

I'm giving it 4 stars because, while the tour was enlightening, there were moments when I wished for more detailed explanations about the places we visited. Nonetheless, it's an excellent choice for travelers seeking to explore eastern Turkey's hidden treasures on a budget.

Isabelle L.

The Best of East Tour Turkey Economical was an eye-opening and enriching experience! This tour provided a comprehensive exploration of Turkey's less-traveled eastern regions.

The itinerary was thoughtfully designed, allowing us to uncover hidden gems and deeply immerse ourselves in local culture. The accommodations were comfortable, and the overall organization was seamless. If you want to discover the unique beauty and heritage of eastern Turkey on a budget, this tour deserves 5 stars! yes

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