Private Best of Eastern Turkey Tour

Everyday Guarantee Departures
9 Day
7 City
31 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.

Hilton Garden Inn Adıyaman

Located in Adıyaman province, which has hosted different cultures for centuries, Hilton Garden Inn Adıyaman welcomes its guests with its friendly staff and quality service appro..


After breakfast we will head to Sanliurfa


The highlights of the day:

  • Our first stop is the ongoing archaeological dig at Gobekli Tepe, which 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.

DoubleTree By Hilton Şanlıurfa

Located in the new life center of the city, close to rich historical and cultural landmarks, planning your business or holiday trips is now much more comfortable with DoubleTree..


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 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 306

Explore Eastern Turkey: Private Guided 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 
✅ Private Local Guides
✅ Stress free travel package 
✅ VIP Entrance Fees to museums and 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 :

  • Breakfasts
  • VIP Entrance Fees to museums and attractions
  • 5 Stars or Boutique Hotels
  • Transport (Luxury Mini Bus, Plane)
  • Professional guide

❌Exclusions :

  • International flights to Istanbul
  • Turkish visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
  • Drinks and meals
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time

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, entrance fees to the sites visited during the tour, and a professional tour guide.

Q: What is not included in the Best of East Tour Turkey package?

A: The package does not include lunches, dinners, drinks, and any personal expenses.

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

Daniel Y.

The expert guide navigated not only the geographical landscape but also the cultural and historical depths of Eastern Turkey. This journey exceeded expectations, leaving me with a profound appreciation for this often-overlooked region.

Addison L.

Beyond the sights, the tour introduced me to Eastern Turkey's culinary treasures. From savory local dishes to traditional sweets, each bite was a journey into the region's rich flavors. A delightful aspect adding a delicious dimension to the adventure heart

Joseph V.

Rize's high steppes presented Eastern Turkey's majestic landscapes. The tour's climax amidst lush greenery and towering mountains was breathtaking. Nature seamlessly blended with history, concluding the journey on a high note.

Scarlett Q.

Turco Travel's Eastern Turkey Tour was a perfect blend of history and nature. Our guide skillfully steered us through the captivating landscapes and ancient ruins, providing a deep understanding of the region's significance yes From the Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island to the high steppes of Trabzon, every moment was a discovery heart

William T.

Trabzon's invigorating air and coastal beauty were a refreshing change. Exploring the city and its surroundings offered a perfect balance between historical exploration and natural serenity. A delightful surprise on the itinerary.

Abigail U.

Ani's ancient ruins unfolded like a forgotten city. Walking through remnants of a bygone era, the tour brought history to life. The tour's meticulous curation ensured that every stone in Ani told a story.

Christopher N.

Ishakpasa Palace's grandeur atop a hill took my breath away. The fusion of architectural styles and the panoramic views of Eastern Turkey made this stop a regal experience. A true testament to the region's diverse history yes

Sophia M.

Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral provided a serene escape. The church's architecture and the island's tranquility combined to create a reflective atmosphere. It was a spiritual pause in the midst of historical exploration.

Benjamin Z.

Picture waking up at Hilton Garden Inn Adıyaman, anticipating a day at Akdamar Island's Holy Cross Cathedral. This hotel, just 2 kilometers from Adıyaman city center, not only offers a comfortable stay but acts as a gateway to Eastern Turkey's wonders yes

Mia S.

Ahlat whispered tales of the Seljuk Empire's glory. Walking among ancient tombstones, the historical significance resonated. The tour's focus on Eastern Turkey's deep-rooted past added layers of understanding to the journey heart

Samuel R.

Mardin's hillside beauty enchanted me. Its unique blend of history and architecture created a picturesque setting. Wandering through narrow streets, the city's cultural richness unfolded, leaving a lasting impression.

Emily J.

Turco Travel's 9-day journey through Eastern Turkey was a true revelation. Our guide Selçuk led us through the marvels of Nemrut and the ancient mysteries of Gobeklitepe with enthusiasm and expertise. The hillside beauty of Mardin and the grandeur of Ishakpasa Palace made this tour an unforgettable exploration of Turkey's rich heritage yes

James O.

Gobeklitepe's archaeological marvels transported me back 8,000 years. Witnessing the world's oldest known temple complex was surreal. Each pillar held secrets of ancient rituals, making this stop a true highlight yes

Isabella Q.

The trip began at Nemrut with an incredible show. I was in awe of the old statues, which stood tall against the captivating dawn. A wonderful start to a memorable adventure through Eastern Turkey's hidden beauties heart

Matthew C.

Experience Şanlıurfa's serene side at DoubleTree by Hilton. Positioned right next to Urfa City Shopping Mall and 6 kilometers from the iconic Balıklıgöl, it's more than a hotel; it's a sanctuary. After absorbing the region's cultural richness, unwind in the comfort of this retreat, a seamless part of your Eastern Turkey sojourn.

Ava K.

Traversing the high steppes of Trabzon and Rize with Turco Travel was a breath of fresh air, literally wink Our guide shared the local flavors and customs, immersing us in the charm of the region. The tour seamlessly balanced cultural immersion with the breathtaking landscapes, leaving us with lasting memories yes

Joseph H.

Rize's high steppes offered a magical landscape. The tea plantations stretching as far as the eye could see, coupled with the mist-covered hills, created a serene and ethereal ambiance. It was a perfect finale to an unforgettable journey through Eastern Turkey yes

Zoey V.

DoubleTree by Hilton Şanlıurfa, strategically located in the new life center, is your historical haven. Planning your day is a breeze with easy access to rich historical landmarks like Göbeklitepe, just 20 kilometers away. After marveling at ancient ruins, retreat to this cultural cocoon, perfectly blending modern comfort with the echoes of the past heart

Christopher Y.

The crisp mountain air of Trabzon was rejuvenating. Surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking the Black Sea, the city provided a refreshing break. The blend of nature and culture in Trabzon was a delightful surprise.

Harper G.

Embarking on the journey with Turco Travel allowed us to witness the grandeur of Ishakpasa Palace and the haunting beauty of Ani Ruins heart Our knowledgeable guide provided insightful commentary, making the historical sites come alive with tales of the past. It was an enriching experience, blending history and scenic beauty effortlessly yes

Nicholas L.

The Ani Ruins transported me to another era. The remnants of a once-prosperous medieval city, with its churches and city walls, spoke volumes about the region's historical significance. It was a poignant exploration of Eastern Turkey's past yes

Madison F.

Ishakpasa Palace's grandeur was truly breathtaking. The fusion of architectural styles and the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes made it a standout attraction, reflecting the diverse influences that shaped Eastern Turkey.

Alexander I.

Hilton Garden Inn Adıyaman isn't just a hotel; it's your anchorage for exploration. With a strategic location, 18 kilometers from Adıyaman Airport, it seamlessly connects you to the marvels of Eastern Turkey. After a day of uncovering hidden gems, return to this haven for a serene night's rest, ready for the next day's adventures.

Riley P.

Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island was a spiritual gem. The island's tranquility, combined with the intricate stone carvings of the cathedral, made it a serene and memorable stop on the tour.

Andrew H.

Exploring Mardin's hillside beauty was a highlight, and our guide Gizem added a personal touch to the tour, sharing captivating stories of the city's rich cultural tapestry. From Ahlat's Seljuk Empire history to the serene Holy Cross Cathedral on Akdamar Island, Turco Travel curated a seamless adventure through Eastern Turkey's treasures yes

Grace D.

Ahlat revealed the glorious history of the Seljuk Empire. The well-preserved monuments and tombs showcased the empire's architectural prowess, offering a fascinating glimpse into Eastern Turkey's past heart

Daniel F.

Mardin's hillside beauty was truly enchanting. The blend of historical architecture and the picturesque landscape created a serene atmosphere. Strolling through the narrow streets, I felt immersed in the region's cultural tapestry.

Victoria C.

Turco Travel's Best of Eastern Turkey Tour was a mesmerizing journey through time and nature. Our guide expertly navigated us from the awe-inspiring Nemrut statues to the ancient wonders of Gobeklitepe yes Each day unfolded like a chapter of discovery, revealing hidden gems in Eastern Turkey's Switzerland-esque valleys and historical marvels heart

Benjamin T.

Make the most of your trip to Eastern Turkey by booking a room at the Hilton Garden Inn Adıyaman. The lively Adıyaman Bus Terminal is about 3 kilometers away, making it the perfect starting point for your 9 day adventure. With its 'Bed and Breakfast' idea, this cultural refuge guarantees you a good night's sleep for each day of discovery, from the ancient wonders of Gobeklitepe to Mardin's stunning hillside scenery yes

Lucy B.

Exploring Gobeklitepe, the world's oldest known temple, was like stepping back in time. The site's significance and the intricate carvings left a lasting impression, highlighting the rich history embedded in Eastern Turkey.

Samuel N.

Witnessing the ancient statues of Nemrut at sunrise was a surreal experience. The grandeur and mystery surrounding these colossal sculptures provided a captivating start to the journey through Eastern Turkey's hidden gems.

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