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Visits: Istanbul | Trabzon | Rize | Erzurum | Ani | Dogubeyazit | Van | Hosap | Akdamar | Ahlat | Tatvan | Bitlis | Diyarbakir | Harran | Urfa | Nemrut | Kahta | Zeugma | Gaziantep | Antakya | Adana | Kayseri


Day 1 - Friday - Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours free to explore. Overnight Istanbul


Day 2 - Saturday - Trabzon (B,L,D)
Morning flight to Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast to visit the breathtaking Byzantine Monastery of Sumela and the historic city of Trabzon.

Overnight Trabzon


Day 3 - Sunday - Rize, Erzurum (B, L, D)
Today we travel along the Black Sea coast towards to Artvin before driving through the wild landscapes of coruh Valley. We visit the picturesque Ishan village on our way to the scenic heights of Erzurum.

Overnight Erzurum


Day 4 - Monday - Ani, Dogubayazit (B, L, D)
This morning tour the Seljuk monuments of Erzurum and lunch in Kars before continuing to Ani, close to the Turkish Armenian border. We continue to Dogubeyazit located at the foothill of Mount Ararat, the highest mount in Anatolia and where Noah's Ark is thought to have landed.

Overnight Dogubeyazit


Day 5 - Tuesday - Dogubeyazit, Van (B, L, D)
Tour the Ishak Pasa Palace before driving along the Iranian border through barren landscapes of volcanic stones stopping at Muradiye Waterfalls for lunch. We continue to Van, on the banks of Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake. Overnight Van


Day 6 - Wednesday - Van, Hosap, Akdamar (B, L, D)
Morning drive to cavustepe, to explore the ancient Urartian citadel before continuing to the village of Hosap. After lunch in Gevas we take a boat excursion to Akdamar Island and the 10th century Holy Cross Church.

Overnight Van


Day 7 - Thursday - Ahlat, Tatvan, Bitlis, Diyarbikar (B, L, D)
Today we drive along the north shore of Lake Van to visit Ahlat, Tatvan and the picturesque town of Bitlis. Late afternoon arrival in Diyarbakir, located near the bank of the Tigris River.

Overnight Diyarbakir


Day 8 - Friday - Hasankeyf, Midyat, Mardin (B, L, D)

Morning drive to Hasankeyf, to visit the cliff top Roman ruins of ancient Cephe, and the old town of Midyat, an architectural treasure. After lunch, we tour Anitli before continuing to Mardin which overlooks the vast plains of Mesopotamia.

Overnight Mardin


Day 9 - Saturday - Harran, Urfa (B, L, D)
Visit the famous ‘beehive' village houses of Harran and the ancient city of Urfa, home of Abraham. Discover the "City of the Prophets" as we visit Abraham's Caves, the pool of sacred carp and the busy and colourful bazaar.

Overnight Urfa


Day 10 - Sunday - Nemrut Dag, Kahta (B, L, D)
Today will be an experience to remember as we visit to Mount Nemrut and the mountain top sanctuary of Antiochus I, at sunrise or sunset (depending on season). A brief stop at Ataturk Dam built on the Euphrates River, before exploring Eski Kahta.

Overnight Kahta


Day 11 - Monday - Halfeti, Zeugma, Gaziantepe (B, L, D)
In Halfeti we take a boat ride on the Euphrates to explore Rumkale Fortress and the valley submerged by Birecik Dam. Visit the ancient Roman city of Zeugma and tour Gaziantep, and the Archaeological Museum where the superb Roman mosaics of Zeugma are displayed.

Overnight Gaziantep


Day 12 - Tuesday - Antakya, Adana (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Antakya, the ancient Antioch where the disciples of Jesus were first called "christians". After lunch, visit the Mosaic Museum, one of the richest collections of Roman and Byzantine Mosaics in the world, the Grotto of St Peter and drive across the Plain of Issus, before continuing to Tarsus, the birthplace of St Paul and meeting place of Cleopatra and Mark Antony.

Overnight Adana


Day 13 - Wednesday - Karatepe, Kayseri (B, L, D)
Today we visit the open-air museum of Karatepe, an 8th century BC Neo-Hittite site before continuing north to the city of Kayseri for our flight to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul


Day 14 - Thursday - Istanbul (B)
Free day to explore the exotic city of Istanbul

Overnight Istanbul


Day 15 - Friday - Istanbul (B)
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your outbound flight.


Legend: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner


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Check departure dates above     Per Person Rate (in Euros)                                                   

Single                                                 EUR 3315
Double/Twin                                      EUR 2495


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General Features


This is a fully escorted coach tour. It takes you off the beaten to some of Turkey's best kept secrets.


Special Features


This tour is also offered as a private! Ask for details.

- Inbound airport transfer - Istanbul

- Outbound airport transfer - Istanbul

- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour

- Tips except driver and guide

- Entrance fees


14 nights - 3 star, 4 star & 5 star accommodation in total.


- 1 night in Dogubeyazit
- 1 night in Kahta
- 1 night in Diyarbakir
- 1 night in Gaziantep
- 3 nights in Istanbul
- 1 night in Mardin
- 1 night in Trabzon
- 1 night in Urfa
- 2 nights in Van
- 1 night in Adana
- 1 night in Erzurum


14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners

Not Included

- Suggested optional activities

- Tips - driver and guide

- Domestic Flights