Eastern Turkey Adventure

Classic, Istanbul to Istanbul

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Spectacular mosques, rustic Armenian churches and towering stone castles reward those willing to get off the beaten path. From ancient mud brick cities to exotic bazaars and the mysterious fallen stone heads at Nemrut Dagi, this 8-day trip is Turkey at its most fascinating. Travel to the land beneath the snow-capped peak of Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark and immerse yourself in the magnificent sights and legendary hospitality of the people in this lesser-known, and lesser-travelled, region of Turkey.

What’s included

  • Stone ruins of Ani visit
  • Akdamar Island boat trip
  • Hasankeyf visit
  • Mardin orientation walk and sights
  • Nemrut Dagi excursion including Karakus Tumulus, Severan Bridge and Arsameia
  • Harran beehive houses visit
  • Golbasi park and Sanli Urfa bazaar guided walk
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore ancient mud brick cities
  • Bargain in bazaars
  • Taste regional specialties
  • Visit the mysterious stone heads of mount nemrut


Day 1 Istanbul There are no activities planned until our evening welcome meeting. After the meeting, opt to join your CEO and fellow travellers for dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Istanbul/Kars (1B) Located near the Armenian border, the city of Kars offers a mixture of cultures and a wealth of stone structures and colourful houses. Enjoy a visit to Ani, once the capital of the Armenian kingdom. The city was renowned for its sizeable population and variety of religious structures. Included Activities: Ani Visit Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Kars/Van (1B) See Ishak Pasha Palace, perched high on a hilltop, and soak in the views of Mt Ararat en route to Van. The afternoon is free to explore this dusty frontier town. Opt to visit the women's co-op or purchase one of the beautiful carpets the region is known for. Transport: The journey includes a stop at the Ishak Pasha Palace. Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 4 Van/Mardin (1B) Mardin is a great place to experience a local hammam, or Turkish communal bathhouse. In the evening, opt for a local dinner in a beautifully restored caravanserai, an ancient inn for traders and their animals. Included Activities: Akdamar Island Boat Trip Hasankeyf Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Mardin (1B) The beautiful and ancient hilltop town of Mardin is a real treasure. The stone houses and castle ruins set the scene. Wander the bazaar, sample some local treats, and soak in the views. Included Activities: Deyrulzafaran Monastery Visit
Day 6 Mardin/Kâhta (1B) Travel to Kahta and explore the area around Mt Nemrut. Visit the Karakus Tumulus (Women's Monument), Severan Roman bridge, and the site of ancient Arsameia at the giant burial monuments. Included Activities: Karakus Tumulus, Severan Bridge and Arsameia Visit Nemrut Dagi Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Kâhta/Şanlıurfa (1B) A world away from Istanbul, exotic Şanlıurfa gives you the chance to experience some true Middle Eastern flavour. Visit Harran, famous for its beehive houses. Later, back in Urfa, visit Golbasi Par. After, explore the town’s fascinating covered bazaars, taking the chance to enjoy a glass of sweet tea and, perhaps, a game of backgammon in a local tea house. Included Activities: Harran Beehive Houses Visit Golbasi Park and Sanliurfa Bazaar Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Şanlıurfa/Istanbul (1B) We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))