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Akdamar Island in Van Lake, The Armenian Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross, Turkey

Ancient civilisations of Eastern Turkey

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
27/06/2013 Days £2,895 ex. flightsIan Colvin15 FULL
24/08/2013 Days £2,895 ex. flightsIan Colvin15 LIMITED Reserve your place
26/06/2113 Days £3,195 ex. flightsIan Colvin15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Gobekli Tepe, Sanliurfa, Turkey 1

Gobekli Tepe

Visit Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple, and uncover the origins of civilisation.

Medieval Church, Lake Sevan, Armenia 2

Lake Van

Watch the changing colours of Lake Van at sunset, the largest alkaline lake in the world.

statues on Mount Nemrut in Turkey, UNESCO 3

Mount Nemrut

Discover Mount Nemrut, one the highest peaks of the Mesopotamia.

Van Castle, Lake Van, Turkey 4

Incredible scenery

This underrated destination offers a wealth of history and tales waiting to be discovered.

Why we like it

Based on Ian Colvin’s strengths, we put together this great trip. His vast knowledge and passion for this little-visited region will bring history to life. In addition, this small-group tour offers the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals to a region of Turkey that offers a fascinating history.

“Ian Colvin knowledgeable, kind, diligent and most helpful.” Armenia and Georgia Group tour with Ian, client feedback.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Trabzon - Artvin
  • Day 3
    Artvin - Erzurum
  • Day 4
    Erzurum - Kars
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
    Kars - Van
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
    Van - Tatvan
  • Day 9
    Tatvan - Diyarbakir
  • Day 10
    Diyarbakir - Adiyaman Kahta
  • Day 11
    Adiyaman Kahta - Gobekli Tepe - Sanliurfa
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
    Depart Sanliurfa
Snow Capped Mount Ararat and Khor Virap, Armenia
Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat

Known as one of the great natural spectacles of the world. It is believed that Noah’s Ark rested on its summit during the big flood, and the wide plain of Igdir at the foot of the mountain is the first place where Noah set foot after the disaster. Over the years, explorers, including Marco Polo, have searched Ararat in the hopes of finding remains of Noah’s Ark.

Van Castle, Lake Van, Turkey
Van Castle, Lake Van, Turkey

Lake Van

Lake Van is the largest lake in Turkey and the second largest in the Middle East. It’s also the biggest sodium water lake in the world. The lake lies on the high grounds of the Eastern Anatolian region near the border with Iran. There are four small islands in the southern part of the lake: Akdamar, Carpanak, Adir and Kus islands. All of these islands were declared as archaeological sites in 1990.

Mount Nemrut Turkey
Mount Nemrut, Turkey

Mount Nemrut

In 62 BC, King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene built on the mountain top a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues (8-9 metres high) of himself, two lions, two eagles and various Greek, Armenian, and Iranian gods. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

Gobekli Tepe, Sanliurfa, Turkey
Gobekli Tepe, Turkey

Gobekli Tepe

Known as one of the most important archaeological digs currently being undertaken anywhere. Gobekli Tepe was discovered in the 1990s and took the archaeological world by astonishment as the site represents a major shift in our understanding of man’s early history. Some researchers even believe it to be the biblical site of the Garden of Eden. Here lie the remains of the earliest religious structures built by man yet to be discovered. At about 11,000-13,000 years old the site predates Stonehenge and the Pyramids.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation as detailed
  • Accompanied by a local guide throughout
  • Accompanied by Ian Colvin throughout
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation throughout

What is excluded

  • Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visas

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
Tour ExpertMax Group SizeStatus
27/06/2013 Days £2,895 ex. flightsIan Colvin15 FULL
24/08/2013 Days £2,895 ex. flightsIan Colvin15 LIMITED Reserve your place
26/06/2113 Days £3,195 ex. flightsIan Colvin15 AVAILABLE Reserve your place

Reserve your place on this group tour

Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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