- Visit Göbekli Tepe, the world's first temple, and uncover the origins of civilisation
- Watch the changing colours of Lake Van at sunset, the largest alkaline lake in the world
- Discover Mount Nemrut, one the highest peaks of the Mesopotamia
- Accompanied throughout by Turkey archaeology expert, Ian Colvin
Home to some of the most important and iconic archaeological sites found anywhere in the world, Eastern Turkey is a fascinating melting pot waiting for the intrepid traveller. Be lured by the ancient town of Ani, Mount Ararat and Noah’s Ark, the walled city of Diyarbakir, Mount Nemrut and Göbekli Tepe, the world’s first temple. Discover spectacular scenery, ancient civilisations and many Biblical sites of Eastern Turkey.
Starting in Trabzon, travel along the Black Sea coast, before heading into the mountainous Georgian Valley, the infamous region of which Mount Ararat is situated. Continue to Ishak Pasha’s palace at Dogabayazit and onto the ancient Armenian city of Ani, before continuing to Van, known for the largest alkaline lake on earth. From here, travel south along a branch of the Silk Road to Diyarbakır, the cradle of 26 different civilisations throughout its 5000-year history. Finish the tour in Şanlıurfa, known as the city, that changed human history, and predating Stonehenge by 6000 years. This underrated destination offers a wealth of history and tales waiting to be discovered.
Why should I join this group tour?
For the expertise of Ian Colvin, whose vast knowledge and passion about 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.
Is it safe to travel to Turkey?
Eastern Turkey is bordered by Georgia and Armenia, to the north and Syria, Iraq and Iran to the south, which has caused its colourful past. However, in recent years these borders have stabilised and allowed tourism to slowly restore in this region. We will continue to monitor this situation.
What are the roads like in Eastern Turkey?
The roads over the last decade have improved immeasurably and the region is very well serviced by a good choice of regional airports.
What is the accommodation like in Turkey?
Accommodation is varied in this region, where possible, we have carefully selected a range of small comfortable hotels and three to four-star guest houses for this group tour.
Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all 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 Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
How fit do I need to be to enjoy this tour?
You need to be relatively fit to enjoy this tour. Although there are no substantial hikes involved, there will be days where moderate walks are required to access castles or churches.
Please make sure you bring a good comfortable pair of walking shoes as some of the cities and areas we visit will have uneven surfaces.
What is the food in Turkey like?
The food in this region is wonderful with Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic influences. Make sure you sample the wonderful Turkish breads in this area which are delicious.
What will the weather be like in Turkey in June?
Spring runs from April to June, offering the best time to visit Turkey. The weather is moderate throughout the country. During this tour, you will travel from the Black sea coast to the mountainous regions of Agri, so light layers are recommended.
Can I extend my stay in Turkey?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the beginning or end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Please speak to one of our Turkey travel experts for ideas and information.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.