Eastern Turkey

Why you should visit Eastern Turkey

  • Watch sunset amid the colossal stone heads on Nemrut Dag
  • Lose yourself among the ruins of Ani, once the stately Armenian capital
  • Visit Gobekli Tepe, the 12,000 year old early Neolithic site
  • Indulge in delicious Baklava in Gaziantep
  • Soak up the history of Mardin blending a fascinating mixture of different religions and influences
  • Wonderful food and a guaranteed warm welcome

Our specialists 'Must Do'

Take time to enjoy the stunning setting of Lake Van. Ringed by snow-capped mountains, the vast waters of the lake seem to continuously change colour depending on the time of day, the light and the cloud cover - the scenery is simply spellbinding.

Eat well!! Make sure you sample the wonderful Turkish breads in this area which are delicious. The food in this region is wonderful with Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic influences.

A little more about Eastern Turkey

Much less explored than the rest of Turkey this vast region offers the intrepid traveller a perfect playground, without the crowds. There is so much to do and see the only real challenge is in trying to decide what to leave out. While distances in Eastern Turkey can be large, the roads over the last decade have improved immeasurably and the region is very well serviced by a good choice of regional airports.

The northeast of Turkey with its beautiful scenery – the Georgia Valleys and Pontic Alps - and impressive sites including Sumela Monastery, the ancient Armenian city of Ani and Ishak Pasha’s palace at Dogabayazit is certainly not an area to be rushed and ideally combines with Georgia.

In contrast travel to southeast Turkey has a very different feel from the rest of the country with much being predominantly Kurdish. As you travel south from Mount Ararat and Lake Van the rolling Anatolian plateau gives way to the hot lowlands of ancient Mesopotamia. A crossroads for millennia, the whole region is a fascinating melting pot no better demonstrated than in the town of Mardin where Kurdish, Muslim, Christian, Yezidi and Syrian cultures co-exist and where a strong Arabic influence can be seen in both the local dress and cuisine.

The extraordinary funerary complex at Nemrut Dagi is arguably Eastern Turkey’s best known site, however this is just the tip of the iceberg. Gobekli Tepe, the 12,000 year old site which is re-writing the history books, Gaziantep’s magnificent Zeugma mosaics, Urartian castles, Armenian churches and the Syriac Orthodox Christian communities of the Tur Abdin together offer more than enough to keep even the most ardent culture vulture happy.

A fascinating region just waking up to its potential, get there before the crowds.

When to go to Eastern Turkey

Overall the best time to visit this area of Turkey is from early May through to October. It is possible to travel outside of this time, however before May and after mid-October you could encounter snow in parts and much cooler temperatures.

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