14 Day Eastern Turkey Explorer

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2022 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $700
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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flights Istanbul-Gaziantep & Kars-Istanbul.

Arrival and departure transfers are only included for flights to/from Istanbul Airport (IST).

During Ramadan (Apr 2 - May 1, 2022), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day in cities and in the countryside. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours. The pace is fast. Some of our tours require walking over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. There are significant driving times of about five hours between Mardin, Van, and Kars. There will be comfort stops between each destination. The elevation of Mount Nemrut is 7,001 feet, this may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Istanbul, Istanbul-New York
  • All intra-flights: Istanbul-Gaziantep & Kars-Istanbul
  • Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Istanbul
    • 1 nights Gaziantep
    • 2 nights Sanliurfa
    • 2 nights Mardin
    • 2 nights Van
    • 2 nights Kars
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Discover Istanbul's extraordinary sights including the Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia and the Hippodrome
  • Hunt for local treasures in the Grand Bazaar - your guide will teach you the "in's and out's" of shopping in the market
  • Visit the Zeugma Museum, known for the largest mosaic collection in the world
  • Drive to Mount Nemrut, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that overlooks the Euphrates River
  • Tour Old Town Mardin and see including the Kirklar Church, the Grand Mosque Bazaars, and the Silversmiths Atelier
  • Cruise to Akdamar Island, home to the 10th century Armenian Holy Cross Cathedral
  • Explore the city of Kars, visiting the Ani Ancient City, the Kumbet and Fethiye Mosques, The Fortress, and viewing pastel Russian buildings left over from the 19th century occupation

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day in cities and in the countryside. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours. The pace is fast. Some of our tours require walking over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes or steps. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. There are significant driving times of about five hours between Mardin, Van, and Kars. There will be comfort stops between each destination. The elevation of Mount Nemrut is 7,001 feet, this may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions, or are otherwise affected by altitude. We suggest you check with your healthcare provider before signing up for this tour. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Full Day Istanbul Tour
Today, spend the day touring the city of Istanbul. First, visit the Turkish & Islamic Art Museum and enjoy a tea or coffee on the terrace of the museum, overlooking the magnificent Blue Mosque. Continue to Istanbul's Byzantine Hippodrome, which was once the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life. Then, visit St. Sophia, also called the Church of the Divine Wisdom. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, then visit the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Afterward, return to your hotel for the evening
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Friday - Gaziantep City Tour
Early this morning, depart your hotel for a flight to Gaziantep. Upon arrival, there will be time for lunch on your own in the city's center. After, visit the Zeugma Museum, known for the largest mosaic collection in the world. Then, take a guided walk through the historic Bazaars of Gaziantep and enjoy a Baklava Tasting. Later, arrive at your hotel to freshen up before dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Gaziantep
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Travel to Sanliurfa via Mount Nemrut
Today, depart from Gaziantep and head towards Kahta for lunch. Then, drive to Mount Nemrut, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that overlooks the Euphrates River and is one of the most fascinating ancient places in Turkey. After descending the mountain, drive towards Sanliurfa, stopping for a comfort break along the way. Arrive at your hotel in time for dinner with the group
Overnight: Sanliurfa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Full Day Sanliurfa Tour
After breakfast, depart for a full day city tour of Sanliurfa. Explore Gobeklitepe, an important archaeological site and region where the most ancient farming communities in the world emerged. Here, you'll find massive carved stones, dating back 11,000 years, which were crafted and arranged by prehistoric people. Then, head to the Sanliurfa Archaeology and Mosaic Museum, which exhibits works from Sanliurfa as well as works of Gobeklitepe, the oldest temple in the world. After lunch at the museum, drive to Harran, the home of the prophet Abraham. Due to the hot climate, the city is known for its "beehive homes," one of which you'll pay a visit to. After, enjoy tea with the locals of Harran before driving back to your hotel. In the evening, joining the vibrant optional Sanliurfa Dinner & Folk Show tour, where you will experience traditional music and cuisine passed down throughout the region for centuries
Optional: Sanliurfa Dinner & Folk Show
Overnight: Sanliurfa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Monday - Gumrukhan Local Covered Bazaar, Pool of Abraham, Drive to Mardin
Depart from your hotel in the morning and take a morning tour of Sanliurfa, including visits to the bustling Gumrukhan Local Covered Bazaar, the Pool of Abraham, the 12th-century Grand Mosque, and Selahattin Eyyubi Mosque. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Mardin. Have time to freshen up in your hotel room before dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Mardin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Full Day Tour of Mardin
After breakfast, depart your hotel for a full day tour of Mardin. First, visit Dara Ancient City, known as the Ephesus of Mesopotamia, an important settlement along Silk Road. Then, visit the Deyrulzafaran Monastery, located at the site of a temple dedicated to the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash. Enjoy lunch within the Monastery, then continue on to visit Kasmiye Medresei and view Mardin from the rooftop. After, visit Old Mardin, including the Kirklar Church, the Grand Mosque Bazaars, and the Silversmiths Atelier. At the end of the day, transfer back to your hotel
Overnight: Mardin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Wednesday - Drive to Van via Hasankeyf
Today, depart for Mor Gabriel Monastery, the oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in the world, founded in the year 397. Depart from the Monastery and stop for photos in Hasankeyf, an ancient town located along the Tigris River in the Batman province of southeastern Turkey. After lunch at a local restaurant in Batman, drive to Van. After a comfort stop in Bitlis, arrive at your hotel in Van where you will eat dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day Van Tour
Depart from the hotel and eat a traditional Van Breakfast at a local restaurant. Then, visit a cat breeding center, which breeds the distinctive species of Van Cats. Afterward, drive to Cavustepe, an ancient site also known as the Fortress of Hayk, built between 764-735 BC. Drive to lunch at a local restaurant, then cruise to Akdamar Island, home of the 10th century Armenian Holy Cross Cathedral. Cruise back from the island to Van and arrive at the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Muradiye Waterfalls, Drive to Kars
This morning, visit the Carpet Atelier and the Muradiye Waterfalls, a natural wonder of Van. Then, drive to Dogubeyazit and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Ararat while eating lunch at the Sim-er Hotel. Afterward, drive to Ishakpasha Palace, the largest monumental structure of the Ottoman Empire, and contains artwork reflective of the Ottoman art style. This evening, drive to your hotel in Kars and dine with your group
Overnight: Kars
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Saturday - Full Day Kars Tour
After breakfast, depart from your hotel and drive to the medieval city of Ani. There, visit the Ani Ruins, established on a volcanic landscape along the Turkey and Armenian border. Eat a light lunch with a Kars Cheese tasting, which includes wine and the special Kars gruyere cheese. Then, visit a variety of structures, including the Kumbet Mosque, the Fethiyet Mosque, the Kars Castle, and Russian Buildings. Return to your hotel before dinner at a local restaurant, where you will taste local delicacies and see a Caucasian folklore dance performance
Overnight: Kars
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Tour Old City of Kars, Flight to Istanbul
Today, tour the old city of Kars, including visits to the Kars Museum and local Bazaars. Lunch is on your own before transferring to the Kars airport for your flight back to Istanbul in the afternoon. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel, where you will dine with your newfound friends to celebrate your last night in Turkey at a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Monday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Sanliurfa Dinner & Folk Show

This unique tour highlights the traditional music and cuisine of Sanliurfa, Turkey, passed down over the last five centuries. Friends and families used to gather weekly in each other's homes for conversation over folkloric games and music, serving local dishes such as "cig kofte" and "mirra." On this optional tour, enjoy a night of centuries old cultural music and food, specially presented by the locals of Sanliurfa.

Day #6 01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 $99.00
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Turkish Odyssey, June 2019
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The Turkey tour was fantastic! Wonderful accommodation, small group with great people, clean and comfortable bus, and a GREAT guide, Sayat!

James K. Calgary, AB
Turkish Odyssey, October 2016
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Our trip to Turkey was f a n t a s t i c !!!! The country is s must-see-do! Our Gate 1 Discovery tour was well planned, exactly executed and our guide Mesut and the driver Kadir are outstanding professionals! They made the vacation as good as it was. We are 100% over the top satisfied! Thanks to everyone who made this trip come true!

Martinsburg, WV