Eastern Turkey Region Eastern Turkey is a region of unparalleled natural beauty that has a colorful history with many incredible historical sites and rich cultural heritage. It contains fascinating natural sites and treasured historical monuments. Since Turkey’s eastern border includes […]
Eastern Turkey is a region of unparalleled natural beauty that has a colorful history with many incredible historical sites and rich cultural heritage. It contains fascinating natural sites and treasured historical monuments. Since Turkey’s eastern border includes Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria, our tours of eastern Turkey are on hold at the moment, however, we have provided a sample tour to whet your appetite for experiencing all that Eastern Turkey has to offer when our tours resume.
Major sites in eastern Turkey, with a diversity of landscapes and a glimpse of human history from Biblical times to the present day. Sitting among the fallen statues of the monument that King Antiochus built in the first century BC to honor himself atop Nemrut Dag is an unforgettable experience, particularly at sunrise. A visit to the recently built massive Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates River certainly provides context to the ancient sites to be seen on this tour. Gobeklitepe, recently discovered and still being excavated, is a major archaeological site that pre-dates Stonehenge by 8,000 years.
Other than the Great Wall of China, the city walls of Diyabakir, constructed by the Romans, are the longest continuous defensive walls in the world. They are also beautiful. Diyabakir is also known for its gigantic and delicious watermelons. Mardin is a lovely small town renowned for its stone houses and narrow winding streets.
The Deir-Al-Zafaran Monastery, which is still an active monastery and the center of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch. You’ll enjoy a short boat ride on Lake Van to Akdamar Island to view the beautiful carvings of the 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross.
Famed Silk Road, watch the sun set over Lake Van, tour the exquisite Ishak Pasha Palace in Dogubayazit, and view Mt Ararat. From your walk among the sprawling ruins of the ancient city of Ani, the medieval capital of the Armenia, you can look across the Barley River to Armenia. You may even see Armenian families picnicking on the bank of the river below.Share this tour
Duration: 11 days / 10 nights Towns and Cities: Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Urfa, Mardin, Hasankeyf, Akdamar, Van, Dogubeyazit, Ararat, Kars, Ani, Erzurum, Trabzon
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