• 11 Days | 10 Nights
  • Semi-Private
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age: No Limit

Tour Overview

Welcome to your Turkey travel tour beginning in Istanbul! Over the course of 11 days, you will experience the beauty and mystique of Turkey’s Southeast region, starting with Istanbul’s grandeur and culminating in the unique landscapes of Cappadocia.

Highlights
  • ​​Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to hotel
  • Day 2: Istanbul sightseeing tour to Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and The Grand Bazaar
  • Day 3: Visit Spice Bazaar and take a Bosphorus cruise
  • Day 4: Flight to Mardin, visit Deyr ul-Zafaran Monastery
  • Day 5: Drive to Urfa, stop in Birecik, visit covered bazaar, cave of Abraham, and Harran
  • Day 6: Drive to Kahta and visit Mount Nemrut
  • Day 7: Drive to Cappadocia, stop at The Severan Bridge, Karakus, and Ataturk Dam, stop in Kahramanmaras
  • Day 8: Explore Cappadocia, visit Devrent Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum, Goreme Open Air Museum, and Uchisar
  • Day 9: Free day in Cappadocia to take a hot air balloon ride, horseback riding, or ATV tour
  • Day 10: Transfer to Kayseri Airport for a flight to Istanbul, and overnight stay
  • Day 11: Departure from Istanbul

Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Istanbul, we’ll welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can suggest various excursions and sightseeing opportunities to make the most of your free time. You’ll spend the night in Istanbul.

After breakfast, we begin our day with Istanbul sightseeing tour with a trip to the Old City of Sultanahmet starting with Topkapi Palace. Afterwards, we walk around the Hippodrome area where chariot races were held during the Roman period. Then it’s time for lunch at a Turkish restaurant. Next, we visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Finally, we visit The Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.

Start the day at the Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar, followed by a Bosphorus cruise showcasing historical sites. Overnight in Istanbul.

After the hotel check-out, we are transferred to the airport in Istanbul for our flight to Mardin. Upon arrival, we are transferred to the hotel for check-in. We visit Deyr ul-Zafaran Monastery, an important Syriac Orthodox monastery, founded in 493 AD. We end the day with a drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Mardin.

After the hotel check-out, our tour of Turkey continues with a drive to the city of Sanliurfa, also known as Urfa. Along the way, we make a stop in Birecik town famous for the nearly extinct Northern Bald Ibis birds. In Urfa, we visit a covered bazaar for some shopping. And after lunch, we visit a cave known to be the birthplace of the prophet Abraham. Finally, we visit the ancient city of Harran, famous for its traditional ‘beehive’ adobe houses, before being transferred to the hotel in Urfa for an overnight stay.

We continue our tour with a drive to Kahta, a small town located about 40 kilometers/20 miles away from Mount Nemrut. This mountain is famous for its summit where a number of large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. After the tour, we are transferred to our hotel in Kahta for an overnight stay.

After the hotel check-out, the tour continues with a memorable drive down the mountain and through small villages to the Cappadocia region. Along the way, we make stops to see The Severan Bridge, Karakus, and the huge Ataturk Dam. We make a stop in Kahramanmaras, a city famous for its ice-cream. The day ends with a transfer to our hotel in Cappadocia.

On the 8th day of the tour, we explore the unique landscape of Cappadocia. The day starts with a visit to Devrent Valley to see the fairy chimneys and rock formations. We then move on to the Zelve Open Air Museum to enjoy the rocky scenery and glimpse into the troglodytic lifestyle. After lunch in Avanos, we visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to see the rock-cut churches and well-preserved wall paintings. Finally, we head to Uchisar, the tallest point in the region, to enjoy the panoramic views and visit the natural rock citadel.

The 9th day is a free day to explore Cappadocia at your leisure. Choose from one of these exciting excursions:

  1. Hot air balloon ride: Cappadocia is one of the best places to experience a hot air balloon ride, where you can take in the unique moon-like formations from above.
  2. Horseback riding: Explore the valleys of the “Land of Beautiful Horses” by horseback riding and sightseeing.

ATV tour: Explore the off-beaten paths of Cappadocia by taking an ATV tour.

On the last day of the tour, after checking out of the hotel, we provide a transfer to Istanbul’s airport for your return flight.

Hotel checkout and transfer to Istanbul airport for departure flight.

In Conclusion

The South-Eastern Turkey Tour offers a wonderful and diverse experience for travelers looking to explore the history, culture, and landscapes of Turkey’s Southeast region.

From the grandeur of Istanbul to the unique rock formations of Cappadocia, this 11-day itinerary offers a range of activities and excursions to suit all interests.

With visits to historical sites, ancient cities, monasteries, and the opportunity for hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, and ATV tours, this tour has something for everyone. It’s a perfect way to immerse yourself in the beauty and mystique of this fascinating region.

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation in the category of your choice.
  • Sightseeing tours on a regular group basis (private basis on request).
  • Licensed tour guide assistance during the sightseeing tours.
  • Main entrance fees to all sites visited as per the itinerary.
  • Fast-track entries to the museums and natural parks.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Deluxe air-conditioned vehicles for tours and airport transfers.
  • Domestic land and air transport between each destination.
  • Taxes and handling service.
    24/7 support during your trip.

Please note that the specific details of inclusions may vary depending on the package and any additional services you may have requested.

$900

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