Early Societies of Eastern Turkey


Istanbul | Gaziantep | Urfa | Adiyaman | Cappadocia (12 Days)

Explore Istanbul’s amazing Ottoman monuments and aromatic bazaars, then travel to the East of Turkey to discover the birthplace of ancient civilizations and remarkable landscapes from legendary Mount Nemrut to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.

Highlights
  • Experience the energetic city of Istanbul, a bridge between continents
  • Tour the Sultanahmet district, the keeper of Istanbul’s ancient landmarks
  • Enjoy a ferry cruise on the Bosphorus waterway
  • Discover Gaziantep, a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
  • Watch craftsmen honoring age-old traditions in the streets of the old bazaar
  • Meet the mysterious ‘Gypsy Girl’ of Zeugma
  • Take a boat ride down the Euphrates River
  • View the Ottoman ‘sunken city’ of Halfeti
  • See the city of Urfa and ancient Harran, significant sites for Abrahamic faiths
  • Uncover one of the greatest archaeological finds at Göbekli Tepe, pre-dating Stonehenge
  • Marvel at the giant stone heads keeping vigil on top of Mount Nemrut
  • Taste the surprising ice cream of Kahramanmaraş
  • Delight in the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia
  • Learn the stories of Cappadocia’s underground caves
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Brief Itinerary
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul and private transfer to your hotel. Istanbul
Day 2 Full-day private tour including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul
Day 3 Full-day private tour including Topkapi Palace, Spice Market, and a Bosphorus boat ride. Istanbul
Day 4 Flight to Gaziantep and private transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour of old town Gaziantep. Gaziantep
Day 5 Morning private tour of ancient Zeugma and the Zeugma Mosaic Museum. Afternoon guided visit of the Emine Göğüş Culinary Museum. Gaziantep
Day 6 Private transfer to Urfa, stopping in Halfeti for a Euphrates River boat tour along the way. Urfa
Day 7 Full-day private tour: Harran, Göbekli Tepe and Urfa.  Urfa
Day 8 Visit Mt. Nemrut, ancient Arsemia and the Adiyaman Museum en route to your hotel in Adiyaman. Adiyaman
Day 9 Visit Kahramanmaraş en route to your hotel in Cappadocia. Cappadocia
Day 10 Full-day private tour of Cappadocia: Pigeon Valley hike, Göreme Open-air Museum, Dervent Valley and Urgup Town. Cappadocia
Day 11 Full-day private tour of Cappadocia: Uchisar Castle and Town, Kaymakli Underground City, Paşabağ Monk’s Valley, Zelve and Avanos. Cappadocia
Day 12 Private transfer to the airport for departure.  

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