Tour Code : EN-103

Eastern Turkey Tour 5 Days

Early arrive at Erzurum 08:10 – 10:15 am.  Meet your guide and transfer you to your Erzurum hotel.
Our morning tour begins with a visit to Aziziye and Mecidiye Castles, Three Tombs, and Abdurrahman Tomb. We crown our lunch with local delicacies and the famous Cag kebab. Enjoy Anatolian history and culture while drinking tea or coffee in Ottoman houses.

Visit the Ulu Mosque, Double Minaret Madrasa, and Erzurum Castle. Watch the view of the city from the clock tower inside the castle. Erzurum Congress and Milli Mücadele Müzesi (National Struggle Museum). From there, visit the Tashan Caravan Palace, used along the Silk Road. You can buy valuable gifts for you and your loved ones from various beautiful accessories handcrafted from rare Oltu stone.

Dinner and accommodation at Erzurum. ( Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, we’ll depart early for Kars from Erzurum. 280 Km.  On arrival, we will have lunch at a local restaurant in Kars and visit Ani Ruins, 50 km away.
Ani had its heyday between 953 and 1020 when it served as the capital of the Armenian Kingdom. The city of Ani was captured by the Byzantines in 1045, ending the Kingdom of Armenia. Then, in 1064, Seljuk Emperor Alpaslan conquered Eastern Anatolia and took it from the Byzantines. Today, Ani is on the Unesco World Heritage List. Ani ruins spread over a wide area with the Gate of Lions, Church of the Redeemer (St. Prkitch), Stone Bridge, Seljuk Palace, Church of Saint Gregory of Tigran Hornets, and the Inner Fortress. Next, we’ll see historical artefacts such as the Menüçehr Mosque, Ani Cathedral, Monastery of the Hripsimian Virgins, Cathedral of Kars, and the Holy Apostles Church.
After our visits, we’ll head to Kars city centre. Here, we recommend you to try Kars specialities such as goose meat, honey, Kars cheese, Kars gruyere cheese, yellowfish, Hengel, and kit, which you can also buy as souvenirs. In Kars, you’ll also see buildings featuring Russian architecture, and the city’s climate and geography are similar to those of Russian cities.
Dinner and accommodation at Kars.  ( Breakfast – Dinner )


Today, we will continue our tour with a trip to the South. On the way, we will enjoy the beautiful geography of Eastern Anatolia and see the ruins left by ancient civilisations, which offer a glimpse into their way of life. We will arrive in Doğubayazıt via Iğdır city. We’ll have a lunch break and visit the famous Ishak Pasha Palace. It is said that the construction of the 116-room palace took 99 years. After we tour this magnificent palace overlooking Mount Ararat, we will depart for Van, bypassing the Tendürek Mountain accompanied by beautiful views.

At the end of a 7-hour bus journey, we’ll arrive at Van, one of the largest cities in Eastern Turkey, located on the shores of Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake (3,713 square km).
Dinner and accommodation in Van.    ( Breakfast – Dinner )

After breakfast, visit Van Castle, known as Tuspa Castle in the olden days. The castle, which overlooks Lake Van, was built by the Urartu King Sarduri 2800 years ago. It became the capital of the Urartu Kingdom with the name Tuspa. Inside the castle are also rock tombs belonging to the Urartu Kings. Next, we’ll visit the Akdamar Church located on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, which was built with magnificent stonework and later restored by the Turkish government. We’ll reach the island on boats from the pier in the Edremit district and enjoy the incredible lake and mountain scenery. We’ll continue on our way to Ahlat.

Lunch break in a local restaurant in Tatvan. Head for Ahlat, we’ll see the largest Turkish-Islamic cemetery in the world, founded in 1200 by the Seljuks, with 8,169 tombstones, some of which are 3,5 meters long. What makes the tombstones more remarkable are the unique inscriptions and decorations on them. After seeing the Grand Vault and the Emir Bayındır Mosque, we’ll continue to Van.
Dinner and accommodation in Van.  ( Breakfast – Dinner )

Free time depends on flight time. Transfer to Van Airport for your domestic flight where you can connect your onward flight to your next destination.  ( Breakfast ) 

Customized Tours   
We can customize this tour program to fit your personal, educational, cultural, and budgetary preferences. Contact us to request a new itinerary.

People Per person in
Double
Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
1 Pax 0.00 4201.00 0.00
2 Pax 2130.00 2413.00 2130.00
6 - 11
1988.00
3 - 5
663.00
3 Pax 1628.00 1912.00 1628.00
6 - 11
1487.00
3 - 5
496.00
4 Pax 1392.00 1676.00 1392.00
6 - 11
1251.00
3 - 5
417.00
5 Pax 1274.00 1558.00 1274.00
6 - 11
1133.00
3 - 5
378.00
6 Pax 1145.00 1428.00 1145.00
6 - 11
1003.00
3 - 5
334.00
7-9 Pax 1056.00 1339.00 1056.00
6 - 11
915.00
3 - 5
305.00
10-14 Pax 900.00 1184.00 900.00
6 - 11
759.00
3 - 5
253.00
15-19 Pax 856.00 1139.00 856.00
6 - 11
714.00
3 - 5
238.00
20-24 Pax 797.00 1080.00 797.00
6 - 11
655.00
3 - 5
218.00
25-29 Pax 749.00 1033.00 749.00
6 - 11
608.00
3 - 5
203.00
30-40 Pax 726.00 1009.00 726.00
6 - 11
584.00
3 - 5
195.00
People Per person in
Double
Single Room Extra Bed Children Fee
1 Pax 0.00 4342.00 0.00
2 Pax 2272.00 2555.00 2272.00
6 - 11
2059.00
3 - 5
1030.00
3 Pax 1770.00 2053.00 1770.00
6 - 11
1558.00
3 - 5
779.00
4 Pax 1534.00 1817.00 1534.00
6 - 11
1322.00
3 - 5
661.00
5 Pax 1416.00 1699.00 1416.00
6 - 11
1204.00
3 - 5
602.00
6 Pax 1286.00 1569.00 1286.00
6 - 11
1074.00
3 - 5
537.00
7-9 Pax 1198.00 1481.00 1198.00
6 - 11
985.00
3 - 5
493.00
10-14 Pax 1042.00 1325.00 1042.00
6 - 11
830.00
3 - 5
415.00
15-19 Pax 997.00 1280.00 997.00
6 - 11
785.00
3 - 5
392.00
20-24 Pax 938.00 1221.00 938.00
6 - 11
726.00
3 - 5
363.00
25-29 Pax 891.00 1174.00 891.00
6 - 11
679.00
3 - 5
339.00
30-40 Pax 867.00 1151.00 867.00
6 - 11
655.00
3 - 5
327.00

Tour Type    : Private Tour
Price Policy : Price changes depending on people's number.

Price includes

Transfer Erzurum Airport

Transfer Van Airport

4-night hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

3 Dinner

 Entrance fees are as per the itinerary.

All tours as per the itinerary.

Professional licensed English tour guide

Private air-conditioned and non-smoking vehicles.

All parking, highway, and bridge fees

VAT and city tax

Price Excludes

Personal expenses

Lunch Beverages at dinners

Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Optional tours

Tips for the guide – driver – waiter – Hotel porter  per day 8 USD  (Cash payment done to the officer on arrival )

 

Cancellation Policy  
- For cancellations made 45 days before the tour, 100% refund. (Except per person 175 € for register, bank commission, and domestic flight ticket cost)
- For cancellations made 44 - 30 days before the tour, 50% refund. (Except for the Bank Commission)
- For cancellations made 29 - 15 days before the tour, 20 % refund.
- No refunds will be made on reservations made 14 days before the tour. %100 Penalty is applied.

 

Remarks
- Travel health insurance is mandatory.
- Sample hotels are confirmed on the booking date in case of availability. Otherwise,
  Similar hotels are booked.  
- The Guide may change the tour program in bad weather, time scarcity, traffic jams, and similar situations. 
- The locations in the itinerary can be changed with other places if closed.  
- During the tours, you will be walking approximately 2 km every day on uneven and
   Cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and steps. 
- You must wear comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. in summer months and a raincoat, warm clothes, winter walking shoes, umbrella, etc. in winter.  
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid crowds.  
- You must have your passport at check-in for all domestic flights.
- Domestic flights are economy class. Luggage limit 15 Kg.

Flight ticket information
Regarding the comfort of our precious guests, we plan our intercity travels over longer distances by direct flights as much as possible. In this way, we prevent loss of time in flight transfers at Istanbul airport.
Direct flights between Cappadocia and Ephesus and Cappadocia  -Antalya are only available on certain days of the week between May and October. There are no direct flights every day.
Istanbul – Other cities’ flights are on the schedule.
You must move your start dates back or forward 1-2 days to match these direct flight schedules. Otherwise, we must complete the tour with a connecting flight to Istanbul. Changes can be made to the tour plan within the information of the passengers.
Domestic Flights are Economy class.
Domestic Flight baggage limits 15 kg Luggage + 8 kg Hand baggage. Excess luggage is charged.


Flight ticket group reservation policy

Flight ticket prices in the tour price are valid for individual passengers. Group prices may differ.
It is recommended to buy flight tickets early so that the price increase is not too much.
For this reason, group flight tickets should be purchased at least 2 -3  months in advance for domestic flights such as Istanbul Cappadocia or others. Otherwise, there will not be enough plane tickets, and the prices will be high. Paying 30% of the group flight price within two days after the reservation confirmation is obligatory. Otherwise, the airline company will cancel the group request and ticket prices.

 

 

 

HOTELS

Standard Package  Hotels 
Erzurum (1)        -  Otel Zade 4*
Kars (1)               -  Grand Ani 4*
Van (1)                -  Ramada Van 4*


Gold  Package Hotels 

Erzurum (1)       -  Polat Erzurum Resort 5*
Kars (1)              -  Cheltikov Boutique
Van ( 2 )             -  Double Three By Hilton
Note; Sample hotels are confirmed on the booking date in case of availability. Otherwise, reservations are made in similar hotels.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Erzurum
Ottoman Homes
Great Mosque
Twin Minaret Madrasa
Erzurum Castle
The Erzurum Houses
Tashan Caravan Palace
Kars
Kars Castle
Dogubayazıt
Van
Tuspa Castle
Akdamar Cathedral
Ahlat
Tatvan

 

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Tour Code
EN-103
Tour Name
Journey North to South East - 10 Days/9 Nights
Departure Point
Erzurum, Türkiye
Start Date
End Date
Number of Rooms

5 Day Eastern Turkey Tour


Discover the historical riches and natural beauties of the Eastern Turkey region, the historical texture of Erzurum, the delicious Cag kebab, the famous goose meat dishes of Kars, the fascinating silent depth of the Ani ruins, the Ishakpaşa Palace overlooking the magnificence and summit of Mount Ararat, the Tuşpa Castle, the capital of the Urartians, the Akdamar Church. Talking stone decorations, the slow city of Ahlat, which has the world's largest Islamic Seljuk cemetery, and the delicious pearl mullet of Lake Van, the hospitable, hard-as-a-rock but gentle, loving, good-hearted people of eastern Anatolia and many other surprises are waiting for you.
Journey into history on the Silk Road with Eastern Anatolia 5-day itinerary.

Information
  • Tour Code : EN-103
  • Duration : 5 Days
  • Start : Erzurum, Türkiye
  • End : Van, Türkiye
  • Tour Season : 1 April - 30 November
  • Transfer : Vehicle
  • Distance : 1.200 Km
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