Eastern Turkey Tour Overview
Experience the best of Turkey’s history and culture, past and present.  
Marvel at the diversity of the natural beauty of the country.  From forests, waterfalls and green pastures of Kars and Agri, to the never melting snow of legendary Mt. Ararat to the serene shoes of the Black Sea.
Visit three UNESCO world heritage sites including Cappadocia, Mardin, and Mt. Nemrut. 
Visit small villages of the country not commonly visited by travelers. 
See immense Lake Van with its deep blue water. 
Take a 30 minute boat ride to the island of Akdamar to see a significant 10th century Armenian church. 
Visit fertile valleys of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. 
Visit Cappadocia, with its unusual, bizarre and beautiful natural landscapes formed by wind, rain and eroded volcanic formation. 
Stay in the Cappadocia Cave Suites, unique rooms carved underground by
          artists using traditional handcrafts of the region, like the traditional churches
          and dwellings of the area… a fun and memorable experience. 
Travel parts of the ancient Great Silk Road. 
Visit the impressive ancient Armenian cities and many medieval and
          Byzantine churches and monasteries in spectacular settings and with well-    
          preserved frescoes. 
Visit the country with more ancient Roman and Greek sites than any other country. 
Weave your way through labyrinth streets of medieval bazaars that in many ways look just as they did centuries ago. 
Enjoy magnificent, centuries-old Islamic architecture. 
Enjoy lavish, authentic meals of wonderful, fresh Turkish cuisine. 
Visit and dine in various private homes with locals and in open air restaurants. 
Perhaps have a cooking demonstration! 
See craftsmen of all types creating their arts…rug and kilim weavers, wood carvers, tile makers and potters. 
Learn about the Kurdish culture and enjoy their food and crafts. 
See architectural and cultural remnants of the marvelous historical legacies of the Assyrians, Hittites, Phrygians, Lycians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines,
          Seljuks and Ottomans. 
Visit Amasya where award winning American author of Turkish Reflections, Mary Lee Settle was inspired. 
Be treated to musical performances including that of the spiritual Whirling Dervishes. 
Visit a social service project or school. 
You will stay in comfortable hotels in every location and in 5* deluxe hotels wherever they are available. 
Be treated to the expertise (and fun) of our exceptional Turkish guide and friend, Akin. 
Email: barakajourneys@sbcglobal.net  Telephone: (626) 570-1700   Contact: Christine Robison

Tour Dates

April 29-May 20, 2013


22 days




Limited to 16 people


  1. All meals

  2. Snacks in bus

  3. Bottled water at meals, on the bus and in your room

  4. Wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverages with lunch and dinner

  5. All tips for guides, drivers, porters and meals

  6. All entrance fees

  7. All hotels deluxe, most interesting and attractive or best available (depending upon what is available in each location we visit)

  8. Complimentary guide book and map

  9. Luggage tags and straps

  10. Traveler’s insurance

  11. Highly educated and experienced local guide with a wonderful personality

  12. All arrival and departure transfers

  13. Baggage handling

  14. Several musical shows

  15. Dining with a local family


A Mosaic of Ancient Civilizations. 

A comprehensive, cultural, archaeological and history tour.

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