Sure, you can easily fly from Istanbul to eastern Turkish cities, but on the ground you encounter the vast spaces and rugged mountains.
You need at least a week to see it all, 10 days is better, and a 14-day tour can show you all the top sights in the East and Southeast, as well as Cappadocia and even a bit of the Black Sea coast. More…
A tour makes sense because of the distances and the difficulties of transportation.
Here are some good tours of Eastern Turkey by trusted companies:
Argeus Tourism & Travel‘s Classical Mesopotamiashows you Cappadocia, Antakya, Gaziantep, Birecik, Şanlıurfa, Harran, Nemrut Dağı, Kâhta, the Atatürk Dam Lake, Mardin, Midyat, Hasankeyf, Ahlat, Akdamar, Van, Çavuştepe, Doğubeyazıt, Kars and Ani. More…
—by Tom Brosnahan
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