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Unveiling Eastern Turkey's hidden secrets

23rd June 2010 Print

Get off-the-beaten-track in Turkey. Early September is the ideal time to discover the fascinating history, archaeological treasures and ancient ruins of 13 successive civilisations – the land whose origins date back more than 10,000 years.

Travel the Unknown ( invites you to go back in time and relive the unforgettable adventures of Eastern Turkey –discover ancient civilisations, religions, traditional village life and stunning natural beauty. The 12-day Eastern Turkey Explorer tour departs on 4 September 2010.

The tour also coincides with the last few days of Ramadan – the Islamic holy month of religious fasting and festivities. Experience the sunset feast of Iftar and Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations and understand more about the Kurdish culture of the East.

Other highlights of this trip:

- Take in sunset at Mount Nemrut overlooking awesome statues of giants and animal heads;
- Visit the archaeological site of Gobekli Tepe, dating back 11,500 years (the oldest man-made site of worship in the world);
- Climb the walls of Diyarbakir, second in size only to the China’s Great Wall;
- Visit the former Armenian capital of Ani and discover its incredible history;
- Visit the incredible Ishak Pasa Palace, perched on a hill-top overlooking Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest mountain;
- Experience a boat ride through a stunning gorge passing Rumkale fort;
- Lunch in beehive mud huts;
- Boat ride across the azure waters of Lake Van, surrounded by the snowy peaks of Akdamar Kilisesi.

The price of £2,195 pp includes internal flights, accommodation, ground transport, restricted area permits, most meals, guides, drivers, activities, entrance fees to sites and carbon-offsetting fee.

(The shorter, 8 days Eastern Turkey Snapshot tour departs on 2 October 2010, £1400pp).

For more information and bookings, visit:

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