Explore the Northern and Eastern parts of Turkey, the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures, to gain a deeper knowledge of the history and culture of Turkey and the Middle East.
The Black Sea region is worth a visit with its beautiful and peaceful landscape. Go hiking to the alpine forests of Ayder to fill your lungs with clean air. Wise old men will help you to find the correct species of mushrooms, and tell you how to cook it for the best taste. Help the villagers pick tea in Rize. Visit the 1000-year-old Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Sumela, clinging to a sheer rock cliff in the midst of evergreen forests of the Altındere National Park in Trabzon.
Visit Konya, the hometown of the Sufi saint and poet Rumi, to understand the idea of “Love” and heal your soul with the whirling dervishes and the magical sounds of the ney.
Watch the gorgeous Mount Ararat from the İshak Pasha Palace, an Ottoman-period palace constructed in 1685 on a high hill on the Silk Route in Ağrı, one of the most distinguished and magnificent examples of the 18th century Ottoman architecture.
Watch the sunset on the Nemrut Mountain, with the most majestic panoramas of sunrise and sunset in the world as well as its giant statues and monumental tomb built by King Antiochus I Theos of Commagene on 62 BC, a tomb-sanctuary flanked by huge statues of himself, two lions, two eagles and various gods, such as Hercules, Zeus, Tyche, and Apollo.
Lose yourself in the snake-shaped narrow streets of Mardin, lined with traditional stone, religious and vernacular buildings, a mystical city situated on the slopes of a rocky hill. Our guides will show you the secrets of the region's archaeological, historical and architectural sights as well as the right places to see unique examples of filigree jewelry.
Then head to Şanlıurfa, the ancient city which was praised as the city of prophets Hiob, Jethro, St. George and Abraham to see the best examples of traditional art stone, and the holy city of Harran to see the ruins of the first Islamic University as well as the rural life. Witness the daily lives of the hospitable villagers of Anatolia, living in the unique mud brick houses with conic roofs and never return the local food they offer.