Experience the Magic of East Turkey Tours

With East Turkey tours, you will get the chance to experience the true magic of Turkey. There is no doubt that Istanbul is the country’s most popular city and the western Turkish side is equally popular for its beautiful coast, but the real cultural thrill is happening on the east side.

From Ankara, the country’s capital and second largest city, you can take a bus to take you to some of the east’s most fascinating places. Upon entering the east, you will be instantly transported into a region that is totally different from the rest of Turkey.
East Turkey tours are becoming popular because eastern Turkey is full of friendly and welcoming locals, dramatic sceneries, broad vistas, and old-fashioned way of life.


Erzurum is more popularly known locally as the capital city of eastern Turkey because it is the largest city in that region. It boasts of a university, an airport, an army base, a ski area, and several great Ottoman and Seljuk structures.

Mount Ararat
From Erzurum, driving farther east will take you to the 17 thousand feet high Mount Ararat, that famous mountain where Noah’s Ark docked. It is of course a destination really worth to be included in any East Turkey tours.

This small town in Eastern Turkey lies idyllically in the shadows of the famed Mount Ararat and is famous for the Ishak Pasha Palace. This town is also the most eastern district and the final Turkish town before Iran.

Ishak Pasha Palace Experience the Magic of East Turkey Tours

Ishak Pasha Palace, Doğubayazıt

Kaçkar Mountains
East Turkey tours are not going to be complete without a visit to the Kaçkar Mountains. This mountain range in the northern part of Erzurum is perfect for river rafting and trekking, and it attracts many adventurers from all over the world every year.

Nemrut Dağı
Another must-see place for East Turkey tours is the Mount Nemrut. Standing at a little over seven thousand feet in the southeastern part of Turkey, this mountain is famous for its summit that houses huge statues that were erected around a first century BC royal tomb.

Eastern Turkey is indeed just as beautiful as the rest of the country. It may not be as advanced as Istanbul, or filled with magnificent beaches as the coast, but it is rich with history and culture, and definitely very Turkish. So, for a very memorable holiday, you should book for one of Alaturka’s highly satisfying east Turkey tours along with your blue cruise.

From Turkey to Greece – Kusadasi to Samos Ferry

There are Ferry lines that offer boat trips between Kusadasi (Turkey) and Samos (Greece) and they operate daily. If you are planning an extended European vacation, a day on the beautiful island of Samos is highly recommended.  And the easiest way to get there is by taking a Kusadasi to Samos ferry. But, before doing so, you should make sure that you have your passport in your possession. Keep in mind that you will not be just crossing between islands, but you will also be crossing from one country to another.


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The island of Samos

Day Trip Kusadasi to Samos Ferry
For a day trip from Kudasi to Samos, you should be on the 8:30 am ferry so that you get to enjoy a full day’s island hoping adventure. Of course, you may also choose to stay a day or two in Samos.
In case you are going for the Kusadasi to Samos ferry tour during summer, it is advisable to try to stay in the ferry’s covered area. The reason for this is because the ferry’s open area can be quite sunny and windy.

The Kusadasi to Samos ferry day trip usually takes about an hour and a half. A six-hour stay is enough for you and your company to enjoy this popular Greek island. It is possible to see the whole island in just two hours, so the rest of your time can be spent on other activities like visiting the souvenir shops, waterfront restaurants and cafes, and strolling in the little square where you and your friends can sit and relax with drinks on hand.

One important thing to keep in mind before you take the Kusadasi to Samos ferry is that the Greeks take siesta from three in the afternoon until six. This means that the shops are going to be closed at these times, so you should get all your shopping done early. But, you do not have to worry about getting nourished because the restaurants and the cafes are open during siesta.
And speaking of nourishment, Greek food is very delicious so do not pass the opportunity of taking a meal at one of the restaurants in Samos. One recommended dish is the tzatsiki – a creamy mixture of garlic, cucumber and yogurt. This dish is also available in Turkey, but many attest to the fact that the Greek version is more delectable.

To get the most of your Kusadasi to Samos ferry tour, you can also visit these attractions: Tunnel of Eupalinos, Panagia Spiliani Monastery, Archeological Museum, Temple of Hera, and the Waterfalls of Potami.

Enjoy Turkey Beach Holidays

Turkey beach holidays are synonymous with tourists occupying rows after rows of beach loungers, boisterous nightclubs and posh all-inclusive beach resorts. However, if you want something out of the ordinary, yet still as enjoyable, you can opt to find the best Turkey beaches and stay away from the crowd.

Çiralı Beach
On this laidback resort, you get the chance to meet the loggerhead turtles as they lovingly bury their eggs in the sands. This site is covered in citrus grove and located on a tapered plain between a long shingle beach and the mountains. The ancient city of Olympos is also located here and by just walking along the beach, you can get a glimpse of the famous ruins.

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Cirali Beach

Iztuzu Beach
Another location popular for Turkey beach holidays is the Iztuzu beach. This protected 4.5km of Iztuzu beach is full of hard-packed sands and the tracks of the turtles that dragged their bodies ashore and can be seen during June and July. This beach, though lacking in sufficient shade is popular to family vacationers because of the gentle seabed that calms the waters.

Patara Beach
Turkey beach holidays are really exciting especially if you get to visit Patara’s excellent white-sand beach that is very popular being one of the longest incessant strands located in the Mediterranean. This beach measures nine km from the main access road to the Eşen Çayı’s mouth, and then there is another six km to the end. During the holiday seasons, it can be really crowded within the immediate vicinity of the Patara Beach, but there are some solitary spots that you can still have to yourself if you just walk northwest going past the dunes. Summer, of course, is the best time to visit here, but during spring and fall, it can also be delightful to swim in the waters.

Kargı Beach
Bodrum has a reputation as a location that holds some of the most popular beaches in the Mediterranean. That is why many tourists opt to stay here. But, being popular does not necessarily mean that Bodrum is a crowded place all the time. There is one particular spot where you can enjoy some peace and quiet while enjoying the beach and the blue waters, and that is Kargi Beach, which is also famous for Turkey beach holidays.

Aside from the above mentioned locations there are many other places where you can truly enjoy Turkey beach holidays. Turkey, after all, is a true paradise on earth.

Diving in Kas

The entire area around Kas is full of world famous dive sites that offer visitors to Turkey and diving enthusiasts with a countless number of diving spots to choose from. Diving is by far the most popular activity in Kas, as well as one of the most popular activities to do while on your Fethiye to Olympos cruise or Olympos to Fethiye cruise. Scuba diving in Kas is also in the top 100 places to dive in the world.


Some of the main draws of diving in Kasinclude a choice of more than 30 dive sites, access to an extremely attractive underwater landscape, crystal clear waters with maximum visibility and exotic marine life.


Some of the most popular dive sites in and around Kas include caves, wreck diving, underwater canyon exploration and sometimes even night diving. The choice of dive sites largely depends on experience, certification and the visibility on the day that you choose to dive.


Diving in Kas allows visitors to view marina life in their natural habitat. Turkey is home to an array of beautiful marine life including Sea slugs, Jackfish, Caretta Caretta Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Octopus and a variety of colourful fish.

And that’s not all that Kas has to offer. There are a number of other marine life forms that are also known to visit the area including dolphins!


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Diving in Kas

What makes diving in Kas so safe and popular for tourists is that Kas has many companies diving in the area with world class instructors. Plus they also offer short dives to fit in with your gulet cruise if passing by in the area. Diving is fun for all ages and all expertise. Alaturka offer gulet cruise short dives and full day dives. The price for a short dive during your blue cruises is around 30 euro per person in peak season. For full day tours, the price varies and guests should be expecting to pay around 45 euro for the day or more. This includes all of your equipment hire, instructor and pickup and drop off to your boat or hotel. This also includes lunch on the full day tour. Pretty reasonable!


Some of the most popular dive sites in Kas include Pegeon Island, Blue Hole, Mavi Wreck and Paradise Reef, Assi Island and Lighthouse Reef and Otoman Wreck.