Welcome to Mardin


Just don't expect to have the whole place to yourself. With regular flights from İstanbul, Izmir and Ankara, you'll see lots of local visitors in summer. The Turkish government also has plans to promote Mardin internationally as an iconic Turkish destination like Ephesus and Pamukkale, and have (optimistically) projected up to five million domestic and overseas visitors annually by 2025.

Mardin's honey-coloured collage of old buildings and markets is still definitely worth a look though, and for somewhere extra special, detour to Dara or Savur.


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Eastern Turkey Tour - Mt. Ararat to Tarsus

ItineraryDay 1: ISTANBUL – AGRI – MT ARARAT VIEW – ISHAKPASA PALACE – VANStop At: Mount Ararat, Agri, Agri ProvincePick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for flight to Agri. Arrival and meet your guide and driver. We will start our tour with a photo of majestic Mount Ararat. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ishak Pasa Palace, Agri, Agri ProvinceWe will also visit the magnificent Ishak Pasa Palace, which was built between the 17th and 18th centuries by a local lord. It is a mixture of Ottoman, Persian and Armenian architectural styles. We get a view of the Dogubeyazit Castle. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Muradiye Selalesi, VanWe visit the Muradiye Waterfalls on our way to Van.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Van. Elite World HotelDay 2: VAN – CAVUSTEPE – VANStop At: Van Castle (Van Kalesi), VanVan was the ancient Urartian capital. An imposing 9th c B.C. citadel overlooks the town. We will visit the famous Citadel and view Lake Van, which is ringed by mountains, and deep blue in color. It is the largest lake in Turkey and lies at an altitude of 1720 meters. A fortress over 3000 years old was discovered under the waters of the lake. Duration: 1 hourStop At: House of Van Cats, VanWe will continue along the southern shore of Lake Van where you will have some wonderful views and have lunch in Tatvan. After lunch we continue to the northwest part of the lake and visit the Volcano Crater of Nemrut. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe (Sardurihinilli), VanWe take a journey to the ancient Urartian site of Çavuştepe.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Van. Elite World HotelDay 3: VAN – AKDAMAR – NEMRUT VOLCANO CRATER – AHLAT – TATVANStop At: Holy Cross Church, VanAfter breakfast we drive along Lake Van and will take a small ferry to visit the Akdamar Church (Church of the Holy Cross), which is built on an island in the lake. This church, from the 10th century is carved with impressive Old Testament scenes and figures on the outside.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Nemrut Krater Lake, Bitlis, Bitlis ProvinceWe will continue along the southern shore of Lake Van where you will have some wonderful views and have lunch in Tatvan. After lunch we continue to the northwest part of the lake and visit the Volcano Crater of Nemrut. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ahlat Mezar Taslari, Bitlis, Bitlis ProvinceAnd then to the ancient cemetery of Ahlat. The eerie lichen covered tombstones left by the Ahlatshah dynasty and others are each one of a kind with intricately carved inscriptions. These impressive stelae all face in the same direction and make for an unforgettable photo with the background of the mountains and Lake Van. We continue to Tatvan and overnight.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Tatvan Kardelen HotelDay 4: TATVAN – HASANKEYF – ANITLI – MIDYAT – MARDINStop At: Hasankeyf, Batman, Batman ProvinceWe depart after breakfast and continue to Hasankeyf, which is an ancient city located on the Tigris River. We view the Mausoleum of Zeynel Bey who was the son of Uzun Hassan ruler of the Akkoyunlu Dynasty who had control of Hasankeyf in the 15th century, the old Tigris Bridge built in the 12th century by the Artukid Sultan Fehrettin Karaaslan, the ancient citadel and the mint. You will view rock cut stairwells and dwellings in the huge rock face. Hasankeyf is threatened by the Ilisu Damn project and some monuments have been removed access restricted.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Midyat Old City, Midyat, Mardin ProvinceOn our way to Midyat we will make a stop in Anitli (HAH) village where there is an ancient church and monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Syriac name of the church is Yoldath (Aloho) and according to the local Syriac community, the 6th-century church was originally established by the three Kings of the Orient. The church is considered the most beautiful example of church architecture in Tur Abdin. We continue to Midyat and see the old town with its sandstone houses and the steeples of nine Syrian Orthodox churches. Midyat is famous for its silver filigree jewelry and local wine. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mardin Izala Hotel or Maridin Hotel.Day 5: MARDIN – DEYRULZAFERAN – DARA – MARDINStop At: Great Mosque of Mardin, Mardin, Mardin ProvinceToday we visit the city of Mardin, with its golden stone houses that blend into the hills. The houses are often decorated with intricate carvings. This is a very lively trading center with people coming to buy and sell and a great place to look at copperware, jewelry and hand-made soap. See the Great Mosque of Mardin, the Kasimiye Madrasa and get a fantastic view of the Plain of Mesopotamia.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Deyrulzafaran Monastery, Mardin, Mardin ProvinceWe visit the Syriac-Jacobite Monastery of Deyrulzaferan, which is a beautiful structure made of the native stone.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, Mardin, Mardin ProvinceWe visit Dara which is an amazing village hosting a Necropolis which was dug into Roman quarries, a roman water purification system and underground cisterns.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mardin Izala Hotel or Maridin Hotel.Day 6: MARDIN – HARRAN – SANLIURFAStop At: Harran Ruins, Harran, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe depart for Harran, city of the prophet Abraham, with its fortress, the world’s first Islamic University and beehive shaped adobe houses.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cave of Abraham, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe continue to Sanliurfa for lunch and then visit Abraham’s Cave where it is thought that the prophet was born.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Balikligol, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe will also wander the gardens and see the Pools of the Holy Carp. The Halilurrahman Mosque on the sacred pool was built in 1211. We continue for some shopping and exploring in the Old Bazaars. These are old stone arcades from the 16th century. Important bazaars are Gumruk (Customs), Haci Kamil, Mencek, Bican Aga and Topcu Hans. Traditional crafts are still being practiced and you can find colorful material, scarves (Kefiye or Agali) and outfits, copper, wood and household items. Colors and scents may overwhelm you. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Sanliurfa. Hilton Garden Inn or El Ruha Hotel. Day 7: SANLIURFA – MUSEUMS – GOBEKLITEPE – SANLIURFAStop At: Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe visit the Archaeology and Mosaic Museums where you will start to learn about Gobeklitepe and see some amazing finds from the site and others in the area and also see some intricate mosaics such as those of the Amazon women. Surrounding the museum grounds are the remains of cave houses.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gobeklitepe, Sanliurfa, Sanliurfa ProvinceWe drive to see the real thing! Gobeklitepe, which is one of the most incredible archeological finds ever as the remains are those of the earliest religious structures yet to be discovered. With its T-shaped megaliths carved with strange images of animals. Gobeklitepe is at least 12,000 years old and is still being excavated. It is possible after we return to Sanliurfa to visit the Great Mosque and walk in some back streets where we can visit the Memorial House of Klaus Schmidt who led the excavations of Gobeklitepe until 2014. His wife, who is also an archeologist still lives in the historical house, does artwork and seminars.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Sanliurfa. Hilton Garden Inn or El Ruha Hotel.Day 8: SANLIURFA – MT NEMRUT – ADIYAMANStop At: Severan Bridge, AdiyamanToday we drive to Mount Nemrut, which is the highest mountain (2150 m) in Northern Mesopotamia. Our first stop is Cendere Roman Bridge - built by Septimus Severus in the 2nd century AD. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Arsemia Antik Kenti, KahtaContinue to Arsemia with relief carvings of Antiochus and Hercules.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Karakus Tumulusu, KahtaSee Karakus, a tumulus of the royal Commagene women. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Mount Nemrut, AdiyamanWe continue to Mt Nemrut and visit the East and West terraces, fire altar, statues of Apollo, Zeus, Hercules, Tyche and Antiochus Epiphanes I, Tumulus. We then descend down the mountain through small villages and beautiful scenery.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Adiyaman. Grand Isias Hotel, White Star or Hilton Garden Inn.Day 9: ADIYAMAN – GAZIANTEP – ADANAStop At: Bakircilar Carsisi, Gaziantep, Gaziantep ProvinceAfter breakfast we drive to Gaziantep. The artisans of Gaziantep are specialists in making copperware and furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The city has a fortress with 36 towers originally constructed in the Justinian era and later rebuilt by the Seljuks. See the Old town of Gaziantep with beautifully carved stonework of doors and windows in the old parts of town and the bazaar. Gaziantep is also known for its cuisine so we should enjoy a traditional meal with specialties of the region such as lahmacun, kebabs, cig kofte and sweets such as baklava.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Zeugma Mosaic Museum, Gaziantep, Gaziantep ProvinceWe will visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum which is the second largest mosaic museum in the world containing 1700 m2 of mosaics. The collections are focused on finds from Zeugma. Here you can see the famous “Gypsy Girl” Mosaic. We will continue to Adana.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Adana Senbayrak City Hotel, Masel Hotel or Ibis Hotel. Day 10: ADANA – TARSUS – ISTANBULStop At: Ancient Road, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastWe will drive to Tarsus and discover the rich religious heritage of this town which is the birthplace of St Paul. We will visit the Ancient road of Tarsus.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: St. Paul Kuyusu, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastSt Paul’s Well and the foundations of the house where he is believed to have lived.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Old Tarsus Houses, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastWe will take a walk in the old district of with its beautiful stone houses and continue to the ruins of the Roman baths. We see the church mosque which is one of the oldest places of worship in Tarsus and may have been the original cathedral of St Paul. Although converted into a mosque this church still has Christian religious frescoes. Duration: 1 hourStop At: St.Paul's Church, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastWe also visit the Church of St Paul which was built in the 5th century A.D. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kirkkasik Bedesteni, Tarsus, Mersin (Icel), Turkish Mediterranean CoastKirkkasik Bedesten (40 Spoons Bazaar) which was built in 1579 and is now a center of handiwork by local women artisans. After the visit we continue to the Adana airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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14 Days Small Group Tour of Eastern Turkey

Day 01: Cappadocia Arrival (B)Fly to Cappadocia and transfer to hotel (not included). Overnight in Cappadocia.Day 02: Cappadocia (B L)After breakfast pick up from your hotel. You will visit Devrent Imagination Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum, Pasabaglari, Avanos, Uchisar Rock-Castle, Esentepe and Goreme Open Air Museum. Overnight in Cappadocia.Day 03: Cappadocia (B L)Kaymakli Underground City, Soganli Valley, Sobesos, Keslik Monastery and Mustafapasa. Overnight in Cappadocia. Day 04: Cappadocia - Gaziantep (B)After breakfast, depart for Gaziantep. Enjoy lunch at Maras. Visit Mosaic Museum then the old city castle and copper bazaar. Overnight in Gaziantep.Day 05: Gaziantep - Sanliurfa (B) Drive to Sanliurfa. Visit Urfa Archaeological Museum and holy sites at the Ainzelha Lake, prophet Abraham's birthplace and local covered bazaar. Overnight stay in Urfa.Day 06: Sanliurfa – Mt. Nemrut (B)Visit Harran and see beehive houses. Drive to Kahta. On the way, visit Gobeklitepe Temple. In the afternoon hike to Mt. Nemrut (UNESCO site), watch the sunset. Visit the old castle Arsemeia, Cendere Bridge and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. Overnight in Adiyaman.Day 07: Adiyaman - Mardin (B)Departure to Mardin. Visit this old, historical city. Take in fantastic views of the Plain of Mesopotamia. Visit Forty Martyrs Church, Zinciriye Madrasah, Monastery of Deyr-az-Zaferan. Walk in its busy streets and bazaars, and admire the stonework all around the town. Overnight in Mardin.Day 08: Mardin - Tatvan (B)Drive to Hasankeyf, with stop at the beautiful little town of Midyat to see the Monastery and ancient houses. Then, depart to Tatvan, a small village by the Lake Van. Overnight in Tatvan.Day 09: Tatvan - Van (B)Drive to Van. Take a ferry across the lake to visit the finest Armenian architectural wonder of the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island. Step over to the huge Van Castle. Overnight in Van.Day 10: Van - Dogubeyazit (B)Drive to Dogubeyazit. We will visit Muradiye Waterfalls, we will also see Mt. Ararat from all sides, the IshakPasa Palace. Overnight in Kars.Day 11: Kars (B) Drive to the medieval Armenian City of Ani. Also visit the impressive Kars Castle and Holy Apostles Church. Overnight in Kars.Day 12: Kars - Erzurum (B)Drive to Erzurum. Visit the 12th century Medrese (a Seljukian School), an old market place where the local black stone is mounted. Overnight in Erzurum.Day 13: Erzurum - Trabzon (B)Drive to Trabzon. On the way we will visit Karaca Cave. A short hike through the forest, visit the Sumela Monastery, also known as the Monastery of the Virgin Mary. Overnight stay in Trabzon.Day 14:Trabzon–Istanbul (B)Visit the city of Trabzon and Hagia Sofia Church. After city tour transfer to Trabzon Airport and fly back home.

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Eastern Turkey Adventure

Spectacular mosques, rustic Armenian churches and towering stone castles reward those willing to get off the beaten path. From ancient mud brick cities to exotic bazaars and the mysterious fallen stone heads at Nemrut Dagi, this 8-day trip is Turkey at its most fascinating. Travel to the land beneath the snow-capped peak of Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark and immerse yourself in the magnificent sights and legendary hospitality of the people in this lesser-known, and lesser-travelled, region of Turkey.

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Ultimate Turkey

Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars and mud brick cities, and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.

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