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Nemrut Mountain (Nemrut Dağı)

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For those who have visited Nemrut, I would need some advice:

1) I plan to stay in Urfa for 5 days - to see Harran, Göbekli Tepe and Nemrut Dağı. Is 5 days too many?

2) Is it too far to go to Nemrut in one day: should I go to Adiyaman for 1 night first and see to Nemrut first thing in the morning to catch the sunrise?

3) Where can I find a guide to take me there? I heard it is pretty steep and wonder if I can find a guide in Urfa, or a local guide in Adiyaman?

4) I actually plan to go to Gaziantep first for 4 days - maybe I should shorten that to 3 days so I can spend an extra day in istanbul before heading home.


Thanks in advance.

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    Are you talking of days of 8 hours of sunlight or 15 hours of sunlight?

    Freezing weather and snow or sleet and snow melt or hot as hell?


    What do you want to do at Gaziantep?


    Here are some general remarks :

    1. Get local guide at Adiyaman or Kahta for Nemrut. You can arrange one through the net.
    2. Try to get some ideas and/or recommendations from Fest Turizm site and possibly call them about guides. If you can afford it, getting Fest to manage your whole trip will save you days of planning and travel but they are as expensive as they are good.
    3. You can do Gaziantep, Urfa, Halfeti, Harran, Nemrut AND Mardin, Midyat, Hasankeyf in 9 days easily if you are driving, finding local guides at every location. You may even do it with public transport in late Spring and Summer although it will be tighter.

    4. Limit the amount of red meat you eat in the region and do not go for the cheaper places to eat meats (kebaps) because of the risk of getting the runs.
    5. Drink only bottled water and at Gaziantep even brush your teeth with bottled water.
    6. Take a few tiny bites of any fresh green peppers before attempting to eat a whole one. Forget about the red ones.
    7. Definitely try the katmer at "Orkide" in Gaziantep
    8. Never order full breakfasts. You may get 15 dishes including chopped liver. (do not forget these are pre-biblical lands)
    9. Do not try to get to Kadesh unless the Syrian situation has fully settled down.
    10. Generally, do not expect too much from the local guides in terms of historic background, socio-political analysis, cultural perspective and especially recommendations regarding where to eat. Their taste buds will be significantly different from yours, their life styles and incomes may also not make it possible for them to try the different more pricey restaurants, meaning they will be depending on hearsay or PR or even commissions.

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    I did all of this in 3 days, but that was kind of an express visit. 4 days is ideal. I spent half a day in Gaziantep( a few hours in the old town,and 1-2 hours at the Zeugma museum), then travelled to Kahta in the evening. Did the Nemrut tour in the morning after, came back to Kahta by 10am, left for Urfa, reached at say 2 PM, explored the place till late in the evening( but it was spring,so long days), did Harran the following morning, and spent more time in URfa in the evening.
    So that was 3 days. You could use another day too.
    The hotels in Kahta do have guided tours(not sure about winter though).
    If you have plenty of time then you could spend a day or 2 in Karadut, the whole area seemed enchanting to me.

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