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ashwinb Feb 26th, 2013 05:04 AM

I was just think of changing plan a little bit, I was initially planning to do Antep-Kahta-Urfa,day trip to Rum kale.
Do you think this is feasible: Antep-Kahta-Yavuzeli-Sanliurfa? Are there buses between Adiyaman and Yavuzeli and between Yavuzeli and Halfeti?

otherchelebi Feb 26th, 2013 06:14 AM

Croesus , it was too cold the day we made the trip and we were not prepared to climb up. Please read my Trip Adviser review of Rum kale.

ash, I doubt that you can get buses between Yavuzeli and Halfeti. However, you may get to Kadaba village from Yavuzeli for Rum Kale. That is only 25 kilometres.

ashwinb Feb 26th, 2013 06:30 AM

So will I get a boat for Rum kale and halfeti from kadaba, and accommodation too? Doesn't sound very hassle free.

otherchelebi Feb 26th, 2013 08:47 AM

Sorry for the misprint. It should be Kasaba village.

Ash, I am sorry that I could not persuade you to read my review.

If you look at the map, you will see that Kasaba is only hundred meters or so cross from Rum kale and is near the vantage point your photograph was taken. There are cheaper boats from a pier at that location, to cruise around the fortress and possibly let you climb up to Rum Kale. Whereas Halfeti is many kilometers to the Southeast.

If you get to Yavuzeli and then Kasaba, you do not need to go to Halfeti or Urfa to visit Rum Kale. Just stay at Yavuzeli or get back to Gaziantep.

ashwinb Feb 26th, 2013 10:29 AM

Oh..I have read your review, however I have to cover Sanliurfa and my flight back to Istanbul is from Urfa itself. And I have 3 days in SE Turkey, I leave on the 4th day in the morning.
So if I go to Rum kale from Yavuzeli, I still have to go Sanliurfa. I'm trying to find out if Gaziantep-Kahta-Yavuzeli-Sanliurfa is better than gaziantep-Kahta-Sanliurfa and Halfeti day trip.
IS there accommodation in Yavuzeli?

ashwinb Feb 26th, 2013 10:47 AM

I mean kasaba village..

Croesus Feb 26th, 2013 03:17 PM

I think you'll find the nearest hotels are in Halfeti, Birecik or Gaziantep. Although there might possibly be somewhere to stay in Yavuzeli, but almost certainly not in the tiny village of Kasaba.

I don't think I'll be visiting Rumkale yet (it's not even on my to-do list) maybe in a few years time when they've tidied it up a lot more - "stone houses will be transformed into boutique hotels" - http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/rum...=238&nid=25259

ashwinb Feb 26th, 2013 09:26 PM

That's good news..infact there is a boutique hotel already in Halfeti, Halfeti Socrates Antik Konukevleri.

ashwinb Apr 9th, 2013 06:36 AM

Do these places(orkide pastanesi, Fiko'nun Yeri ) open early in the morning, like 9am,for breakfast?


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