Diyarbakir, Mardin and Urfa Tour

VENUE
Southeast Turkey
THEME
History
DURATION
3 days
WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Round-trip flights

Accommodation in small boutique hotels (B & B)

Private guided tours

Professional tour guide

Museum entrance fees

Lunch and dinner

WHAT'S EXCLUDED?

Personal expenses

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OVERVIEW

THREE MYSTIQUE CITIES OF MESOPOTAMIA

DIYARBAKIR: HISTORY’S AND CULTURE’S MISTIQUE CITY

The ancient city of Diyarbakır hosted numerous civilizations, encompassing a wide range of cultures and beliefs where the sounds of “ezan” (Islamic call for prayer) mixed with those of the bells. The richness of the city’s culture will make you dizzy! 

Photo by Alper Şener


Diyarbakır (also called Amid, Amida, Agusta, Diyarbekir) greets its visitors with the Castle of Diyarbakır, which has been nominated for UNESCO’s world heritage list. The castle is surrounded by the centuries old Gardens of Hevsel, tales of which have been told in Ottoman, Seltchuk and Asurian sources. The bastion of Keçi, built by the Romans in the 10th century is one of the oldest and most glorious additions to the castle architecture residing over the Gardens of Hevsel. 

Photo by Ozan Bugdayci


The Ulucami (English: “The Magnificient Mosque”): Formerly a shrine for various beliefs, later the biggest church of Diyarbakır, the Ulucami was converted into a mosque in 639 AC.  It is the oldest mosque in Anatolia. 

Photo by Hasan Bozdaş


Following a local breakfast rich with local flavors in the historical Hasanpaşa, The House of Diyarbakır (“Diyarbakır Evi”) and Sülüklü Han, we will enjoy a visit to one of the first universities of Anatolia: The Mesudiye Medresesi and the Cemil Paşa Konağı, which has recently been renovated and turned into a city museum. 

Walking through the narrow streets (“küçe”) of the old city, we will find ourselves in the House of Dengbej, which in Kurdish means “the teller”.  Also called the Sons of Homeros, the Dengbej tradition is centuries old with tales of love, courage, wars and hunger which are song by the masters without using instruments. 

Photo by beefortytwo


Among the countless artifacts and beauties the city has to offer, and with ample opportunity to enjoy the handcraft and local cousines of Diyarbakir’s locals, we will visit and cherish the history of:

  • The Church of Saint George (4th century AC)
  • The Artuklu Han
  • The Mansion of Erdebil (half a mile outside of the city, 800 years old overlooking the entire delta)
  • Surp Giregos (Armenian) Church
  • Mar Petyun (Keldani Catholic) Church
  • Ancient Church of Mother Mary (Assyrian)
  • The Mosque of Şeyh Mutahhar (The Mosque with four legs)
  • The Tavern of Hasanpaşa
  • Dicle Brigde (The Bridge with 10 eyes)

MARDIN: THE MAGIC CITY OF BELIEFS AND LANGUAGES



With its famous stonework and architecture of glorious mosques, churches, monastreies and madrasahs, Mardin has grown as a point of attraction for many visitors. Built by the Mardin plains, also known as the Mesapotamian Plains, the city is made of handmade houses carved carefully and in incredible detail into the local yellowish stones. 

Photo by Fezaizm


Listening to the sounds of the ezan (Islamic call for prayer) and the bells alike, the “Abbarras” (passages with homes on top), narrow streets joined by stairs will take us to many unforgettables sites including: 

  • The Museum of Mardin (built on the foundation of a historic Church)
  • The Madrasah of Kasımiye (15th century AC)
  • The Monastery of Deyrulzaferan (Graves of 52 Assyrian patriarchs are located here)
  • Mansion of Cercis Murat (dinner spot with unique local cousines and music)
  • Market of Mardin full of spices, silver and cupper handcraft, various organic products, including soaps

URFA: THE WORLD’S OLDEST SHRINE SITE

Photo by: Fatih Oktay


One of the oldest settlements in Mesopotamia, Urfa has maintained its strategic importance as a gateway and passage of civilizations due to proximity to water and trade routes. Oldest site of ancient religions for polytheistic and monotheistic civilizations alike, Urfa is unavoidable for our guests interested in religious history. 

Photo by Tamra Hays


Also known as the Fruitful Crimson, Urfa was inhabitated by 11 thousand years ago. The recently recovered sites of Göbeklitepe, which is accepted as the world’s oldest known site for temples, has rewritten history of religions as we know is and laid the foundation for some of the most exciting archeological works in recent history. 

Among others, our journey through Urfa, the mystique city of the Mesapotamia,  will take us to The Urfa Castle, Balıklı Göl (The Lake with Fish), monasteries, marketplace, mosques, churches and local restaurants where we will get to enjoy the regions unique tastes and music alike. 

Number of people

Price (VAT Inc.)

1 to 5 people$ 1450 USD/person
5 to 10 people$ 1250 USD/person
10+ peoplePlease contact us


 Contact us for more information

Tour Curator
Nevin Soyukaya
Born and raised in Diyarkbakır, Archaeologist, Former Diyarbakır Museum employee, currently carrying studies on Diyarbakır Histroy and Culture
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