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Travel Tips

Transportation

There is airline transportation to all cities in the region except for Kilis. Gaziantep and Diyarbakır are the cities having the flights to the region most. All the city centers in the region are connected to each other with divided roads. It is possible to reach Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa provinces via tollway. The city centers that are possible to reach via railway, are Diyarbakır and Batman. There is not any public transportation between the districts of the region in winter after 17.00 o'clock and after 19.00 in summer.

 

Contact

All the region is within the coverage zone for cell phones and it is possible to use cell phone everywhere in the region except for mountainous.

 

Museum and Excavation Sites

All the museums are closed on Monday, as they are in the rest of Turkey. You can obtain museum card only in couple of museums in the region. We recommend you to get a museum card before you come to the region. Excavation sites are open for visit every day. They are open till 19.00 o'clock in summer and till 17.00 in winter. There are not services such as toilet and market that you can meet your basic needs in most of the excavation sitesThere is not public transportation in most of the excavation sites. You can visit these places by hiring a private car or taking a cab.

 

Summer Period

Spring and autumn seasons are the most appropriate times for visiting this place since summer is so hot and dry. You can travel around the city with your routes composed of two days since winters are warm. Do not forget to take moisturizing cream, suntan cream, hat, sunglasses and personal hygiene belongings with you; prefer to wear comfort, loose, light colour and ketene clothes. Do not be exposed to sun for a long time. Pay attention especially to your children, keep them under shades and get them to drink a plenty of water. Prefer walking shoes, running shoes or sandals that are able to breathe.

You need to prefer morning, mid-afternoon and evening hours while programming your visits on open terrain. Try not to move in the noon as much as possible. Spend your time in sun protected areas.

 

Food-Drink

The food culture in the region is mostly based on meat. Vegetarian people may prefer salad, appetizer, garniture and bread that are served with meaty foods.

Although the food culture of Mesopotamia provinces seem to be similar, indeed they are entirely different. We suggest you to try the foods that are peculiar to the province that you visited (Such as Beyran in Antep, Tirit in Urfa, Sembüsek in Mardin, Stuffed Lamb Ribs in Diyarbakır, Perde Rice in Siirt etc.) Do not eat kebab everywhere.

There are only a limited number of bars and restaurants serving alcohol. There are some hotels that do not serve alcohol. Pay attention while making reservation.

 

Sanitation

Do not drink tap water in the region. Consume bottled water all the time.

You should not forget that most of the toilets in the region are squatting toilet. There are only a few of disabled toilet in the region.

 

Mosque and Church Visits

You should not enter into Assyrian Churches with improper clothes as well as the mosques. Women should cover their heads with headscarf if any in the mosques and churches.

You need to be silent in the mosques, churches and synagogue as much as possible, and you should not walk around or take a photo inside these structures without receiving permission from the relevant reverends or officials.

 

Points Need to be Considered

Do not forget to bring your sweatshirt, pullover, quilt or coat with you in order to use on the peak of Nemrut Mountain.

The water of Euphrates River is so cold, it is so deep and its stream is very strong. We recommend you not to swim.

It is dangerous and forbidden to swim in all of the dam lakes in the region.

You need to be careful about the place at which you will camp. Especially scorpion and centipede might be dangerous.

You can bargain in all of your shopping in the region. The most authentic products are in the old bazaars.

 

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