We visited Nemrut Dagi at sunrise, from Malatya with a tour guide very helpful and recommendable... read more
We visited Nemrut Dagi at sunrise, from Malatya with a tour guide very helpful and recommendable... read more
My husband and I just completed our 3 week trip to Turkey. Nemrut was a place I very much wanted to visit. We wanted to visit Nemrut after visiting Istanbul and before travelling to Cappadocia. My husband and I are a professional middle aged couple. We like our creature comforts. We are prepared to pay for good service, but do not appreciate being ripped off. We knew going in that we would have to rough it a bit. I must have spent close to 2 weeks consulting every travel book, travel forum and contacting travel agencies about how to best visit Mount Nemrut. I hate package or group tours and wanted a private guide. Some travel agencies tried to rip us off by selling us a 3 day trip -all by van at a cost of 1200 euros per person. Outrageous! After considering all options and weighing all the pros and cons, we decided to fly from Istanbul to Adiyaman and do both the sunset and sunrise tour of Nemrut Dagi. We stayed overnight at Hotel Euphrat. I e-mailed the hotel directly about the possibility of their finding us a great private guide who spoke good English. Marijke Jonker, one of the Dutch managers/owners of Hotel Euphrat arranged for us to be met by our private driver and guide at Adiyaman airport. We flew on Turkish Airways and booked our flight on line. He was waiting for us with a...My husband and I just completed our 3 week trip to Turkey. Nemrut was a place I very much wanted to visit. We wanted to visit Nemrut after visiting Istanbul and before travelling to Cappadocia. My husband and I are a professional middle aged couple. We like our creature comforts. We are prepared to pay for good service, but do not appreciate being ripped off. We knew going in that we would have to rough it a bit. I must have spent close to 2 weeks consulting every travel book, travel forum and contacting travel agencies about how to best visit Mount Nemrut. I hate package or group tours and wanted a private guide. Some travel agencies tried to rip us off by selling us a 3 day trip -all by van at a cost of 1200 euros per person. Outrageous! After considering all options and weighing all the pros and cons, we decided to fly from Istanbul to Adiyaman and do both the sunset and sunrise tour of Nemrut Dagi. We stayed overnight at Hotel Euphrat. I e-mailed the hotel directly about the possibility of their finding us a great private guide who spoke good English. Marijke Jonker, one of the Dutch managers/owners of Hotel Euphrat arranged for us to be met by our private driver and guide at Adiyaman airport. We flew on Turkish Airways and booked our flight on line. He was waiting for us with a smile when our plane landed. His name is Sadin Karli and can be reached at sadusan_hotmail.com Sadin's English was very good (not perfect, but this was not important ) and he went the extra mile to show us all of the fabulous local sights before proceeding to our sunset tour of Nemrut. We had planned on only doing the sunset tour. However it was so magical and so special, we figured, what the heck, we're here! Let's go for the sunrise tour as well!! The roads can be quite scary and it is very comforting to have a local guide who has grown up in the area. When he took us to see Mount Nemrut at both sunset and sunrise we had the place all to ourselves at least an hour before the tour groups arrived. We felt very safe and privileged to have had him as our guide. Hotel Euphrat is not located in Kahta. Kahta is farther away from the entrance to the Nemrut National Park-at least an hour further away-so you have to get up much earlier for a sunrise tour. Hotel Euphrat is located in the hamlet of Karadut which is literally a 15 minute drive from the entrance gate to the park and perhaps another 10 minutes to the Nemrut parking lot. If you are not in shape, you had better start working out. There is quite a climb to get to the summit. There is also the challenge of the altitude. I do step and aerobic classes. My husband was winded. For those who are not up to it, they do have donkeys for hire. Swallow your pride if need be. This is not the place to have a stroke or a heart attack. While other tour groups have to get up at 1 or 2 in the morning, we could sleep in till 4:14 a.m.!! Our guide was ready for us at 4:30 a.m. This was a HUGE plus for us as we need our sleep. In the earlier planning stages of the trip, I considered flying into Malata as Lonely Planet indicates that it is easy to visit Nemrut from there. Do not do this! Nemrut is a 3 hour drive from the Malata airport and access to Nemrut from this northern side is along very dangerous roads. I am so glad we did not go this route. !In a separate trip advisor report I gave Hotel Euphrat a very good rating only because of its extremely remote location in Eastern Turkey and because of its proximity to Nemrut and its pleasant owners. There were some inconveniences that were annoying, but I think you have to be mature and look at the overall big picture. When we were there at the end of June the hotel was virtually unoccupied-many tourists had cancelled their trips to Turkey due to the overblowing of the media attention on the student protests in Istanbul. We felt completely safe at all times-Istanbul included. We were given their best room, a corner room with a mountain view. Unfortunately the air conditioning did not work and the swimming pool had not yet been filled. They were in the process of filling it the day we left! So we were hot. However the beds were comfortable, the bathroom was modern, there was a hair dryer, we had lots of hot water, the water pressure in the shower was great and the shower did not flood. Everything was clean. Since you are in the middle of nowhere you have to eat at the hotel. The food did not disappoint. You can either eat indoors or outdoors on a huge patio with a beautiful panorama. Both breakfast and dinner were very good and plentiful-with very fresh ingredients. Service was very friendly and pleasant. While the owners are Dutch, their English is not perfect, but not to worry-it is easy to make yourself understood. Take our advice and stay here-it really is the best choice. Just be realistic and don't expect the Hilton.(If you really want the Hilton you can have it-a Hilton is located about 4 hours away from Nemrut in Sanliurfa-a place we actually wanted to visit if we had had more time ).The next day we were headed to Cappadocia. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Adiyaman to the airports in Cappadocia. If we had insisted on flying again, we would have had to fly back to Istanbul and hang around the airport before taking a domestic flight to Kayseri in Cappadocia. We did not feel confident enough to rent a car as we do not know any Turkish. We took the bus from Kahta to Kayseri in Cappadocia. This trip was only supposed to take about 7 hours. There were some delays and the trip ended up taking closer to 9 hours. However there was air conditioning on the bus, the seats were very comfortable and there was a young man on board who served beverages and snacks and offered cooling face towels to freshen up. Although the bus was full of women and children and their babies miraculously there was no crying and they all slept soundly. There were two scheduled stops-one for lunch and the other a pit stop. Both places were incredibly clean-including the ladies room. Western toilets were available to my huge relief. Our guide bought our bus tickets and of course drove us to the bus station in Kahta.MoreShow less
We visited Nemrut Dagi at sunrise, from Malatya with a tour guide very helpful and recommendable. His name is Ramo, his mobile number +905368730534. He organizes the tour from Malatya to Nemrut Dagi at sunrise and sunset, I guess every day or so. He speaks very well English so you can get in touch with him and you won't get disappointed at all!
To us, he was helpful in many ways and we still thank him.
We left around 2AM and drove south, then we had some rest and a bit of breakfast, and finally we hit the sacred mountain.
Well, Nemrut Dagi at sunrise gets its most beautiful light, and one hour after the dawn people will disappear and you will get the site for you only.
It’s one of best place,you could see the sunset and sunrise. My favourite was sunrise.
It’s also quite easy to get there by driving roads are pretty good.
Me and a friend travelled for 8 days Kars–Doğubeyazit-Van-Diyarbikir, we wanted to visit three sites: the ancient capital of the Armenians (Ani), a palace on a hill overlooking the valley (Ishak Paşa Palace in Doğubeyazit) and Nemrut Daği statues, 2 hours from Diyarbikir. As we were looking for a lot of info before we left, I thought I would share some things which would have helped us along the way:
Some things we observed: As a female traveller, I was relieved to be travelling with a guy, we found numerous times that men along the way would tell me one thing and my male friend something else, doğubeyazit in particular had a heavy male presence on the streets. Also, we were often the only foreigners in a city, which can be quite daunting when a lot of people stare. This is also of course what attracted us to the region (not the staring), as well as the cooler temperatures in August for Turkey. Speaking a bit of Turkish was slightly useful but in the Kurdish areas this is limited and you will be very lucky to find someone who speaks English, even in some bigger hotels. Lastly, it can’t be overstated that people we came across were extremely warm and generous, these moments made our trip very special.
Day 1: Arrived Kars, a shiny new airport in the middle of the steppe. 20 minute taxi to the Hotel Katarina SArayi (I have written a separate review), lovely location just outside the centre on a river with trees and a garden at the front. Followed the Lonely Planet’s restaurant recommendations and liked both. Tip: Read Snow by Orhan Pamuk, set here.
Day 2: Went on a private tour or Ani, Çildir Lake and Seytan Castle with tour guide Celil (+90 532 226 3966) who also took us to a great fish restaurant on the lake. Very knowledgeable and can easily talk for 10 hours about the area Wasn’t the cheapest tour (this is also a set price so the more people there are, you just split the cost), but spending a whole day exploring these sites was definitely worth it and with just the two of us we could spend as much time as we wanted at Ani. Just incredible site, don’t miss it.
Day 3: Got a bus to Iğdir (a couple of police check points), as it was a holiday there was only one bus that day but usually more frequent. Then a dolmuş (smaller minivan) to Doğubeyazit, around 45 minutes (1 police check point) and drops you at the central bus station very small. Walked 8 mins to the Tehran Boutique Hotel, nicely surprised by the place with 7th floor terrace overlooking Mount Ararat and Işak Paşa Palace, if you want it they have beers, or you can buy alcohol in the bigger MMigros you will find on the main car street. Guy at reception told us all the restaurants and supermarkets were closed for the holiday (wrong) and also Işak Paşa palace (also wrong), also told me that the drinks at the bar were just for photos (totally wrong and frustrating that he lied to me so blatently). Basically, didn’t know much, better just to go and explore for yourself. Late lunch at Diyarbakir café on pedestrianised street, got what we were served, excellent fresh ayran and salads.
Day 4: There are no postcards in Doğubeyazit! Searched but nothing, got the dolmuş up to the palace for 5tl for 2 (about 15 mins from the Beledıyesi – town hall), we climbed above the car park (here you will find souvenir places with a few postcards left from the 90s, or earlier) to get a better view, about 20 families (big ones) grilling their meat from the day before’s sacrifice of the sheep holiday. One family invited us for a photo, then tea, then full on meal which left us stuffed and incredibly touched. One of the ladies gave me her headscarf when I commented on how I loved the colours. Climbed up to a wall of rock to get another view, you can only fit through this gap if you haven’t eaten too much baklava already on your trip. Then to the palace, very reasonable entrance fee, didn’t understand the written guide so much but a beautiful site, both inside and out.
Day 5: There are a couple of bus companies in each Turkish city, best to just go straight there and ask times for the place you want to go to. Generally women and men are seated separately so even though we got seats next to each other, we then had to split up for two women and sit next to our respective genders. 2.5 hour bus ride to Van where we saw the castle complete with 3 wedding couples posing for wedding photos, then a friend took us to an excellent restaurant above a petrol station (don’t judge Turkish restaurants by their look go for the fullest ones, Turkish food is excellent and Turkish people know all the best places to go). Didn’t get to see much of Van, but even my friend who is from there said you can spend a day or less there. Arrived too late for Akdamer Island. The BestVan night bus to Diyarbakir went through many many police checks. Not the best night’s sleep but entertaining to understand some of Turkish culture and society, one that spans a huge country and many many cultures, traditions, histories and peoples. Tea provided onboard.
Day 6: Woke up at 5am arrival in Diyarbakır, 31degrees celsius already in August. Cab to our hotel (Hilton Garden Inn with pool, excellent breakfast and pool and comfy beds), they let us check in early and it was very reasonable (around 30 euros), totally worth it. Spent the day enjoying the pool as it was so hot, ventured into the old city around 6pm to see the Grand Mosque and old markets which close around sunset and got to see a wedding that night.
Day 7: Got a transfer for 300tl from Nemrut Dagi Kervansaray Hotel from Diyarbikir as we couldn’t find any direct buses and had limited time. Went up to see the sunset at Nemrut Daği (leave at least 1.5 hours at least before sunset, the walk is around 30 from the Dolmus stop and it can take 30 mins to reach that point from Kahta). Chose this hotel as they had a pool…which turned out to be empty. Staff didn’t greet us as we arrived which felt strange compared to others’ warm welcomes. You will find it a challenge to avoid the crowds but totally worth it. A delicious dinner back at the hotel was included in the price of the room.
Day 8:Tonnes of tourists taking selfies at sunset so we went again at sunrise, while everyone huddled on the east terrace to watch the sunrise, we went to the west terrace and got a peaceful moment with these beautiful monuments to a past civilisation, the only ones there. Osman from the hotel drove us back to Diyarbikir for 300tl and for an additional fee, the valley tour where you see some pretty incredible sites. You will notice that Turkish people are constantly on the phone, Osman must have taken about 20 phone calls on his two phones (sometimes simultaneously, elbow steering) on the way. In Diyarbakir ventured out to the old town, intense side streets, felt like a souk and very different to other parts of Turkey, check out the Kultur Evi, live music 15:30-19:30 every day and Erdebil Köşkü Aile Café, nice views over the old bridge and city walls, accessible an old and very slow funicular.
I had planned to visit this site for 3 years. We stayed at Nemrut Kervansaray, about 8 km from the peak, and timed out visit in order to see the site in daylight, but more importantly to watch the sunset from the terraces near the top. You drive up to a car park and are taken up by a shuttle bus to the base of the hill. The walk up takes 15 minutes (at a slow pace), and is mainly climbed on wide stone steps, though the last portion is on gravel and rocks.
The site itself is spectacular, as are the views, but the sunset was absolutely breathtaking. We took a bottle of wine up and sat on one of a number of solid benches, strategically placed along the path, facing the sundown.
We could all feel the history and the magic of the place. Definitely a highlight to remember.
Stayed at the Karadut Pansion and they took us by car up to the near top. They have blankets you can rent as well as coffee and tea you can purchase. I rented a blanket. Was not properly dressed. Just be prepared for freezing cold temperatures. I was there at the end of September. But once you get past the weather (If it is cold) it is beautiful. There were only about 10 of us up there, so it felt like our own special sunrise. Magical. Worth the 4 buses from Cappadocia to get to! FYI- It is easier to fly into Sanliurfa, but we had some good experiences on the buses!
not much to say about this gorgeus monument. It is unique place in all over the World. there are also more places to see around the mountain if you have time.
The sights are scattered across a wider terrain, so prepare yourself for some hiking and bring comfortable clothes.
It was a whole climb with the people i was with... But it was soo beautifull! worth every step! fascinating how they brought it all up the mountain! The shop was also great. not for the stuff you could buy, but for the amasing friendly people
The King of Commagene with the awesome name of Antiochus I Theos Dikaios Epiphanes Philorhomaios Philhellen ruled the area from 70 BCE-38BCE. On his death, he had constructed a huge artifical tumulus and tomb on top of one of the highest peaks in the kingdom, visible for miles around. Seated around his tomb are the massive statues of the gods, a mixture of local, Persian, and Greek gods deities with the king seated among them. Today you can visited the site, stand among the tumbled heads towering 6-9 feet in height, and find yourself among the ancients.
A visit not to be missed. A World Heritage Site!
The site is very imposing and the view amazing. One of my favourite sites in all of Turkey. Depending on the route you take and the weather (we had thunderstorms) the road can be a bit tricky. On the way back to Adıyaman make sure to stop in at kahta kalesi and kara kuş.