On an Adıyaman Tour Visit the Home of the Magnificent Mount Nemrut

The province of Adıyaman is a must see with its cultural assets, natural beauty, historic richness and Mount Nemrut, which was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List and is great to see on an Adıyaman Mount Nemrut tour at sunrise and sunset, with statues of ancient gods whispering into your ear to wow you.  Read More...

On an Adıyaman Tour Visit the Home of the Magnificent Mount Nemrut

Adıyaman has been the stage for several civilisations, and the location for many culturally essential cities and the Archaeological Museum which you can see on a private tour of Adıyaman that houses regional finds from the Lower Fırat dating back to the Neolithic and Chalcolithic ages.

The ruins of an Abbasid citadel (restored by the Seljuks) and the 14th-century Ulu Mosque are among the other historical sites that are well worth seeing while on an Adıyaman tour and high-quality kilims (rugs) woven in bright colours can be bought in the bazaar there.

5km to the north of Adıyaman is Pirin (Perre) that boasts a vast Roman necropolis dug out of the rock and soil and the Haydaran rock tombs and effective relief of King Antiochus shaking the Sun God hands can also be seen in the village of Taşgedik located 17km north of Adıyaman.

Adıyaman and Kahta make excellent bases for Eastern Turkey tours to Adıyaman to visit Nemrut Dağı (Mount Nemrut) National Park and has excellent accommodation and camping facilities and to hire transportation. At the top of Nemrut Dağı, colossal statues of divinities salute sunrise every morning.

Known as the eighth wonder of the world, King Antiochus built this substantial funerary sanctuary I of Commagene in the first century BC and is dotted with 10m-high statues of deities made of cut stone and the pyramid-shaped tomb of the king himself. The engineering involved continues to amaze visitors on archaeological tours of Adıyaman and makes them question how were the stones moved to an altitude of 2206m.

At ancient Eskikale (Arsameia of Nymphaios), a great relief in the ruins of what scholars believe could have been the Commagene Palace depicts Hercules greeting King Antiochus and Anatolia's largest Greek inscription is located here. Opposite to this site and separated by the Eski Kahta River are the remains of Yenikale (New Castle) built by the Mamluks. Other nearby sights include the second-century Roman bridge at Cendere (which is still in use) and another Commagene royal tumulus, Karakuş.

Best Time To Visit Adiyaman

Foreign and local tourists visit Adiyaman throughout the year and the ruin sites in the region and the tremendous historical wealth it offers increase the number of visitors each year taking an Adiyaman tour. The Nemrut Mountain and the Ataturk Dam which make the region welcoming during summer and winter. Adiyaman is covered in snow in the winter and comes alive with colour in spring and summer making the city a worthwhile visit anytime during the seasons.

Typical Costs in Adiyaman

The local currency in Adiyaman is the Turkish Lira (TL), although Euros and US Dollars are widely accepted as well. While you are on a private tour of Adiyaman, you will find the costs very reasonable. Transportation on the local dolmus is exceptionally cheap, and the taxi is also not expensive. Food and drink in Adiyaman are also well priced but again depends on where you choose to eat.

Know Before Visiting Adiyaman

Always check before travelling to Adiyaman and obtain your Visa before entering Turkey. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear to the holy sites. Keep a copy of your passport and always leave all the necessary documentation in your accommodation safe. Still, be aware of your surroundings at all times when on any Adiyaman tour.

Weather in Adiyaman

During the months between May and October in Adiyaman is when you will experience the best weather with pleasant average temperatures between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). The hottest and driest time to visit Adiyaman is in June, July, August and can reach over 30 degrees and the coldest month is January where it can go below freezing.

Dining And Nightlife in Adiyaman

Köfte (meatballs), Lentil Meatballs, Pestil, Sticking, Adıyaman Hıtabı, Kebab, Şile dessert are some of Adıyaman's famous dishes which you try while on your tour to Adiyaman. There are several restaurants in the city centre offering local dishes. There are also fish and grill varieties on the banks of the dam pond in Kahta District and cafeterias on the way to Mount Nemrut. As for the nightlife, it is very lowkey, but you may find a few bars with some live music a great way to experience the Turkish life.

Shopping in Adiyaman

In Adiyaman and surrounding towns and villages, handcrafted products such as carpets, kilims, saddlebags, large carpetbags and much more which reflect the region’s art and cultural tradition and are made for their own needs and as souvenirs for tourists on an Adiyaman tour. Additionally, headscarf lace and cross-stitch embroidery are of great significance and value in the region as they symbolise the traditions of the unmarried young girls. Handmade headcloths are rare as the craft is practically extinct due to modern technology. You will also find bazaars offering all sorts of souvenirs.

How to Reach Adiyaman

Adiyaman is located in the Southeast Anatolian Region and has road links to every other part of Turkey. Although the city has railway and air transport facilities, road travel is still the more popular mode of transport.

The town of Gölbaşi provides a central crossroad for the Malatya, Kahramanmaraş and Gaziantep directions. By road, Adiyaman can be reached via Gaziantep, Şanliurfa, Malatya, Kahramanmaraş and Diyarbakir. Many historical and Eastern Turkey tour-worthy sights can be seen along these roads.

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