Magnificent Journey Through History on a Distinctive Diyarbakır Tour

Steeped in a long history dating back to the traces of countless human habitations, Diyarbakır is very much still a vibrant city with exceptional breathtaking cultural landscapes that are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Diyarbakır that was known in ancient times as Amida has been the cradle of 26 different civilisations throughout its magnificent 5000-year history. Go on a Diyarbakır city tour and venture behind the basalt walls and see the city's twisting alleyways full of historical buildings and Arab-style mosques.  Read More...

Magnificent Journey Through History on a Distinctive Diyarbakır Tour

Explore this city on a daily Diyarbakır tour that extends across a basalt plateau near to the banks of the River Dicle with black basalt triple walls that encircle the old town that are 6 km long and are reinforced with 16 towers with 5 gates and are decorated with inscriptions and reliefs and presents a superb example of medieval military architecture.

The Seljuk Sultan Melik Shah built Ulu Mosque which you can see on historical Diyarbakır tours is notable for its original design and its utilisation of both Byzantine and more ancient architectural materials and the mihrap a prayer niche showing the direction to Mecca of the close by Mesudiye Madrasah is also made of the local black basalt.

The Nebii Mosque represents the Ottoman style, and the Safa Mosque exhibits Persian influences on its decorative tiled minaret. The Aramaic Church of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana Kilisesi) dating back to the 3rd century is still in use today and has many visitors on Diyarbakır tours and makes for an exciting visit. An example of early domestic architecture is the restored home of the author Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı and is undoubtedly worth a visit.

The Deliller Han of 1527, which was converted and refurbished into a hotel, re-creates the atmosphere of the days when trading caravans once stopped in Diyarbakır. Just outside of the city walls close to the river you will find Atatürk's house that is now a museum well worth a visit when on a private Diyarbakır tour.

South of the town is the Dicle Bridge which was constructed in 1065, and you can take a picture of the Dicle River, the bridge and the city walls which makes a fantastic memory to take home.

In Silvan located 77km east of Diyarbakır, you are recommended to stop at the graceful Ulu Mosque, which dates from 1185 and admire the fine flowing lines of stone relief work that outline the pointed arch portal.

Best Time To Visit Diyarbakir

You can visit Diyarbakırall year round but the best time to take a Diyarbakır city tour is from April until October when you will have a pleasant and sometimes very hot temperature and minimal rainfall. The highest average temperature in Diyarbakır is around 39° in July, and the lowest is about 9° in January.

Typical Costs in Diyarbakir

The local currency in Diyarbakir is the Turkish Lira (TL), although Euros and US Dollars are widely accepted as well. While you are on a private Diyarbakir tour, 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 Diyarbakir are also well priced but again depends on where you choose to eat.

Know Before Visiting Diyarbakir

Always check before travelling to Diyarbakir 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 historical Diyabakir tour.

Weather in Diyarbakir

Average temperatures in Diyarbakir can vary; it can be sweltering in the summer and cold in the winter. If you’re looking for the warmest time to visit Diyarbakir on a private tour, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. The warmest time of year is usually late July where highs are around 104°F (40°C) with temperatures not dropping below 72.2°F (22.3°C) at night. In the winter months, the temperature can drop below freezing

Dining And Nightlife in Diyarbakir

The most famous fish restaurants are located in Dicle Coast and a mixture of South-Eastern Anatolian, Arabian and Acem kitchen which has many special foods such as kebabs, fish and vegetable menus, pastries (with grape molasses), dry dough, meatball and stuffed kaburga. You should taste Metruke, which is a speciality of Iraq kitchen. Also, there are some tavernas that the Journalists Society visit that serves raki, beer and wine, along with an impressive selection of mezes. The past few years have seen considerable growth in the popularity of Diyarbakır’s nightlife. The most common places are Dedeman Hotel, Ancient Caravanserai Hotel and Ghazi Villa. In the University area, around the pond, numerous bars and restaurants are offering live music and special menus.

Shopping in Diyarbakir

You will find an extensive choice of souvenirs for you to purchase as gifts for your family or for yourself that will always make you remember the fabulous time you had in Diyarbakir. You will find everything here, including rugs, textiles and especially all types of jewellery which is very popular in Diyarbakir. There are several bazaar where you can purchase everything you want. If you want something a bit more modern, then try the shopping malls dotted around

How to Reach Diyarbakir

It is possible to reach Diyarbakır by air, road and rail. On some days of the week, there are regular train services from Batman and Adana(Turkey) to Diyabakır.

If you are travelling by air, there are flights from Istanbul, Ankara(Turkey), Bursa(Turkey) and Izmir every day, from Adana and Antalya(Turkey) on some days of the week and Diyarbakir Airport is just 6 km from the centre.

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