I'm writing to praise Nomad tours who operate out of Sanliurfa. We booked from Australia to do two day tours, one to Harran and other ancient archaeological sites, and a day trip to Mt. Nemrut. We had had two wonderful days. The first trip was a tour from Urfa to Harran, then a number of ancient and medieval sites, such as the ruins of a caravanserai, an ancient quarry for the limestone that was used from the 13th century for the buildings around Harran and other sites, Sogmatar ancient moon worship cult site on a stony limestone hill and finally Gobekli Tepe - the most important Neolithic archaeological site that is changing the whole concept of the development of human civilisation. We were driven in a Mercedes 4-wheel drive mini- van, necessary for the very rough terrain we encountered. Most other tours I've read about only do Harran and Gobekli Tepe, and avoid the other sites because the roads are so bad. Our driver, Omar negotiated them with great finesse, and our guide "Chele" was erudite and made the whole day fascinating. I would strongly recommend Nomad if you want the whole experience and not just the most obvious touristy bits. This area is part of the cradle of civilisation and the birth of the human religious consciousness,
with sites that cover Neolithic, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman times, most being destroyed by the Mongol invasion.
Before we left Australia, Alison from Nomad Tours made us aware that doing Mt Nemrut might be problematical - at 2200 metres we could encounter snow and most of the guide books spoke of howling gales, even in summer. People from our guest house went the day before us and experienced heavy rain, fog and could not see a metre in front of themselves. We were blessed with the weather. It was a fine and sunny day leaving Urfa and remained so all the way to Mt. Nemrut. We stopped at more ancient sites on the way and decided to delay stopping for lunch as the weather at the mountain-top looked fine, and weather can change fast in the mountains. We reached the summit of this amazing tomb with its monumental statues in sunlight and spent about an hour there before the low cloud and heavy, sleety rain started as we finished our descent. Omar, our fearless driver took us to a little guest house for a late lunch of spicy omelette and cheese and bread, then pomegranate. A fabulous day!
I can't recommend Nomad Tours highly enough.