Midyat old church

Eastern Turkey: what you need to know before you go

Eastern Turkey is a somewhat unknown and a mystery for travellers. Istanbul's minarets, Cappadocia's rock formations and the blue water of the Mediterranean coastline, is the Turkey most people know, with the Far East of the country seeming like a vast no mans land between continents. However, this is far from true. From the plains … Continue reading Eastern Turkey: what you need to know before you go

Ani ruins

Visiting Ani: ruins of the former Armenian capital

Ani ruins are considered an absolute must-see for anyone venturing out east in Turkey. However, their location, as far east as you can possibly get in Turkey, and on the cusp of the closed border with Armenia, means not too many people make it out there. However, if you do it will sure to be one of your highlights of the region. Here's my guide to exploring the ruined Armenian city.

Akdamar island

Lake Van and Dogubayazit in far eastern Turkey

After spending time in Southeastern Turkey, I moved further east to the edge of the Kurdish region to Van and Dogubayazit; home to Turkey's largest body of water, a number of important historical sites and the fabled Mt Ararat. I based myself in Van, a cool, youthful city on the edge of Lake Van, and … Continue reading Lake Van and Dogubayazit in far eastern Turkey

Mt Nemrut ruins

Mt Nemrut and Şanlıurfa: Southeastern Turkey’s archaeological wonders

On my second trip to Turkey I was very excited to finally get to see Mount Nemrut, an incredible archeological site from the first century. Check this post out for how I visited Mt Nemrut as well as a day trip to Urfa and Gobeklitepe.

Mardin

Southeastern Turkey’s old towns of Mardin and Midyat

After crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan, I arrived in Mardin, an incredibly picture perfect town overlooking Mesopotamia. I really hadn't known much about Mardin before arriving there, other than Lonely Planet declaring it was worth a stop, but it simply took my 20 minute hike up through the town from where the bus had … Continue reading Southeastern Turkey’s old towns of Mardin and Midyat

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Crossing the Iraq-Turkey border at Ibrahim Khalil/Habur

From Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan, I wanted to cross over to Southeastern Turkey. I crossed the border at Ibrahim Khalil/Habur and here is my guide and report of the crossing.