I've wanted to visit Gobekli Tepe for many years but due to the security situation with the war in Syria with the border just over 30km from the site and then the Covid19 travel restrictions I'd been unable to do so. Once travel was permitted again it was one of the first destinations on my list to visit. Originally I'd planned to take an organised tour to Turkey and then tag on a visit Gobekli Tepe at the end but couldn't find anything that fitted my holiday schedule so decided to try to arrange myself.
I've been wanting to visit for many years but the security situation and then Covid19 had prevented my trip. When I finally arrived it was worth the wait. We travelled from London to Istanbul and then on to Sanliurfa where we stayed at the Tessera hotel. A bus from Urfa Archaelogical museum goes to Gobekli Tepe 3 times a day and as of May 2022 costs 13TL each way. On arrival at a weekend the area was incredibly busy with coaches and cars all over the place but if you walk up to the monument it's far more peaceful.If you have the Turkiye museum pass you can skip the line and go straight to the site or into the visitor centre. Weekend was very busy but I understand that weekdays are quieter. Unfortunately with our flights it didn't work out for a weekday. Amazing site that's well worth visiting before it gets over developed. Hard to imagine that it's 7000 years older than Stonehenge.