Cizre is a small town with a 2013 population of about 110,000i and is located in the southeast portion of the boundaries of Turkey's Anatolia region, in Northern Kurdistan, very close to the Syrian border. Kurds make up the majority of the population, but other ethnicities are present too, including Assyrians. Two major roads intersect in Cizre -- D400 (E90) and D430. These two highways bring some traffic from passing travelers. The domestic Şırnak Airport also brings some tourism and business to the city.
[i] City Population - Cizre. City Population. Retrieved on 2014-04-01.
There are several restaurants and cafes offering traditional foods of the area. If you haven't already tried it, kutlik is a known specialty in the area that is a savory meat filled pastry.
Mount Judi / Cudi Dagi - Many early Christians and Muslims believed that this mountain was the resting place of Noah's Ark following the flood. Although most now believe that Mount Ararat is the more likely location for this event, visitors still find Mount Judi to be an interesting geological site because of its ship-shaped rim.
Tomb of Noah - A large mausoleum is housed inside a mosque on the site of a place believed to be the tomb of Noah. Visitors can enter to see the tomb.
Tombs of Mem and Zin - The most famous star-crossed Kurdish lovers are said to be buried in Cizre. Visitors can see the tombs, which are next to a tiny mosque and cemetery -- ask any local to show you the way. There you will find a cave with three stones marked for Mem, Zîn, and one for Beko, the traitor who separated the lovers.
Most of the hotels in Cizre are located along the main thoroughfare of E90, so it is easy to discover several places to stay just by taking a drive. However, very few seem to offer online reservations, so you may need to call or just visit in-person to reserve a room. Some visitors also like to stay at the nearby city of Silopi, taking the short 3 km drive for a day trip to see Cizre.
The town is surrounded on three sides by the Tigris River, giving it an almost island-like appearance. Cizre is located in a mostly flat plateau valley not far from Mount Judi Cudi Dagi. One interesting fact about Cizre is that it holds the record for highest recorded temperature in Turkey -- an extreme high of 119°F.[i]
[i] Turkey Facts And History. About.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-02.
There are several places to rent a car in or near the city. Since Cizre is located very close to the Syrian border, you'll need to pay close attention to maps and signs if you want to avoid customs checks that can detract time from your scenic tour. Taxis and buses are also an option for ground transportation.
The nearest airport is only for domestic use, so travelers from other countries will first need to fly into a Turkish international airport then obtain a connecting flight to Sirnak Airport.