Confused letters: Russian tourists ended up in Turkish Mardin instead of Madrid (photo)
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Clients discovered an error during a transfer in Istanbul. Vacationers flew to the Turkish city, located 20 kilometers from the border with Syria.
The Russian travel agency made a mistake and sent clients to the Turkish city of Mardin instead of Madrid. This was reported by the Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit.
Customers realized that they were going to Mardin, not Madrid, during a transfer in Istanbul. The managers responsible for booking tickets mixed up the names of the cities.
Tourism entrepreneur Bekir Falay said that the Turkish side, despite the confusion, was well received by the Russians, who spent the whole day in Mardin.
“There was a request from Russia about a trip to Madrid. The agency issued a ticket to Mardin through Istanbul instead of Madrid. Travelers faced an unexpected surprise and we were very surprised,” he said.
President of the Association of Tourism Enterprises of Mardin Aslan Pashaoglu added that the Russians really liked the city. The tourists left the city the next day and boarded a flight to Madrid with a transfer in Istanbul.
What is the city of Mardin famous for?
Mardin is located in southern Turkey, about 20 kilometers from the border with Syria. Most of the locals can see the Syrian Valley. About 140 thousand people live in the city – Kurds, Turks and Syrians.
On both sides, Mardin is surrounded by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Mardin was included in the UNESCO heritage list for its undeniable historical and cultural value, it is the second object in the world after Venice that has retained its original appearance.
Mardin is famous numerous architectural monuments – the ruins of antiquity, Muslim mosques and Christian monasteries.
The city has a small airport, it does not accept international flights. You can fly to Mardin from Istanbul, there are no direct flights from Antalya.
Finland has limited passenger traffic since September 30 and banned tourists from Russia from entering due to a threat to international relations.
In September, Russian-speaking tourists were dropped off the bus in Georgia. The men shouted “Glory to Russia”, and the Georgians in response told them to “shut up and go to their Russia”.