Eastern Turkey : Van



Day 1: İSTANBUL - IĞDIR - DOĞUBAYAZIT - AHLAT - TATVAN

Morning take a flight to Igdır. Arrive in airport & drive to Doğubeyazıt. Visit Ishak Pasha Palace overlooking the plains of Mountain Ararat- was not only a palace but an administrative center of the region. It is a fusion of various styles absorbed from the region: Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian and Armenian. After lunch in a local restaurant, drive to Ahlat. Visit 13th century Seljuk Cemetery & Gravestones Open Air Museum. At the end of the tour, transfer to hotel in Tatvan for dinner & overnight.

Day 2: TATVAN – NEMRUT VOLCANO - VAN

Take minivans to Nemrut Volcano. Visit Nemrut Crater Lake, the world's second-largest crater lake, it was previously recognized by the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) project, while remaining the hidden paradise of the Eastern Anatolia. Then drive to Tatvan for lunch & visit Ahlat Museum exhibits findings from graves (ceramics) dating back to B.C. 2000, discovered in the Yuvadamı necropolis area belonging to Early Iron Age. Visit 2800 year old Van Fortress, built by the ancient Armenian kingdom of Urartu. The fortress sits atop a 100 meters high bluff and offers spectacular panoramic views over Lake Van. Dinner & overnight in Van.

Day 3: VAN – HOŞAB – ÇAVUŞTEPE – AKDAMAR ISLAND

Morning start the visit with more modern castle, Hosap sits high above its surrounding landscape and was used to control the road to Persia. Then drive to Cavustepe to visit the ruined citadel. Drive to Gevas & have lunch at local restaurant. Take boat trip to the most famous location of the Lake Van District, Akhtamar Island which is home to the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross, a beautifully preserved example of the architecture of 10th century Armenian architecture. End of the island tour, back to Gevas by boat. Dinner & overnight in Van.

Day 4: VAN - İSTANBUL

Transfer to Van airport for flight back to İstanbul.

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