Istanbul to Lake Van District 2 Day Tour

  • Istanbul To Lake Van District 2 Day Tour
  • Istanbul To Lake Van District 2 Day Tour
  • Istanbul To Lake Van District 2 Day Tour
  • Istanbul To Lake Van District 2 Day Tour

Istanbul To Lake Van District 2 Day Tour

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Centred around Turkey's largest lake, the Lake Van District dazzles visitors with natural beauty and historical sites. Explore this amazing region with Alaturka and soak up the views of this famous sodium lake, 1600 metres above sea level, as well as important historical sites of the Urartu Kingdom, later Armenian and neo-Persian kingdoms, and the beautifully-preserved Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Akhtamar Island.

This tour package includes return flights from Istanbul.

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul and transferred to the airport for your flight to Van.

Upon arrival in Van, the tour will begin right away. Our first stop will be 
Van Citadel, a 2800 year old fortress built by the ancient Armenian kingdom of Urartu. The fortress sits atop a 100 metre high bluff and offers spectacular panoramic views over Lake Van, which is the largest lake in Turkey.

From here we will drive to 
Cavustepe to visit the ruined citadel there. The caretaker speaks the ancient language of the Urartu Kingdom and can translate the stone tablets.

The next stop is another, more modern castle, 
Hosap. Hosap sits high above the surrounding landscape and was used to control and tax the road to Persia. Enjoy the stunning scenery!

After Hosap we will head to 
Gevas, on the coastline of Lake Van, where we will have lunch before taking a boat to the most famous location in the Lake Van District, Akhtamar Island. Akhtamar is home to the Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross, a beautifully preserved example of the architecture of 10th Century Armenian architecture. Decorating the exterior walls of the cathedral are an extensive array of carved Biblical reliefs, depicting scenes such as David and Goliath, and the Virgin Mary.

After Akhtamar Island, we will return to Gevas by boat and will head back to Van, where you will check into your hotel.

Overnight Van.


In the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to Van airport for your flight back to Istanbul.

The tour ends in Istanbul. If you have any enquiries about further tours or travel within Turkey, we're happy to help!

Tour Prices

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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2 star equivalent.
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.

TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.

PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.

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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    2 Days
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  • Tour Type(s)
    Group Tour, Private Tour
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  • Tour bus, Private transfer, Domestic Flight
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