Details of Tour of Mount Ararat

Let us take you on a journey of a Tour of Mount Ararat.

Day 1 Van, Dogubayazit arrival day
On your arrival to Van Airport, you will be meet with your driver and guide, we will drive to Gevas. There we will take a ferry to Akdamar Island to visit an old Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross which was built by Armenians in the 10th century. Then we will have lunch next to the shore of the Van Lake and will back to Van for visiting Urartian Castle and place where beautiful Van cats are bred. Afterwards we will drive to Dogubayazit. On the way we can stop at the Muradiye waterfall. Overnight at a hotel in Dogubayazit. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 Dogubayazit, Uzengili, Sagliksuyu
After breakfast we will visit Ishak Pasha Palace, one of the most important and unique Ottomans palaces, built in 17th century. About 200 meters from the palace there are ancient Urartian Castle and two mosques from Ottoman time, which we will also visit. Then we will drive along ancient Silk Road to the place where Noah's Ark rested, Durupinar Site, a ship-shaped area on the hill between Telceker and Uzengili villages. We can walk down to view the remains of the Ark and later visit small Museum of Noah's Ark.

Afterwards we will see the crater, which was formed due to meteor fall, and is located just next to the Turkish - Iranian border crossing. From there we will continue our tour, driving to Sagliksuyu (Arzep) village, called also 'The village of 8', to see the stones which are believed to be anchor stones of the Ark. Then we will return to Dogubayazit. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 Mount Ararat Trek
After breakfast our day with start. Today we will have opportunity to spend time on Mount Ararat, the highest mountain of Turkey, which is traditionally considered the resting place of Noah's Ark.

After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the foot of Ararat. We will stop close to Cevirme village at 2200 meter from where we will walk to Ararat Camp 1 located at 3200 m. (our equipment will be transported by horses). After 3 - 4 hours we will reach the campsite. We will set up our tents, drink tea and have some snacks. Then we will have time to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery. At the evening our cook will serve hot meal (soup, second dish and salad). Overnight at the campsite.

Day 4 Mount Ararat - Dogubayazit
After breakfast at the campsite we will walk down to the elevation 2700 meter to visit Kurdish nomadic village, before having lunch with villagers. There, we will have the opportunity to look at the life of the Kurds, who leave their villages in the summer and move to the slopes of Ararat to graze flocks of sheep and goats. After the meeting with Kurdish villagers we will continue descent to the place, where minibus will wait for us. We back to Dogubayazit, to the hotel. At the evening we will drive to Diyadin village to see the natural hot springs in the Tendurek valley and soak our bodies weary after the trek. Overnight at the hotel in Dogubayazit.

Day 5 Transfer to the airport
Transfer to Van-, Ferit Melen airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul or other city.


Includes of Tour of Mount Ararat

  • All transfers during the tour
  • 3 nights accommodation in Dogubeyazit
  • 1 night in tents on Mount Ararat Camp
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Cultural tour guide during the tour
  • Mountain guide during hiking on Mount Ararat
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Horses to carry luggage and camping equipment on Ararat
  • Camping equipment, foam sleeping pads, tents

Excludies of Tour of Mount Ararat

  • Domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals

Pick-up and Drop-off Details of Tour of Mount Ararat

  • Pick-up and drop-off Van Airport.