Details of Tour of Van Lake Region
Let us take you on a journey of a Tour of Van Lake Region.
Day 1 - Van Airport arrival day
On your arrival to Van Airport, you will be meet with your driver and guide, drive for the Pleasure Palace of Ishak Pasha overlooking the Plains of Ararat, not simply a palace but the administrative center of the region which in its heyday rivaled the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul It is an amalgamation of different styles absorbed from the complex region it is in Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian and Armenian styles are all present. This region was briefly ruled by Russia who looted the palace the gold plated doors that once hung at the main gate are now in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. Transfer to hotel, dinner at the and overnight.
Day 2 - Van
We will pick you up after breakfast and travel to the Muradiye Waterfall for a relaxing picnic lunch. Moving on to Van we will explore the Citadel with its three thousand Urartians fortress and watch the sun go down over Lake Van. Transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight in Van.
Day 3 - Cavustepe, Hosap Castle, Lake Van
We will pick you up from your hotel and our day will start. Today will bring us to the mountain top ruins of Cavustepe (Urartian fortress) then onto Hosap Castle, built on a rocky outcrop on the north bank of the Hosap River. The structure that we see today dates mostly from 1643 (1052 A.H.) when a Mahmudi tribal lord, and Hosap's governor Sari Suleyman Bey, rebuilt the castle on what was probably an earlier fortification from the Urartians Period (9th c.- 6th c. B.C.) On our way back to Van we will have the optional opportunity to see local artisans creating traditional rugs and learn about Turkish, Armenian, Kurdish, and Azeri rugs and kilims. At Van, we will travel by ferryboat across Lake Van, stopping on Akdamar Island to see a spectacular 10th century church built by an Armenian king, eat a lunch of local fish, and swim in the lake. Transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight in Van.
Day 4 - Tatvan
We will pick you up after breakfast and travel to Tatvan. We will drive to Mount Nemrut, one of the largest complete calderas in the world and have a picnic and swim at the adjacent thermal and cold lakes. We will then visit the tombs of Seljuk Kings in Ahlat and return to Tatvan, dinner at the hotel and overnight in Tatvan.
Day 5 - Departure
After breakfast at the hotel we will pick you up and transfer to Van Airport as per your onward flight schedule.
- Able to walk up to 500 metres over level ground.
- Please note that it is essential that you have purchased travel insurance for all parts of Turkey. It is your responsibility to organise the correct cover.
Includes of Tour of Van Lake Region
Transfer from airport to hotel
Transfer from hotel to airport
3 nights accomadation in Van with breakfast and dinner
1 night accomadation in Tatvan with breakfast and dinner
4 days tour inclusive transportation, guiding service, entrance fees.
Excludies of Tour of Van Lake Region
- International flights
- Drinks with dinners
- Personel expenses
Pick-up and Drop-off Details of Tour of Van Lake Region
- Pick-up and Drop-off Van Airport.