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7 Nights
Eastern Anatolia
Main Region
Fitness Level
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Tour Summary
  • Ahalat
  • Akdamar Island
  • City of Van
  • Lakes
  • Mt. Suphan
  • Nemrut Volcano Crater
  • Silk Road
  • Tatvan
  • Urartian
  • Van breakfast

Trekking Lake Van, Nemrut Crater and Mt Suphan. This tour will take you completely around the extraordinary and beautiful Lake Van with its unique geology and stunning, wide open spaces. The tour requires a good level of physical fitness, mainly for the last leg of the tour on Mt Suphan which involves trekking at higher altitudes. The tour is half board, with the exception of those parts of the tour where hotels are used which are on a bed and breakfast basis. The Farewell Dinner is included in the coast of the tour.

The Trip Planned Out
Your Itinerary
  • 1
    Day 1 -

    From Van to Tatvan on the south western shore of Lake Van via Akdamar Island and a visit, by boat, to the 10th century Armenian church of The Holy Cross. (D)

  • 2
    Day 2 -

    Up to Nemrut Volcano Crater. For two days we will explore the rim of the crater with its spectacular views of Lake Van and the lakes inside the crater itself. (B + D)

  • 3
    Day 3 -

    We will also explore the floor of the crater with its hot and cold lakes and numerous hot blow holes. There will be an opportunity to swim, relax or even do a little fishing in the cold lake. (B + D)

  • 4
    Day 4 -

    We leave the crater and head for Ahlat with its unique and mysterious Seljuk cemeteries and monuments. We will stay overnight in a lakeside hotel with opportunities to relax and enjoy the hotel’s excellent restaurant.

  • 5
    Day 5 -

    After a leisurely traditional Turkish breakfast we take the lakeside road for our camp site on the slope of Mt. Suphan. (B + D)

  • 6
    Day 6 -

    Early morning start (1.00 am) for the summit of Mt. Suphan arriving at the volcano rim at around dawn. After exploring the volcano and its lake we descend to our camp site and return to the city of Van by which time you will have travelled the complete circumference of this beautiful, unique lake. (B + D)

  • 7
    Day 7 -

    There are options to extend the tour to take in the extraordinary castle rock of Van with its 3000 year old Urartian fortifications, Çavuştepe and the spectacular fortress of Hoşap that protected, and drew income from, the ancient Silk Road or the numerous Armenian religious sites around the Van region .

Regions Visited

Eastern Anatolia

Fitness Level High - Able to walk up to 8 kms over broken ground and incline.
What is included?

All road transport (tolls etc) English speaking guide All state and local taxes All museum and site entries

What is not included

All meals (Unless otherwise stated) Personal expenses Beverages Insurance (unless otherwise stated)

Terms & Conditions

Please note that there is a 20% surcharge for single room occupancy.
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 but we are happy to advise.

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Nemrut Crater

Nemrut Crater is a complete caldera formed by a series of eruptions and tectonic movements, one of which blocked major river systems and formed Lake Van more than 600,000 years ago.

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Lake Van

Lake Van is a endoheric lake, meaning it has no outlet. It has a high soda content and is able to support only one fish, the pearl mullet which has evolved to survive in this environment but which still migrate up mountain streams which feed the lake in order to spawn.

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Mount Suphan

Mount Suphan is a stratovolcano and at 4,058 metres is the second highest volcano in Turkey.