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Address: Lake Van | Bitlis Van Yolu, Gevas, Van, Turkey
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Description: This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the...
This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the Holy Cross and some Armenian monastery ruins.
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The Most fantastic location in Van, Tukey

The island is located in 43 Km of south Van city. There are lots of places for swimming with changing place on the coast and vary beautiful church on the center of island. Toilet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The island is located in 43 Km of south Van city. There are lots of places for swimming with changing place on the coast and vary beautiful church on the center of island. Toilet services and a very small cafe is available in western part of the island. I suggest to travel there on summer if you love swimming or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

First of all if you want to get to Akdamar you have to take a ferry from out of Van (about 30 km) but maybe there are other ferries, too. The ferry costs about 15 liras return and you pay on the ferry. There seems to be no schedule of the ferry it started after some time. The ferry ride... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Must take a ferry over to Island. We had a group of us and had a great time crossing over. The ride was smooth and relaxing after a long day walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Greatly conserved and relatevely easy to reach, the island is very beautiful and has an incredible armenian church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Good place for swimming and relax,the church was beautiful,the lake was wonderful,but don't travel to van at Ramadan.every places was closed in daylight hours

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

When we arrived at the Island we were told that we had to leave with the same boat in one hour. That was a disappointment because we wanted to swim. Then a tourguide at the island told us we could just take another boat back. It's very nice and quiet place to swim.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I think one of the best attraction in East Turkey. You have to be patient with the ferry but then you can enjoy the tiny, beautiful island with many small hills, hidden bays. Don't forget to take your swimming dress. you can find also nice cafeterias. The church is really great, you can touch 1000 year of history. If you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We started our day taking a bus to Gevas (4.5 TL -1 hr) that dropped us on the junction and from there we hitched a ride (7km - it is very easy in Turkey). While approaching we saw a boat already going so we thought that we will have to wait forever for another boat to fill up but luckily... More 

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Urmia, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

You cannot even imagine before stepping on this island, how imaginary this place would be. It was perfectly covered with almond trees. If you go to this place in tree blossoming time, you will find yourself in heaven to its real extent. The church has a perfect yard and it was so clean. The well of the wishes inside the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Well worth a visit with a fascinating history. A short launch trip to the island gives you great views of both the island and the mainland. The island has a very interesting history and a great spot for a picnic.

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