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Akdamar is located in Van lake with a 20-30minutes boat riding you will arrive there. The island... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Tehran, Iran
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Nature and history

The beautiful island between the lake and the beautiful scenery creates a delight.The island is the... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2018
Rasht, Iran
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This island located in the salty Lake Van is home to the Church of the Holy Cross and some Armenian monastery ruins.
Lake Van | Bitlis Van Yolu, Gevas, Van, Turkey
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Akdamar is located in Van lake with a 20-30minutes boat riding you will arrive there. The island has an old church which is beautiful. At the other side of the island, there is a shore for swimming. Van lake water has alkaline, but we enjoyed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank massoum
Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

Nature is very beautiful but There are very few amenities In return for the cost they receive, they do not provide services to visitors

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

The beautiful island between the lake and the beautiful scenery creates a delight.The island is the site of the linkage of history with nature

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank fahimeh22
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Akdamar island in Van, Turkey is so beautiful. When you are in ship and see blue and green nature thats amazing.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Negar Z
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Although Van has not much to offer in terms of tourism, it took us almost a day to visit and enjoy the beauty of the boat ride to Akdamar Island located in Van Lake. The boat ride was fun and indeed comfortable considering that it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lisa P
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

There are boats from the town called Gevas every half hour. The restoration of church has been finalized. The basement of monetary was cleared. The figures at facades are fabulous.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mdoner
Reviewed April 30, 2018

Another stop on our tour of beautiful Eastern Turkey. Despite the attraction offered by the island and its restored Armenian church the overriding feeling was one of sadness. The political reality of Eastern Turkey meant that tourism was a major casualty. Despite many vessels seen...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Sultanshat
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

Very small island located about 45 km from city center with a small old church. You can reach to island with boats cost 15 TL Entrance fee was 10 TL per person

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank mazhar_family
Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

a small island with wounderfull aspects .It is located in van lake .less than half an hour from offshore .An ancient church is located up on the hill .very beautiful. There is only one shop .If you visit van I suggest to visit this island...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Soraya H
Reviewed September 2, 2017

We went from Gevas, which is the closest village. The view is absolutely amazing. The church is right on the top of the island, very visible from different points of view. Well conserved it must have been used until quite recently. This old Armenian church...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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June 11, 2018|
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Response from Sultanshat | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I can’t give a definite answer, but when we were there tourism had nearly died. We were only a group of four and the boat wouldn’t operate unless we paid more. Couldn’t blame them.
December 28, 2015|
Response from gabcsi_11 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We were there in the summer. I can tell you there is ferry to Akdamar which starts from out of Van. You start on the way to Edremit and it is around 40 kms. The return price is 15 liras and 5 liras as entrance fee. The... More
January 29, 2015|
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Response from Surgman | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to book a trip. You might need to do a little leg work if there aren't passengers going out every day. But the payoff could be the place to yourself. That was the experience we had and it was definitely a... More