Excursions to the Far East and Black Sea Coast Sights

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Urfa (Şanlıurfa) 9

Diyarbakır 8

Mardin 7

Lake Van and Environs 7

Trabzon 7

Gaziantep 6

Midyat 4

Kars 4

Sinop 3

Hasankeyf 3

Sümela-Mereyemana 3

Mt. Nemrut and Environs 2

Doğubeyazıt and Mt. Ararat 2

Harran 1

Ani 1

Ayder 1

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Archaeological Site/ Ruins 9

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Body Of Water/ Waterfall 3

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Geological Site 2

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Island 2

Jail 1

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Museum/ Gallery 12

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 15

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On the tranquil, uninhabited islet of Akdamar, among the wild olive and almond trees, stand the scant remains of a monastery that include...

Lake Van

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Turkey's largest and most unusual lake consists of 3,738 square km (1,443 square miles) of eerily blue water surrounded by mighty volcanic...

Mount Nemrut

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Across the lake from Van is one of Turkey's loveliest natural wonders, the beautiful and rarely visited crater lakes of Mount Nemrut...

Van Kalesi

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Steps—considerably fewer than the 1,000 claimed in local tourist handouts—ascend to Van Kalesi, the sprawling Urartian fortress on...

Van Müzesi

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Van's most popular museum aims to highlight local Urartian heritage, especially its famous metalwork; the collection includes rich gold...

Çarpanak Island

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There are several other small islands on Lake Van, with their own Armenian churches. None are as glorious as Akdamar but if you have...

Çavuştepe and Hoşap Kalesi

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

From Van, drive 35 km (22 miles) south on the Hakkari road, where the side road to Çavuştepe is signposted on your right. Here you...