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“Lake Cruise”
Review of Lake Van

Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Van
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Owner description: The largest body of water in Turkey, this triangular shaped lake contains salt water that is unsuitable for drinking or irrigation. The only life form that can survive in the water is a species of freshwater fish called darekh that has adapted to live in a saline environment.
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Lake Cruise”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

The cruise on the lake to Akdamar Island gives lovely views of the lake shore and back to tall mountains that were snow covered in May.There are many small islands in the lake itself

Visited May 2014
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Tehran, Iran
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“It's a lake!”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Cant say I enjoyed it a lot. its a lake after all. to be honest, the time I enjoyed most at van lake was when an airplane passed right above my head and landed on the other side of the lake. couldnt capture that on my camera tho!

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
259 reviews
116 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful ferry ride from Tatvan to Van”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

We took the 8am ferry from Tatvan to Van on a glorious spring day in mid April. The ferry is used primarily to take train cargo and as far as we could see we were the only passengers. It was 5TL each (paid on board to the captain) and we sat on the deck in the sunshine watching the beautiful snow clad peaks slide by. Be warned that the ferry is pretty old and rusty. Take snacks and water. There is plenty of seating downstairs but nothing on the deck. The trip took four and a half hours. On arriving at Van we followed the quay and caught a dolmuş for 1.5TL to downtown. In Tatvan we were told that the ferry leaves at 8, 12, 4 and 8. An outstanding journey.

Visited April 2014
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Chonburi, Thailand
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“lake beautiful but too urban”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

lake beautiful some point lake color light blue but van is a big town and too urban i like tatvan more.

Visited March 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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418 reviews
211 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
“A pretty lake to sit by and watch the world go by”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

We made the mistake of thinking this lake would be near Van itself and, judging from our (bad) map, we decided to walk there..... it took a really long time and we opted to take the mini bus back into town. So I'd recommend getting a mini bus or taxi here instead of trying the mammoth walk. The lake itself is very pretty and there are seats so you can just sit and watch the world go by - or turn around and watch the shunting of train carriages onto the ferry.

Visited February 2014
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