A route like no other
Feel free to look around
An experience to remember
About Urartu Culture Route
The Urartu Culture Route comprises three sections of walking and bicycle route around Lake Van, the heart of the Urartu Civilisation, in Turkey’s Eastern Anatolia district. The route is a work in progress; parts are signposted and waymarked to international standards. GPS data and walking instructions are available for all the routes. We aim to link the routes into one long route encircling Lake Van.
These routes use footpaths and dirt roads between tiny villages, along the lakesides and into the hills. You will meet local shepherds with their herds and dogs, farmers gathering fruit or vegetables and the occasional fisherman. Accommodation is available in some villages, or we can transfer you back to comfortable hotels in Van or Tatvan at the end of each day. Van’s food is rightly famous – especially the traditional breakfasts, with a variety of cheeses, egg dishes, honey, cream and fresh bread.
To plan your adventure, explore our website and contact us for advice.
Urartu is the name given to an ancient kingdom of Asia Minor, centred to the southeast of the Black Sea and southwest of the Caspian Sea. Today, the frontiers of this area are set between Armenia, Turkey’s east and Iran’s northwest. Learn More
The world’s largest soda lake
Lake Van is a huge soda lake, 3712 square km in extent, trapped in a mountainous basin by a volcanic eruption and ringed by rolling uplands, extinct volcanoes and fertile valleys. The deepest point is 450m, and of course there are local legends of a lake monster. Learn More