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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2015
Where to go in 8 days in eastern Turkey?  (4 Answers)

I will arrive in Van on 21/7 and then travel in eastern Turkey. I will fly back from Erzurum on 29/7.Can everyone give me advice on how to spend these 8 days in eastern Turkey? One to two important castles or museums are enough for me. I hope the places can be of different features. Thanks a lot.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2015
Van Cat souvenirs from Van city

I am a big fan of the Van cat and want to bring home some nice souvenirs of same from upcoming trip to Van for myself and other Van owners/breeders in the UK. Any suggestions where to buy some good quality souvenir ornaments or jewellery or textiles featuring the Van cat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2015
is it safe to travel to Van in 2015?  (8 Answers)

Considering the war between Turks and Kurds

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2014
temperatures  (1 Answer)

How cold is it at night?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2014
Attractions in Van

Any sport activity or attraction in Van? Water park? Rafting?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 16, 2014
Asking for some information

We are going to visit Van Museum at the beginning of September, 2014. Will it be open at that time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2014
From Van to Istanbul  (7 Answers)

Hi, who can suggest us the best way to go from Van to Istanbul. Are there any bus schedules end of august? We have 1,5 days.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2014
Frm Yas Mode House, Turkey Brands

hi would you please to inform me which dress brand are there in van?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2013
Shopping in Van  (1 Answer)

What Turkish brands can I find in Van? Are there any malls there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2013
information  (2 Answers)

Hi, does anybody know something about buses schedule from Van to Mardin ? We will spend few days in Van and Mardin this sommer. I didn't find any answer on web.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2012
Impact of earthquake  (8 Answers)

I would like to visit Van on coming April. Do you know the status of Van? I know the big earth quake had serious impact on Van.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 24, 2011
B&B in Van  (1 Answer)

May i know is it any budget or B&B somewhere near the bus terminal? thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2011
van to konya  (1 Answer)

hi may i ask which way you advise for going from van to konya ? is there an sleeper train ? if yes i need to know the time table and also is it going directly? my last destination is antalya

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2010
moving to van  (4 Answers)

I will be moving to Van, Turkey in about six months and had a few questions about the logistics of acquiring documents to stay, getting an apartment, etc. Any advice that could be offered would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2009
Van hotels for summer trip  (7 Answers)

I'm planning a trip to Van and Dogubeyazit this summer. I've seen on the net a couple of hotels which are in the nearby small town of Edremit. If I can find an affordable price, I thought it would be good to stay in one of these, rather than in the city itself. But am wondering what the public transport connections between Van center and the lake resort are like, and, also, if I take some day trips out with local travel agencies, would I be collected from an Edremit hotel by them? I've not visited the east of Turkey before (I live in Fethiye) ....I realise it is going to be different ..... (A similar situation here would not pose any kind of problem) but have no idea how different or in which particular ways. Any advice on this would be great ....I'm assuming Van is north of the problem PKK areas in the south east and so safe to visit. My Turkish is reasonable (about 65% fluent) so should be enough for everday situations. Also assuming that being a lone female traveller will not cause big problems ...........but please let me know if I'm wrong!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2008
From Van - Aleepo Syria  (1 Answer)

dear Vts

Do u know what is the best route to take from Van to Aleepo? Ive read there is 5 daily buses from Van to Diyabakir(7hrs) Does anyone know wht is the last bus dpart from Van to cities near syria border(Gaziantep)?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2008
plane ticket  (1 Answer)

I really appreciate all those who answered to my qustions. but there were diferent prices for plane ticket from van to izmir. I would be pleased if I know the price of the one way and two way plane ticket from van to izmir and where and how can I get it for april 15.
thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2008
van to izmir  (3 Answers)

I would like to go to izmir from van,but I dont know how. I want to know, if there are any buses from van to izmir and vice versa? what times,how much is it, and how long does it take to get to izmir? where can we get the ticket? Is it safe to go with your family? also are there any planes or trains to izmir and if there are, how much is the price and how can we get the necessary information

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2007
Some Questions about travelling to Van  (3 Answers)

Hi Vt friends. We would like to travel to Van soon. We planned to go there by train from Tabriz. Now some questions:
Is it possible camping around lake ?
Is there enough hotel rooms in Summer vacations ?
Is there bus from Van to Antalya ? How long is it ? and How much is the ticket ?
Thanks for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2006
traveling from Van to Dogubayazit  (3 Answers)

Hi everybody!
I am preparing to climb Ararat with my friends, as a part of an arranged mountain expedition. But all group will travel by train and bus, and I have not enough time, and I want to travel by plain from Belgrade to Van, then by bus from Van to Dogubayazit where I will join them. I found a lot infomation about Van, however, I have few questions:
1. Is it safe enough for me and my husband to travel this way (we will have Turkish sport visas in our pasports)
2. How I can find bus stop in Van (i can't find any city map of Van), is there everyday bus line to Dogubayazit, when (deparature time) and how long it take to reach there (arrival time), and of course, how much it cost?
3. Can you recomend me good and not to expensive hotel in Van or tourist office to organize some sightseeing ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 19, 2006
safety in eastern Turkey  (3 Answers)

Hi to all!
We are 3 friends (a girl and 2 guys) planning on traveling to eastern Turkey form Istanbul by a rented car (without a guide)on March 22. I have been collecting all the possible information about the dangers that we could encounter and even though many people who have been travellig there usually by BUS(!) and during the season say it is OK to travel there, some Turkish friends do not recommend to travel to places like Van, or Dyiarbakir by car right now. Reasons? Off season, nationalistic moods since the will be Newroz festival on 25-26, plus ambushes and robberies. On the other hand, car gives one freedom to travel where one wants and leave when one wants and we were thinking it might be safer if you have a car in remote places, plus buses don't follow the scedule very precisely.
Does anyone know the real current situation? I am being too worried?
Another question, is it real to do Istanbul-Samsun-Trabzon-Dogubayazit-Erzurum-Urfa-Antalya in 6-7 days?

Thank you so much for any travel tips

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2006
getting to western Turkey in March  (5 Answers)

Hi. I would like to obtain any information about getting to Van in March. We would like to rent a car and hopefully get to Van, does anybody know how the political situation and especially roads are there in the end of March?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2004
Bus trip from van to Turkey  (2 Answers)

I am writing a story in which the main character passes through van. So, I had some questions about bus travel from Van to Ankara. Are there overnight buses from Van to Ankara and when do they leave, typically? Do you buy the ticket at the bus company in the center of town and then go to the otogar, or can you just buy your ticket at the bus or otogar? I have read that it takes about 18 hours to get to Ankara from Van. Is that right? How often does the bus leave? Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2004
Information about the city VAN in Turkey  (1 Answer)

I will be living for a long time in Van, and I really need to know about Van in general, life in Van, people in Van, difficulties you had, good or bad experiences, prices, hotels, whatever you have to tell me.. The city life, the traffic, the roads, commuting in the city, traveling around. Every bit of information is greatly appreciated.. I could reach touristic information about this city, but no real life, living experience information could be reached.. thank you for your time... (in case you give me information about Van, I would do my best help you or your friends with a lot of things, arranging travel around, finding better hotels, arrange health care etc. once I settle there..promise)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2004
Van s cats  (2 Answers)

Hello! I am from Slovenia. In the summer I intend visit the lake of Van with my family . We will travell by car. My question is: do anyone knows anything about special white cats around the lake. Where it is possible to meet them. And maybe un ugly question, is it possible to buy one. I heard that they are under protection of the government. Thanks for answers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2004
Van to Istanbul or Izmir  (7 Answers)

What is the best way to get to Istanbul or Izmir from Van. How is the train or bus service in Turkey. How long it take and how much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2003
Tourist safety issues in Van, Turkey  (1 Answer)

It is considered to be safe for Western Tourists to travel to Eastern Turkey, specifically the Lake Van area? (Planned visit in July 2003) Also, from Van to Malatya, which transport method is better and quicker - train or bus?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 22, 2002
Traveling To Van  (3 Answers)

Hi We are a group of young travellers from Iran. We are going to travel to Turkey/Van in 9.Dec.2002 we only stay one day in Van so, We would like to spend our time the best . Is there anyone can help? Thanks Jahangard

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