Akhtamar is about 1000 km away from İstanbul. Train is for travelers who enjoy travelling in an overnight train (better on sleeper) for one day.
You will get on the overnight train to Tatvan which will last one day. Keep in mind that train to Tatvan runs twice a week.
Go to Ankara train station.
Take Vangolu Express (Ankara-Tatvan) train to Tatvan. It’ll take about 24:30-25:30 hours (1245 km).
The Akhtamar Island is 13 km from Gevas boat pier. Gevas is at south coast of Van Lake, in the middle of Tatvan (90 km) and Van (45 km). Take bus from Tatvan main bus station (next to train station) to Gevas or Van. Tell bus driver that you’d like to get off at Akhtamar Boat Pier, which is 9 km before Gevas. There are boat services to Akhtamar Island from pier (13 km).
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