1 Nemrut Dağı
The massive crater of this towering volcano shelters migrating birds in May and September, and in between offers the possibility of a dip in the crater lakes.
The eerie cemeteries of lakeshore Ahlat are home to beautifully carved, improbably angled tombstones and striking cylindrical mausoleums.
3 Van Kalesi
The lakeside “Rock of Van”, fortified by the ancient Urartians and covered in their cuneiform inscriptions, rises above the poignant old town of Van.
4 Akdamar Kilisesi
Superbly restored tenth-century Armenian church, liberally decorated with relief-carved biblical scenes, picturesquely set on a tiny island in Lake Van.
5 İshak Paşa Sarayı
An architectural folly of richly carved golden limestone, nestling beneath a dramatic rocky spur above the Silk Road to Iran.
6 Mount Ararat
This iconic biblical peak, at 5137m the highest mountain in Turkey, rises in Mount Fuji-like volcanic magnificence above the bustling frontier town of Doğubeyazit.