Historical 9-Day Black Sea Tour of North Turkey
From Istanbul to Trabzon travel across the North of Turkey also known as the Black Sea, a historic trading post of all the major trade routes that travelled from India, Arabia and the Orient into Europe.
Explore the magnificent city of Istanbul and take in some of the main sights, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome.
Go the relatively unknown city of historical Safranbolu where you will visit the bazaar, Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath House and Kaymakamlar.
Ankara, the capital of Turkey, holds all the secrets that founded this great country and you will do a city tour where you will get to visit the Ataturk Museum who was the great ruler of Turkey.
Explore Amasya, a pure beauty, a city fortified by mountains and castles laid out along the banks of the River Kizil Irmak before finishing in Trabzon to discover the secrets of the Byzantine Empire.
- Tour the magnificent Istanbul and explore the popular attractions
- See the undiscovered Safranbolu and see the sights of the town
- Go to Turkey's Capital Ankara and see Ataturk's Museum
- Visit Amasya which is famous for its juicy apples as well as its amazing history
- Explore the fascinating ruins of Hattusa and visit Yazılıkaya known for its Phrygian archaeological remains
- Visit the main sights of Trabzon including the museum of St Sophia and the Ortahisar Mosque the major church of Trabzon
- Travel along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains leading to the Karaca Cave
- See the 4th century Sumela Monastery a Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary,
- Scheduling: Private
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian
- Duration: 9 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Pick-up servicePick up from Istanbul Airport
- CancellationYou can cancel your tour 7 days prior to the travel date with a full refund except for the domestic flights which are non-refundable.
- On Request
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Entrance fees
- Domestic flight from Trabzon to Istanbul
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- All accommodation
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional tour guides
- International flights
- Other services not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities (optional)
- Meals that are not stated in the itinerary
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul where our driver will collect you and transfer from and check in to your hotel where the rest of the day will be at your leisure.
Leave your hotel in the morning after breakfast for an Istanbul City Tour where you will visit Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, Hippodrome; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
After a lunch break head to the Spice Bazaar and take a tour to the Bosphorus Cruise where Europe meets Asia.
After breakfast depart for Abant Lake a beautiful freshwater lake in Turkey’s Bolu province.
After lunch depart for Safranbolu and on arrival walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar, continuing to Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Kaymakamlar House and Cici Hodja Bath House.
After breakfast, depart Safranbolu and head to Ankara.
On arrival have time for lunch before taking the city tour of Ankara where you will get to visit Ataturk`s Museum and the Ataturk Mausoleum.
Kemal Atatürk, commonly referred to as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was a Turkish field marshal, author, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.
After breakfast travel to Hattusa, Yazilikaya and Alacahoyuk.
Hattusa was once the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. Its ruins are close to modern Boğazkale, Turkey, within the great loop of the Kızılırmak River and were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1986.
Yazılıkaya, Phrygian Yazılıkaya, or Midas Kenti is a village in Eskişehir Province, Turkey and is known for its Phrygian archaeological remains and inscription mentioning Midas.
Alacahöyük or Alaca Höyük is the site of a Neolithic and Hittite settlement and is an important archaeological site. It is situated in Alaca, Çorum Province, Turkey, northeast of Boğazkale, where the ancient capital city Hattusa of the Hittite Empire was located.
After lunch drive to Amasya for Amasya Tour.
Situated in Northern Turkey, Amasya is the capital of the Amasya province in the Black Sea area. Nestled in the mountains that overlook the sea, Amasya is famous for its juicy apples as well as its history that goes back to antiquity.
After breakfast, you will depart for Trabzon check in to your hotel and have the rest of your day at your leisure.
In the morning, depart for St. Sophia, a museum but was formerly a Greek Orthodox church that was transformed into a mosque in 1584. It dates back to the thirteenth century when Trabzon was the capital of the Empire of Trebizond.
Then visit the Ortahisar Mosque known as the major church of Trabzon and is located in the Ortahisar quarter and is believed that the church was constructed over the ruins of an ancient Roman temple by Hanmibalianos, the nephew of Roman Emperor Constantin (A.D. 325 - 364).
Enjoy Lunch in Akcaabat one of the rare and charming coastal districts of the Black Sea of Trabzon.
In the afternoon, explore Trabzon and drive to Boztepe; tea from samovar with a panoramic view of the city.
Depart for the 4th century Sumela Monastery a Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary, better known as Sumela Monastery and is one of the Black Sea's highlights.
Relax beside the flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park that consists of water canals, library, kitchen, guest rooms, cisterns, and the pool in which holy water was collected.
After lunch, travel along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains (Pontic Alps) will lead us to Karaca Cave and is considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colours and formations.
After breakfast depart from Trabzon Airport for a domestic flight to Istanbul and end of the tour. You could choose to extend your stay or connect to your international flight home.
- Check to see if you need a visa to enter Turkey
- Make sure you have adequate insurance
- Apply suncream and a hat in the high season as it can get very hot
- Wear comfortable clothing and footwear when on the tours
- Names must match exactly as they appear on your passport
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