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Black Sea Discovery
Holiday Length: 7 days
Departs: specified Wednesdays
Start City: Istanbul
End City: Trabzon
Type of Holiday:  Small Group tour
(minimum 4 - maximum 20)

  Discover the spectacular scenery, unspoiled nature, friendly people and cultural diversity of Turkey's Black Sea coast.  Visit the charming Ottoman town of Safranbolu and drive along one of Turkey's most scenic routes, passing through quaint villages, visiting the fortified town of Sinop until you reach Trabzon and the famous Sumela Monastery perched on a cliff side.

Day 1 - Monday


Upon your arrival, you will  be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel.  Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure .

Day 2 - Tuesday

This morning depart on a full day city tour, visit magnificent St. Sophia.s Basilica built originally by Constantine the Great. We continue our visits with the fascinating and impressive Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets, its beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place. Finally we visit the famous vast and bustling Grand Bazaar.  (B)
Day 3 - Wednesday

Istanbul - Safranbolu
After breakfast, drive to Safranbolu. Safranbolu is a town boasting a glorious collection of old Ottoman houses, with a rich collection of pieces of art which represents traditional Turkish life and culture. Its rich history and success in preserving it earned the town an inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The best known for its old Turkish houses, the town is attracting more attention especially as these 19th century homes are gradually disappearing from other areas of Turkey. Visitors enjoying walking along the old narrow cobbled streets, and seeing some of the traditional crafts and trades that are still practised today. It is also known as the Capital City of Preservation, acknowledging its ability to hold onto not only pieces of art, but also the atmosphere. Overnight in Safranbolu. (B,D)
Day 4 - Thursday

Safranbolu - Sinop
Today we depart Safranbolu for Sinop.  En route we  stop by Kastamonu , visit to Minure Medresesi to see the traditional hand&crafts and Liva Pasa Konagi where we will step in to time tunnel ,the ethnography museum.then continue to Boyabat  to see  Ancient Tombs .We will then continue to Sinop  and visit the Sinop Castle which has a breathtaking view..  Alaadin Mosque will be another stop  which has been built on 1214 after the conquest of Sinop during the Selcuklu Period. After these visits we  will continue to our hotel for overnight. (B,D)

Day 5 - Friday

Sinop –Samsun  
After breakfast  drive to Samsun  though the cost road along the Black sea  , this is a picturesque drive  we will stop by Gerze  a lovely fishing village .  Then arrival to Samsun it is  the town of  of Amazons . Drive up to Hill of Ancient Amisos .  Overnight in Samsun . (B,D)

Day 6 - Saturday

Samsun – Trabzon  
After Breakfast  early morning departure  to Trabzon  our journey continues along the picturesque black sea cost  , Today we will visit famous Sumela monastery  built on the cliff of Mountain .  Overnight in Trabzon. (B,D)

Day 7 - Sunday

Trabzon Departure
Transfer to airport.  (B)
Optional Extra: flight from Trabzon to Istanbul

*  Accommodation
*  Arrival and departure transfers
*  Meals as shown
* Professional  Tour Guides throughout  
* Luggage handling in the hotels  
* Local Taxes
* Museum Entrance fees 
* Personal expenses
* Tips to your guides & drivers
* Flight Trabzon to Istanbul





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