Arrive at Istanbul Airport which is the third-largest airport in the world. Upon landing, you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Free time after check-in. You can start discovering the streets of Istanbul at your own will.
Accommodation in Istanbul hotel. ( Dinner )
*Note: Optional Bosphorus Dinner Cruise from 19:30 to 24:00 with shows and unlimited drinks.
Our guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby at 08:30 and we’ll start the tour of the day. First, we’ll visit Saint Sophia or Hagia Sophia, built by the emperor Justinian in 532 - 537. Designed and built as a church, Hagia Sophia was later converted into a mosque in the Ottoman period and become a museum afterward. Our second stop will be the Topkapı Palace which served as the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years, from the 15th to the 19th centuries, and as the home of the Sultans and their families. It hosts an outstanding collection of famous jewels of the Ottoman Imperial Treasury, daggers decorated with precious diamonds and stones, swords, war armors, the Spoonmaker's Diamond, crystals, silver items and Chinese porcelain, and elegant dresses once used by sultans and their families members.
* The Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and have an extra entrance fee.
Afterward, we’ll have a lunch break at a local restaurant (included) and have a stroll around the Hippodrome Square where horse races took place and entertainment, sports, and political activities were organized during the Roman and Byzantine periods. Here, we will see the Serpent Column brought from Delphi in India, the Egyptian Obelisk, the German Fountain of Wilhelm ll, and the tombs of Ottoman sultans and princes. Afterward, we will visit the Blue Mosque, also known as Sultanahmet Mosque, built between the years 1609-1617 best known for its 6 minarets and blue Iznik tiles that lend the mosque its name. Finally, we’ll be visiting the Grand Bazaar, the oldest and largest covered bazaar in the world, made up of 61 covered streets. It is home to more than 4000 shops selling anything you can think of from carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs to garments, bags, decorations, spices, and home textiles. End of the tour and transfer to hotel.
Accommodation in Istanbul hotel. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
Today after breakfast, we will depart for Abant Lake in Bolu (approx. 300 km - 5 hrs). Approximately 240 km later, we will visit the town of Mudurnu, which has been an important place in Turkish history since the Seljuk period. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014 as the Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu and was declared an Urban Site. This small town is home to historic mosques, baths, fountains, and 173 buildings of high architectural value. Here, we will visit historic mansions, which offer some of the most beautiful examples of Turkish civil architecture. In its bazaar, we will see blacksmiths and stove heater sellers, who continue the old handicraft traditions of the region. The legacy of Ahi-order is still present in the town where Yıldırım Beyazıt Mosque, built-in 1374, and the Turkish Bath, built-in 1382, are still operating for nearly 700 years. After we tour the Mudurnu Museum, old bazaar, and historical buildings, we will continue on our way to Abant Lake. After a 20-km ride, we will arrive in the restaurant by the lake at an altitude of 1350 meters. We will have a delicious lunch consisting of local dishes. For the rest of the day, we will have nature walks by the water and in the forest and have a relaxing cup of coffee while enjoying this lush nature. If you wish, you can join a horseback riding tour or have a phaeton ride around the lake. Dinner and accommodation in Bolu. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
After breakfast, we will have a 3-hour trip to Amasra as our next stop in our Western Black Sea tour (approx. 190 km). Along the way, we will pass through heavily forested mountains, canyons, valleys, and villages with magnificent views. We will visit a walking cane workshop in the town of Devrek, which is famous for its stylish and quality handmade walking canes, each having a different model. Afterward, we will continue on our way to Amasra, by passing through the city of Bartın, famous for its natural produce and the Black Sea traditions.
We will arrive in the ancient town of Amasra, built on a natural harbor and peninsula stretching out to the sea. Known as a local tourism region with its natural beauties, beaches, historical castle, and unique fish restaurants, Amasra boast a history dating back 5,000 years. Upon arrival, we will have a delicious lunch at one of the local restaurants and start exploring the town. Here, we’ll see the Amasra Museum, Amasra Castle, the lighthouse and we will learn about the livelihood of the people and villages of Amasra; which are fishing, forestry, and woodworking. The style of woodworking used here is called “Çekicilik”. The local people of Amasra have been woodworking and creating ornamentations for hundreds of years using the woods from the linden, boxwood, ash, walnut, cherry, and alder grown in Amasra forests to make picture frames, bowl sets, bird and animal figures, spice holders, salt shakers, trays, napkin holders, pencils, boxwood spoons, massage tools, and rare souvenirs which are sold at the historical Çekiciler bazaar. After our tour in this beautiful town of the Western Black Sea Region, we will head for Safranbolu best known for its historical Ottoman-style houses and mansions (approx. 90 km).
The town, which takes its name from the rare and expensive Saffron grass grown in the region, is an important tourism location thanks to its houses, urban culture, authentic lifestyle, traditions, and customs, as well as local flavors and natural beauty. Here, we will walk down Safranbolu’s nostalgic cobblestone streets and see Safranbolu Mansions famous for their unique architectural style, the historical Government Building, Clock Tower, Köprülü Mehmet Paşa Mosque and the sundial in its courtyard, District Governors Travel House, Cinci Inn, and Bath, İzzet Mehmet Paşa Mosque, the Arasta Bazaar where you’ll find the local handicraft shops, the historical village coffee house, the blacksmiths' bazaar, the coppersmiths' bazaar, and the saddlebags bazaar. At the end of our tour, we’ll check-in at our hotel and have dinner in an authentic mansion.
Accommodation in Safranbolu. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
After having our breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for our next destination Yörük Village (Nomad Village), one of the oldest villages in the region dating back 700 years. During around time here, we will explore the streets of the old village where we will see traces of the Bektashi Order. Afterward, we’ll have a 4.5 hour-long trip to Sinop, Turkey’s northernmost city. Upon arrival, we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and visit Sinop Castle built in the 8th century BC and the famous Sinop Historic Prison, known as the Alcatraz of Anatolia. The prison, which has been the subject of many novels, was built inside the castle in 1568 and had been in use until it was closed and turned into a museum in 1999. Afterward, we will discover the Akliman Nature Park and the Hamsilos fjord. Then, we will see the northernmost point of Turkey İnceburun, and the scenic lighthouse here. Finally, we will visit the Kotra workshop, which has become the symbol of Sinop with handmade wooden model ships.
Dinner and accommodation in Sinop or Samsun ( Breakfast – Dinner )
After an early breakfast, we will depart for Samsun (approx. 2 hrs). After an enjoyable ride along the coastline, we’ll arrive at our destination, and start exploring the city from Tütün İskelesi (Tobacco Pier), the site of Bandırma Ferry, which is the symbol of the Turkish War of Independence used by the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Atatürk, on his trip from Istanbul to Samsun in 1919. Afterward, we will visit the model village of the Amazon women of the Cimmerian tribe and have a city tour. Then, we will set off for Ordu. On the way, in the town of Perşembe, we will visit Cape Jason and the historical Church of Jason. Upon our arrival in Ordu, we will take the cable car to Boztepe, the highest hill of the city, and have a relaxing cup of coffee here while enjoying the views. Afterward, we will go back to the city and have lunch at a local restaurant and continue on our way towards the city of Giresun. We will see the Giresun Island and Giresun Castle built during the reign of Pontus Ruler Farnakes. Giresun is also famous for hazelnuts which are known to be the world’s most oily and quality hazelnuts. Finally, we will drive to Mavigöl Nature Park and Kuzalan Falls located 45 km from the city center.
Dinner and accommodation in Giresun. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
We will set off for Trabzon early in the morning and first visit the tea factory in Tirebolu, known for its special local teas. Afterward, we will cross the Zigana Pass, which still preserves its importance as a gateway on trade routes since ancient times, and reach Hamsiköy, a typical Black Sea village surrounded by nature. Located at an altitude of 1300 meters over the Kaçkar Mountains, Hamsiköy is famous for its trekking and mountain biking activities and delicious rice pudding. We will reach Altındere Valley bypassing through Coşandere and Maçka, known for its stony roads.
Next, we will visit the Sumela Monastery (Panagia Soumela Monastery), a Greek Orthodox monastery and church complex built on the side of a mountain slope at 1150 m above sea level by carving inside the rocks in 360-395 AD. The complex consists of priest chambers, kitchen, chapels and aqueducts, adorned with frescoes. The monastery was closed since 2015 due to restoration work but was reopened to visitors recently.
We will give a lunch break at a local restaurant in Maçka and drive to Trabzon. Upon arrival, we will visit Hagia Sophia Church in Trabzon, which was built between 1238 and 1265 during the Komnenos Kingdom and is known for its frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible and Torah. Next, we will visit the Atatürk Pavilion, which was built by a Greek businessman in 1890 and gifted to Atatürk. In Trabzon, you can shop at precious handmade jewelry shops and learn about the Kazaziye and Silver Filigree artworks, which are unique to Trabzon.
Dinner and accommodation in Trabzon. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will visit a knife workshop in Sürmene which is known for its custom-made knives from Sürmene steel. Afterward, we will go to Uzungöl, via the towns of Çaykara and Of, to enjoy its world-famous scenery. After our Uzungöl tour, we will visit a Rize fabric (Feretiko) workshop, which is one of the most important traditional handicrafts of Rize. After some shopping here, we will head for the tea gardens of Çayeli and Çeçeva villages. Then, we will drive to Ayder Yaylası (Ayder Plateau) via Çamlıhemşin. We will have a relaxing walk to enjoy this lovely plateau and have a cup of tea while chatting with the local people in the open air over the magnificent views of Ayder. Dinner and accommodation in Ayder Yaylası. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
** You can join a special entertainment program with regional Black Sea dances and music in the evening.
Today, we will have a delicious breakfast on the oxygen-rich Ayder plateau and head for the Fırtına Deresi (Storm Valley). We will get on minibusses from Çamlıhemşin and visit Zilkale and Çinçiva Village (Şenyuva) 750 meters above sea level. We’ll see hundreds of years old historical stone bridges over the Fırtına Deresi (Storm River) flowing down the valley between the green forests, and the Palovit Waterfall. Here, you can join the Rafting, Zipline, or Huge Swing activities in the area (not included).
Next, we will see the Pokut Yaylası, one of the most scenic plateaus in the region, and have lunch at a local restaurant in Çamlıhemşin. From here, we will drive to the city of Artvin; on the way, we will visit Borçka Karagöl Nature Park and Georgian medieval Orthodox monastery Dolishane (Doliskana), and Yeni Rabat (Shetberdi) Church in Ardanuç which offer views of rare beauty. We will continue on our way to Artvin driving by the Çoruh River, Turkey's fastest flowing and best rafting river.
Dinner and overnight in Artvin. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
We will head for the Georgian border after an early breakfast. After customs, we will drive to Batumi passing by the Gonio Bridge and the Asparos Castle (Gonia), which is believed to be the tomb of St. Matthew the Evangelist, one of the 12 Apostles, said to write the Gospel. In Batumi, we’ll see Europe Square, Clock Tower, Batumi Boulevard on the seaside, Statue of Poseidon, Medea Statue, Church of the Mother of God, Orthodox Church, Armenian Church, Batumi Piazza, and Batumi Sea Port. After getting to know the city with our guide, you’ll have free time, during which you enjoy cafes, shops, night and day casinos which are popular among foreign and domestic tourists, try local dishes and regional Georgian wines. Afterward, we will return to Turkey at the specified gathering time. We will drive back to Ordu through the Black Sea coastal road with magnificent views.
Dinner and accommodation in Ordu. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
Note: If you are taking prescribed medication, you are allowed to take only one day of pills through Georgian customs.
After an early breakfast, we will drive to Amasya, the city of Princes for approximately 5.5 hours, during which we’ll give a lunch break on the way. Upon arrival to Amasya, we will check-in at our hotel and rest for a while. Afterward, we will start our tour of the historical city of Amasya, located on the banks of the Yeşilırmak River. Here, we’ll see the Şehzadeler Park, Sultan Bayezid II Complex, historical mansions with bay windows, Amasya Clock Tower, the Tombs of the Kings of Pontus dating back to 336 BC, the Archeology Museum, and the water channels that are the subjects of the love story of Ferhat and Şirin. Located in the Central Black Sea area, Amasya is one of the oldest settlements in Anatolia with a history of 7,500 years. The old mansions here, which have been turned into boutique hotels, are very popular among tourists. We’ll enjoy the rest of the day sipping coffee at the cafes by Yeşilırmak facing the wooden mansions and the Tombs of Kings.
Dinner and accommodation in Amasya. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
After an early breakfast, we will set off for Ankara (approx. 350 km - 5 hrs). After about 1.5 hours, we’ll arrive in the city of Çorum, which is famous for its roasted chickpeas, and visit the ancient city of Alacahöyük, one of the most important settlements of the Hittite Kingdom. Alacahöyük, which occupies an important place in the Hittite history and contains the ruins of the first dam in Anatolia, and 14 settlement layers dating from four different cultural phases. We’ll also visit the Alacahöyük Museum, which provides information about Hittite architecture and art. Some of the most important findings from the excavations are displayed here, including 13 royal tombs from the ancient Bronze Age, jewelry made of gold, silver, bronze, and precious stones, and commonly used items.
After the museum, we’ll visit the capital of the Hittite civilization, Hattuşa (Boğazköy) built 3700 years ago. We have the best information about Hattusa, which was the capital of the Hittite Civilization for 400 years after the Hattians, from the Hittite cuneiform archive, exhibited at the Boğazkale Museum today. The museum is home to historical artifacts such as statues, jewelry, and household items belonging to civilizations that once lived in Central Anatolia. Boğazkale district has countless ruins from the Hattian, Assyrian, Hittite, Phrygian, Galatian, Roman, and Byzantine periods. We’ll also visit Yazılıkaya, built by the Hittites among high rocks as a sacred place of worship, an open-air temple to hold celebrations and rituals. Here, we’ll see fascinating depictions of gods and goddesses carved on rocks, the Great Temple, Lion's Gate, King's Gate, Tunnel, Summer Palace, and the Hattusa City Walls which once surrounded the whole city.
After our visit, we’ll have lunch at the local restaurant with traditional Hittite dishes and continue on our way to Ankara.
Dinner and accommodation in Ankara. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
After breakfast, we will check out and explore the capital of Turkey, Ankara. We’ll have a sightseeing tour in Çankaya and Kızılay districts where foreign embassies, consulates, Prime Ministry, and parliament buildings are located. Then, we will visit Anıtkabir, or the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Here, we will see 4000 books read by Atatürk and his personal belongings in the Anıtkabir Museum. Afterward, we will visit the Ankara Castle and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and depart for Istanbul (approx. 440 km).
Dinner and accommodation in Istanbul. ( Breakfast – Dinner )
Today, after breakfast we’ll start our tour at 08:30 and head for the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, which is a very colorful market with an oriental atmosphere that specializes in typical products such as spices, desserts, nuts, and small souvenirs. Next, we’ll drive to Golden Horn for a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe and Asia and connects the Black Sea with the inland Marmara Sea. At the end of the cruise, you’ll have free time for shopping. You can visit famous shopping centers such as Akmerkez, Cevahir Mall, Istinye Park or Zorlu Center.
Our tour will end with your private Istanbul Airport transfer. ( Breakfast )
In this long Black Sea tour, we experience the magnificent emerald green geography of Turkey and the unique legacies of the ancient civilizations of the world. We bid you farewell with the hope of meeting you on another Turkey tour.
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- For cancellations made 30 days before the tour, 100% refund. ( Except for the % 15 Service Charge, Flight ticket, mandatory expenses, and Bank Commission,)
- For cancellations made 29 - 15 days before the tour, 50% refund. (Except for the Bank Commission, and mandatory expenses )
- For cancellations made 14 – 11 days before the tour, 30% refund.
- No refunds will be made on reservations made 10 days before the tour. %100 penalty is applied.
- Travel health insurance is mandatory.
- Sample hotels are confirmed on the date of booking in case of availability. Otherwise,
similar hotels are booked.
- In the event of bad weather, time scarcity, traffic jams, and similar situations, the Guide may make changes to the tour program.
- The locations given in the itinerary can be changed with other places if they are closed.
- During the tours, you will be walking approximately 2 km every day on uneven and
cobblestone surfaces, inclines, and steps.
- You must wear comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. in summer months and raincoats, warm clothes, winter walking shoes, umbrella, etc. in winter.
- The order of the sites visited may change to avoid crowds.
- You will need your passport at check-in for all domestic flights.
- Domestic flights are economy class. Luggage limit 15 Kg.
Gold Package Hotels
Istanbul (3) - Sheraton City Center 5*
Bolu (1) - Bolu Koru Hotel 5*
Safranbolu (1) - Zinos Hotel 4* *** Osmanlı Omtel Hotel 3*
Giresun (1) - New Jasmin Otel 4*
Trabzon (1) - Radisson Blue Trabzon 5*
Ayder (1) - Ayder Doğa Resort
Artvin (1) - Villa Da Butik Hotel
Ordu (1) - Radisson Blu Ordu 5*
Amasya (1) - Sarikonak Boutique
Ankara (1) - CP Ankara 5*
Standard Package Hotels
Istanbul (3) - Port Bosphorus Hotel 4*
Bolu (1) - Soylu Hotel 4*
Safranbolu (1) - Babahan Konak 4*
Sinop (1) - Osmanlı Omtel Hotel 3*
Giresun (1) - New Jasmin Otel 4*
Trabzon (1) - Yoliş Holiday Hotel 4*
Ayder (1) - Ayder Hasimoğlu Hotel
Artvin (1) - Villa Da Butik Hotel
Ordu (1) - Sinema Ordu 4*
Amasya (1) - Melekli Konak
Ankara (1) - King Hotel 4*
Note: Sample hotels are confirmed on the date of booking in case of availability. Otherwise, similar hotels are booked.
Saint Sophia Church
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