Black Sea - East of Turkey Tour Package

Sumela is 1600 year old ancient Orthodox monastery located at a 1200 meters height on the steep cliff at Macka region of Trabzon city in Turkey. The monastery is constructed on rocks reached by a path through the forest. The beautiful frescoes dating from the 18 th century on the walls of the monastery are biblical scenes of Christ and Virgin Mary. The site was abandoned in 1923 and became a museum and a popular tourist attraction because of its breath-taking location, structure and scenery.

Departure: Trabzon Airport

Duration:8 Days

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DAY 1 – Arrive in Trabzon (D)
Arriving at Trabzon International Airport , transfer to hotel, dinner and brief information about the trip, and overnight stay in Trabzon.

DAY 2 – Trabzon (B, D)
Depart for St. Sophia ( Ayasofya ), a 13th century church and study its extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion (a picturesque hillside retreat), visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town). Lunch at a seaside restaurant in Akçaabat. Afternoon we explore the cobbled stone streets of Trabzon. Drive to Boztepe, enjoy our tea from samovar with the panoramic view of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Trabzon.

DAY 3 – Sumela Monastery, Zigana, Karaca Cave, Erzurum (B, D)
Depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4th century Sumela Monastery which clings to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park , lunch, traveling along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains ( Pontic Alps) will take us to Karaca Cave , considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Drive to Erzurum via Bayburt. Dinner and overnight stay in Erzurum.

DAY 4 – Tortum, Osk-Vank, Yusufeli, Ishan, Erzurum (B, D)
Drive to Artvin, visit Georgian Church Osk-Vank and Tortum falls. River Coruh Valley will take us to Yusufeli and other Georgian Church Ishan. End of the day we'll be in Erzurum . Dinner and overnight stay in Erzurum.

DAY 5 – Erzurum, Kars (B, D)
Morning visit to Seljuk monuments; Ulu Mosque, Cifte Minareli Medrese, Yakutiye. Drive to Kars , visit Havariler Church and Kars Castle. Dinner and overnight stay in Kars.

DAY 6 – Ani, Dogubeyazit (B, D)
Morning tour to medieval Armenian capital of Ani, impressive fortified walls still encircle the ruins of numerous churches, mosques and caravansaries. Lunch en route drive to Dogubeyazit, passing by the eternally snow-covered Biblical Mt. Ararat. After arrive at Dogubeyazit we visit 2nd largest meteor falls of World and Noah's Ark at Mt. Ararat. Dinner and overnight stay in Dogubeyazit.

DAY 7 – Van (B, D)
Morning visit to Ishak Pasha Palace. Departure for Van via Muradiye Fall, visiting the citadel of Van; the site of Tushba, capital of Urartians. Enjoying the scenery on Lake Van , excursion to the island of Ahdamar to visit the Holly Cross Church, famous for old testament reliefs on the outer wall. Dinner and overnight stay in Van.

DAY 8 – Cavustepe, Van (B)
Departure for Cavustepe and Hosap Castle . Drive to Van, after visit city fortress and Van Museum arrive at Van Airport for a homebound flight, and say farewell...
All hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
All noted city sightseeing tours on regular group OR private guided basis
All tours with professional tour guide, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
All main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
All meals mentioned by the itinerary (B:Breakfast, L:Lunch, D:Dinner) - Vegetarian meals available
All required land transport & round-trip airport transfers with A/C minivans throughout the trip.
Local taxes & handling services.
International flights to/from Turkey, internal flight & coach tickets , any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels, items of a personal nature, hotel extras (minibar, telephone/internet usage, laundry, etc), drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast) and medical services.
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