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* Trabzon & Sumela Monastery (from Istanbul) - 3 days *

Program:

Day - 1 - Istanbul to Trabzon
From your hotel, we will transfer you to the Istanbul domestic airport for a 1.5 hour flight from Istanbul to Trabzon.

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel; after checking in, you'll start your half-day city tour of Trabzon, visiting Hagia Sophia Church and Ataturk's Mansion. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Trabzon on your own.

Overnight in Trabzon

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A little about Trabzon:
The earliest evidence of civilization in Trabzon dates from 7000 BC. Establishes as a Greek colony ( with Amasra and Sinop) the town benefited from its position on the busy trade route between black sea and the Mediterranean. It grew quickly and was focal point for the Pontic kings. At the beginning of the 13 th century, the Comnene dynasty established a Byzantine with its capital at Trabzon. During the Comnnene era, the city gained a reputation as a beautiful, sophisticated cultural center. The Genoese and the Venetians came here to trade as Trabzon was the terminus of a northern branch of the Silk Route.

Day 2 - Trabzon - (B/L)
After breakfast, you will depart your hotel for a fabulous day trip to Sumela Monastery; once we get there, you will have lots of free time to explore on your own.

* Sumela Monastery sits high up on the cliffs of Mela, southeast of Trabzon. It was founded in the 4th century by two Greek monks, Barnabas and Sophronius, who were guided to the site by an icon of a "black" image of the Virgin Mary, elegantly painted by St. Luke. After their deaths, Sumela became a place of pilgrimage. Decorated with frescoes, Sumela's treasures include priceless manuscripts and silver plates. Since the monastery was rebuilt several times, the ruins seen today date largely to the 19th century. During the Ottoman era, Sumela enjoyed the protection of the sultans, but it was ultimately abandoned and also badly-damaged during the War of Independence. In recent years, thankfully, extensive restoration has been carried out.

Overnight in Trabzon.

Day 3 - Trabzon to Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast, we will provide a transfer to Trabzon Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Arriving in Istanbul will mark the end of your tour.

We hope to see you again on a future trip!

Prices are starting from $585.00 per person in a double, contact us to get a price quote for your dates

Price includes:
* All hotels
* All land transfers with comfortable vehicles
* Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Trabzon
* Domestic flight tickets from Trabzon to Istanbul
* All of the meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* Admission to Sumela Monastery
* All taxes and service charges ****************************************************************************************************************************************

CUSTOMIZE IT!

We can customize this program and take you onto any destination within Turkey, such as: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya or Cappadocia.


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