Black Sea Experience
2 nights Istanbul, 1 night Safranbolu, 1 night Sinop, 1 night Samsun, 1 night Trabzon

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    Istanbul Agia Sofia, Istanbul vacations
  • Istanbul Galata Bridge, Turkey pictures
    Istanbul Galata Bridge, Turkey pictures
  • Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul tours
    Istanbul Bosphorus, Istanbul tours
  • Istanbul Grand Bazzar
    Istanbul Grand Bazzar
  • Safranbolu Traditional Houses
    Safranbolu Traditional Houses
  • Sinop Museum, Turkey holiday packages
    Sinop Museum, Turkey holiday packages
  • Samsun Ataturk Monument
    Samsun Ataturk Monument
  • Trabzon Harbour
    Trabzon Harbour
  • Trabzon Sumela Monastery
    Trabzon Sumela Monastery

Overview:

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Departure Dates 2014
May 21, June 18, July 16, Sep 17


PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  •  Arrival and departure transfers
  •  Hotel Accommodation proposed as in the list below
  •  Meals are as indicated in the itineraries with code letters :B(Breakfast),L(Lunch),D(Dinner)
  •  Professional Tour Guides throughout Turkey Programs
  •  Luggage handling in the hotels
  •  Local Taxes
  •  Museum Entrance fees

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Customary gratitude to your guide and driver
     
    City Hotels, or similar
    Istanbul Ramada
    Safranbolu Ebrulu Konak
    Sinop Antik Hotel
    Samsun Buyuk Samsun
    Trabzon Novotel

Highlights: Saint Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Safranbolu open air museum, Boyabat tombs , Sinop Castel Aladdin Mosque , Aminos Hill , Sumala Monastery



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Itinerary

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Day 1: WED Istanbul
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: THU Istanbul
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: FRI 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: SAT 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: SUN 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: MON Samsun – Trabzon
After Breakfast early morning departure to Trabzon our journey continues along the picturesque black sea cost , Today we will visit famous Sumela monatery built on the cliff of Mountain. Overnight in Trabzon . (B,D)
Day 7: TUE Trabzon Istanbul
Transfer to airport for your flight to Istanbul (B)


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Optional Tours

Imperial Istanbul Half Day Tour

Discover Imperial Istanbul on this half-day sightseeing tour. Visit Hagia Sophia, which is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world, the Blue Mosque Hippodrome with its Egyptian Obelisk, a remarkable pink granite monument built 3,500 years ago by an Egyptian pharaoh. Last but not least experience the Grand Bazar of Istanbul.

Highlights
Half-day sightseeing tour of imperial Istanbul
Visit Hagia Sophia
Shop in the Grand Bazaar
Visit the Blue Mosque Hippodrome
Entrance fees included

Well recovered for over 1,500 years, Hagia Sophia is named as one of the most remarkable museums in the world. Two stories of ancient history confronts everyone in this well preserved structure. The next stop will be at the Blue Mosque Hippodrome just in the middle of the Sultan Ahmed area including the impressive ancient Egyptian Obelisk.
After leaving the Blue Mosque Hippodrome, you will finally have the opportunity to do some haggling at the Grand Bazaar, with it's 4400 shops!

Please note: The Grand Bazaar is not open on Sundays!

Inclusions:
Cruise ship prick up and drop off
Entrance fees
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions:
Gratuities (optional)
Food and drinks, unless specified

 

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