TRABZON & SUMELA MONASTERY
Day - 1 - Istanbul to Trabzon
Early in the morning we will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the Istanbul domestic airport and you will get on a 1 hour 30 minutes flight from Istanbul to Trabzon.
upon arrival you will be met by our transfer men and transferred to your hotel, after check in, we will take you on a half day city tour of Trabzon, you will visit Hagia Sophia Church, Ataturk's Mansion then spend rest of the day exploring Trabzon. Overnight stay in Trabzon
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 we will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and take you on a full day tour to Sumela Monastery, Gumushane and Karaca Cave We will start the driving through picturesque Pontic Mountains, and visit Sumela Monastery
Sumela Monastery sits high up on the cliffs of mouth Mela, southeast of Trabzon. It was founded in the 4 th century by 2 Greek monks, Barnabas and Sophronius, who were guided to the site by an icon of a "black" image of the Virgin, elegantly painted by St. Luke. After their deaths, sumela became a place of pilgrimage. It was decorated with frescoes, and its treasures included priceless manuscripts and silver plates. The monastery was built several times -the ruins seen by today's visitors date largely 19 th century. In the Ottoman era, sumela enjoyed the protection of the sultans, but it was abandoned and badly damage during the War of independence. In recent years, extensive restoration has been carried out. Overnight stay in Trabzon.
Day 3 - Trabzon to Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast we will provide a transfer to Trabzon Airport and put you on a flight to Istanbul. Arriving in Istanbul will be the end of this program.
Total cost: 565 Euro per person in a double room & 685 Euro in a single room
* All of the hotels ( Each of them individually chosen )
* All of the land transfers with comfortable vehicles
* Domestic flight tickets from Istanbul to Trabzon
* Domestic flight tickets from Trabzon to Istanbul
* All of the meal mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* Admissions to Sumela Monastery
* All of the TAX and service charges
( This is a customize program and it is available all year around, if you are interested in getting more information about early booking and cash paying discounts,, hotel names, their web sites and daily departure times, simply send us an e-mail inquiry and let us know the dates you like to travel, then we will get back to you with full on information. We can also extend your stay by adding more sights like Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and make it suitable for your time and interest.