This tour departs everyday!
Day - 1 - Istanbul to Ankara
In the morning, we will provide a transfer for you to the historic Haydarpasa train station for a scenic 6-hour train ride to the capital city of Ankara. After arrival, we will meet you at the station there and take you to your hotel. After checking-in, you will have the rest of the evening free to explore Ankara and enjoy dinner on your own. Overnight in Ankara
Day 2 - Ankara to Amasya - (B)
Early in the morning, we will start the day visiting the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Anitkabir (Mausoleum of Ataturk); then we will visit Hattusa.
* Anatolian Civilizations Museum is housed in two Ottoman-era buildings near Ankara Castle, in the historical Atpazari district of Ankara. The exhibits of gold, silver, glass, marble and bronze works date back as far as the second half of the first millennium BC. The coin collections, with examples ranging from the first minted money up to modern times, represent the museum's rare cultural treasures.
* Mausoleum of Ataturk (Anitkabir) is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the celebrated leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder (and first president) of the Republic of Turkey. The body of Republic's second president, Ismet Inonu, is also interred here.
* Hattusa was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age. Hattusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1986. The landscape surrounding the city included rich agricultural fields, pastoral hills and woodland - the latter providing the supply for timber construction.
After visiting these sites, we will begin our drive to Amasya, arriving in the evening.
Overnight in Amasya
Day - 3 - Amasya - (B)
Today is the free day for you to discover Amasya on your own.
* In Amasya, one can see the influences of the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, Ilhanli, and Ottoman civilizations, leading up to the early days of the Turkish Republic. In addition to being endowed with historical and cultural significance, Amasya is rich in natural beauty as well - as evidenced in the thermal springs that are in this region. Amasya's Yaliboyu houses are the best instances of Ottoman architecture and are currently being restored by the Foundation of Protecting Cultural and Natural Wealth.
Amasya is also famous for its apples, cherries, peaches and okra. If you would like to enjoy a blend of cultural tradition along with natural scenic beauty, then Amasya is truly the ideal.
Overnight in Amasya
Day - 4 - Trabzon - (B)
After breakfast, you will depart Amasya for Trabzon, cutting through dramatic Black Sea mountains. After arriving in Trabzon, we will check into the hotel.
A little about Trabzon's history:
The earliest evidence of civilization in Trabzon dates to about 7,000 BC. Established as a Greek colony (along with Amasra and Sinop) the town benefited from its position on the busy trade route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. It grew quickly and was the seat of the Pontic kingdom, and, later, the Commagene period at the beginning of the 13th century, and the city gained a reputation as a sophisticated cultural center. The Genoese and the Venetians came here to trade as Trabzon was the terminus of a northern branch of the Silk Road. Finally, in 1461 Trabzon fell under Ottoman rule.
Overnight in Trabzon
Day - 5 - Trabzon - (B)
After breakfast in the hotel, we will then take you on a full-day guided tour of Trabzon's tourist highlights.
* 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 - 6 - Trabzon to Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for a 1.5 hour flight back to Istanbul; your arrival will mark the end of this tour.
We hope to see you on a future trip!
Prices are starting from 885 Euros per person in a double, contact us to get a price quote for your dates
* All hotels
* All land transfers with comfortable vehicles
* All of the meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* Admissions to Ankara Museum, Mausoleum of Ataturk, Hattusas, and Sumela Monastery
* Flight tickets from Trabzon to Istanbul
* All taxes and service charges
* Hotel accomadation in Istanbul
(This program is fully-customizable and available year-round.)