Tour Name: Cappadocia&Black Sea Tour

Type           : Private or Small Group Tour

Start Poin : Cappadocia Airports (Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport)

End Point  : Trabzon Airport

Operates   : 01 April till 15 th  November

Duration    : 09  Nights / 10 Days

Transport  : (According to size of your party) Minivan / Minibus / Coach

Hotel : (Accommodations in your choice of hotels) Budget / 3 Star / Boutique / 4 Star / 5 Star & Deluxe Hotels

Group Size : Minimum 1 Person

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–         Your exact arrival & departure dates & times( also flight numbers) for your Airport transfers

–         Number of travelers, their ages

–         Your hotel preference (a Budget Hotel, 3 Star, Boutique, 4 Star, 5 Star or Deluxe Hotels)

Day 1 : Arrival to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport in the morning  and transfer to Cappadocia.
Upon arrival we see North of Cappadocia

* Goreme Open Air Musuem – (We see the famous  rock-cut churches & monasteries of Cappadocia  with frescoes from 10-13 C AD.These churches have the best wall paintings of Capapdocia ).

* Uchisar Cave Houses and Pigeon Houses – We enter to one of the cave houses which are used as a cafeteria today and have an apple tea and see the interior of the cave house.

* Pashabagi fairy-chimneys valley known as Monks Valley as well.Here we see the natural mushroom ike rock formations and monks cells inside the rock formations.

* Avanos – Historic Pottery Town of Cappadocia. The first settlement in Avaos was established by the hitites on the bank of the Red River which provided  abundance of red clay to the settlers.This art has been practised in Avanos since then.

* Dervent valley – also called as Pink or Imagination valley with Its famous pink rock formations.Here depends on your imagination power you will see many rock formatins look like different figures..The most remarkable one is the siting  stone camel…

* Urgup fairy-chimneys – They are the symbol of Cappadocia with their caps on top. There are 5 mushroom -like  rocvk formations just like a family
*Rose Valley -One of the best places to watch the sun set in Cappadocia .The color of the valley turns to pink even red in the end of the day .

***The sun set is optional. If you have time we will show you the sun set. Otherwise we just see the valley in the end of the day and go back to your hotel

Meal :Lunch and Dinner
Hotel :4 Stars Hotel  Dinler Nevsehir or similar

Day 2 : Hot Air balloon and South of Cappadocia

***Hot Air BAlloon tour is optional and not included the price

In the early  morning Hot Air balloon over land scape of Cappadocia is one of the most amazing experience in Turkey. After landing and chmapaigne party  back to hotel  have a breakfast  relax and sight seeing  in Cappadocia.

Tour Plan

Morning Pick up from Cappadocia hotels (Between 09:00 to 09:30)

* Derinkuyu Underground City – The biggest underground settlement in the world which was used as a shelter by Christians of Cappaodcia especially in 7th and 8th C AD.

* Ihlara Valley, enjoy an easy hike through the best part of the valley along the Melendiz stream, look up and see many of Byzantine era  churches, chapels, monasteries and hermits’ caves.

*Belisirma Village- Located in the middle of Ihlara Canyon. The walk ends up at the village and have the lunch here beside the river.

* Selime Monastery – It has a great view looking down the valley. The complexes were carved into volcanic rock outcroppings during the Byzantine period.

* Pigeon Valley, named after the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the slope of the valley .

 End of tour at 17:30 pm transfer to Hotel

Meal . Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel : 4 Stars

Day 3 :Cappadocia–Amasya 370 Km
Departure from Cappdocia at 0730 am . Upon arrival to Amasya visit :
*Rock Tombs of Royal Family of Pontus Kingdom -The Tombs carved into the cliff and facing to the Green River.

*Beyazit Mosque and its  complex -This copmplex built in 15 th C AD after Beyazit The Second was crowned as a sultan. The Complex consist of Mosque , Madrasah , Imarethane(soup kitchen for poors and Turbe ( tomb of  the sultan’s son)
*Hazeranlar Konak- A large traditonal of Amasya  house which was built in 19 C and it  is used Etnography Musuem.

*Green River District – We walk along the Green River and see the old wooden houses built on its bank. We see also the statues of the famous people who were from Amasya such as Strabon, the famous Geoghrapher

*Amasya Musuem – here we see the finding from archeological sites of Amasya including the mummies of a royal family

*Ferhat and Sirin Musuem – The famous love story of Ferhat and Sirin is displayed in the musuem as well as Leyla and Mejnun , Asli and Kerem , Romeo and Julliet
Meal :Breakfast , Dinner
Hotel 4 Stars Hotel Apple Palace or similar

Day 4 :Amasya-Samsun ( 140 km )

 After breakfast departure to Samsun at 0900 am .

Upon arrival we see :
*Amazon Village-This  small musuem of Amazonas tells us about the life of Amazones who lived in this city around 14 C BC.

We see the huge statue of Penthesilea the brave queen of the Amazones who fought Achilles in Troy .
* Amisos Hill – we take a short cable car from Amazon village to Amisos Hill and  we see the tumulus type tombs of Pontus Kings.

* Ilk Adim Monument ( First Step) – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk disembarked from 3 days ship journey  here in 19 th may 1919 which is the begining of the independence war of the Turks.  We see models of Ataturk and his friends marching from the sea to the city.
*Bandirma Ship – This is the excat model of BAndirma Ship which carried Mustafa Kemal  Ataturk and his friends from IStanbul to Samsun.

* Samsun Kent Museum – Samsun City Museum which tells the history , the local cultur, ethnography and economy of Samsun.
Hotel : North Point Hotel or similar

Meal . Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 :Samsun -Sinop – Samsun  ( 360   Km )
Departure from Samsun  at 0800 am to Sinop . Sinop home of  the Greek philosopher Diogenes  was established by the Ionians of  Miletos  in 8 th  C BC on Black Sea Coast. Sinop was named after Sinope , Queen of the Amazonas according to  Greek Mythology . Sinop is also the furthest North of Turkey .

Upon arrival we see :

*Hamsilos cove – this is the place where the green meets the blue . The cove surrounded by forest.

*Diogenes Statue – Diogones the Cynic Philospher was born in Sinop and still he is holding a lantern and seeking for honest person .

*Historical Sinop Prison -This is  where the famous Turkish Poet and writer Sabahattin Ali was imprisoned. It is a musuem today .

*Balatlar Church -It was built  a bath in Roman and converted to church in 7 C AD .

 *Sinop Musuem -which is a small archaelogical musuem where the artefacts were found  from Sinop are exhibited here.

 departure to Samsun.

Arrival around 1830 pm and check in hotel

Hotel : North Poıint Hotel or similar 4 stars hotel

Meal . Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Samsun – Ordu – Trabzon (325 Km)

We depart from Samsun to Trabzon and on the way we see :
* Yasun promontory (A promontory which is  12 km extending into the Black Sea and it was named after the Greek Mythological Hero Jason who was searching for the Golden Fleece . There is a church from chirstian era on the tip of the promontory named Jason Church

*Ordu Boztepe -We ride on cable car and go 2700 meters from the sea  up to Boztepehill .Boztepe  Hill is 570 meters high and offers a speactacular view of Black Sea Coasts and Ordu City.

* Chocolate outlet store -Black Sea region is famous for its hazel nut and there are chocolate factories . We stop at outlet store for chocolate taste and shopping

*Giresun museum -The Musuem building is a Greek church and today is used a musuem to exhibit the neighborhood archeological findings

* Giresun Children Library – A Catholic church of 19 C was converted to libabry in recent years

* Zeytinlik Houses and Giresun Castle – We see the Greek houses in zeytinlik and view coasts of Black Sea from Giresun Castle.

*Tirebolu Castle or Saint John Castle -it was  built around 10 C BC  and renovated in later centuries.Located on little hill on the Black Sea Coasts and in Byzantine Era a church was built in the castle which was  dedicated to Saint John .

arrival to Trabzon and check in hotel

Meal :Breakfast , Dinner
Hotel 4 Stars Hotel Usta Hotel or similar

Day 7 : Trabzon – Sumela Monastery – Trabzon

A full day dedicated to Trobzon and its neighbourhood.
Departure at 08.00am to Sumela Monastery
* Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to Virgin Mary at Melas  Mountain’s cliff viewing Altindere Valley. it was built firsty in 3 C Ad. And enlarged in later centuries .  The rock-cut  churches of the monastery  designed with frescoes in Byzantine Era.

*Hagi Sophia Church&Mosque -A 13th CenturyGreek  Church .Nowadays still in use as a Mosque. its fresoces are magnificent .

*Ataturk’s House  – Essentially a rich Greek Business Man Mansion from 20 C AD. Later it was used by Ataturk as a summer house and therefore it is called Ataturk House

* Fatih Mosque – A greek church which was called Panagia Hiroskaflos ( The Golden Head Mary) After the Turks conquered Trabzon it was converted to mosque and re-named Fatih Mosque after the Sultan who conquered the city.

* Boztepe (Panoramic view of Black sea and Trabzon)
Meal :Breakfast , Dinner
Hotel 4 Stars Hotel Usta park hotel or similar

Day 8 : Trabzon – Uzungol  ( 85 km )
Departure at 08:00am and  drive between The Balck Sea and and the mountain slope which is planted with tea , in another word between blue and Green . On the way we stop to see

*Surmene Memisaga Konak : A 19 Century Mansion was built in local traditional archithecture . Local stone and wood are blended in this building.

*Tea Factory: The tea is grown in Black Sea region in Turkey. Here we visit one of the factories  and see the processing of the leaves and tea shopping opportunity.

Upon arrival we see  Uzungol Lake (This lake is surrounded by mountains and forest  and it is famous for its unique land scape.

Free afternoon to enjoy the nice walk around the lake.
Meal :Breakfast and dinner
Hotel Special Class Tree Hotel  Inan  Kardesler Hotel or  similar

Day 9 : Uzungol –Rize-Ayder  (160 km )
Today’s drive is the most scenic drive of the tour.

On the way we stop to see  :

*Rize Botanic and Tea Garden – Botanic and tea Garden is located  atop of little hill here we have a tea break and see the tea agrden and view Rize city and Rize Castle from here.

*Ayder Plateu and the waters falls – we see  the waterfalls in Ayder and the wooden houses built on the slope of the forest.

*ZilkaleCastle which dominates the fantastic valley of Firtinaderesi River which is flowing in the bottom of a deep valley

*Cinciva ( Senyuva  ) Village : A very small village established just beside Firtinaderesi River and acrhed bridge . There are small cafeterias beside the river with a fantastic view of the forest background. We have a tea nd cofee break at this small village

*Palovit waterfall: located ina remote valley about 40 minutes drive after Zilkale.

Meal :Breakfast , Dinner
Hotel :Special Class Tree Hotel  Hasimoglu hotel or similar

Day 10 : Ayder -Trabzon Airport
Meal :Breakfast

Included in the tour price
09 Night Hotel accomodations ( 4 Stars Hotel )  )
09 Breakfast at hotel ,08 Dinner
All the musuem fee in the itinerary
Cable car Fee
English  Speaking guide
All the transfers from /to Airport  with luxery minibuses such as Mercdes Sprinter  or  Similar
Excluded The Tour Price
Lunch ,Drinks
Tip of the driver and guide ( Not cumpolsery but customery )
Dinner in Uzungol
Hot Air Balloon tour ( We reserve it for you with extra reasonable  fee)