12 JUNE (WED) ISTANBUL – SAFRANBOLU
Pick up from Alzer hotel (Hotel not included) at 7:00 and we will start our drive to the Black Sea. We cross the Bosphorus Bridge and will pass from Europe to Asia. We continue to Safranbolu passing Lake Sapanca on the way. Safranbolu is a town in the Black Sea region of northern Turkey, once a stop on the trade route between Europe and the Orient. Its Ottoman architecture includes the old Çarşı district, with hundreds of preserved, red-roofed Ottoman houses on cobblestone streets. Cinci Han is a 17th-century caravansary with rooftop views over town and Cinci Hamam is a restored 17th-century bathhouse, still in operation. Time permitting visit the Yemeniciler Arastası (bazaar) and Kaymakamlar Historical House. Overnight in Çeşmeli Konak or Cesmeli Konak Köşe.
13 JUNE (THU) SAFRANBOLU – AMASRA – SAFRANBOLU
Today we drive to the Black Sea Coast and visit the charming town of Amasra (ancient name is Amastris) with the Citadel, Kemere Roman Bridge and harbors. Time to take some picturesque photos. We can check out hand-made items of the local wood and go to the Cekiciler Bazaar. Depending upon time we can drive along the coast to see the beautiful Cakraz Beach – Kurucasile Village or we can discover villages around Safranbolu. Overnight in Safranbolu. Çeşmeli Konak or Cesmeli Konak Köşe. B.
14 JUNE (FRI) SAFRANBOLU – KASTAMONU – SINOP
Today we will stop in Kastamonu to visit the Nasrullah Mosque or Hz. Pir Seyh Saban-i Veli Kulliyesi and the Bazaar. We continue to Sinop and visit Hamsilos Cove (Fjord), see the Fortress, Historical Prison Museum, Time permitting, the Pervane Madrasah and Alaatin Mosque. Overnight in Sinop. Zinos Hotel or Hotel 117 B.
15 JUNE (SAT) SINOP – SAMSUN – ORDU
We pass through coastal towns and make a stop in Samsun to see the Amazon Statue and Cape Jason with its old Yason church and lighthouse. Continue to Ordu and take the Cable car to Boztepe Hill for a wonderful view. Overnight in Ordu. Hampton by Hilton or Anemon Ordu Hotel . B.
16 JUNE (SUN) ORDU – GIRESUN - KUMBET – GORELE
First we make a visit to the Giresun Castle. Then we will head up to the “Yayla” the high plateau to Kumbet Village. Time for photos, fun and getting to know the local people. We will drive back to the coast and passing through Tirebolu which also has a historic castle and continue to Gorele, where our driver Dursun was born. Overnight in Gorele. Gayasis Hotel. B.
17 JUNE (MON) GORELE – KUSKOY – GORELE
Today we see Kuskoy (Bird Village) where the villagers can communicate by whistles across the expanses. We will try to learn more about this unusual language known by few. Depending upon time possibly other villages in the area or visiting with Dursun’s family and/or see the Gorele Market. Overnight in Gorele. Gayasis Hotel. B.
18 JUNE (TUE) GORELE – TRABZON – SUMELA – RIZE
It is possible to see the Hagia Sophia (now a mosque) and a bit of Trabzon before we drive to the Sumela Monastery which seems to be clinging to the Cliff (if open). Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Greek Orthodox monastery, built in 386 AD, is at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) over the Altındere National Park. There will also be opportunities to take photos from below the monastery. We stop in the small coastal town of Sürmene. In ancient times it was also known as Hyssus or Hyssos and Issiporto. We will continue along the coast to Rize. The area around Rize is famous for tea-growing. Overnight in Rize. Lazlakar Hotel. B.
19 JUNE (WED) RIZE – FIRTINA VALLEY – CAMLIHEMSIN – AYDER – HOPA
Today we will visit Zilkale, which is a medieval castle located in the Firtina Valley overlooking the Firtina River in the Kackar Mountains. We will also see Çamlıhemşin Village and the Ayder Plateau. Overnight in in Hopa – Nana Hotel. B.D.
20 JUNE (THU) ARHAVI – MENCUNA – KARS
Today we will visit the village of Ortaca with the Old Double Bridges and Mencuna Waterfalls (walk) before continuing to Kars. Overnight in Kars. Katerina Sarayi Hotel B.
21 JUNE (FRI) KARS – ANI – MT ARARAT VIEW – DOGUBEYAZIT
In Kars we visit the ancient and seemingly forgotten city of Ani with its ruined churches. View of the valley and Arpa River, which forms the border with Armenia. Time permitting we will visit the Kars Citadel and local market. We will pass small squat villages and stop to take photos of Mt Ararat before arrival and overnight in Dogubeyazit. Overnight in Butik Ertur Hotel. B.D.
22 JUNE (SAT) DOGUBEYAZIT – “NOAH’S ARK” – ISHAK PASA PALACE – DOGUBEYAZIT
We will drive to Üzengili Village and spend some time there. You can see the rock formation that looks like Noah’s Ark and the small visitor center. We will also visit the magnificent Ishak Pasa Palace, which was built between the 17th and 18th centuries by a local lord. It is a mixture of Ottoman, Persian and Armenian architectural styles. We get a view of the Dogubeyazit Castle. Overnight in Dogubeyazit. Butik Ertur Hotel. B.
23 JUNE (SUN) DOGUBEYAZIT – AGRI – ISTANBUL
Transfer to the Agri Airport after breakfast and flight to Istanbul. Tour services end. B.
ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE – ALTERNATIVE HOTELS MAY BE USED
MINIMUM 6 PASSENGERS – MAXIMUM 10 PASSENGERS
PROFESSIONAL GUIDE AND DRIVER WITH FUEL AND PARKING FEES (OUTSIDE OF ISTANBUL),
MAIN ENTRY FEES TO SIGHTS,
2 DINNERS AND ALL BREAKFASTS IN HOTELS,
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AJI - ISTANBUL,
AGRI AIRPORT TRANSFER.
MEALS UNLESS MENTIONED,
TIPS TO DRIVER AND GUIDE,
ISTANBUL HOTEL AND ISTANBUL AIRPORT TRANSFERS,
PRICE P.P IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE: 1590 EUROS
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 160 EUROS