9 Day Black Sea Region Tour

TST22345-742019
Highlights
Welcome to Turkey! 9 Days from Istanbul to Trabzon, across the North of Turkey otherwise known as the Black Sea. Safranbolu offers the historic trading post of all the major trade routes that travelled from India, Arabia and the Orient into Europe. Beautiful and architecturally preserved is a favorite location of our staff. Ankara the capital of Turkey holds all the secrets that founded this great country. Amasya is pure beauty, a city fortified by mountains and castles laid out along the banks of the river Kizil Irmak before finishing in Trabzon to discover the secrets of the Byzantine Empire.
Day 1 : Istanbul - Arrival Day

Welcome to Turkey! Today is your arrival day. Airport transfers are available from Istanbul International Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 2 : Istanbul City Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After an early breakfast, we depart from the hotel at 08.30 for the Istanbul City Tour. "TOPKAPI PALACE" The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. Robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.

Next on the list is the "SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE" Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the "BLUE MOSQUE" because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Outside the Blue Mosque we find the "HIPPODROME". The Ancient Hippodrome was the scene of chariot races and entertainment. The Hippodrome comprises of three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.

After a short enjoyable lunch break, Murtis Tour will take you to the Grand Spice Bazaar which is a unique atmosphere with reasonable prices for your shopping on many Exotic Spices and Herbs, Turkish Baklava, Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts and fruits, small souvenirs such as Ceramic Handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all naturel olive oil, soaps and many other goods in Souvenir Shops and stores.

After the tour, you have the option to experience the Bosphorus Cruise which will depart after the city tour. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

 

Day 3 : Istanbul - Abant Lake - Safranbolu
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast at 09.00, we depart for Abant Lake. Abant is most probably the most famous lake in Turkey. The lake is at the end of a 22 km drive. The seven kilometer walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to enjoy the area. Those who don't wish to walk can ride horseback or complete the tour on a horse cart. Abant lake is surrounded with pine trees. The manner in which the lake was formed is a topic of discussion. Its deepest point is 45 meters. The countryside is pleasantly different in each season. Water lilies embellish the surface in summer. It is also famous for its trout. Lunch break at a beautiful alfresco restaurant under the trees with BBQ and fresh bread. After lunch, we depart for Safranbolu (from the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century, Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East-West trade route. The old mosque, the old bath house and Suleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire). On arrival, we will walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar, continuing on to Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath House, Kaymakamlar House (Museum). Dinner and overnight in Safranbolu.

 

Day 4 : Safranbolu – Ankara City Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast at 09.00, we departure sleepy Safranbolu for Ankara (3 to 4 hours drive) On arrival, we will have time for lunch before taking the City Tour of Ankara which is the 2nd biggest city and the capital of Turkey. On the tour, you will visit Ataturk`s (founder of the modern Turkey) Museum and the Ataturk Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight in Ankara.

 

Day 5 : Ankara - Hattusa – Amasya City Tour
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast, we depart for Hattusa which was the capital of Hitites. Hititians where Indo-German semi European people, they arrived via the Black Sea to north Anatolia at the beginning of 18 th century BC. They used horse carts as their war vehicles which they used during their attack of Ramses the 2nd and they had a big war with the Egyptians and they then made a peace treaty where they wrote on the clay and had 2 women sign on it. That was the first peace treaty where woman ever participated. Visiting Yazilikaya which is the ruin of an open air temple of the Hitites where there are rock carvings of the Hitites god and Goddes. We then go to Hattusas, big temple and the city ruins including gates of lion and king. Visiting the summer palace of Hitites and driving to Alacahoyuk that was first capital of Hitites and Hatti civilisation. After lunch, we drive to Amasya for our Amasya Tour. Amasya is one of the provinces which is distinct both with its natural setup and historical values it holds. It was the homeland of the famous geographer Strabo. Located in a narrow cleft of the Yesilirmak (Iris) river, it has a history of 3000 years during which many civilizations left priceless remains of their times. The ruins of the citadel on the rock face of the cleft shelters 2000 year old water-channels, 1000 year old bridges, an ancient mental hospital, an Ottoman Palace and a secret underground passageway. Dinner and overnight in Amasya.

 

Day 6 : Amasya - Trabzon
Breakfast and Dinner Included

After breakfast at 09.00, departure for Trabzon. When the Roman Empire was divided into two at the end of the 4th century, Trabzon remained under the sovereignty of the Eastern Roman Empire which later on was called as Byzantine Empire. When relations and wars between the Byzantines and the Arabs started, the Arabs called the people under the Roman Sovereignty as Rum, and the areas under the Roman sovereignty as Diyar-i Rum or Memleket-ul Rum (land of Rums). Dinner and overnight in Trabzon.

 

Day 7 : Trabzon
Breakfast and Dinner Included

Depart for St. Sophia (Ayasofya), after breakfast, a 13th century church and study its extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion (a picturesque hillside retreat), visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town). Lunch at a seaside restaurant in Akcaabat. Afternoon we explore the cobbled stone streets of Trabzon. Drive to Boztepe; enjoy our tea from samovar with the panoramic view of the city. Dinner and overnight in Trabzon.



 

Day 8 : Sumela Monestary - Zigana - Karaca Cave
Breakfast and Dinner Included

Upon breakfast, we depart for Sumela Monastery, visiting the 4th century Sumela Monastery which clings to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park, lunch, traveling along the Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains (Pontic Alps) will take us to Karaca Cave, considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Dinner and overnight in Trabzon.

 

Day 9 : Trabzon - End of Tour
Breakfast Included

Today your tour is over. Please make your own arrangements for departure remembering that your hotel will need you to check out before midday. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.

 

Includes

  • 1 night hotel in Ankara
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Ankara City tour
  • Professional English - speaking tour guides
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
  • Return airport transfer
  • 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • Guided tour in Trabzon
  • Guided Aband Lake tour
  • Guided Hattusa tour
  • 1 night hotel in Safranbolu
  • Guided tour in Safranbolu
  • Guided tour in Amasya
  • 1 night hotel in Amasya
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Trabzon
  • VAT and Hotel Taxes


Excludes

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

TRAVELSHOP TURKEY NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We would like to offer you our updated cancellation policies due to Corona Virus issue.

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; cares for the well-being of its guests and its partners very much. As a company, we keep guests’ satisfaction, health & wealth as our priority.

In order to pre-book your tours and benefit from your bookings until the last day, we have made some alterations to ease the process. As a result of this process, you will save time and money and no risk taken when you book to travel with us.

BOOKING PAYMENT CONDITIONS:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; makes it easy to book the tours with an advanced payment of only 25% with the rest of 75% payable on arrival. You can cancel your new bookings anytime until 15 May 2020 up to 2 working days prior to your departure. If you will prefer to make bank transfer for the remaining balance of 75%, you need to make sure that it is received by our side by the tour start date. If through a credit card, you can always make the payment our online service only to be withdrawn by the tours start date.


CANCELLATION PROCEDURES:

TravelShop Turkey and Murti’s Tour; will not apply any penalties to you if you cancel before 2 working days of tour departure date until 15 May 2020, your deposit of 25% to be refunded. This way, our guests will be on the safe side and will not worry about penalties. In case that you have informed us of your arrival/departure flight details and received related confirmations for accommodation and tour programs, yet haven’t showed up for the tour, 25% deposit to be non-refundable. With the exception of ready-made packages, if you require different accommodation venues like any international brand name hotels, your tours would fall under “customized/tailor-made tours” category and hotels’ regulations to be applicable and to be announced within the itinerary. Our aim is not to charge guests’ for a penalty and care for the benefit of the guests that we will comply from here on end. 

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHT PAYMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS:

As we strive to refund our guests fully, we haven’t included our domestic flights. Each domestic flight has its own set of regulations applicable. Therefore, to cover you and keep from a no-show penalties, we will provide our tours without the calculation of domestic flights. Domestic flight price for adult travelers is approximately Euros: 50,00 for one way and for under 2 years old, approximately Euros: 20,00 as an insurance policy. When your booking is ascertained, we will require flight ticket price in full. If cancelled, we will comply by Airline Company’s cancellation policy. This way, we would be able to ease the process and provide a comfortable and worry-free travel.  

 

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION

We would like to again underline that our purpose is to cover you from any harm due to this virus issue and help as best we can. You may direct this information to your guests with a comfort and the fact that no loss on their part that, this may help you to travel to Turkey as a popular destination that TravelShop Turkey caters for. TravelShop Turkey has over 1.000 tours in 30 different categories that you can book and purchase with a comfort and confidence as no cancellation fees will be deducted from you.

 

Please let us know in case of any further assistance required by yourselves that we are willing to help in every way that we can.

 

P.S. Besides from the Updated Terms & Conditions, Cancellation Procedures and Domestic Flights Regulations as listed above, all current terms and conditions  on the itineraries still valid and applicable respectively.


 

 

Many of our Tours include domestic flights. These flights have a limitation of 15 to 20 kg of luggage with 8 kg of in-cabin weight depending on the Airlines. Please abide by these in-flight regulations. You should be present at the Airport an hour prior to flight times. We reserve and book your flight Tickets a week before the travel dates with the names provided by yourselves. If there is a typo or a lettering mistake on the names, our company holds no responsibility of any incovenience thay may be experienced so it is best to have a copy of the passport provided to your reprsentative.

Our vehicles differ in line with group sizes. For 8 pax, we have Mercedes Vito, over 14 pax, we provide Sprinter, for over 29 pax, we have midibuses and finally for up to 45 pax, we have Coaches available. Taking into consideration of guests’ luggages we make an arrangement as below:

For 8 pax van: Maximum 5 persons.
For 14 pax van: Maximum 10 persons
For 29 pax van: Maximum 24 persons
For 45 pax Coach: Maximum 40 persons

Our vehicles are fully equipped with A/C, refrigeration, clean, comfortable and brand new or latest models. For long bus rides, we will have regular breaks in rest points on highways fora quick coffee and food, rest room breaks and such necessities.   

We use mostly 4 star, 5 star or boutique hotels for your convenience and comfort. For example, in Istanbul and other regions we have 4-5 star hotel where for Cappadocia and such areas, we use classy cave resorts. On guaranteed tours, we declare the accommodation venues but it may differ for private ones within the same category, with good reviews. 


 

On our Tour Routes, we include all the “must see” museums and sight-seeing venues in our itinenary. This service is included within the Tour price. Some museums have different operation days and times but we will have similar sites to fill in for them.  

It is not a  -must- to tip on our tours. However, if you are satisfied with the services provided by driver and the guide, you may consider tipping them accordingly as 2 EUROS for the guide and 1 EUROS for the driver. It is customary in Tourism industry in line with customer expectations and we inform our personnel to provide the best of our services whether or not tip is given.

Turkey is a great destination for shopping opportunities especially Trukish rugs/carpets, jewelry, leather, textile, ceramics and many other hand made artifacts. During the tours, we recommend some of the reliable and reasonable shopping venues to be visited. Our shopping stops are consisted of trustworthy, guaranteed vendors. Our guide will direct you to such stores during the tours. You may get informed by our guide in regards to shopping mattters while on the tour. Some of our shopping venues may apply group discount that you may want to take advantage of.

 

Dinners usually served in the hotels on half board category. Lunches will be served in restaurants on the destination route.  Meals are mostly served as Set Menu or Open Buffet Style. If you have meal preferences or special diet requirements, please inform us beforehand for necessary arrangements during your tour confirmation.    

All of our Tours include Professional and knowledgeable Professional Tour Guides. Our guides have all the information that may be requested by yourself whether historically, culturally or locally with very good English spoken. Although Regular Tours will have an English Speaking guide, for private Tour Options, we will have multi-lingual Professional Tour guides available as you may need.

Most of major sightseeing, museums included within the tour prices. However, some of the activities and excursions that are not favoured everyone, are not included. Such as Hot-Air Ballooning, Paragliding, Dinner Cruise, Turkish Night Shows, Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Turkish Bath visits may be extra upon requests.

The prices for such exclusions are available on our website. We recommend that you book before the booking of your tour to make sure the Availability. You may not find space for some of these activities on the last minute or once you have arrived.  
 

We provide your airport transfers for arrival and returns. Please, provide us the flight details when purchasing the tour for proper arrangements with flight code, destination, date and arrival timing. Our airport officer will be present to Welcome you after you pass the customs,luggage claim and greet you with a name board outside the gates.

 

Turkey is a very modern Islamic country. You may just have fun and go around as in any European country when you are in Turkey. Only a few things to pay attention for such as entering into a Mosque with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Women should be carefully head-covered when in a holy environment. Rest is Pretty much the same as in any western city. Bars, cafes and restaurants are open until late nights and People get entertained safely.  We suggest for you have the items listed below.

  1. Travel Insurance that covers Health as well. Globally recognized credit cards
  2. Cash needed for small purchases where cards are not accepted. It is best to use an official Exchange office for Turkish currency transactions.
  3. Clothing in line with seasonal standarts as indicated above.
  4. Camera
  5. Universal adaptor and charger equipments for electronical devices.
  6. Comfortable trekking shoes for walking around as the tours most likely to have walking distances
  7. International Telephone Communication checked
  8. Have a copy of your flight ticket with you
  9. Have a personal identification on you at all times

Please check the information below before your departure

  1. International Flight Tickets
  2. Tour itinerary
  3. Confirmation received from us to include Hotel reservations etc.
  4. Domestic Flight Tickets if any (Please check your title/name spelling printed correctly)
  5. Passport Validation Terms
  6. Visa if needed (check before your trip for the dates on your visa)
  7. If visa needed, please ask us for invitation letter to ease the visa application process
  8. Flight details for on time Airport transfer services
  9. Observe the luggage limitation by Airlines for domestic flights if any
  10. Obtain emergency contact details from our office.

Winter Season: Between the months of December, January, February as the weather is around 10 degrees Celsius.
Spring: Between the months of March, April and May as the weather is around 22 degrees Celsius
Summer: June, July and August are summer time with approx 30 degrees celsius.
Autumn: September through November is considered to be Autumn month with a National average of 20 degrees celsius.
Have your attire accordingly and dress with proper clothing as per the guidance above.

Available On Dates

16 October, 2019 - 15 March, 2021 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Book Now
SILVER TOUR PACKAGE CATEGORY HOTELS
Ramada Hotel Golden Horn Hotel
or Pullman Hotel
or Westside Arjaan by Rotana Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
4 Star Atalay Hotel
Cifte Konak Hotel
4 Star Grand Vuslat Hotel

GOLD TOUR PACKAGE CATEGORY HOTELS
Dedeman Hotel 
or Hyatt Regency Hotel
or The Marmara Pera Hotel 
or Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel
or Le Meridien Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
Hiton Garden Inn Gimat Hotel
Firmar Life Thermal Resort Hotel
5 Star Radisson Blu Hotel
Istanbul - Abant Lake
Abant Lake - Safranbolu
Safranbolu - Ankara
Ankara - Hattusa
Hattusa - Amasya
Amasya - Trabzon
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