DAY 1 ARRIVAL TO KAYSERİ &CAPPADOCIA
Landing in Kayseri. Transfer to a hotel in Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia
DAY 2 CAPPADOCIA
After visiting Uçhisar, open-air museum Göreme, Zelve, Paşabağları, Derinkuyu underground city, Ürgüp, Avanos. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia
DAY 3 CAPPADOCIA - Tuz Göiü- Ankara (320 km)
After breakfast departure to Ankara. On the way visit the salt lake Tuz gölü. (Salt Lake is included in Class A, an important area for the protection of wetlands and biodiversity. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List) Arrival in Ankara, departure to the city castle and later a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Dinner and overnight in Ankara
DAY 4 Ankara-HATTUSAS-AMASYA (380 km)
After breakfast drive to Hattus. Arrival in Bogazkale (Hattusas), known as the city of temples. We will see the King’s Gate, the Lion’s Gate, a tunnel, a large castle, a large temple and a museum. We will also visit the ancient site of Yazilikaya (inscribed rock), near Bogazkale. It is the most famous monument to Hittite rocks. There is also an outdoor pantheon. Reliefs of Hittite gods and goddesses adorn the walls. They are carved into the original rock and date from the 13th century BC.
Then we drive to Amasya. The city, where the legacy of the Ottoman sultans is engraved, offers wonderful traces of past civilizations. Amasya, located in a narrow gorge on the Yeşilırmak River, dates back to the year 6500 BC. During the Ottoman period, the city became an important cultural center where many of the sultan's scholars and sons were raised. Accordingly, the Ottoman sultans decorated it with many buildings. Nevertheless, visitors can still observe the Amas heritage of previous civilizations. The ruins of the castle rise from a durable rock and contain an Ottoman palace and a secret underground passage, while impressive stone tombs are carved into the rock above the town. Dinner and overnight Amasya.
DAY 5 AMASYA-SAMSUN-GİRESUN (300 km)
After breakfast drive to Samsun. Visit to Samsun, one of the cities in the region with the greatest tourist potential, natural historical and cultural wealth, the possibility of the arrival of the sea, air and rail. Samsun retained its significance and property over time, with the arrival of Atatürk on May 19, 1919 to plan the defense of Anatolia, it became the site of the Turkish War of Liberation.
We drive to Giresun. Dinner and overnight in Giresun.
DAY 6 GİRESUN- KARACA CAVE-MANASTIR SUMELA-TRABZON (290 km)
After breakfast we drive to Zigana mountain, with a beautiful view of the village and the Pontic mountains. We come to Gümüshane to visit the Karaca Cave, which is considered the most beautiful in Turkey due to its colors and formations.
On the way to Trabzon we will visit the Monastery of Sumela, located in the eastern part of the Black Sea in the middle of the Black Hill. This ancient church is over 1700 years old and is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. According to legend, Sumela is a monastery built in the 3rd century during the Byzantine period by two priests who came from Athens. After a long period, the church gained in importance by becoming a place where large revenues were collected, especially in the 8th century. In the 18th century, most of this church was restored, and some walls are painted with frescoes. In the 19th century, after the addition of a large number of rooms, the monastery got a beautiful look. For centuries, the Sumela Monastery has been an important religious center and a place where large groups of people gathered and educated. The main parts of the monastery are the rooms, the reception, the library and the files. The walls are painted with frescoes, and the main themes running through the frescoes are details from the life of Isa a.s. and Hadrat Maryam. The Sumela monastery is called Mother Mary after the locals. Arrival at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
DAY 7 TRABZON
Today we will explore the most important parts of the city of Trabzon; we will see an extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes in the church of St. Sophia from the 13th century, visit Ataturk's castle on the hill Soguks facing the Black Sea. We go to the Boztepe lookout, from which we can see the whole city.
We will see the Monastery for girls on the hill Boztepe. Return to the hotel, dinner, overnight Trabzon
DAY 8 TRABZON
Transfer to Trabzon Airport. Flight from Trabzon.