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Black Sea & Eastern Turkey Tours

Itinerary

This 14 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

2022 - 'North Eastern Explorer Tour'
14 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
Day 2
Sunday

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene) and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorus cruise'.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 3
Monday

Akcakoca, Safranbolu

This morning we drive to the coastal town of Akçakoca. Its old town area, situated on a gentle hill is a well preserved neighbourhood of traditional houses of wood and firebricks, lining square-shaped blocks. We then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Safranbolu.

Overnight Safranbolu
Boutique
(B)
Day 4
Tuesday

Safranbolu, Amasra

After breakfast, we start our tour from Hidirlik Hill to get a city view then discover Safranbolu's well-preserved wooden houses, Cinci Inn and Bath, old goverment building, the clock tower and the Arasta Bazaar where we will learn about the traditional handicraft shops. In the afternoon we drive to Amasra and visit the Roman castle and walls, wood-carving handicraft bazaar and the outer and inner piers of the city.

Overnight Safranbolu
Boutique
(B)
Day 5
Wednesday

Kastamonu

After breakfast we will drive to Kastamonu, which is one of the rare cities where you can find great examples of traditional Turkish houses. Along the way we'll stop at the crystal terrace, an unbreakable glass platform attached to a cliff edge 80 meters above the Incekaya Canyon.

Overnight Kastamonu
Boutique
(B)
Day 6
Thursday

Inebolu, Sinop

This morning we head for Inebolu with its wooden houses reflecting Rum (Byzantine or Ottoman Greek) architecture, dark green nature and excellent coastline which amazes visitors.

Overnight Sinop
Boutique
(B)
Day 7
Friday

Akliman, Hamsilos, Erfelek Waterfall

We depart from our hotel and visit Akliman Cove, Hamsilos Bay which offers rich natural beauty with green forests, colourful flowers and small inland bays where military ships took strategic advantage of the bays' hidden location during the First World War. Lastly we visit Erfelek Waterfall where you will be able to trek through the park and find many cascading waterfalls and other beautiful natural scenes.

Overnight Sinop
Boutique
(B)
Day 8
Saturday

Ordu, Trabzon

Today we will drive towards the Black Sea coast to Trabzon, stopping on the way for a short visit to Yason Church which stands along one of the most picturesque locations on the Black Sea coast. Then you will have great photo opportunity at Boztepe before heading to Trabzon.

Overnight Trabzon
4 star
(B)
Day 9
Sunday

Trabzon

Today we tour Trabzon and surrounds, visiting the breathtaking Byzantine Sumela Monastery and Uzungol, a picturesque lake surrounded by thick woods before returning back to the hotel.

Overnight Trabzon
4 star
(B)
Day 10
Monday

Rize, Erzurum

Today we travel along the Black Sea coast towards Artvin before driving through the wild landscapes of Çoruh Valley. We also visit picturesque Ishan village on our way to the scenic heights of Erzurum.

Overnight Erzurum
5 star
(B)
Day 11
Tuesday

Ani, Dogubayazit

This morning we visit the Seljuk monuments of Erzurum before continuing through Kars to Ani, close to the Turkish Armenian border. We continue to Dogubeyazit located at the foothill of Mount Ararat, the highest mount in Anatolia and where Noah's Ark is thought to have landed.

Overnight Dogubeyazit
Boutique
(B)
Day 12
Wednesday

Dogubeyazit, Van

After breakfast we tour Ishak Pasha Palace before driving through barren landscapes of volcanic stones stopping at Muradiye Waterfalls. We continue to Van, home to Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake.

Overnight Van
4 star
(B)
Day 13
Thursday

Van, Hosap, Akdamar

Morning drive to Çavustepe, to explore the ancient Urartian citadel before continuing to the village of Hosap. Early afternoon from the town of Gevas we take a boat excursion to Akdamar Island which is home to the 10th century Holy Cross Church.
This evening we fly back to Istanbul for our last night.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 14
Friday

Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
Tour does not include :-
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Highlights

  • Akçakoca
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Dogubeyazit - Ishak Pasa Palace
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Kastamonu
  • Muradiye - Bendimahi Falls
  • Safranbolu - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Trabzon - Sumela Monastery
  • Van - Akdamar Church
  • Amasra - Castle
  • Dogubeyazit
  • Erfelek Waterfall
  • Istanbul - Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul - Old City
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Safranbolu - Crystal Terrace
  • Sinop
  • Uzungöl Lake
  • Yason Church
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Turkey

Dogubeyazit
Butik Ertur Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Vatan Mahallesi
Çevre Yolu Bulvarı
Dogubeyazit
Ph. :
+90 472 312 78 66
Butik Ertur Hotel
Butik Ertur Hotel
Butik Ertur Hotel
Erzurum
Palan Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Palandöken Kayak Merkezi
Palandöken
Erzurum
Ph. :
+90 (0442) 317 07 07
Palan Hotel
Palan Hotel
Palan Hotel
Istanbul
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Kılıçali Paşa Mah
Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:13
Karaköy
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 (212) 247 00 00
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Port Bosphorus Hotel
Kastamonu
Kursunlu Han
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Aktarlar Bazaar Kurşunluhan
Kastamonu
Ph. :
+90 (0366) 214 27 37
Kursunlu Han
Kursunlu Han
Kursunlu Han
Safranbolu
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Çelik Gülersoy Cad. No: 18
Beybağı
Safranbolu
Ph. :
+90 (0370) 725 28 83
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Havuzlu Asmazlar Konagi
Sinop
Antik Hotel Sinop
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Gelincik Mahallesi
Ordu Caddesi Dalyan Sitesi No: 33
Sinop
Ph. :
+90 (0368) 261 25 26
Antik Hotel Sinop
Antik Hotel Sinop
Antik Hotel Sinop
Trabzon
Büyük Sumela Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Atatürk Caddesi
Maçka
Trabzon
Ph. :
+90 (0462) 512 35 41
Büyük Sumela Hotel
Büyük Sumela Hotel
Büyük Sumela Hotel
Van
Grand Hotel Van
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
İrfan Baştuğ Cad. No.2
Van
Ph. :
+90 (0432) 214 88 88
Grand Hotel Van
Grand Hotel Van
Grand Hotel Van
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
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S.S.
Single Supplement explanation
01 Jun 2022
31 Dec 2022
3,849.00
770.00
01 Jun 2023
31 Dec 2023
3,849.00
770.00
Deposit Option available for North Eastern Explorer Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for North Eastern Explorer Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
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8
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25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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