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An Authentic Tour of Black Sea & Eastern Turkey(sm) (14 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Ankara, Turkey To Ankara, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 10 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Dinner

Arrive at Ankara Esenboga International Airport in late afternoon. Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. "Welcome Cocktail" and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tour of the Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara for an overview of the vast history of Asia Minor; then, a visit to the Mausoleum of Ataturk. After lunch, stop to see some Roman ruins, such as The Temple of Augustus, the Column of Julian and the Baths of Caracalla. Dinner is at a restaurant in an authentic setting. Overnight stay is  in Ankara.

Day 3
Dogubeyazit, Turkey
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Ankara Esenboga International Airport for the flight* to Kars in Northeastern Turkey. After a short city tour of Kars, drive to Ani, which is one of the four or five most spectacular archaeological sites in Turkey, due to both natural settings and the monuments. The ruins of Ani are situated on a triangular bluff, where two deep gorges meet; impressive city walls and medieval Armenian churches still remain to this day. Afterwards, continue to Dogubeyazit, near the foothills of Mt. Ararat, for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4
Dogubeyazit, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Ishak Pasa Palace, built in the late 18th Century on a desolate but spectacular setting on the outskirts of Dogubeyazit. Offering a magnificent view of the plain and the surrounding mountains, the Palace is of high construction, and originally had some 360 rooms and halls, built in various architectural styles. Overnight stay is in Dogubeyazit.

Day 5
Dogubeyazit, Turkey
Erzurum, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart from Dogubeyazit in the morning for the drive to Erzurum, one of the largest cities in Eastern Anatolia. Visit Sarikamis, a small town which has a few Czarist Russian buildings, and enjoy your lunch at a pleasant mountain inn. Also stop to admire a magnificent Mongol bridge with six arches, called "Grandfather Shepherd Bridge", dating from the 13th Century. Overnight stay in Erzurum.

Day 6
Erzurum, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tour the ancient city of Erzurum, which has had a very turbulent history, especially in the last couple of centuries, with attacks from Russia. Visit the Yakutiye Medresesi (religious school) built in 1301, the Medrese With Twin Minarets, the Ulu Cami (the oldest mosque in town, dating back to 1179) and the Lala Pasa Mosque, designed by the famous architect Sinan. Stop at the "Bazaar", a street featuring jewelry stores that specialize in "Erzurum Stone" (a black gem polished to a high sheen) as well as antique stores. Overnight stayis in Erzurum.

Day 7
Artvin, Turkey
Erzurum, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive through a scenic route to Artvin, with stops en route to enjoy spectacular scenery, including a view of the largest waterfall in Turkey. The area around Artvin is full of old Georgian churches. Overnight stay is in Artvin.

Day 8
Trabzon, Turkey
Artvin, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The most spectacular scenery is in store today, after departing from Artvin and reaching the Black Sea Coast of Turkey. The drive will proceed through Hopa, by forested mountain slopes not far from the Turkish-Georgian border, Rize (a charming Black Sea town known for its of tea plantations), and other seaside villages and hamlets, arriving in Trabzon in mid- or late- afternoon. Overnight stay in Trabzon.

Day 9
Trabzon, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trabzon, ancient Trebizond, is one of the most interesting cities of ancient Anatolia, with monuments dating from a number of civilizations. The tour includes some of these interesting ruins, starting with the Town Square; Marco Polo stayed here and reportedly lost all of his luggage! Then, visit the Church of St. Sophia from the 13th Century, as well as some Ottoman mosques. The highlight will be a visit to the Sumela Monastery, a 14th Century Byzantine monastery carved on the face of a steep cliff on forest-covered mountains. Also stop at a little village called Hamsikoy, to eat the best rice pudding (Sutlac) in the world. Overnight stay is in Trabzon.

Day 10
Samsun, Turkey
Trabzon, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue driving along the Black Sea coast through the town of Giresun, the "Hazelnut Capital of the World", from where Roman General Lucullus took the first cherry tree to introduce it to Europe. Also on the itinerary are Giresun Island (where Jason and his Argonauts had the adventure with the Amazons), Ordu (from where the last survivors of Xenephon's "Ten Thousand" embarked to go West), and Unye, a charming little port where the purple tint of the rocks contrasts with the blue sky and the green of the hazelnut plantations. Arrive in Samsun for overnight stay.

Day 11
Çorum, Turkey
Samsun, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning departure from Samsun for the charming city of Amasya, built on the narrow center of a deep canyon. Yesil Irmak (Green River) flows through the middle of the city, separating Amasya into two sections connected by a series of bridges that seem to be squeezed between the banks of the river and the towering mountains on either side. [Julius Caesar uttered his famous words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici", just south of Amasya. This is also where the famous geographer Strabon was born in 64 B.C.] A visit to ancient monuments in Amasya is scheduled, before stopping for lunch at a restaurant with a view of the river. Drive on to Çorum for overnight stay.

Day 12
Safranbolu, Turkey
Çorum, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning departure from Corum to drive to Safranbolu. [The timber houses of Safranbolu provide some of the most beautiful examples of old Turkish architecture]. In the afternoon, visit Bolu, hometown of the famous chefs of Ottoman Palaces. Dinner and overnight stay will be at an authentic mansion in Safranbolu.

Day 13
Ankara, Turkey
Safranbolu, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After sightseeing in Safranbolu, drive back to Ankara on a scenic route, balance of the day is at leisure. Farewell Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

Day 14
Ankara, Turkey
None Breakfast

Morning is at leisure. Transfer to the Ankara Esenboga International Airport in the afternoon for return flights.

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An Authentic Tour of Black Sea and Eastern Turkey


In time, the Black Sea Region and Eastern Turkey will be discovered by many tourists, like the rest of the country. There is still time to see the authentic life of the local people and this wildly beautiful part of Turkey. The lack of deluxe hotels in this region is offset by the interesting remnants of ancient cities, the friendliness of the people, and the simple and yet delicious food that you experience.

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By: Charlie1


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

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By: SHuff


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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