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Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

1. Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

Begin your day with a visit to the mesmerizing Altindere National Park. Soak up the tranquility of the park as you listen to the sound of the waterfalls and snap photos. Follow your guide on a 15-minute walk to the Sumela Monastery observation point and marvel at the impressive architecture of the monastery, carved into the cliff face. After admiring the views, continue to Cosandere Valley and spend some free time exploring. Stop among the pine trees to enjoy a delcious lunch at Zigana Pass. After lunch, visit the ancient Tortul Castle and put your bravery to the test with a walk along a 240-meter-high glass observation platform. Later, enter the magnificent Karaca Caves. This natural wonder is filled with easy-to-navigate walkways and plenty of lighting to showcase its beauty. The final stop is in Hamsikoy, a peaceful region of 5 farming villages, where you’ll taste a local pudding known as sutlac before beginning the return journey to Trabzon.

Trabzon: For Insatiable Explore With GeziBilen Digital Guide

2. Trabzon: For Insatiable Explore With GeziBilen Digital Guide

Get to know the city at your own pace with the interactive application you download to your phone. Interact with the city's top attractions and discover interesting facts and legends. Start your journey by downloading the GeziBilen Digital Guide application and continue by following the map on the relevant route. On this route, you can listen to the history of all these works from us. What we will see on this route… Cal, the second-longest cave in the world, and Uzungol, which hosts the oldest trees in its surrounding temperate climate zone… Along our route, you will go to Hamsikoy, the homeland of hazelnut rice pudding, and Sumela Monastery, the symbol of the city! Trabzon Castle, which survived since the Romans, and the house where Kanuni Sultan Suleiman, probably the most famous sultan of the Ottoman Empire, was born and raised... And many more...We don't want you to leave you hungry while exploring so many places and we recommended the refreshment places full of delicious flavors. On this route, you will both climb a plateau and drink coffee by the lake… If you say “How many days will it take?”, we can say three days on average. Of course, you have the initiative! Welcome back to our “Whatever you seek is here" route! The rest is rhetoric! We'd better take on the road. If the cameras are charged, the raincoats are put into the bags - here is the Black Sea, it is unpredictable if it would rain - and the spare flash disks are emptied (just one flash disk is not enough), and the shoelaces are tied, let's start.

From Rize Merkez: Sumela Monastery and Trabzon Private Tour

3. From Rize Merkez: Sumela Monastery and Trabzon Private Tour

After meeting the local certified guide, head towards the Sumela Monastery. Passing through the Altindere valley, Enjoying the views of Altindere valleys nature, River, Reaching Sumela Monastery on the Cliffs. Discover Sumela Monastery and its frescoes depicting The Creation of the Earth, The Creation of Adam and Eve, and Frescoes of Jesus, his apostles and holy Marie’s life. After visiting Monastery, Head to Torul city castle observation glass terrace, The terrace is the highest viewing terrace in Turkey and it overlooks the most beautiful natural views of city of Torul with its beautiful mountains, plains, river and castle, but access to terrace requires great courage. One of the amazing place is Karaca cave. The cave is roughly 105 meters in length, average 15 meters in height. Entrance height is about 1,8 meters and has a total floor area of 1500 m2. The air inside the cave is cooler than outside in summertime, and warmer in winter, it has own microclimate. Cave contains different types of rocks, minerals, dripstones and ponds. On the way back, visiting Trabzon’s Hamsikoy village which is popular with its nature and rice pudding made from the milk of Hamsikoy village, After learning a little about natural life of villagers, of course taste the rice pudding and than returning hotel.

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