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From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

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From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip


From US$ 40.84 per person

Travel from Trabzon on a group or private day trip in Anatolia. Enter the Soumela Monastery, delve into Karaca Cave, experience picturesque views from Zigana Pass, and try traditional rice pudding.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Arabic
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your schedules pick up time
Private or small groups available


  • Live in history with Sumela Monastery
  • Look down from the summit of Zigana Mountains
  • Try delicious local dessert Sütlaç ( Rica Pudding )
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Your first visit is the breathtaking Sumela Monastery, which is thought to be founded by two monks about 1500 years ago, located within the borders of Altındere National Park in Maçka district. After that ,Aya Varvara church right next to monastery which is on the world heritage list. Climbing Zigana Mountain ;visiting the Karaca Cave in Gümüşhane Torul district will make you away from your day routine . You will the chance to taste the pestil, one of the regional delight . After having lunch in the region, the turn will come to visit the Glass Terrace to watch the Torul district from a bird's eye view and to experience some excitement. Reaching the hometown of Sütlaç, Hamsiköy, by climbing the summit of Zigana mountain again and following the beauties of the ancient Silk Road, which was used as the transit trade route of Iran in the republic period and added to the photographs with the richness of nature. Here will be served famous rice pudding ' Sütlaç ' and tea from the traditional village coffee shop. After taking a walk in the village and portray the natural beauty of the village , tour will end back at your hotel .
  • Pick up and Drop off from central hotels (Trabzon , Akçaabat and Yomra Hotels )
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Insurance
  • Exclusions :
  • Entrance tickets ( Sumela Monastery 100 Turkish Lira appx. , Glass Terrace 15 Turkish Lira appx. , Karaca Cave 20 Turkish Lira appx. )
  • Food and Drinks
  • National park shuttle service (25 Turkish Lira appx. )

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Important information

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  • After arriving to Altındere, due to the restriction for tour vehicles to go up the Monastery, our guests should take the Shuttle Services to the monastery.
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The beautiful monastery, however I was a little disappointed because I thought we could see the whole monastery, however we could only see the part that is open, that is, the one that is not covered. Everything that is roofed cannot be seen. I don't know if it's because it's dangerous or because what you see on the outside is just a façade and what used to be inside no longer exists. There is also no way to photograph it from the outside as it appears on the internet, unless you have a drone and they let you take photos with it.

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September 19, 2022

Overall a good day out. The monastery was fantastic but we only had 90 minutes there which included the walking up and down to get there. It all felt very rushed. The entrance fee was worth it but there is still a lot of renovation work going on. Only got the fabulous outside view from the bus. The cave was spectacular. The restaurant for lunch was a bad choice. No one wanted a full sit down a la carte meal at lunchtime so everyone just stood around waiting for an hour. Would have been better to have had more time at the monastery. We stopped at a lovely restaurant for sutlac at the end of the day, and this would have made a great lunchtime venue with its fantastic views. The most disappointing aspect of the day was that we booked an English guide and our guide didn’t speak a single word of English so we were left pretty clueless all day as to what was happening, how long we had at each stop etc. Was the trip good value for money? Yes. Could it be improved upon? Absolutely.

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September 10, 2022

Guide and driver very good just gives you a brief talk then you go off on your own. The Monastry was good and definitely worth going to as was the caves Food at stop was nice but expensive probably the most I spent on a meal in the time I stayed in Istanbul Beautiful countryside and mountains to view

August 8, 2022

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