Black Sea & Eastern Turkey

Tour Information

Starting from Ankara, this tour will take you through Hattusa ancient Hittite capital to the lush green mountains of Black Sea to the highlands of Eastern Turkey.

• Ankara

• Hattusa

• Amasya

• Black Sea Coast

• Sumela Monestery

• Kackar Mountains

• Ani

• Mt Ararat

• Van

Day 1 Arrive in Ankara. 

Arrive in Ankara Airport and look for a sign with your name on it at the arrival hall to meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. In the evening meet your tour guide for a briefing to go through the tour details. Overnight in Ankara.

Day 2 Ankara - Hattusa - Amasya. 

In the morning a guided tour for the Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilization and drive to Hattuşa, capital of ancient Hittite Empire. Arrive in the town of Amasya in the evening. Overnight in Amasya. B.D

Day 3 Amasya - Samsun - Fatsa. 

In the morning a walking tour of Amasya including the Ottoman Mosque complex of Beyazit, Pontic Rock Tombs and Hazeranlar  Konagi, an old Ottoman wooden mansion on the bank of Yesil Irmak before we drive along the beautiful Black Sea coast through hazelnut groves to the small town of Fatsa, visiting Samsun which was called Amissos and it is believed to be an Amazonian town. We will see some old Tumulus tombs from ancient Greek times. Overnight in Fatsa. B.D.

Day 4 Black Sea Coast - Trabzon.

Today we will drive on to Trabzon.  We will visit Hagia Sophia a 13th Century church and in the afternoon we will visit Sumela Monastery built into a cliff in the Black Sea Mountains. Overnight stay in Trabzon. B.D.

Day 5 Eastern Blacksea - Savsat - Karakoy. 

This morning we will drive along the Eastern Black Sea coast through tea gardens and terraces to the High Mountains of Savsat. We will be guests of a local family in the village of Karakoy in the Sahara Mountain and National Park. B.D.

Day 6 Sahara Mountain National Park Trekking. Free day. 

There are several trails available in the surrounding valleys and ridges all the way to the peak of Mt Sahara with breath-taking scenery of Kackar Mountains. B.L.D.

Day 7 Ardahan - Kars - Ani. 

Drive through highlands of Eastern Turkey to the town of Kars. In the afternoon we will visit ancient Ani the 10th Century capital of Armenian Bagratid Kingdom. We will see well preserved churches, a Cathedral and a Mosque from Seljuk period. B.D

Day 8 Mount Ararat - Dogubeyazit - Ishakpasa Palace - Van.

Drive to Dogubeyazıt via the biblical Mount Ararat and visit Ishakpasa Palace. Afternoon drive to Van and visit Van Castle the ancient capital of Urartian Tushba on the shore of the largest lake in Turkey, Lake Van. Overnight in Van. B.D.

Day 9 Van - Akdamar Island.

Today we will visit the ancient Urartian site of Cavustepe and take a boat on Lake Van to Visit Akdamar Island to see the beautiful 10th century Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, known for its wall carvings. In the evening you will take a flight from Van to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel in the old city. Overnight in Istanbul. B. 

Day 10 Istanbul 

Tour ends after breakfast. B.