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18 Day Eco Tourism Tour Turkey
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Duration
18 days
Tour languages
English
Guiding type
Fully guided
Group size
1 - 40
Hygiene protocol
Included
Budget Class
Comfort
Physical Rating
Relaxing
Suitable ages
0 - 99
Pickup Location
Istanbul Air...
Dropoff Location
Erzurum Inte...
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Tour overview

Here is a detailed tour package across the north of Turkey along the coastline of the Black Sea. The tour starting from Istanbul includes all the highlights of Black Sea, Safranbolu, Trabzon, Rize and more. The package offers exciting visits to natural beauties like plateaus, tea plantations, caves, valleys, waterfalls... A perfect choice for exploring the Black Sea Turkey region all across. 


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Istanbul Old City, Abant lake, Safranbolu, Ilica Cave, Waterfalls, Horse Riding, Tea Plantations, Hattusa, Sumela Monastry, Trabzon, Rize, Ayder Plateau, Erzurum.

Itinerary

(Dinner included)

Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul City Tour. We will begin with the ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot raoes, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from the St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. We will then arrive at our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, it is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience The Bosphorus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus, which connects Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is your to enjoy Istanbul. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.


VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Visiting 7 lakes which are found to be diffirent height points from each other and at the same time connected with each other on foot. You find seven small lakes in a valley formed as the result of a landslide: Buyukgol (Big Lake), Seringol (Cool Lake), Deringol (Deep Lake), Nazligol (Elegant Lake), Kucukgol (Small Lake), Incegol (Thin Lake) and Sazligol (Reedy Lake). The lakes are on an area of 550 hectares, while the National Park they are located in is 2019 hectares. The area is among the best-known trekking places. There are only small bungalows belonging to the Forestry Ministry where visitors who want to linger can stay. Deer and trout production farms are also in the area. An entrance fee is paid according to the type of vehicle and the number of visitors. Tables, firepits and fountains are available for picnickers. Fishing is available in Yedigoller between April 1st and September 1st. We will then have some lunch and depart for Abant Lake. Abant is most probably the most famous lake in Turkey. It is 30 kilometers away from Bolu, and you can reach it from the crossing on the Ankara-Istanbul highway. The lake is at the end of a 22-kilometer drive. The seven-kilometer walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to enjoy the area. Those who don't wish to walk can ride horseback or complete the tour on a horse cart. Abant lake is surrounded with pine trees. The manner in which the lake was formed is a topic of discussion. Its deepest point is 45 meters. The countryside is pleasantly different in each season. Water lilies embellish the surface in summer. It is also famous for its trout. Later, we will have free time for shopping at the bazaar in the village. Dinner and overnight near Abant in traditional village house.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast, We have a walk to the historical Safranbolu Bazaar. We then visit Cinci Hodja Caravanserai, Cici Hodja Bath, Kaymakamlar House (Museum), Izzet Mehmet Pashamosque and more. Continue to Kastamonu, we visit government house, Kaya tomb, Seyh Saban-i Veli Mausoleum, Nasrullah Seyh Mosque and more historical sites. Dinner and overnight in authentic wooden houses in Safranbolu.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Today we will depart for Ilgarini Cave, which is in the region of Pinarbasi (northwest of Kastamonu), it is one of the largest caves in Turkey. It is a wonderful place for trekking and exploration off the beaten path. The cave had been composed by two sections. The cave is an active one and the stalactite and stalagmite activity still continues. A chapel and a burial ground was found in this cave. Ilgarini Cave was chosen as the 4th biggest cave in the world. There is no roads to IIgarini Cave so we will be trekking to the Cave so make sure you bring suitable footwear. Dinner and overnight in Pinarbasi.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast, we will visit Ilica Waterfall which is at Kure national Park, near Pinarbasi, which is in the town and district of the Kastamonu Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. After lunch you can either relax in the surrondings of this beautifull natural Turkish village or you can take a walk to the Varla Canyon. The walk to the Canyon is about 4km. Dinner and overnight Pinarbasi.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast, we depart for Comlekciler Koyu this village has fantastic horse riding facilities which you can do as an optional activity. Horse riding is not only for the advanced riders they have lessons and treks for beginners also. This village is rich in natural beauty. All meals are home made the farm produce all their own vegetables, butter and milk If you are interested in doing a week's horse riding adventure then this can also be arranged. Dinner and overnight in Comlekciler Village.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast we depart for Halacoglu Valley. We will visit this valley by different methods of transport such a horses or tractors and a little bit of walking. This is one of the best valleys in this area. You can smell and breathe in the fresh mountain air. On the way you will get to see many farms and sheperds who stil work in this area. You will see how friendly everyone is in this area. Dinner and overnight in Comlekciler Village.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast we depart for Kastamonu. Kastamonu which is a lovely city hidden in the midst of forests in Anatolia. The beauty of the 12th century Byzantine castle at the foot of the hill welcomes you. The 13th century Atabey Mosque and the Ibni Neccar Mosque are worth visiting. In the village of Kasaba you will have the opportunity to see one of the most elegant wood carvings of Turkey, on the Mahmut Bey Mosque. Have lunch in City and after lunch depart for Hattusa. Hattusas(Hattusa) which was the capital of Hitites. Hititians where indo-germen semi european people they arrived via the black sea to north Anatolia at the beginning of 18 th century BC. They met here with local people of Hatti. They made. big civilisations in Anatolia. They were also here during the bronze age. They ruled between 18th and 12th century BC. They used horse carts as their war vehicles. which they used during thr attack of Ramses the 2nd and they had a big war with the Egyptians and they then made a peace treaty where they wrote on the clay and had 2 women sign it. That was the first peace treaty where woman ever participated. Dinner and overnight in Hattusa. 

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After Breakfast at 08:30 am Visiting Yazilikaya which is the ruin of an open air temple of the Hitites where there are rock carvings of the Hitites god and Goddes. We then go to Hattusas, big temple and the city ruins including Gates of Lion and king. Visiting the summer palace of Hitites and driving to Alacahoyuk that was first capital of Hitites and Hatti civilization. Dinner and overnight in Amasya.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Today is a free day for you to discover Amasya on your own. Little about Amasya In Amasya, one can see the remnants of the Hellenistic, the Roman, the Byzantine, the Seljuk, the Ilhanli, and the Ottoman civilizations, as well as many important remains belonging to the first years of the Republic of Turkey. The museums of this historical city contain cultural treasures, remained from many civilizations. Amasya is endowed with historical and cultural opulence, and the city is also very rich of natural beauties; thermal springs around Amasya are very famous. Amasya Yaliboyu Houses are the best instances of Ottoman architecture. These buildings usually have two storeys and they are now being restored by a foundation called AKTAV. (The Foundation of Protecting Cultural and Natural wealth). Amasya is also famous for its apples, cherries, peaches and okra. If you would like to enjoy the beautiful nature with the city's deeply rooted cultural tradition, then Amasya is one of the most exciting places for you. Here, our friendly people will welcome you. Dinner and overnight in Amasya.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

After breakfast, you will depart from Amasya to Trabzon. A beautifull bus ride cutting through the Black sea mountain ranges. Arrival in Trabzon & Check into you hotel, Dinner and overnight in Trabzon.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4 th century Sumela Monastery, which clings to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park, lunch, traveling along the old Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains will take us to Karaca Cave, considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations. Return to Trabzon for Dinner and Overnight. 

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Depart for St. Sophia (Ayasofya), a 13'th century church and study the extraordinary collection of byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Ataturk's Mansion, a picturesque hilside retreat, visit Ortahisar Mosque, a Comneni cathedral in the old town, Girls' Monastery, a nunnery built by Alexios III in 13. th century. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Boztepe. Depart for Uzungol, one of the most photogenic locations in the region, lunch at a fish restaurant, sightseeing. Dinner and Overnight at Uzungol. 

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Depart for Ayder, visit botany garden and have a panoramic view of Rize, drive to Camlihemsin through the beautifull Firtina Valley, enjoy the scenarary with many waterfalls, stone bridges on firtina valley and lush green forests on the foothills of the magnificient Kackar Mountains, lunch and sightseeing in Ayder. Dinner and Overnight in Ayder.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included) 

Drive to Artvin, visit Borcka Karagol and ancient Georgian Churches Dolishane, Yeni Rabat (Shetberdi) Church in Ardanuc, you'll be driven beside River Coruh the fastest flowing and best rafting river of Turkey. Dinner and Overnight in Artvin.

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Driving through the River Coruh Valley will take us to other Georgian Churches; Ishan, Oshk-Vank and visit Tortum Waterfalls on the way, lunch en route, Drive to Erzurum for dinner and overnight. 

VISITED PLACES

(Breakfast included)

Morning visit Selchuk & Mongolian monuments; Cifte Minareli Medrese, a theological school named for its towering twin minarets, Yakutiye Medrese, built by Mongolian Prince Olcayto in 1308, is topped with a richly tiled minaret. Ulu Mosque and Erzurum Castle, transfer to Erzurum airport for a homebound flight, and say farewell.

VISITED PLACES

Routes

Included

Accommodation in 4 Star hotels, village houses, bungalows and boutique hotels

2 nights hotel in Istanbul

1-night hotel in Abant

1 night hotel in Safranbolu

2 nights’ hotel in Pinarpasi

2 nights’ hotel in Comlekciler

1-night hotel in Hattusa

2 nights hotel in Amasya

2 nights hotel in Trabzon

1-night hotel in Uzungol

1-night hotel in Ayder

2 nights’ hotel in Artvin (Mount Ida)

1 night hotel in Erzurum

PS: If This hotel list not available at the time of your booking then we will arrange smilar other hotel for your group. If you prefer a Different category hotel, there might be an additional cost.

Professional English-speaking tour guides 

17 breakfasts

17 dinners

Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Airport

Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach

Return transfer to Erzurum Airport

Guided tour in Istanbul

Guided tour at Seven Lakes

Guided tour at Abant Lake

Guided tour in Safranbolu

Guided tour in Ilgarini Cave

Guided tour in Ilisu Waterfall

Guided tour in Varla Canyon

Guided tour in Pinarbasi

Guided tour in Comlekciler Village

Guided tour in Halacoglu Valley

Guided tour in Kastamonu

Guided tour in Hattusa

Guided tour in Amasya

Guided tour in Trabzon

Guided tour in Sumela Monastery, Zigana and Karaca Cave

Guided tour in Uzungol

Guided tour in Rize, Firtina Valey and Ayder

Guided tour in Borca, Karagol Artvin

Guided tour in Artvin

Guided tour in Yusufeli

Guided tour in Erzurum

All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary

Hotel room taxes

Excluded

International or Domestic flights

Insurance: All types

1001 Nights Dinner Show

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

City Tax

Turkey entry visa

Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry

Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers

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Travelshopbooking holds the right to cancel travel credit if suspected of any abuse, gaming or misuse that is contrary to the principles of all kinds of Credit program.