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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.

From Rize Merkez: Sumela Monastery and Trabzon Private Tour

2. 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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