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From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

1. From Trabzon: Soumela Monastery and Karaca Cave Day Trip

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 .

Trabzon: Sumela Monastery Day Tour with Lunch

2. 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

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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4.4 / 5

based on 11 reviews

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.

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.

Chose the perfect day for this tour. It was good sunny weather. The Monastery is beautiful and the drive up the mountains to reach it is pretty as well. We had lunch at a restaurant with a good view of the mountains and delicious food. The glass lookout was a fun stop and the cave was cool. I didn't like the rice pudding but loved the small homey restaurant with the warm stove. I enjoyed this tour and recommend it.

The tour was advertised as being in Arabic and English though my guide couldn’t speak English. Without the help of a lady on the tour that translated for me I wouldn’t have known where to be and at what time at each stop.

The activity was perfect, the guide spoke perfect English and he was super nice. La Cie also helped us a lot and she was super available for our questions. We recommend.