Silversea Luxury Cruises A Trabzon

Trabzon

Trabzon has a dramatic location, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, with lush green mountains behind. Once the capital of the empire founded in 1204 by Alexius Comnenus, grandson of a Byzantine emperor, the city was famed for its golden towers and glittering mosaics. Today's Trabzon seems far removed from that imperial past: the city is bustling and modern, with a busy port, crowded streets, and seemingly little to distinguish it from many other provincial Turkish towns. View more

It only takes a little digging, though, to get under the modern surface. Byzantine-era churches, such as the lovely Aya Sofya, a smaller version of the similarly named church in Istanbul, can be found not far from modern apartment buildings. Meanwhile, the city's old town with its Ottoman-era houses, pedestrian-only streets, and lively bazaar are a nice break from the concrete and crowds.

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Excursions depuis Trabzon

Discover Trabzon

Discover the picturesque beauty and splendid landmarks of Trabzon during a half-day excursion to this historic city.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive into Trabzon, and a visit to the St. Sophia Museum.


St. Sophia Museum

Originally a church built by the Commenos family in the 13th century, the St. Sophia Museum was expanded by Emperor Manuel Paleologos VII later in the same century, then converted into a mosque in the 16th century. It finally became a museum in 1957. Upon arrival, discover its historical importance to Trabzon and some beautiful but faint frescoes that are still visible inside this remarkable building.


Gulbahar Hatun Mosque

Next, proceed for a visit to the Gulbahar Hatun Mosque. Selim I Yavuz built this holy mosque in 1507 below and to the west of the citadel for his mother, who is also buried here. The Gulbahar Hatun Mosque is the oldest building in the town to have always functioned as a Muslim house of prayer (other older buildings were later converted into mosques).


Country House of Ataturk

Leaving the mosque, proceed to the country house of Ataturk, the founder of Turkish Republic. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of his home along with picturesque views and photo opportunities overlooking Trabzon.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for an orientation tour of the city and some free time in the city centre before returning to the pier.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking with stairs to negotiate. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Order of sites may vary. Proper attire is required to enter the Mosque; no shorts above the knee or sleeveless tops are permitted, ladies must have their heads, shoulders and arms covered, and shoes must be removed at the entrance. Entrance to the mosque is subject to prayer times.

Sumela Monastery & Country House

Explore the picturesque beauty and splendid sights of the Black Sea region during a full-day tour of the port city of Trabzon.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive to the Sumela Monastery.


Sumela Monastery

Officially known in Turkish as the 'Meryem Ana Manastiri' and derived from the Greek St. Maria of Mount Mela, or 'Hagia Maria tou Mela', this spectacular monastery is perched on the mountainside. To this day, it remains a mystery as to how such a huge monastery was built on the side of a mountain with the primitive technology available in the 6th century. With its eerie mist and forested background, Sumela is a truly magical sight. From the bottom, the monastery looks as if it would be impossible to reach without divine guidance. From the top, take in breathtaking panoramic views of your surroundings. This ethereal structure is highlighted by 14th-century additions, and is one of Turkey's most renowned destinations.


Leaving the monastery, return to the pier for lunch on board the ship. After lunch, re-board your coach and proceed for a visit to the St. Sophia Museum.


St. Sophia Museum

Originally a church built by the Commenos family in the 13th century, the St. Sophia Museum was expanded by Emperor Manuel Paleologos VII later in the same century, then converted into a mosque in the 16th century. It finally became a museum in 1957. Upon arrival, discover its historical importance to Trabzon and some beautiful but faint frescoes that are still visible inside this remarkable building.


Country House Visit

Next, your tour continues with a visit to the country house of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of his home, along with picturesque views and photo opportunities overlooking Trabzon.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, with steep, uphill steps and uneven ground to negotiate en route to the monastery. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Order of sites may vary. Proper attire is required to enter the Mosque; no shorts above the knee or sleeveless tops are permitted, ladies must have their heads, shoulders and arms covered, and shoes must be removed at the entrance. Entrance to the mosque is subject to prayer times. Depending upon the season, rain showers may be common in the hill area.

Trabzon & Long Lake

Experience the history and quaint village life of Trabzon's environs during this full-day tour.


St. Sophia Museum

The first stop in the tour once in Trabzon will be St. Sophia Museum. Originally a church built by the Commenos family in the 13th century, the St. Sophia Museum was expanded by Emperor Manuel Paleologos VII later in the same century, and then converted into a mosque in the 16th century. It finally became a museum in 1957. Upon arrival, discover its historical importance to Trabzon and some beautiful but faint frescoes that are still visible inside this remarkable building.


Country House Visit

Following St. Sophia, your tour continues with a visit to the country house of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of his home, along with picturesque views and photo opportunities overlooking Trabzon.


After completing the visit, re-board your coach for a scenic drive along the Black Sea coast to arrive at Uzungol (Long Lake).


Uzungöl (Long Lake)

Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon in Turkey, up in the mountains 61.5 miles (99 kilometres) from Trabzon at an altitude of 1192 yards (1090 metres). A great number of broken rocks from the surrounding slopes blocked Haldizen stream, forming Uzungöl. The lake is 1094 yards (1000 metres) long, 547 yards (500 metres) in width and 16.5 yards (15 metres) in depth.


The area is most famous for its natural beauty. Located in a valley between high rising mountains, the lake and village at first appear inaccessible. The surrounding greenery of the mountain forests, and fog occasionally enveloping the lake at night, also add to the scenery.


Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Uzungol. Since the restaurants in the area are very simple, it will be a lunch of local specialties with very plain settings.


Following lunch, take some time to explore this mountain village on your own before re-joining your coach for the return drive to Trabzon pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking with some stairs to negotiate. This tour is appropriate for guests with limited mobility, however it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable, flat, walking shoes, seasonal clothing and sun protection.

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