Sumela Monastery Tour

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Sumela Monastery Tour

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No trip to Trabzon is complete without a visit to the mind-boggling Sumela Monastery. Carved dramatically into the side of a steep cliff, 300 metres above the valley below, the basic core of the structure is over 1600 years old, with expansion continuing for over a thousand years. The monastery was still in use as a Greek educational institution right up until the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.

Your tour to visit this dazzling masterpiece of architecture and history will begin in the city of Trabzon at 9am. After one hour travelling time, you will arrive at the monastery where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Altindere Valley.

From the monastery, you will also explore the beautiful Karaca Cave, 1500 metres above sea level, full of stalactites and stalagmites, and many unusual cave plants. The final stop on the tour will be the village of Hamsikoy, where you can try the unique and delicious local rice pudding.

The tour begins and ends in Trabzon, and includes lunch, transport, entry fees and professional guide service.


Your tour begins at approximately 10:00 with departure from tour hotel.

You begin your day by going to Altindere National Parks system or natural waterfalls. The stunning series of waterfalls is relaxing to listen to and beautiful to behold, here you will have a short break to allow for photographs.

From one small beauty to one breathtaking one. The tour will take you on a pleasant 15-minute walk to the observation point of Sumela Monastery.  Here you can see the fantastic length of the monastery that has been carved into the cliff face. The point also offers a stunning panoramic view of the even green forest that sits below. *Please note, the monastery is closed for renovations*

Following the time for photos at the monastery, you will visit two more natural wonders, the first being Cosandere Valley where you will have free time to explore. You will enjoy lunch at Zigana Pass, where you will be able to sit among the pine trees to savour your meal.

You will arrive at the Ancient Tortul Castle where you can test your bravery with a walk out onto the 240-metre-high glass observation platform. For those who make it out there, you will be reward with unparalleled panoramic views that make spectacular photographs.

Following here you will be able to enter a beautiful natural wonder. Karaca Caves, these caves were originally a study point for those in the Karadeniz Technical University to study the different types of minerals and rocks. Now, this natural wonder is open to the public with easy to navigate walkways a comfortable lighting it is a true pleasure to see what nature can do underground.

Your final stop of the day is Hamsikoy, this peaceful region is made up of 5 villages that have grown and work together. Farming is the prominent business here but with the freshest ingredients and traditional recipes, they make some of the best puddings called ‘sutlac’.

Leaving the peaceful area of Hamsikoy you will return to the city where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    1 Days
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  • Departure days
    Every day
  • Starting Time
    9:00 AM
  • End Time
    5:00 PM
  • Duration
    10:00 Hours
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  • Tour Type(s)
    Group Tour
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