Meet your private guide on arrival at Canakkale Cruise Port and soak up the scenery on the 30-minute journey to Sumela Monastery. As you climb the mountain road, stop to admire the dramatically situated monastery, perched high on the cliff-side, then take a closer peek as you explore the ruins on a guided tour. Learn how the Greek Orthodox monastery was founded in 386AD during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I, and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and step inside to admire the beautifully restored chapels, adorned with colorful frescos.
Return to Trabzon center where you’ll have chance to visit the 13th-century St Sophia Museum, then learn more about Turkish history with a visit to Ataturk’s house, the 20th-century mansion that once belonged to the founder of Turkish Republic.
There’s just time for a visit to the magnificent Ortahisar Buyuk Fatih Mosque, one of Trabzon’s most striking Ottoman-era monuments, before being dropped back at your cruise port.