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ILLUSTRIOUS ISTANBUL | 22 Nights | Departs Jul 29, 2014

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Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner

Trabzon, Turkey


Jul, 29

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 30

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 31

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 1

-Mykonos, Greece

Aug, 2

-Rhodes, Greece

Aug, 3

-Antalya, Turkey

Aug, 4

-Alanya, Turkey

Aug, 5

-Limassol, Cyprus

Aug, 6

-At Sea

Aug, 7

-Patmos, Greece

Aug, 8

-Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Aug, 9

-Syros, Greece

Aug, 10

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 11

-Cruise the Bosphorus

Aug, 12

-Sinop, Turkey

Aug, 13

-Trabzon, Turkey

Aug, 14

-Batumi, Georgia

Aug, 15

-At Sea

Aug, 16

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 17

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 18

-Nessebur, Bulgaria

Aug, 19

-Istanbul, Turkey

Aug, 20

-Istanbul, Turkey

Trabzon, Turkey-port

Trabzon, formerly known as Trebizond, is a city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey. Throughout history, Trabzon has been an important meeting point for international trade and cultural exchange due to its strategic location which controls the east-west (Asia-Europe) and north-south (Russia-Middle East) trading routes. Trabzon formed the basis of several states in its long history, and was the capital city of the Empire of Trebizond.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Trabzon and the Sumela Monastery
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Highlights of Trabzon
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Trabzon and the Sumela Monastery

    Moderate Activity/Walking Regent ChoiceMeal
    Duration: 6 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: tzx-001


    Join us for a spectacular visit to the Sumela Monastery.

    Officially known in Turkish as the Meryem Ana Manastiri, derived from the Greek Hagia Maria tou Mela (St. Maria of Mount Mela), the monastery looks as if it has been taken from heaven and pasted on the side of a mountain. No one has yet been able to answer the question of how man built such a huge monastery on the side of a mountain with the technology of the 6th century. From the bottom, the monastery looks as if it would be impossible to reach without divine guidance while from the top you may have an opportunity for some of the most gorgeous views anywhere. With eerie mists and forested background, Sumela is a truly magical sight. 14th-century additions gave it its final look, and today this ethereal structure is one of the most significant tourist attractions in all of Turkey. Vistors will have plenty of time to explore Sumela.

    Following a visit to Sumela, guests will reboard the coach and return to the Seven Seas Navigator, for lunch served on board the ship.

    After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the country house of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Walk in the footsteps of this remarkable man, and appreciate the views of Trabzon from above, a landscape he once gazed across, keeping late hours, drinking raki, conversing with companions, and relaxing from the rigors of building a modern Turkish state.

    From Ataturk's house you will visit the St. Sophia Museum, which was a church built by the Commenos family in the 13th century. St. Sophia was expanded by Emperor Manuel Paleologos VII in the same century, and then converted into a mosque in the 16th century. After looking around, you will see why this is the most important historical building in Trabzon, and was converted into a museum in 1957. Some beautiful, but faint frescoes are still visible inside this remarkable building.

    From St. Sophia, the tour continues to Ortahisar Buyuk Fatih Mosque, or "The Golden Headed Mary Church", located in the Ortahisar district. This ancient Byzantine Church contains some of the most stunning examples of Ottoman ornamentation art. It is strange that the church's reputation is Ottoman, as its character is positively Byzantine, having been built in the 10th century, renovated in the following three centuries, and used for the crown ceremonies of Byzantine Emperors until the 15th century. However, in 1461 it was converted into a mosque after the Ottomans conquered the city of Trabzon, and so it stands today.

    At the conclusion of the tour, guests will reboard the coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: Trabzon is a remote city that has limited facilities. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable, rubber soled and enclosed walking shoes for this tour which involves extensive walking and many steep steps at the entrance of the Sumela Monastery. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear proper attire for an interior visit to the Monastery and are further encouraged to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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