Cruise Port Atlas | Sinop, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Sinop, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Sinop: Voyages of Discovery, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Sinop Fortress Prison, Alaaddin Mosque, Archaeological Museum, Balatlar Church , Karakum, DSI, Kumsal, Sarikum Nature Reserve, Hamsilos Fjord, Erfelek Waterfalls, Ayancik, Inalti Cave, Boyabat Castle

Sinop Attractions

Port to Sinop Fortress Prison - less than 1 KM, 6 minute walk
Port to Alaaddin Mosque - 0.5 KM, 5 minute walk
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The Greek philosopher, Alexander the Great, was born and started his troublemaking career in Sinop before moving to Athens. He is said to have asked Diogenes if there was anything the leader could do for the philosopher to which Diogenes responded "Yes, stand out of my sunlight!" Surprisingly, Alexander did not take offense. There is a monument to the small city's most famous son in Sinop. The most impressive attraction in town is the Fortress Prison which dates back several millennia. The Aladdin Mosque was built by the Seljuks and has five domes and a beautiful courtyard. The Balatlar Church is a Byzantine ruin built in the 7th century on top of a Roman temple. The Archaeology Museum has a chronological display that goes back to the Stone Age and includes golden icons of the Byzantine period and lovely historic woven carpets. In the open-air area of the museum there are the remains of the temple of Serapis, a god worshiped during the period after Alexander conquered Egypt. The Ethnographic Museum includes a salvaged shipwreck, along with coins and jewelry of different eras.



Photo of Ataturk Statue by Kurt Kulac

Beaches near Sinop

Port to Karakum - 3 KM, 6 minutes
Port to DSI Beach - 4 KM, 10 minutes
Port to Sarikum - 12 KM, 20 minutes
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There are several nice beaches not far from Sinop with good water and nice facilities. To the east on the Boztepe Peninsula is the small Karakum beach area. To the southwest of the port are the Kumsal and DSI beaches which offer resort facilities. For a more remote and natural beach experience, the beach at the Sarikum Nature Reserve is a nearby choice.



Photo of Sinop Beach courtesy of Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Natural Attractions near Sinop

Port to Sarikum Nature Reserve - 12 KM, 20 minutes
Port to Erfelek Waterfalls - 35 KM, 45 minutes
Port to Ayancik - 60 KM, 65 minutes
Port to Inalti Cave - 83 KM, 1 hour 45 minutes
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Within driving distance of Sinop are some beautiful natural attractions that offer scenic adventures. The closest is the only Fjord (small by Norwegian standards) at Hamsilos. The Sarikum Nature Reserve is a wetland area that offers excellent bird-watching. Perhaps the most popular natural attraction are the 28 waterfalls near Erfelek, a forested area that offers a lovely hike with great photo opportunities. Near coastal Ayancik are lovely lakes and forest areas. Only recently opened for tourism, the Inalti Cave, with one of the world's largest cave entrances, offers a 750 meter developed portion of the cave with much more yet to be explored by scientists.



Boyabat and its Castle

Port to Boyabat - 89 KM, 90 minutes
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The largest inland city in the Sinop region is Boyabat, with local markets offering hand-made textiles and lovely Ottoman-era homes. But its most important attraction is the formidable castle overlooking the town. Boyabat means border town and the place is so named since it was on the border between the inland Seljuks and coastal Byzantines. That contentious border explains the impressive fortress. Surprisingly, it can be accessed through underground tunnels of equally ancient origin. On the side of the steep cliff leading the castle are impressive Stone Tombs cut into the rock. Another feature of the cliffs are the strange basalt formations that look like columns melting together.



Photo of Boyabat Castle by Babbsack

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