Cruise Port Atlas | Trabzon, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Trabzon, 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 Trabzon: Voyages to Antiquity, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Hagia Sophia, Sumeli Monastery, Rock Church, Uzungol Lake and Village, Ataturk Villa, Trabzon Castle, Boztepe Park

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Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom)

Port to Hagia Sophia - 4.1 KM, 8 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The church of Hagia Sophia is the most important site of Byzantine historical significance in Trabzon. Built during the 12th Century in the late Byzantine style, the church fell into disrepair until the 1960s when it was reopened as a museum. The site also features a bell tower constructed about 200 years later and historically significant religious frescoes. The church is a symbol of Trabzon's close connection with Greek history and culture.

Photo of Hagia Sophia by Fastolph

Military History   Soviet-era memorials   Naval Architecture  

Uneven surfaces and hills    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Sumela Monastery

Port to Sumela Monastery - 45 KM, 60 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The Sumela Monastery began as the home of two priests during the 4th century AD. From a simple beginning over a period of centuries, it grew until it became the incredible cliff hugging structure that it is today. The monastery as we see it now was completed in the 14th century during the Trebizond Empire when the local Greek population established an independent state. It is now a tourist attraction and museum. The most interesting sites there are the Rock Church, chapels, an aqueduct that provided water to the monks, smaller chapels, a library, and student rooms. There is also a sacred spring. The whole construction is a testament to Orthodox monks’ desire for isolated repose and provides amazing view of the monastery and the surrounding national park.

Photo Sumela Monastery by Bjorn Christian Torrissen

Greek historic monument   Natural Setting   Religious Retreat   Frescoes in the Stone Church  

Varied Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility

Fog rolls in at Uzungol

Uzungol (Lake and Resort Area)

Port to Uzungol - 99 KM, 100 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Uzungol (Long Lake in English) is a resort area southeast of Trabzon long popular in the region for its scenery and calming atmosphere. Though there is a lovely white mosque, most of the attractions of the area are natural. The lake and town are nestled between steep mountain slopes that give the area an alpine feel. Having a Turkish coffee in one of the many restaurants looking out onto the often fog-blanketed lake are a great way to spend a few hours. Walking and taking pictures are probably the two most popular activities in this quiet corner of Turkey.

Photo Uzungol (Long Lake) by Jean & Nathalie

Lake Scenery   Green Mountain Slopes   Hiking and Walking   Dramatic Rock formations  

Flat Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Ataturk's Vacation Villa

Trabzon Attractions

Port to Trabzon Museum - 1 KM, 5 minutes, 15 minute walk
Port to Çarşı Camii / Taş Han - 1.2 KM, 6 minutes, 15 minutes
Port to Atatürk Villa - 2.5 KM, 5 minutes
Port to Boztepe Park - 3.6 KM, 9 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Besides Hagia Sophia, there are a number of other historical and cultural attractions in Trabzon. The founder of the modern Turkish state, Ataturk, stayed several times in a small vacation villa along the sea and that is now a tourist attraction housing a shrine to Turkey's first president. The Trabzon Museum houses a nice collection of historic artifacts and it a great introduction to local Byzantine history. The local bazaar (Çarşı Camii) is a remnant of the important trading post that Trabzon was for centuries, connecting South and Eastern Asia with Eastern Europe as a stop along the Silk Road. Though mostly a ruin, and cut off from the public in a Turkish military base, the Trabzon Castle is visible in several places along the water. Boztepe Park, on the hills above the city, offers lovely views of the area and its harbor.

Photo Ataturk's Villa by Aleksasfi

Ancient, Byzantine, Ottoman and Recent   Varied cuisines of the local cultures  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible