Day 1    Istanbul – Erzurum – Bayburt – Bayraktar (130 km – 1 hour, 50 min)

Morning fly from Istanbul to Erzurum. Drive to Bayburt which is a small village located on historical Erzurum-Trabzon silk road.  Visit Ulu Cami, was built in the 16th century and Bayburt Castle, is located on the north of the city and it has been built 2000 B.C. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Baksi Museum located in Bayraktar Village. The museum includes contemporary art & traditional handy-craft under the same roof.

Dinner & overnight at the museum’s guest house


Day 2    Bayburt – Trabzon (150 km – 2 hours)

After breakfast, continue visiting the ware house of Baksi museum. In this section, has a closed area of approximately 1,000 m2, was added to the museum complex in 2012. In this scene there are examples of contemporary art together with a collection of public painting, glass and processing collections, writing pictures, healing tones, realms, stone prints, pottery and ceramics, ehrams.  After lunch, drive to 3000 years old Aydintepe Underground city.  Some experts say that people used this place as a settlement since the winter is so cold in the region.

At the end of the visit, drive to Trabzon for dinner & overnight


Day 3    Trabzon – Istanbul  

After breakfast, visit Sumela Monastery which is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, located on Zigana Mountains. The original building was built on 4th century by two Greek monks, Barnaby and Sophronios. It fell several times & restored by Byzantine Emperiors several times. The monastery building standing on the hill built on 14th century & protected during Ottoman Empire time.

After lunch, have free time in Trabzon city center then transfer to Trabzon airport for flight to Istanbul.

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