1 Driving from Sinop to Amasra

Cruise the little-used coast road from Sinop to Amasra, where sharp switchbacks lead to peaceful bays and long beaches.

2 Amasra

Enjoy the smalltown charm and historical pedigree of Amasra, with its old cobbled streets, Byzantine gateways and Genoese castle walls.

3 Aya Sofya

Thirteenth-century frescoes in this Byzantine monastery at the edge of Trabzon are among the most vivid sacred art in Anatolia.

4 Sumela

Cliff-clinging thirteenth-century monastery in a superb forested setting.

5 Uzungöl

Large natural lake in the foothills of the Pontic range, the focus of a popular resort.

6 Hemşin valleys

This lushly forested district is home to a colourful, outgoing people with their own tenaciously preserved culture.

7 Tea

Learn the skills of making the nation’s favourite drink and watch the leaves being picked from the hillsides surrounding Rize.

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