Amasra: Castle-Crowned Jewel of the Black Sea
- Amasra castle: Features of this crowning landmark include an old church, now a mosque, and a single-arch Roman bridge that joins the castle to the mainland.
- Archeology museum: See sculpture, pottery, architectural fragments, weapons, and coins from the Roman, Byzantine, Genoese, Seljuk, and Ottoman periods.
- Tahtacilar market: Join the locals as they browse this colorful, bustling market for fresh-picked fruits and vegetables and locally made jams and handicrafts.
About This Bartin / Amasra Tour
Lovely, laid-back Amasra was named for the Persian princess Amastris, who founded the town in the late 4th century B.C. After 2,500 years, it still has the relaxed feel of the seaside escape she was surely seeking – a single mother widowed by her first husband and abandoned by the second, she'd just been rejected by potential husband number three.
Extending gracefully into the sea, Amasra boasts two natural harbors, with lovely beaches, small scenic islands, and deep blue waters. Today, the castle rising above the town adds an almost surreal atmosphere – and gives us clues to how the town unfolded during the centuries after Amastris founded it.
The town was flourishing in the Roman period when the castle was built. Beginning in the 14th century, the Byzantines added sturdy fortifying walls and the Genoese built the front gates. In 1460, the castle and town were conquered by Fatih Sultan Mehmet and incorporated into the Ottoman Empire.
Mehmet had been very busy. By the age of 21, he'd conquered Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and brought down the Byzantine Empire. When he first saw Amasra, he is said to have turned to his male servant in awe and asked: "Is this the Eye of the World?" Perhaps, like Princess Amastris, Mehmet the Conqueror was looking for a nice place to relax.
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In a country filled with great archaeological museums, Amasra's is ranked among the best. Surprisingly, it showcases items that were all found accidentally during construction, mine digs, or illegal digging of ancient graves. The museum director believes that intentional excavations would yield enough treasures for five or six more museums, making Amasra Turkey's richest museum town.
Please proceed to the Port Coach Parking lot and look for the GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
We recommend for Travelers to watch their step at all times in order to avoid any potential injury. The order of the tour may vary to avoid congestion at the venues. The roads covered on the journey include some tight bends. Amasra Museum is closed on Mondays.
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for Travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Participants must be able to walk approximately 2 miles over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces.
Cultural, Scenic, Shopping, Walking Tour, Bus Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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