Sinop Walking Tour: Medieval Walls, Mosque, and Museums
- Archaeological Museum: Filled with treasured art and artifacts that reflect the region's cultural heritage, it also has a lovely garden with ancient temple ruins.
- Ethnography Museum: A beautiful three-story Ottoman mansion contains exhibits that reveal everyday Turkish life and shows artisans working on traditional looms.
- Aladdin Mosque: Commissioned by Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubad in the 13th century, this elegant building has rich carpets, courtyard fountain, and five domes.
- City walls: During four millennia, all the civilizations that have passed through Sinop have left their mark and added their history to these defensive walls.
About This Sinop Tour
All the tales of this town seem laced with myth and mystery, especially the earliest. Those involve strong-willed and powerful women.
Legend says the town was named for a woman who outwitted Zeus himself. The King of the Gods fell in love with Sinope, beautiful daughter of the River God Asopus. Promising Sinope anything she desired, Zeus was foiled when she requested eternal virginity. So he settled her there in the Black Sea's loveliest region for a lifetime of chastity. Another tale tells of the mighty women-warrior Amazons who lived in this area with Queen Sinope, who bequeathed her name to the town. Either way, Sinop has a good story.
A strong and humble man adds his anecdote too. The famous philosopher Diogenes, born here in 412 B.C., is immortalized in his hometown with his statue that forever scans the streets with a lantern looking for a "good man." During a lifetime quest for simplicity, Diogenes encountered Alexander the Great, who wanted to reward the renowned philosopher. Although he could have asked for riches, Diogenes' simple request was to have the Greek king step aside so he wouldn't block the sun's warm, bright rays.
You'll trace the footsteps of the town's namesake (you get to decide if she was goddess or Amazon) and Diogenes as you explore the charming streets and hear more tales from your GoBe guide. The formidable city walls hold military tales, and the museums are filled with of exhibits that reveal centuries of traditional Turkish life. There's a lot more to the story since Sinop first christened her city.
Harbor of history
Sinop's harbor has been a military base from Roman times through Ottoman rule, and was even a site for American espionage during the Cold War. But the most world-changing event was the "massacre of Sinop" in 1853, when the Imperial Russian Navy destroyed the Ottoman fleet there. This event precipitated the Crimean War, which saw France, Great Britain, and the Ottoman Empire team up to defeat the Russian Empire.
Please proceed pier side and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
Travelers need to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommended for travelers who have difficulties in walking, climbing, and/or managing steps. Archeological and Ethnography Museums are closed on Mondays
Due to the nature of this tour, it is not recommend for travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Travelers must be able to walk approximately 1 mile over uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces, inclines and steps.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended to travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps.
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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