Trabzon City Highlights Served with Turkish Tea
- St. Sophia Museum: Formerly a Byzantine church, then a mosque, this graceful museum is adorned with stunning frescoes, a bell tower, and peaceful garden.
- Ataturk mansion: Mustafa Kemel Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, stayed here while visiting, and Trabzon gave him the home as a (very fine) token of thanks.
- Boztepe Park: Experience Turkish hospitality and a traditional samovar tea ceremony, along with panoramic views as you sip your cai (pronounced chai).
About This Trabzon Tour
Mustafa Kemel Ataturk has iconic status in Turkey, as a visit to the Ataturk Mansion confirms. Although the former president stayed here just briefly while visiting Trabzon in the 1920s and 30s, the elegant 1903 Art Nouveau mansion is now a proud monument to his memory.
At the end of World War I, the victors gathered in Istanbul with a plan of cutting up Turkey and dividing the spoils. Kemel, a successful war strategist at Gallipoli, swung into action to defend Turkish territory from the French, Italians, and Greeks. That was the Turkish War of Independence, and when it as over in 1923, the Turkish Republic was born, and Kemel – beloved by the Turkish people – was elected its president.
He wasn't satisfied to simply found a nation. As president, Kemel had a vision for a modern and democratic Turkey and, almost single-handedly, he forged the new nation from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. He tossed out dated values and attitudes, gave women the vote, adopted the Western calendar, separated state and religion, and changed the alphabet from Arabic script to Roman letters. Step by step, he aligned the new country more closely with the West.
Kemel also directed the Turkish people to adopt Western-style surnames (last names previously reflected occupations). His own new surname, Ataturk, meaning "Father of the Turks," was granted in 1934. By decree of the Turkish Parliament, that name belongs to him alone.
Not too strong, not too weak…
Coffee was once Turkey's most popular drink, but when it became scarce and expensive after World War I, tea took over. Now Turks are among the world's top tea consumers, and making it is an art. The samovar holds hot water, while strong tea brews in a kettle above it. The hot water is used to dilute the tea to each drinker's preference – strong, (koyu), medium (tavsan kani), or weak (acik). Your tea will be just right, like the views from Boztepe Hill.
Please proceed pier side and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
Expect dense traffic conditions in Trabzon. 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. Ataturk's House is 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 2 miles over varying uneven terrain including cobblestone surfaces, steep inclines, and steps.
Cultural, Scenic, 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.
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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