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ILLUSTRIOUS ISTANBUL | 22 Nights | Departs Jul 29, 2014

Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner

Sinop, Turkey


Jul, 29

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 30

-Istanbul, Turkey

Jul, 31

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 1

-Mykonos, Greece

Aug, 2

-Rhodes, Greece

Aug, 3

-Antalya, Turkey

Aug, 4

-Alanya, Turkey

Aug, 5

-Limassol, Cyprus

Aug, 6

-At Sea

Aug, 7

-Patmos, Greece

Aug, 8

-Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Aug, 9

-Syros, Greece

Aug, 10

-Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey

Aug, 11

-Cruise the Bosphorus

Aug, 12

-Sinop, Turkey

Aug, 13

-Trabzon, Turkey

Aug, 14

-Batumi, Georgia

Aug, 15

-At Sea

Aug, 16

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 17

-Constanta (Bucharest), Romania

Aug, 18

-Nessebur, Bulgaria

Aug, 19

-Istanbul, Turkey

Aug, 20

-Istanbul, Turkey

Sinop, Turkey-port

Discover the walled city of Sinop, perched alongside a beautiful natural bay on the Black Sea. Explore the fortified wall with its seven large towers. Visit the Aladdin Mosque and the Cezayirli Ali Pasha Mosque, both dating back to the 13th Century. Travel from the Stone Age through the Byzantine period with a visit to Sinop’s Archaeology Museum. Relax over a cup of tea or sweet Turkish coffee and a slice of Ekmek (sourdough bread) served hot with butter and honey. Stroll through the shops and galleries searching for souvenirs of fine cotton clothing, crystal, painted ceramics, copper and jewelry. Indulge in mezes (small dishes) of fresh cheeses, stuffed vegetables, delicious kebabs accompanied with a glass of Raki, the clear anise-flavored spirit of Turkey as you overlook the sea on this ancient isthmus.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Highlights of Sinop
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Highlighs of Sinop

    Light Activity /Walking Minimal Activity Required
    Duration: 3 1/2 hours
    Tour Code: sic-001


    Sinop is a small, yet interesting port city that is situated along the coast of the Black Sea and boasts a beautiful natural harbor. Legend tells us that Sinop was the birthplace of the well-known philosopher Diogenes. This pleasant half-day tour provides a great overview of the town, focusing on its three most important attractions.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, you will begin with a short orientation tour of the city before making your first stop at the Aladdin Mosque, built by Aladdin Keykubat, the most renowned of the Seljuk Sultans. The mosque was badly damaged in the raid of Byzantine Greeks, but restored in 1268 by Süleyman Pervane. Subsequently, it was further restored by Celalettin Beyazit and Prince Isfendiyar in the period of Candarogullari, and later by Governor Turan Pasha during the Ottoman Era.

    Continuing on, your next stop will be at the Sinop Archaeological Museum, which houses a nice collection of items gathered from the surrounding area, including a few beautiful golden icons. Also found on the grounds of the Museum are the foundations of the Temple of Serapis. From here, you will travel to the Ethnological Museum, which consists of neoclassical designed Konak (Wooden Houses) from the 19th century and gives visitors a view of Turkish arts.

    Your final stop will be the market area of Sinop where you will have the chance to observe the daily life of the city, sample a glass of traditional Turkish tea and have free time to visit the shops, which sell crystal, cotton clothing, and traditional nautical wood carvings.

    Following your free time, you will re-join your coach for the short transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing over mostly even surfaces, although there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; flat, comfortable walking shoes; a hat and sunglasses are recommended. Conservative dress is required to enter the mosque - shoulders and knees must be covered. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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