Turkey every year is becoming increasingly popular among holidaymakers. And this is no coincidence, because the state is investing an increasing amount of financial resources in the development of resorts and the creation of new hotels for tourists. In this regard, the question arises of how to get to Turkey.
How to replace the plane?
Of course, the easiest way is to buy a plane ticket, which can be done in all major cities of Russia and the CIS, board the ship and get to Istanbul. But this pleasure is expensive. An alternative to air transport can be water transport. In this article, we will talk about ferries from Sochi to Turkey and other countries, as well as discuss such a Turkish port city as Trabzon.
Thanks to the ferry, it is possible to travel with the help of a personal vehicle.
Sea terminal Sochi
The Maritime Station in Sochi sends its ships to countries such as Abkhazia, Georgia, Turkey, etc. In order to find out detailed information about flights, visit the official website of the city of Sochi.
The sea route to Abkhazia lies through the resort city of Gagra. The fastest way to get there is to buy a ticket for the Sochi-1 catamaran boat. In this case, the path will take no more than one and a half hours. There are two types of tickets:
1. An ordinary ticket - its cost is 500 rubles.
2. Discount ticket - its cost is 400 rubles (the discount applies to all residents of Abkhazia and the Krasnodar Territory).
In addition, children who have not reached the age of seven enter the board for free.
The sea route to Georgia from Sochi lies through the port city of Batumi. Every Saturday and Sunday, a missile boat departs from the Sochi sea terminal, which takes passengers to their destination in 5-6 hours. The cost of a ticket for an adult passenger is 3 thousand rubles, for a child under twelve years old - 1,5 thousand rubles. You can take up to 20 kg of luggage with you on such a boat.
Ferry Sochi - Trabzon
The way to Turkey from Sochi, when it comes to ferry transport, lies through the port town of Trabzon. Large ferries run between these points, thanks to which it is possible to transport not only tourists, but also road transport. What is noteworthy, the time that will be spent on the Sochi-Trabzon (ferry) route is 12 hours, which is not as much as it might seem. There are also alternative water modes of transport that can deliver to Trabzon. About them further.
There is good news for those who like to travel and intend to use the ferry for the Sochi-Trabzon route. The ticket price for such a vessel is in the range of 4-5 thousand rubles, which is acceptable even for people with average incomes. Ferries are equipped with comfortable lounges for passengers, so that the time spent on the trip will be spent in comfort.
Ferries from Sochi to Turkey are not the only way to get to Trabzon by sea. If you do not have a car, then you can use the services of a "rocket" - a small ship that moves much faster. Such ships depart 2-3 times a week from Sochi. The ship arrives in the Turkish port city in 4-5 hours, which is faster than the ferry, more than twice. Please note that the price of a ticket for such a vessel is 3.5 thousand rubles, which is even less than on a ferry.
To Turkey by car
Ferry is one of the most convenient and multifunctional types of sea
transport, because it allows you to carry not only passengers, but also road transport. In connection with this feature of this type of sea vessels, it is possible to get to Turkey by car, no matter how implausible it sounds. Interestingly, it doesn’t matter where you are in Russia. You will be required to have:
1. A fuel vehicle.
2. The required amount of money.
3. Documents that will prove your identity (for transfer to a neighboring state).
Please note that if you are traveling to Turkey for a period of up to two months, you will not even need to draw up customs documents to enter this country by car. If you come across representatives of the Turkish traffic police, then it will be enough for them to demonstrate:
- Russian driver's license;
- registration certificate for the car;
- certificate of liability insurance.
If you do not have an insurance policy, you can purchase it at the border.
Having refueled the car, having prepared money and a package of documents, you can move forward in the direction of Sochi - Trabzon. The ferry, if it doesn’t wait for you, will arrive soon. After that, you will need to pay for your personal ticket. As noted above, its cost will be about 5 thousand rubles (per adult). As for the price of a car forwarding, it can vary greatly. Due to the fact that various ferries are moving in the direction of Trabzon from Sochi, the exact cost of tickets, transportation of automobile transport and the time that will be spent on the road should be recognized by calling the contact numbers of the sea station in Sochi or already on the spot.
Sochi - Trabzon. Ferry
On all ferries that are able to deliver passengers and vehicles to Trabzon, there are both comfortable cabins that are located along the sides of the ferry, as well as common halls.
In the cabins there is a crew of the ship and passengers. As you know, for tourists the cost of tickets to cabins is greater than to the common room. Considering that the average time that the ferry spends to get to Trabzon is 12 hours, you can face a difficult choice: spend this half day in a comfortable cabin, overpay for a ticket, or sit in the common room, saving money.
Given the convenience and arrangement of the cabins of the ferries, this time flies by unnoticed and comfortable. The ship employs a whole staff of specialists who are happy to make every effort to create the most comfortable conditions for passengers.
Given that this article is about how to get to Turkey by sea, and that the only city through which you can get there is Trabzon, you can not help but talk about it. This is an ancient city, which is more than 2.5 thousand years old, and it was founded in the VI century BC. There are more than 200 thousand inhabitants.
The city of Trabzon is famous not only for its regular maritime communications with the countries of the former USSR. One of its attractions is the Hagia Sophia, which was created in the 13th century. The frescoes that cover the ceiling of the temple are considered masterpieces of the Byzantine art.
Historical Monuments in Trabzon
Another historical monument is the belfry, which is located next to the cathedral. She is 200 years younger than the church. In addition to this historical monument, a number of others can be distinguished:
- Gulbahar Khatun Mosque;
- the tomb (turbot);
- Yeni Juma Mosque;
- Monastery of Our Lady of the Black Mountain.
This proves that Trabzon is valuable not only as a port, but also as a town that has gathered a huge number of historical monuments.
Many people use ferry as the most convenient form of transport for crossing Sochi - Trabzon. Some remain to rest here, at the end point of the path, that is, they do not then go to Istanbul or other popular tourist cities of Turkey. And this is no coincidence. After all, Trabzon, in addition to historical monuments, is also famous for its tourist routes. For example, many go to the city under discussion to see the Kachkar Mountains, which are located parallel to the Black Sea.