The journey from London to Samsun takes from five to eight hours, depending on transfer times, as the flight is nto direct. Most visitors flying between London and Samsun transit via Istanbul. Major airlines such as Turkish Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa fly from Gatwick and Heathrow, and a cheap flight can be found using comparison websites. The second leg from Istanbul to Samsun is a far shorter flight, around one hour and twenty minutes. Upon arrival, the airport is 15 miles from the city centre, but taxis are available at the terminal to meet all flights. Expect to pay about £15 for the journey, but shuttle buses meet all domestic flights as well and are far cheaper.
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The city has an ancient history and many stories to tell, and the first port of call is the excellent Archaeology Museum (open Tuesday to Sunday). Check out the splendid Byzantine mosaics, pre-Roman gold jewels and some fascinating medical exhibits too.2 Learn about Turkish independence
Turkey is a proud nation, and the city's Ghazi Museum is the place to find out why. Samsun was the first place that Kemal Ataturk set foot when returning to the country in 1919. Visitors can see videos depicting the independence struggle and - like relics in an old Cathedral - also see some of Ataturk's famous hats, a symbol of the country's first leader.3 Head to beautiful Sinop
A short drive or bus journey away from Samsun is the very ancient port city of Sinop. Built on a peninsular, and actually facing south, Sinop has a charming harbour and plenty of museums, mosques and delectable restaurants. This all makes it a wonderful town to wander around and bag some holiday souvenirs. The city is also a jump-off point for guided tours of the surrounding countryside.4 Enjoy the pleasures of the Black Sea
Visitors can hire out boats and take expert fishing guides to seek out the riches of the Black Sea, while beaches abound with long, sandy stretches that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Tours of the harbour can be enjoyed, while the seafront is home to many popular seafood restaurants, a reflection of the town's maritime nature.5 Go bird-watching in the Kizilirmak Delta
A short journey north of the city, visitors will find the wide expanses of the Kizilirmak Delta, a superbly preserved wetland ecosystem which is home to pelicans and water buffalo. Bird-watching tours can be arranged from the city centre.