Black Sea Tour

Duration: 7 Days

Day 1 

TRABZON & SUMELA MONASTERY


Meet at Trabzon Int'l Airport, depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4th-century Sumela Monastery, relax beside a fast-flowing stream at Altındere Valley National Park, return to the city centre and visit Ayasofya,  depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Ataturk's House (a picturesque hillside retreat)  visit Ortahisar Mosque (a Comneni cathedral in the old town) drive to Boztepe, enjoy your tea with the panoramic view of the city. Check-in to hotel, dinner, and overnight at Usta Park Hotel 4***

Day 2  

TRABZON, UZUNGOL, DEMIRKAPI


Depart for Uzungol (long lake), lunch at a fish restaurant, a full day excursion to Demirkapi on the foothills of Soganli Mountains, sightseeing around Balikli & Aygir glacier lakes, enjoy the panorama with beautiful landscapes, return to Uzungol, it's a hidden paradise in the Pontic Alps. Hike around the lake and village surrounded by emerald green forests and check-in to our boutique hotel, dinner, and overnight at Inan Kardesler Hotel (S)

Day 3  

UZUNGOL, RIZE, AYDER


Sightseeing at Uzungol. And depart for Ayder, visit a tea factory, short break at Rize for a panoramic view of the city from the Botany Garden, visit kiwi and tea plantations here, then head towards Firtina Valley which takes us to Ayder Plateau, gentle trekking to Goksu Fall. Arrive in Ayder before sundown, check-in to the Wooden hotel, have dinner and overnight at Kuspuni Mountain House (S)

Day 4  

AYDER, CAGLAYAN VALLEY, BATUMI


Sightseeing at Ayder, enjoy the panorama with many waterfalls, traditionally dressed village ladies, thermal baths and lush green forests on the foothills of the magnificent Kachkar Mountains. Drive to Ortan village and have a great view of Hemsins' mountain villages on the side of Firtina river and leaving for Caglayan Valley in Findikli town to see typical laz houses and panoramic tea plantations then you will drive to the Sarp border, pass Georgia to discover the seaside town of Batumi, visiting Theater Square, Piazza, Medea (Golden Fleece) Monument and Batumi Boulevard. You will enjoy the spectacular views from Batumi Botanical Garden which is the second largest in the world and have the free time and enjoy a display of dancing fountains, dinner, and overnight at Batumi.

Day 5   

BATUMI, ARTVIN


Free time in the Morning to discover Batumi and return to Turkey. Visit the vast Roman fortress at Gonio and drive to Borcka. Sightsee Karagol, with a calming and peaceful aura surrounding the lake hidden in green forests, head to Artvin for dinner and overnight at Artvin

Day 6  

ARTVIN & KARS


Drive to Kars, following the fastest flowing River Coruh valley to reach Artvin, visit Hell's Gorge at Ardanuc and have a scenic drive to Kars via Savsat Sahara National Park, arrival in Kars, dinner & overnight at Grand Ani Otel 4****

Day 7  

KARS 
Drive to Ani, visit the medieval Armenian capital from 10th Century, Ani Ruins at the Turkish-Armenian border and return to Kars.  Visit Kars Castle and The Holly Apostles Church, transfer to Kars or Erzurum airport for returning flight.