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Day 1 - Fly to Trabzon and visit Zigana Mountain. With its spectacular scenery, unspoiled nature, friendly people, and cultural diversity, Turkey's Black Sea coast appeals to everyone. Explore the region's soaring mountains rising to almost meters, and discover the greenest coastline in Turkey. You will visit appealing and unspoilt villages, taste regional food, meet with locals, and enjoy an endless landscape of lush green mountains reaching right into the green sea.
Istanbul - Trabzon Early pick up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport by private car and driver. Take a direct flight from Istanbul to Trabzon that is about 1 hour. Upon arrival, meet with your guide and driver. First stop is the magnificent Sumela Monastery, perched on high cliffs and accessible by staircases cut into the rock formations. It was created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church without any disturbance.
Then visit Altindere National Park and driven up to Zigana Mountain to enjoy the spectacular views of villages on the Pontiac Mountains. Finally visit Karaca Cave before being driven to Trabzon to stay overnight. Sumela Monastery - Uzungol After breakfast, check out from the hotel.
Enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant serving famous Akcaabat meatballs. In the afternoon, we will drive a short distance to Uzungol that is a hidden paradise in the Pontic Alps.
Hike around the lake and village surrounded by lush green forests. Tonight you will enjoy your stay in a bungalow type wooden hotel where you will be served local dish for dinner.
Rize - Camlihemsin After a short drive, you will reach Rize and visit the Botany Garden to see kiwi and tea plantations, then you will be driven to Ayder Plateau via the Firtina Valley. Also take a short visit to Camlihemsin and Goksu Fall before enjoy a romantic sunset over the valley.
Trabzon Free time is given to enjoy breath-taking views, taste local food, and meet traditionally dressed villagers. In the afternoon drive to the Turkish - Georgian border to view Georgia from Sarpi Gate, then take an enjoyable drive back to Trabzon along the Black Sea coast. Take a direct flight to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour.
Arrive in Istanbul airport and the end of the itinerary. Alternatively, book accomodation and city tours to explore former Constantinople. Tourist class accommodation Private airport transfers on arrival and departure Return flight tickets from Istanbul to Trabzon Professional Guide Entrance fees Meals where mentioned. International airfare Drinks Tips for guide, drivers and hotel.
You will taste Muhlama-Kuymak, Akcaabat meatballs, rolled cabbage, cabbage soup, corn soup and Lazic pie. You have option to add an extra day at the end of this itinerary and visit Batumi in Georgia. Please contact us for further details. This is a fully private tour. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and valleys, Ayder Hasimoglu Hotel offers charming rooms and bungalows with a private balcony or patio. Some accommodation features a living area with a stone fireplace. Hotel Ayder Hasimoglu provides many sporting opportunities, such as fishing, cycling, hiking, and Heliskiing. The hotel also offers a gym, a sauna, and a hot tub. Ayder Hasimoglu Hotel is located 88 km from the city centre of Rize, and the Trabzon Airport is km away.
Located 16 km from the Sumela Monastery, this modern hotel features a Turkish bath, indoor pool and a sauna. Free private parking on site and free Wi-Fi throughout the venue are offered. All the rooms at Ipekyolu have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a minibar. There is a balcony, safety deposit box and a private bathroom with slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Breakfast is offered in buffet style every morning. Refreshing drinks can be ordered from the bar.
A hour front desk, laundry service and a tour desk are available. Vazelon Monastery is 6 km away. Located in a tranquil setting, Meric Hotel has a restaurant serving regional delicacies. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in its rooms. All rooms have a balcony with mountain and land views.
The cosy rooms of Meric feature wood wall panels and wooden floors. Each room includes a private bathroom with hot water. There is also a TV in the rooms. Daily breakfast is served as an open buffet at the hotel. The restaurant serves Turkish cuisine and regional dishes. Uzungol Mosque is metres away. The hotel is 25 km from Balikli Lake and 35 km from Sultanmurat Plateau. Trabzon Airport is within km. Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip!
All the people, guides, hotel staff, drivers and travelers were outstanding. Turkey is an amazing country and felt like we were fortunate to see as much of the country as we did.
Loved your concept of traveling and wished we could travel like that everywhere. Our next trip is going to France and am wondering if you know of a travel company like yours, that organizes tours the way you do. If so, would appreciate your information. Thanks again for a wonderful trip! We have arrived home after a wonderful trip overseas. I would like to thank you for the outstanding time we had in Turkey. All the tours were fantastic and the efficiency of the staff and tour guides was amazing.
We had experiences we had never had before and I Susanne particularly loved Goreme. The quality of the hotels was exceptional. The people of Turkey are the warmest and friendliest we have ever met. Mehmet, who did our private Byzantine and Ottoman tour and the Black Sea tour was particularly engaging - I would love to do his gastronomical tour some day.
All the guides had outstanding knowledge and took great pride in their work. The drivers were very experienced and I felt safe in their hands and knew that all would go well. Istanbul is a city operating all year round so any-time is good to visit. If you like sunshine, come between April to October as winter in Istanbul can be cold and rainy with the occasional snowfall.
The tourism season on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts run from May to October but tourist sites like Ephesus are open all year round. Gulet cruises are more enjoyable when refined to the months of June to September.