Day 1. TRABZON
Arriving at Trabzon International Airport, transfer to hotel, diner and brief information about the trip, and overnight . (D)
Day 2. TRABZON, SUMELA MONASTERY, ZIGANA, KARACA CAVE
Depart for Sumela Monastery, visit the 4 th century Sumela Monastery, clinging to a sheer cliff face in a deep forest, relax beside a fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park, lunch, travel along the old Silk Road through the Zigana Mountains will take us to Karaca Cave, considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colors and formations, return to Trabzon , dinner & O/N in Trabzon.
Day 3 . TRABZON, UZUNGOL
Depart for St. Sophia (Ayasofya), a 13’th century church and study extraordinary collection of byzantine frescoes, depart for Gulbahar Hatun Mosque, Castle and Atatürk’s Mansion, a picturesque hilside retreat, visit Ortahisar Mosque, a Comneni cathedral in the old town, Girls’ Monastery, a nunnery built by Alexios III in 13.th century. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Boztepe. Depart for Uzungöl , one of the most photogenic locations in the region, lunch at a fish restaurant, sightseeing and dinner & O/N at Uzungol.
Day 4 . RIZE, FIRTINA VALLEY, AYDER
Depart for Ayder , visit botany garden and have a panoramic view of Rize , drive to Camlihemsin through the beautifull Firtina Valley , enjoy the panorama with many of waterfalls, stone bridges on firtina valley and lush green forests on the foothills of the magnificient Kackar Mountains, lunch and sightseeing in Ayder, dinner & O/N. in Ayder.
Day 5. AYDER, BORCKA-KARAGOL , ARTVIN
Drive to Artvin, visit Borcka Karagol and ancient Georgian Churches Dolishane, Yeni Rabat (Shetberdi) Church in Ardanuc, you’ll be driven beside River Coruh the fastest flowing and best rafting river in Turkey, dinner & O/N in Artvin.
Day 6. YUSUFELI, ERZURUM
Driving through the River Coruh Valley will take us to other Georgian Churches; Ishan, Oshk-Vank and visit Tortum Waterfalls on the way, lunch en route, Drive to Erzurum dinner and O/N in Erzurum.
Day 7. ERZURUM
Morning visit Selchuk & Mongolian monuments; Cifte Minareli Medrese, a theological school named for its towering twin minarets, Yakutiye Medrese, built by Mongolian Prince Olcayto in 1308, is topped with a richly tiled minaret. Ulu Mosque and Erzurum Castle, transfer to Erzurum Airport for a homebound flight.
What is included
6 nights accommodations at 3 - 5 stars hotels,
• Modern, spacious, air-conditioned, vehicle for land transportation.
• Professional English speaking tour guide,
• 12 meals : 6 Breakfasts, and 6 dinners.
• Parking, portage, tipping (except guide, driver), tolls
• Admission fees to sights and museums
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours