Surrounded by steep valleys carved by the Çoruh River, the high mountains of Kaçkar, Karçal and Yalnızçam, and forests and national parks such as the Karagöl-Sahara, which contains the Şavşat and Borçka lakes, the Black Sea is an alternative tourism destination for those who like to get lost in beautiful nature.
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Maçka (1)- Ayder (3) - Şavşat (1) - Macahel (1) - Klaskur köyü (1) -
Group: minimum 8 / maximum 12 persons
DEPARTURE: JUNE 20 2023
AUGUST 22 2023
639.- EURO p.p. in double room
Single Supplement: 140 euro
Triple room: 600 euro p.p.
Booking fee: 30.- Euro per booking
DAY 1 ANTALYA - TRABZON✈️ - MAÇKA (29 km)
Late afternoon flight from Antalya to Trabzon
Transfer to the hotel in Maçka
Overnight in Maçka
DAY 2: SUMELA MONASTERY - AYASOFIA - ATATÜRK'S MANSION AYDER
After the breakfast, we go to the Sumela Monastery. The impressive monastery visit will take place by visiting the open sections. Afterwards, we move towards to the city Trabzon for visiting the Hagia Sophia church and Atatük mansion. Before we’ll arrive at our hotel on Ayder Plateau we’ll visit the beautiful situated Zile kalesi
Diner and overnight in Ayder
DAY 3: ÇAT VALLEY - BADARA HIGHLAND - GITO HIGHLAND SUNSET - AYDER
On this morning when we opened our eyes in the Black Sea, we start our journey towards Çat Valley, our first stop, after breakfast in the wonderful view of our hotel. We will reach Badara Plateau with the impressions of Çat Village and Plateau. After the fun walks we will take on the wide plains of Badara and around its unique small pond, we will turn our route to Gito Plateau. We will take a pleasant walk from Badara to Gito and explore Gito. As the sunset time approaches, we will climb to a ridge that lays the valley under our feet, and with a magnificent view, we will sink the day on the Gito ridges and return to the Ayder plateau. Who knows, if we're lucky, we might see a sea of clouds today.
Diner and overnight in Ayder.
DAY 4: POKUT HIGHLAND - SAL HIGHLAND - KONAKLAR NEIGHBORHOOD - AYDER
Today is the day to climb high and make impressions of the Black Sea on Pokut and Sal Plateaus, which are among the eyes of the region, although it has become famous recently :) We will stop by Sal Plateau, which is our first stop, and have a pleasant walk in the plateau. After a short break, if we get the chance, we watch the clouds turn into the sea and the highest peaks of the Kaçkar Mountains. Afterwards, we will take a half-hour walk to the Pokut Plateau with a wonderful path from the Sal Plateau. After our photo breaks in Pokut, we will take a walk in the forest surrounding the plateau. We will leave here and make a short visit to the villages of Yolkıyı or Ortan, where we can see the historical Hemşin mansions. At the end of the day, we get on our car and get ready for our last night in Ayder.
Diner and overnight in Ayder
Day 5: MENÇUNA WATERFALL - DOUBLE BRIDGE - ATATEPE - SAVŞAT
After breakfast, we leave our hotel and say goodbye to Ayder. We will turn our route a little further east and step into Artvin territory. Our first stop will be the Mençuna Waterfall, which is located in Arhavi and formed by the merging of small streams originating from the Arılı Mountains. After the waterfall impressions, we will visit the Double Bridge, which is located in Mençuna and has a history of about 700 years, and we will take lots of photos. After completing our tours in the region, we head towards Artvin Atatepe, where Turkey's largest Atatürk statue is located. After the trip and photo shoots we will do in the region, which we will admire with its magnificent view, we move to Şavşat, where we will stay tonight, reach our facility, which is completely in nature, and settle in our rooms.
Overnight in Şavşat
Day 6: ŞAVŞAT KARAGOL – TIBETİ – EGYPTIAN VILLAGE – PAPART VALLEY – MAÇAHEL
We start the day in the land of wonders. Today we will see many places about Şavşat. First, we go to the Yavuz Village observation terrace, where we will watch the landscapes of Şavşat. From here, we will stop by Şavşat Karagöl via Kocabey Village. After our tour of Şavşat Karagöl, one of the two "Karagöl" in the region, together with Borçka Karagöl, we will see the Tibeti Church in Cevizli Village, which was built in the 900s, and turn our route to Mısırlı Village. After the local lunch we will have here, we will have a pleasant walk in the Papart Forest in the Papart Valley, which is one of the important valleys of the region. As we finish the day, we will get on our vehicle waiting for us and head towards the Maçahel valley to reach the facility where we will stay.
Diner and overnight in Maçahel
Day 7: MAÇAHEL VALLEY-MARAL VILLAGE AND WATERFALL-CAMİLİ-BORÇKA KARAGOL - KLASKUR
Our first trip today will be Maral Village and Maral Waterfall in the Maçahel Valley. To reach the waterfall, we will take a 1-hour walk from Maral village. After reaching the waterfall, those who want to take a break can swim and those who do not can taste the wonderful milk corn :) We leave Maral and reach Camili Village and visit the historical wooden mosques in the region. Then, by crossing the valley from another road, we go straight to Borcka and this time we go to Borcka Karagol. As we mentioned the day before, there are two well-known Karagols in Artvin. This is one of the most admired places in the Klaskur valley. Thus, we will see both Karagöl. We will take a walk around the lake with the magnificent view of Karagöl, reach our facility in the village of Klaskur and settle in our rooms. Who knows, maybe we can organize a farewell party today.
Diner and overnight in Klaskur village.
Day 8: ÇAĞLAYAN VALLEY - RİZE - ÇAYELİ - TRABZON
After breakfast, we leave Klaskur village and follow the coastal road to Fındıklı district. Located in Çağlayan Village
We get village impressions by visiting historical houses with Laz rural architecture. After a tea break in a beautiful garden, we taste a wonderful natural flavored ice cream in the center of Fındıklı. Afterwards, we will continue on the road and visit the Tea Factory in Rize, if it is open. Then we take a short shopping break in the center of Rize. After we ate our wonderful haricot bean menu at Çayeli, we may encounter a surprise program from our guide depending on time ;) At the end of the day, we will start the return journey and move towards Trabzon airport.
INCLUSIVE - EXCLUSIVE - GOOD TO KNOW
- Domestic flights Antalya - Trabzon / Trabzon - Antalya
- 7 nights in 3*/4* hotels - mountain lodges - guest houses
- 14x breakfast
- New model minibus with airco
- English speaking guide
- 1x breakfast
- All lunches and diners
- All drinks
- Entrance fees (museum card)
- Personal expences
- Travel- and cancellation insurance (also for permit holders in Turkey) You can arrange those insurances at your bank or insurance agent
GOOD TO KNOW:
- Minimum 8 - maximum 12 persons
- EU and UK passport holders don't need a visa for Turkey
- You need Turkish Lira (cash)
- At most places you can pay with credit cards
- Casual clothes - sturdy waterproof walking shoes – raincoat - umbrella -
warmer clothing for the evenings and in the mountains
- Changes in the order in the program are reserved
- For swimmers bathing suits (also for a spa)