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4 DAY – PEARLS OF BLACK SEA TOUR

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DAY 1-  SUMELA MONASTERY, HAMSIKOY, KARACA CAVE, ZIGANA MOUNTAIN (Breakfast, Dinner)

Welcome to the Trabzon airport. After a traditional breakfast at a local restaurant, your tour will begin with a jaunt into the mountains to visit the magnificent cliff hanging 4th century Sumela Monastery and the Altindere National Park. You will continue to Hamsikoy, where you can try the famous Sultan’s (rice) Pudding after the lunch break. In the afternoon, you will drive up to Zigana Mountain, enjoying the spectacular the views and mountain villages along the way. Arrive at Gumushanehane City Province to visit Karaca Cave, well known in Turkey for its beautiful colors and strange dripstone formations. Pass the evening at your leisure and explore the area with an easy hike. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Overnight at Gumuskayak Hotel

(B,D)

DAY 2-  SURMENE, OF, UZUNGOL, AYDER YAYLA (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to join in on a morning trek upon the slopes of Zigana Mountain, after which the tour will proceed to Surmene, known as the place where Xenophon and this Ten Thousand became ill after tasting the wild honey and also for the Surmene Knife, an ornamented dagger with ox horn handle and sheath. It is believed to have been produced and used in the area for fighting and dancing since Byzantine times. Before breaking for lunch, you will have the chance to visit a tea factory at the town of Of. Lunch will be at Uzungol, Long Lake, where you will enjoy a light hike around the picturesque mountain lake. This is really a gem and a hidden paradise nestled within the Pontic Alps. Continue on to Ayder, stopping at Firtina Valley along the way. After hotel check in, you will have the evening at leisure until dinner service at the hotel. Overnight stay at Hasimoglu Hotel.
(B,D)

DAY 3-  AYDER AND KARAGOL (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will have the morning free to explore the beautiful Alpine Plateau in Ayder until the tour’s noon departure. You will undoubtedly take interest in the traditionally dressed village ladies, thermal springs, plummeting waterfalls and customary summer pasture houses. Depart for Karagol, where lunch will be served, after which you will enjoy a tour of Karagol Lake. Proceed to Hopa where you will overnight. The evening will be at your leisure and dinner will be served at the hotel.
Overnight stay at Paluri Hotel.
(B,D)

DAY 4-  RIZE, TRABZON, AKCAABAT (Breakfast)

Following an early breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for Rize where you will visit a clothing workshop. Later, enjoy sipping locally grown tea and taking in the nice views of the city at the Botanical Garden Park. You will return, finally, to Trabzon and lunch will be served at Cardak Pide Restaurant, which is famous for its special Turkish pizza. After lunch, you will have an hour of free time to rest or explore before the city tour, which will visit the 13th century Byzantine St. Sophia Church and Museum, the Mansion of Ataturk and Boztebe Hill where you will enjoy more regional samovar tea and splendid Black Sea views. The tour will conclude with transfer to the Trabzon airport and departure as per your flight details. (B)

Inclusions:

  • 3 Nights hotel accommodation at the mentioned hotels
  • New model non-smoking air conditioned and heated transportation
  • Daily tours as described in the above itinerary including entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking tour guide who is licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism
  • Meals as indicated in the above itinerary
  • Luggage handling during transfers
  • Hotel service charges and local taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Local taxes & handling services

Exclusions:

  • International and domestic flights to and from Trabzon
  • Any expenses not noted above in the ‘included’ section
  • Tourist visa
  • Tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels
  • Expensess of a personal nature such as hotel extras
  • Lunches
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
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