Day 1: Sumela Monastery - Altindere National Park - Karaca Cave. Arrive in the morning to Trabzon Airport where you will be met to begin the Eastern Black Sea Guided Tour by visiting the 4th century Sumela Monastery and Altyndere National Park. Later on drive up to Zigana Mountain, crossing the mountain with spectacular views of mountain villages. We arrive at Gümüshane City Province to visit Karaca Cave, considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colours and formations. Drive back to our hotel located at the centre of the city. Check-in to hotel, dinner and evening at leisure.
Day 2: Trabzon - Uzungol. Today we explore the highlights of Trabzon City, the most attractive points being: 13th century Byzantine church St. Sophia Museum, Ataturk's Mansion, Boztebe Hill, Ladies Bazaar, Sera Lake. Lunch at a seaside restaurant serving famous Akçaabat Meatball. In the afternoon drive to Uzungöl (literally translated meaning "long lake"). It's a hidden paradise in the Pontic Alps. We hike around the lake and village before check-in to our wooden hotel.
Day 3: Rize - Camlihemsin - Zilkale - Ayder. Today we leave from Uzungöl and make a short stop in Rize for panoramic views of the city from the Botanic Garden. Then we arrive to Firtina (Storm) Valley which takes us to Ayder Plateau. Before arriving in Ayder we will see Camlihemsin, Konaklar, Senyuva Bridge, Zil Kale. Gentle trekking to Goksu Fall which is the highest and most beautiful in the region. Arrival in Ayder before sundown, check in to wooden hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Ayder - Trabzon. Today we have time to explore the beautiful Alpine Plateau in Ayder until noon. Traditionally dressed village ladies, thermal spring, waterfalls dropping down from hundreds metres and beautiful plateau houses are going to be of much interest. In the afternoon we drive back to Trabzon with transfer on to the airport.
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