Day 1: İstanbul - Trabzon

Flying to Trabzon. Meeting at the airport. Departure to Çarşıbaşı for a visit of weavers, artisans of Akçaabat. Visiting the houses of Akçaabat. Lunch. In the afternoon walking tour of Trabzon Bazaar with a stop at gold artisans of Hasır (gold thread stitch). Transfer to hotel. (L, D)

Day 2: Trabzon

After passing through Zigana Pass (2.030 m), visiting Gümüşhane Karaca Cave. Lunch in Maçka. Trabzon city tour:  Hagia Sophia Museum, the Church of St. Anne (Küçük Ayvasil), Fatih or Ortahisar Mosque (former Church of Panagia Chrysokephalos) and Atatürk’s Mansion. Transfer to hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Maçka - Uzungöl

A full day visits to two monasteries around the town of Maçka in a fantastic landscape of deep forest remote valleys: the great Sumela Monastery of Virgin Mary, and the Monastery of St. John at Vazelon. Drive inland to alpine idyll of Uzungöl Natural Park. Dinner and overnight in Uzungöl Valley. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Uzungöl  - Rize - İkizdere 

Visiting: İkizdere Valley, fantastic wooden mosques. Dinner and overnight in İkizdere. (B, L, D)

Day 5: İkizdere - Artvin

Fırtına Creek, Çamlıhemşin and Ayder visits. Drive through Arhavi and the Cankurtaran Pass in a Swiss type scenery to Artvin, a little-known world of medieval churches and majestic landscapes. Dinner and overnight in Artvin. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Artvin

Visiting the Cehennem Canyon, Ardanuç, the old capital of Georgian kingdom of Tao, Şavşat and Yavuzköy. Dinner and overnight in Artvin. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Artvin - Erzurum

Descend to the magnificent Çoruh Valley, on the way visiting the Georgian churches of İşhan, Öşk Vank and Haho. Dinner and overnight in Erzurum. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Erzurum - İstanbul

Visiting: Grand Mosque, Yakutiye and Çifte Minareli medreses, mausoleums, and transfer to the airport. (B, L)


Abbreviations: (B) = Breakfast / (L) = Lunch / (D) = Dinner

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