Tour Name : Blecksea Tours / 7 Day Trip
Travel Duration : 6 Night 7 Day
Service Level : Private Tours
Travel Destinations : Istanbul, Trabzon, Macka, Sumela, Uzungol, Ayder, Erzurum
Day 1- ISTANBUL: Arrive Isanbul. Transfer from the Airport to hotel in Sultanahmet (Old city). The tour starts with a group meeting in the hotel.
Day 2- ISTANBUL: Optional İstanbul city tour This full day Istanbul tour is a great way to get orientated in the city that spans Asia and Europe. Formally Constantinople, the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe's wealthiest city, Istanbul is now the largest city in Turkey with a population estimated to be more than 10 million. On this city sightseeing tour you will have the opportunity to see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul's 'must see' historic sites including:
Unlock the secrets to Istanbul's rich past with visits to its finest historic sites, including Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Includes – Lunch, All admission fees, English speaking guide, Hotel pick-up and drop-off . Air-conditioned transportation. OR Free day in İstanbul.
Day 3- TRABZON: Transfer to airport for morning flight to Trabzon. Arrive Trabzon and we will drive on the beautiful wooded coast of the Black Sea. This was the often forbidding coastline seen by Jason and the Argonauts and the scene of many of their legendary adventures. We will visit the Sumela Monastery also know as the Monastary of the Virgin and enjoy a lovely picnic nearby. This monastery is from the Byzantine Era of Turkey's history. One of the remarkable features of this site is that it is carved into a cliff face! It looks like a nine story high building hanging down from the clouds. With lush, green vegetation throughout the region, this area is a very unique part of Turkey. Visit the city of Trabzon in the afternoon, Trabzon is an ancient Black Sea port with its recorded history dating back to 746 B.C. and it was one of the Silk Road ports. Overnight in Trabzon
Day 4- UZUNGOL: Today we leave Trabzon and drive East, our bus will look like it is caught between the Black Sea and the step slops of the mountains. The scattered houses in the villages on the green slopes look nothing like the architecture of the rest of the country.First stop is Lake Uzungol, one of the most photogenic locations in the region, lunch at a fish restaurant, sightseeing and some hiking in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Uzungöl.
Day 5- AYDER: Depart for Ayder, visit botanic garden and have a panoramic view of Rize, drive to Camlihemsin through the beautifull Firtina Valley (Valley of Storm), enjoy the panorama with many waterfalls, pass over the Senyuva historical Stone Bridge on fırtına River and enjoy the lush green forests on the foothills of the magnificient Kackar Mountains. We then climb to Ayder Plateau (1.600 meter), lunch in the forest and then free time to enjoy the thermal baths and hot waters with the locals. Ovrnight in Ayder.
Day 6- AYDER: Breakfast and we will head off to see the historical mansions, Zil Castle and Palovit waterfalls, before walking through the Moge valley to Pokut Plateau (4 hours walk). Lunch in the Mountains and afternoon you can either choose more hiking in the Kackar Mountains or some rafting down the Rivers. Overnight in Ayder.
Day 7- ERZURUM: Late morning departure to the city of Erzurum. Erzurum rests at a base altitude of 6600 ft. Here, the Hittites had already occupied the site for a millennium when the Armenians arrived around the 6th century. It became a Byzantine city starting with the Emperor Thedosius. Mongols in 14th century and the Ottomans took it in 1515. Therefore in Erzurum we'll be able to taste all of these civilizations at Erzurum citadel, Double Minaret Medrese (university), many tombs, Ulu Cami (The Great Mosque). Evening flight back to İstanbul..
Notes :This tour is available all year and Can be customized according to your wishes..
✅ 6 nights accommodations based on bed and breakfast
✅ 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
✅ Professional licensed English and Spanish speaking guide/guides
✅ All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
✅ All airport transfers by private vehicle
✅ All transportation by A/C ´NO SMOKING’ vehicle
✅ Domestic flight tickets
❌ Drinks on mails
❌ Personel expencess
❌ Visa Fees
❌ Travel Insurance