Today we meet at Trabzon airport and transfer to our hotel. Time permitting, we will go on a walk in the town center. Overnight at standard hotel.
Trabzon or Trapesus as it was in the ancient times is renowned as little Istanbul due to the vastness of its well preserved historical architecture. We will visit Trabzon Sumela Monastery, Hagia Sophia Museum (Mosque), historical streets and arcades, Copper-smiths’ district, Ataturk’s Mansion, Boztepe viewpoint. There is a cheap and good Turkish bath here if you would like to try. Overnight at standard hotel. B
We will have an early start today for our long but very scenic drive. We will drive along the Black Sea coast onto Hopa, a little border town of Turkey and then head south up and over the extremely lash mountains with incredible views and Turkish tea plantation. En-route, we will witness one of the most majestic construction works of Turkish Republican History, Artvin Deriner Dam. We will often stop for picture breaks and stretching our legs. We will end our journey in a very small town situated at the green picturesque town of Savsat. Overnight at standard hotel. B
Savsat (pronounced “shavshat”) is a small town situated amidst the green mountains. This region is one of the most intact areas of Turkey. Having visited the town center, we will drive around in the region to see Karagol Lake, Tibeti Georgian Church, local architecture and village life in Meydancık Village. We will also pay a visit to the wooden Duzkoy Mosque from the 13th century in Borcka. Overnight at standard hotel. B
Today we will drive overland to Kars via Cildir and Ardahan. Our first stop will be at Camlibel Pass (2640 m), one of the highest points on a road in Turkey. Here, we will witness the change in the landscape and the climate so dramatically. As we head towards Ardahan, we will get to witness an amazing diversity of wild birds of pray perched atop almost every single post. The vast meadow of Ardahan is a peerless grazing land for animal husbandry and horses with their riders. The life here is still very conventional. Just before we make it to Cildir town, we will take a break for a short walk to admire the famous Seytan (Devil’s) Castle from afar. Then, we will continue to Lake Aktas. This is an interesting lake with lots of wet lands birds and the village on the shore of lake has very hospitable people. The incredible fact is that, the opposite half of the lake is within Georgian borders. After lunch, we will drive on along the Cildir Lake. Eventually, we will find our Hotel in Kars and settle for the night. Overnight at standard hotel. B
Our essential target is Ani. The glorious capital of former Armenian Bagrationi Kingdom. This is such an incredible sight situated on the Turkish Armenian border with the occasional views of Mount Ararat. We will spend the afternoon in Kars visiting Kars Museum, the 19th century mansions and state buildings of Russian Baltic Architecture which had been built within the 40 year long Russian invasion following the Russian Ottoman war, Kars Castle and eventually the famous jewel of the old town 1200 year old Twelve Apostles Church (Kumbet Mosque). Overnight at standard hotel. B
Today is our last of touring around Northeast Turkey. Leaving Kars behind with fond memories, we will head west and reach Erzurum. There are so many sights in this immensely historical Turkic town. Erzurum Fortress, Three Kumbets Tombs, Yakutiye Medrese, Twin Minaret Medrese, Ulu Mosque and more. It will be a great city drive and walk at a leisurely pace. Overnight at standard hotel. B
We will rise bright and early today to transfer to Erzurum airport. Tour ends.
Please beware that all the durations, hiking distances, elevation gains and losses mentioned in the itinerary are approximate figures valid under normal weather and snow conditions and may vary according to weather alterations.