Delve into the Laz and Hemsin cultures of North East Turkey and visit the natural beauty landmarks of Uzungol and the green Ayder Plateau. Gushing waterfalls, ancient monasteries and a foody adventure into the regional cuisine, makes this trip highly recommended. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 4
  • Starting Point: Sumela Monastery
  • Ending Point: Trabzon
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees

We meet you our valuable guests at Trabzon Airport with our crew and we start to see very green Black Sea without losing time. Firstly, we visit Sumela Monastery which was constructed on the step slopes of the Black Mount and is located in Golden River National Park. We will have our lunch at a restaurant located on the skirts of the Mount Zigana and among the mystical pines. After the meal, we visit the Cave Karaca that is located in Torul, Gumushane and presents us a visual resital with ıts stalactites and stalagmites. We give a break at the Mount Zigana which has two climates on its both sides passing the Zigana Pass and then we reach Hamsikoy which is the original land of rice pudding following the old Iranian Road. We taste the rice pudding, drink our tea a country tea house and do a nature walk dinner.

  • Destination: Sumela Monastery
  • Legend: D

We begin our day after the breakfast taken at our hotel. Firstly we visit Hagia Sophia which had been used as a museum and was converted into a mosque. Then we visit Ataturk’s Villa in which the father of the Turk stayed during his visits to Trabzon. After that, we go up to the hillside Boztepe to see the panoramic view of the city. We sip our teas coming with traditional semouvers by watching the city from the hillside. Araund 12.00, we will have our lunch at the Lake Sera (the ones who wish can get on pedalo) After the lunch we depart for the Lake Uzungol at 2 p.m. On the way, we observe knife artisanship in Surmene and visit a tea factory in Of. Then we arrive at the the hotel in Uzungol. After the check-in, we are free until the dinner. We will have our dinner accompanied with live music.

  • Destination: Uzungol
  • Legend: B, D

After the breakfast, we depart fort he highland Ayder. On our way, we will give a tea break in Rize Botanical Garden, observe the workbenches weaving local fabrics, see the rafting area on the River Fırtına and experience the Lazic culture. We will arrive at our hotel in Ayder 1.30 p.m passing by the rain forests and the waterfalls. After the check-in we are free fort he lunch and a nature walk. By the way our guests can go to the hot springs. We will have our dinner accompanied with local violin and pipes.

  • Destination: Ayder
  • Legend: B, D

After the breakfast taken at our hotel, we depart fort he village Caglayan located in Fındıklı at 9a.m. This village is famous for tea and kiwi plantations and traditional Lazic mansions. Recorded all these beauties to our cameras, we do one hour nature walk along the River Caglayan. Then we go to Cayeli in order to have our lunch with the famous beans all around Turkey. After the meal, we arrive in Trabzon following the Black Sea coastal road. By giving free time to our guests, they find a chance to see the historical bazaar area of Trabzon and to buy souveniers. And we finalize the tour transfering you our valuable guests to the airport according to your flight times.

  • Destination: Trabzon
  • Legend: B

You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

Tour Map

Tour Details

  • In Brief

    We invite you to a 4 day journey that will be imprinted on your minds. Sumela Monastery that hosts thousands of people every year with its unique architecture and nature, Karaca Cave that presents the visitors a visual resital with its stalagtites and stalagmites and Hamsikoy that is famous for its rice puding will be seen; and you will experience a natural wonder Lake Uzungol, Ayder which is on the skirts of the Mount Kackar, Hagia Sophia with its historical aura, Ataturk’s Villa and Lake Sera. You will taste Muhlama-Kuymak, Akcaabat meatballs, rolled cabbage, cabbage soup, corn soup and Lazic pie. You will dance horon and kolbastı, and you will enjoy the sound of the local violin and pipes.

  • Special Features

    You have option to add an extra day at the end of this itinerary and visit Batumi in Georgia. Please contact us for further details. This is a fully private tour.

  • What's Included

    - Transfers with the luxury vehicles
    - Guiding in English
    - Overnight stays at the authentic hotels of the region
    - Breakfast and dinners taken at the hotels
    - Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
    - Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency

  • What's Not Included

    - International airfares
    - Visas and passports
    - Drinks with meals
    - Travel Insurance
    - Tips & Personal Expenses


Departure Date

  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2018
    Finish Date: 31.12.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

Daily Guaranteed Departure
  • Start
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2018
    Finish: 31.12.2019
    Single: 2,320 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 1,336 AUD
    Triple PP: 1,264 AUD


Bob and Vicki Sharp



Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip! All the people, guides, hotel staff, drivers and travelers were outstanding. Turkey is an amazing country and felt like we were fortunate to see as much of the country as we did. Loved your concept of traveling and wished we could travel like that everywhere. Our next trip is going to France and am wondering if you know of a travel company like yours, that organizes tours the way you do. If so, would appreciate your information. Thanks again for a wonderful trip!

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The O'Connors


Hello Liz 

We have arrived home after a wonderful trip overseas. I would like to thank you for the outstanding time we had in Turkey.

All the tours were fantastic and the efficiency of the staff and tour guides was amazing. We had experiences we had never had before and I (Susanne) particularly loved Goreme. The quality of the hotels was exceptional. The people of Turkey are the warmest and friendliest we have ever met. 

Mehmet, who did our private Byzantine and Ottoman tour and the Black Sea tour was particularly engaging - I would love to do his gastronomical tour some day. All the guides had outstanding knowledge and took great pride in their work. The drivers were very experienced and I felt safe in their hands and knew that all would go well.

Once again, thank you very much. We will recommend your company to all our friends.

Warmest wishes

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