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Follow in the footsteps of Silk Road traders on this exciting journey across Turkey & Georgia. The Trabzon province of North East Turkey contrasts with the usual perception of this vast country, with lush pine forests and ancient hilltop castles and combines perfectly with mysterious Georgia. Famous for its ancient Christian monasteries and wine growing culture dating back millennia.
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Fly from London to Trabzon, via Istanbul, with
Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Zagnospasa
Hotel (or similar) on Turkey’s Black Sea coast
for 1 night. (N)
Drive along the beautiful wooded coastline
of the Black Sea to the ancient port city of
Trabzon, which dates back to at least 746BC.
Visit the 12th-century Hagia Sophia, originally
built as a church, then used as a mosque and later a hospital. Continue to Ataturk's Mansion.
After some time at leisure, transfer to Uzungol
via the Sümela Monastery, built on a cliff face
1,500 years ago. Stay at the Royal Hotel (or
similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
The Demirkapi plateau sits at an altitude of
1,900 metres, between the steep slopes of
the Haldizen valley. Over the centuries it has
developed its own local culture and cuisine.
Take a short walk through the village of old
wooden houses and visit a local for tea and a
potoato dish prepared in a special oven. Stop
at Aygir Lake, a glacier lake so deep that its
waters appear almost black in colour. (B, D)
Visit Turkey’s tea-growing region near Rize,
to see the plantations and visit a factory.
Continue to Çamlýhemþin, set in a steep valley
famous for its waterfalls. Visit a trout farm on
the creek. Continue to Gelintülü waterfall and
take an optional easy walk to Avusor plateau.
Drive to Ayder and stay at the Kackar Resort
(or similar) for 1 night. (B, D)
Drive to Zilkale, a medieval castle in the
Firtina valley. Continue to Borçka Karagöl,
which has a temperate rainforest ecosystem,
with beautiful views across the lake. Continue
to Hopa, and stay at the Paluri Hotel (or
similar) for 1 night. (B, D)
Transfer to the Georgian border. Cross and
meet the new guide. Continue to Batumi, a historical maritime city on the Black Sea.
Walking tour of the old town, taking in 19thcentury
mansions and parks. Continue to
Tbilisi by train, transfer to the Astoria Hotel (or
similar) for 3 nights. (B)
Morning tour of the Georgian capital including
the old town with its wooden houses,
orthodox churches, mosques and bath houses.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Full-day excursion to Sighnaghi, a hilltop town
and the centre of Georgia’s wine-growing
region. Learn about the history of the region’s
viticulture, followed by dinner, with a
hands-on cooking experience using local
ingredients. (B, L)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London via
Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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