Colours & Flowers of Kackar Mountains

Tour Code : NAW 03

Highlights
–    The amazing flora and fauna of the Kackar mountains
–    Sumela monastery & Altindere valley national park
–    Caymakcur & Avusor Yaylasi (plateaus)
–    Hemsin River & Cicekli Yayla
–    Yukari Kavron & Denizgolü Lake
–    Firtina Valley & Zil Kalesi (Castle)
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Best Season   
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec

 

Duration of the Trip
8 Days / 7 Nights

 

Difficulty Level
= A (Easy)

 

Accommodation
Hotel & Pension    :    7 Nights

Day 1 : Trabzon

Meet at the Trabzon airport with Demavend Travels representative and drive to the Hotel, located in the city centre. Trabzon located on the historical Silk Road and is a melting pot of religions, languages and culture. Being open towards other cultures and religions plays a significant role in the lifestyle of the Trabzonites; Muslims and Christians have lived together in the past as well as today, making the city a proud heir to a rich cultural heritage. We spend the Night in Trabzon at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 10/15 min.; transfer distance: 10 km (Trabzon airport –Hotel)
ON: in Trabzon at the Hotel
Meals: – / – / D

Day 2 : Trabzon to Ayder via Sumela monastery & Altindere valley national park

After breakfast we leave Trabzon and drive to the south, to Macka where we take time to visit Sumela; a Greek Orthodox monastery at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altindere valley. Founded in the year 386 AD during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I., legend has it that two priests undertook the founding of the monastery on the site after having discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain. With its natural values, Altındere Valley National Park is a famous area and was declared a national park in 1987; the valley is coated in a rich variety of flora and it is also notable for the diversity of its fauna. The dominant species are Eastern spruce trees, Fir trees, Scotch pines, chestnut, oak, lime trees, willows, black pines, Caucasian honeysuckles and forest roses; all cover the area. Via Sumela and Altindere Valley we continue to Ayder where we spend the next five Nights.
Transfer time: 4 h; transfer distance: 240 km (Trabzon – Ayder village via Sumela & Altindere)
ON: in Ayder village at the Hotel/Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 3 : Caymakcur Yaylasi

After breakfast we will drive up to Caymakcur Valley; a lovely summer pasture. During our exploration we will have some stops at green and rich meadows; studded with mauve, stunning black-eyed magenta Geranium psilostemon, as well as Geranium ibericum, creamy Cephalaria gigantea and golden Inula speciosa. From the settlement of Caymacur we will start for a walk towards Buyuk Karadeniz Lake; surrounded by rugged high peaks; here we will enjoy the beautiful scenery before we return to our overnight accommodation in Ayder.
ON: in Ayder village at the Hotel/Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 4 : Avusor Yaylasi

Today we drive to Avusor Yayala; a beautiful pasture with around fifty traditional stone and wooden houses. On the way we will first stop to look for lovely flowers of Aster caucasicus, Tanacetum macrophyllum, golden-rayed Telekia speciosa and many others. From the settlement of Avusor we start our walk towards Avusor Lake; at an altitude of around 2.750m. On our way back there is an opportunity for a short walk from Huser Tepesi down to Ayder village on a lovely forest path. We spend the Night in Ayder.
ON: in Ayder village at the Hotel/Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 5 : Hemsin River & Cicekli Yayla

After breakfast we we follow the Hemsin River and drive to Cicekli Yayla at an altitude of around 2.400m; where pinks of Stachys macrantha and Primula auriculata mingle with billowing masses of Campanula lactiflora in damper spots, whilst Dianthus orientalis and Papaver lateritium colour the rocky banks. From Cicekli Yayla we walk to a picturesque lake in the area; afterwards on the way back to Cat there will be the opportunity to visit Kale-i Bala; a ruined castle, once established for defence purposes. In the late afternoon we return to Ayder where we spend the Night.
ON: in Ayder village at the Hotel/Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 6 : Yukari Kavron & Denizgolü Lake

In the morning we drive to Yukari Kavron Valley; set in a valley on the northern flanks of the Kackar Mountains. The people here come from all over the region; the small mountain village is inhabited by nomadic herders who bring livestock here to graze high pastures in spring & summer months.Their ancestors were originally from Armenia, Greece, Georgia, Russia, even Uzbekistan. They make a living herding cows and sheep; producing delicious cheese, yogurt, and the best honey in the world. Yukari Kavron we start our walk uphill via lakes and small streams, until we reach the Okuzcayir Yaylasi with its lush green grasses covered with colourful orange, yellow and purple wildflowers. Here we take time for a break whilst enjoying the scenery around us, with beautiful views to the high summits of the Kackar Mountain range. In the late afternoon we return to Ayder where we spend the Night.
ON: in Ayder village at the Hotel/Pension
Meals: B / L / D

Day 7 : Via Firtina valley & Zil Kalesi (castle) to Trabzon

Today we leave Ayder and drive back to Trabzon; on our way we take time to visit the green and wonderful Firtina Valley and Zil Kalesi Castle. Zil Kale is a medieval castle and one of the most important historical structures in Camlihemsin.  The castle is built at an altitude of 1.130m and sits at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Firtina Creek. Afterwards we continue to Trabzon where we spend the Night at the Hotel.
Transfer time: 3 h; transfer distance: 210 km (Ayder – Trabzon via Firtina Valley & Zil Kalesi)
ON: in Trabzon at the Hotel
Meals: B / L / D

Day 8 : Trabzon – Home

Transfer to Trabzon airport where the Trip concludes.
Transfer time: 10/15 min.; transfer distance: 10 km (Hotel – Trabzon airport)
Meals: B / – / –

ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

Price Includes
–    All transfers and transportations with private vehicles to the places mentioned in the Itinerary
      Days 1 & 8: One (one way) arrival/departure transfer from/to Trabzon airport/Hotel
–    Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader
–    Hotel accommodations, rooms on double/twin share base;
      Bed & Breakfast (BB) and Half Board (HB) service; Important: HB Dinner Service available until 20:30/21:00 h
–    7 x Breakfast, 6 x Lunch (Lunch Packages & Restaurants where available), 7 x Dinner

 

Price Excludes
–    All International and Domestic Flights
–    Travel insurance
–    Extra Transports and transfers other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
–    Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
–    All kind of personal expenses
–    All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
–    All kind of optional activities
–    Extra Nights
–    Single supplements
–    Personal Equipment
–    Tips