Pokut and Sal Plateaus with its breathtaking scenery, Palovit Maral Waterfalls, Fırtına Valley, famous for its ecological structure, Laz Villages and Hemşin Villages, Easy and moderate hikes, Turkey’s biosphere area Macahel, Georgian & Hemşin flavors, Black Sea culture and much more…
Day 1 / ISTANBUL – RIZE
Sal Plateau, Pokut Plateau & Pavlovit Waterfall
Following our arrival at Rize Airport, we start a unique tour after meeting with the company representative and our guide. First of all, without wasting any time, we set out to have breakfast and meet in the forest, next to a historical bridge, and after our breakfast, we reach Sal Plateau after an approximately one-and-a-half hour journey with our vehicle to explore the two most beautiful plateaus of the region. After taking photos and a trip to the plateau, we pass through a path in the forest to Pokut Plateau and have our lunch on the plateau. If the weather is clear, we will be able to watch Kaçkarlar, Hazindağ, Gito, Amlakit and Hüser from the top. Then we will visit Zil Kale, which has witnessed history. In the afternoon, after having a good time at Palovit Waterfall, which has the highest flow rate in the region, we go to our hotel and settle into our rooms. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 2 / RİZE
Avusor Plateau, Glacier Lake, Samistal Plateau & Kaçkars
After a nice breakfast at our hotel, we are exploring the highlands today. The destination is the highlands…
We first arrive at Avusor Plateau with our one-hour vehicle journey from Ayder. After resting for a while, we reach the Glacier Lake after walking for about an hour. After enjoying the lake and having lunch, our route will be Kavrun Plateau, and then we set out for Samistal Plateau to watch the sunset. Saying “hello” to Kaçkarlar, we continue our journey towards our hotel. After dinner, overnight at our hotel.
Day 3 / RİZE – ARTVİN
Karagol, Macahel, Maral Waterfall
After breakfast at our hotel, we will set off from Rize to Artvin.
We will take a one-hour journey to Borcka Karagöl, our first stop, and then take a short lake walk. When we reach Macahel, you will feel like you are in heaven. Located in the mountains of Borcka district of Artvin; Macahel, consisting of Camili, Efeler, Regular, Uğurlu, Kayalar and Maral villages, has been declared the only biosphere reserve area of Turkey by UNESCO due to its rich vegetation and is also the only border village in Europe and Asia that hosts temperate climate rainforests. At lunch in Macahel, we will have the opportunity to have the “Local Georgian Cuisine Tastes” menu in a very special village house. Then, we will take a half-hour walk to the Maral Waterfall, which pours without breaking in Turkey, over the Maral Village, accompanied by the Monument Forests, and descend under the waterfalls with our guests who wish to cool off. After resting for a while, we will turn our route towards Efeler and Kayalar Village. After a nice different village tour, we will reach our hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 4 / ARTVIN
Uğur Village, Papart Forests, Misirli Village & Savsat Karagol
After breakfast at our hotel, we turn our route towards Uğur Village and pass to Çuripira Plateau towards the heights. In the continuation of our plateau tour, the Papart forests, one of the largest forests in Artvin, will welcome us. From the Papart valley, we will continue to Mısırlı, a very beautiful village in the northernmost part of Meydancık Town in Şavşat district of Artvin province. You will enjoy the Misirli Village, which is waiting to embrace you with its natural beauties, flora and fauna. After our lunch, we continue towards Şavşat Karagöl and set off for our hotel to rest in the evening. Our dinner and then overnight at our hotel.
Day 5 / ARTVIN – RIZE – ISTANBUL
Deriner Dam, Çağlayan Village & Laz Mansions
After breakfast at our hotel, we turn our route to the center of Artvin. We will visit Deriner Dam and reach Çağlayan Village in Fındıklı district. In Çağlayan Village; After processing the structure, history and culture of the historical Laz Mansions and saying goodbye to the nature, culture and highlands of the Eastern Black Sea from the coastal road, we will set off for Rize Airport after enjoying dry beans and rice in Çayeli.