Black Sea Uncut
  • Black Sea Uncut

    Hidden Wonders is an exclusive tour company that is designed with a particular traveller in mind: a traveller who is seeking destinations and experiences that are unique, meaningful and only accessible to people with local knowledge of the region.

    The founder of the Hidden Wonders is from the Black Sea Region so we have close connections with locals that are based on years of friendship, family and neighbourhood ties.

    We can deliver our promise consistently with quality as each element of your trip is handpicked and tested by locals. All of our tours can be customised based on your preferences. Just let us know what you are after and we will take care of the rest.

    NEXT TOUR DATE: 4th of August

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Trabzon and Camlihemsin

    Stop At: Sumela Monastery, Trabzon Turkey
    Your tour stars with a warm welcome from your experienced local guide at Trabzon, a delightful port city influenced by Greeks, Medes, Hellenes, Byzantines and more.
    First stop is Sumela, a dramatically situated monastery, perched on a steep rock cliff overlooking Altindere Valley. Built back in 386AD in honour of Virgin Mary, it must be seen to be believed. The monastery is undergoing renovations so you can only see a part of it but views are still worth the drive and the hike.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Ataturk Kosku, Soguksu Cad., Trabzon Turkey
    Before you go back to exploring Byzantium history, you will follow in the footsteps of Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, at his 20th-century home. The house is fully furnished with all its original contents and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, Fatih Mah.Ayasofya Sok. Merkez Karadeniz manzarali, sahil karşisi., Trabzon Turkey
    If restorations have been completed you will get to discover Aya Sofya, rare surviving example of 13th century Byzantine architecture and a striking Ottoman-era monument, Ortahisar Mosque.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Boztepe, Trabzon Turkey
    Before you go east and up to Firtina Valley for your boutique hotel, a short drive will take you to a local secret spot for a great sunset to finish off your first day
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Boutique mountain hotel, Camlihemsin, 1 Night

    Day 2: Camlihemsin

    Stop At: Bulut Şelalesi, Ayder Yaylası Yolu No:11, 53780 Yukarışimşirli/Çamlıhemşin/Rize, Turkey
    Wake up to mountain views from your hotel room to kick start your day. Today you will meet with the high-arched stone bridges of Ottoman era as well as one of the many beautiful waterfalls of the region, Bulut waterfall. Depending on the weather, you might want to have a little swim here
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Zilkale, Firtina Valley, Camlihemsin 53780 Turkey
    A little drive will take you to a medieval castle, Zilkale, that once guarded the passage of Silk Road. It stands strong as a stark contrast to the backdrop of the deep green forest that surrounds it. The castle is built on the edge of a cliff overlooking a creek. Get ready to feel the tingle in your spine when you look down at the valley below.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Huser YaylasI, Camlihemsin Turkey
    The adventure will continue with your thrilling ride up to Huser or Cicekli, a captivating highland plateu with views of rugged mountains and deep valleys.

    Most days, the fog rolls in and gives you the magical experience of being over a sea of clouds and you might have a chance to jump on the swing to add your adrenalin rush. Satisfy your tastebuds with a regional dish and maybe you will have a chance to join the circle of horon- a local dance paired up with the traditional bagpipe (Tulum) and free-style songs sang by locals.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Boutique Mountain Hotel, Camlihemsin, 1 Night

    Day 3: Camlihemsin and Artvin

    Stop At: Firtina Deresi, Ardesen 2 km batisinda, Rize Turkey
    Before you leave Firtina Valley, you will have two options. You can choose to have a go at rafting the rapids of Firtina River or ziplining across it. Or you can drive up to check out another captivating high plateau.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Twin Bridge, Kamilet vadisi, Artvin Turkey
    Then, you will head towards Artvin, stopping to admire the twin bridges before you begin your hike up to see Mencuna waterfall, one of the highest ones in Turkey. For the brave ones, the cold waters of this powerful waterfall create a lake deep enough to swim and refresh.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Mencuna Waterfalls, Arhavi Kamilet Vadisi 4.km, Artvin Turkey
    Then, you will head towards Artvin, stopping to admire the twin bridges before you begin your hike up to see Mencuna waterfall, one of the highest ones in Turkey. For the brave ones, the cold waters of this powerful waterfall create a lake deep enough to swim and refresh.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Macahel, Camili Bucağı, 08490 Borçka/Artvin, Turkey
    It is time to start your journey to your hotel up in the mountains surrounded by the heavenly nature in the village of Macahel, a biosphere protected by UNESCO. If the timing is right, you might see the clouds rolling in, swallowing the mountain roads. The local family at your hotel will serve you your home cooked dinner that you will remember for a long time.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Boutique Mountain Hotel, Macahel, 1 Night

    Day 4: Macahel and Artvin

    Stop At: Maral Selalesi, Macahel Vadisi, Artvin Turkey
    Today is all about taking in the wonders of Macahel and Artvin. Get ready to be blown away by its unspoilt views. One of the main reasons this region is so untouched is due to most of the sights being inaccessible by vehicle, so pack your hiking shoes and your adventurous spirit. First up is Maral. Let the sound of the water excite you as you hike down to the base of this captivating waterfall. When you arrive at the midway point you have two choices. You can sit and admire the fall while sipping tea or coffee with some locals or you can continue on and hike down to the bottom, where you can feel the force of the water as it falls 64 meters from above.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: İremit Camii, Unnamed Road, Maralköy/, 08490 Maralköy/Borçka/Artvin, Turkey
    Today’s other surprising moment will be when you walk into Iremit Camii as the outside of it is nothing like what you will find inside. This small, ordinary looking mosque has a very colourful all wood interior.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Macahel, Camili Bucağı, 08490 Borçka/Artvin, Turkey
    Head back to your hotel in Macahel to learn about local beekeeping or making the local bread or just relax with a nice warm drink at your balcony admiring the view.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Boutique Mountain Hotel, Macahel, 1 Night

    Day 5: Borcka and Batumi

    Stop At: Borcka Karagol Tabiat Parki, Artvin Turkey
    Wake up to the raw nature that surrounds you and fuel up with buffet breakfast before beginning the last day of the tour. Then it is time to head towards Karagol and be mesmerised by the beauty that surrounds it. You can take a walk around the lake, hire a rowing boat or sit and enjoy its serenity. If the weather is right, you will have lots of opportunities to capture photos of this stunning lake from different points on the walkway around it.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sarpi, Sarpi, Adjara Region
    After a little stop in Hopa for a local secret lunch spot, you will drive to Sarpi border to enter a new country, Georgia!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Batumi Botanical Gardens, Mtsvane Kontskhi (Green Cape), Batumi Georgia
    You will have a tough decision to make at this point: to do wine tasting and learn about the traditional Georgian wine making while tasting their delicious wine or to explore one of the largest botanical gardens of the former Soviet Union
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Monument Ali and Nino, Batumi Georgia
    Check into your luxurious hotel to rest and refresh before you head out for a delicious dinner accompanied by local entertainment. Head to the seaside to watch Ali and Nino sculptures come together very slowly only to fall apart again and learn about their touching story.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Batumi Tower Ferris Wheel, Batumi Boulevard, Batumi Georgia
    Enjoy Alphabetic tower, Ferris wheel and the other unique buildings Batumi has to offer before returning to your hotel to rest.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: 5 star Hotel, Batumi, 1 Night

    Day 6: Batumi

    Pass By: Medea Monument, Europe Square, Batumi Georgia
    Last day of your tour will be all about Batumi. Continue to discover the cultural and historical sites of Batumi, starting in European Square, learn about the Medea Monument, visit Batumi Central Mosque and Church of St Nicholas.

    Stop At: Batumi Boulevard, 2, Ninoshvili Str 1, K. Gamsakhurdia Str, Batumi 6010 Georgia
    Feel surprised by the variety of architecture this city has to offer. As you walk through the streets of this former Soviet city, you will be moved from one century to another. You have a couple of hours to enjoy either by swimming in the city beach, walking amongst the colourful streets, enjoying the calming music of the square with a few drinks or staying with your guide to head to a local café/restaurant for lunch
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sarpi, Sarpi, Adjara Region
    In the afternoon, your belly full with delicious food and mind with memories of a life time, your tour will come to an end. You can cross the border and get back to Trabzon or stay here and enjoy the rest of Georgia or Batumi.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Near public transportation"
    "Infants must sit on laps"
    "No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
    "Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
    "This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers"



    • Lugar de comienzo: Trabzon Airport, Konaklar, 61010 Merkez/Trabzon, Turkey

    • Duración: 6 days
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • 5x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Private transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Sumela Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Ataturk Kosku
    • Entry/Admission - Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Bulut Şelalesi
    • Entry/Admission - Zilkale
    • Entry/Admission - Mencuna Waterfalls
    • Entry/Admission - Borcka Karagol Tabiat Parki
    • Entry/Admission - Batumi Botanical Gardens

    No Incluye

    • Meals and drinks that are not listed on the inclusion
    • Fees for optional activities such as ziplining, rafting, rowing
    • Entry/Admission - Firtina Deresi
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