Seeing the Georgian border from both sides
Batumi’s most famous plateau – Khino
The hollow land – Macahel Valley
The highest waterfall of Turkey – Maral
Hiking in the Ilıman Rain Forest
Eastern-most Blacksea – Şavşat
Day 1 – Trabzon – Batumi city tour – Kobuleti
After meeting at the designated times we start driving towards Batumi. After crossing the border we reach Batumi and start our city tour that includes the Cathedral, old streets of Batumi, the statue of the Golden Fleece, the Ethnography Museum, and the Europe Square. Our tour will be on foot and will take approximately 1,5 hours. After our city tour we will settle in our guesthouse in Kobuleti. Depending on the weather and the group we might be able to go to the Kobuleti beaches and take a swim in the Blacksea.
Walking time: 1,5 hours
Driving time: 3 hours
Note: Turkish citizens can enter Georgia with the ID. However, your ID should be in pristine condition. IDs with split sides and those with an unclear stamp will not be accepted. If a child under the age of 18 is travelling with only one of his/her parents, they should have a “letter of consent” with them. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. IF THE CHILD’S ID DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH ON IT, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER GEORGIA. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD’S ID HAS A PHOTOGRAPH ON IT.
Day 2 – Khino Plateau
After breakfast we will head out towards the Khino Plateau. Our journey will take an hour and it will be on an off-road type stabilized road. After hiking on a trail designated by our guide depending on the weather we will have lunch. The hike will be in an Alpine Zone for approximately 2 hours. Those who would like to can take horse rides as well. After a rest we will start driving back to Batumi and if time permits might be able to make a short visit (app. 1 hour) to the Botanical Park. We will return to our guesthouse in the afternoon
Walking time: 2 or 3 hours
Driving time: 4-5 hours
Day 3 – Mençuna Waterfall – Borçka Karagöl Lake – Macahel
After an early breakfast we will go directly to the Sarp border gate and cross the border back to Turkey. We will then start driving, passing through Arhavi and finally reaching the Mençuna Waterfall in the Kamilet Valley. You must be ready for a 30 minute hike up to see the waterfall but what is awaiting you will take all the fatigue away. You might even take a dip in the lake of the waterfall if the weather is warm enough. Then we will walk back using the same path and hit the road to go to another natural beauty – Borçka Karagöl Lake. This is a quake lake – a natural formation caused by a landslide blocking a river. We will walk around this lake for approximately 40 minutes and get to see it from all sides after which we will go to the Macahel Pass. If the weather permits we will see with our own eyes why this valley is known as the “hollow land”. After a break for photographs we will start heading back to our guesthouse. Today we will have crossed from Batumi to Macahel seeing many different sites. We can crown this beautiful day with a short walk from the guesthouse into the depths of the forest before it gets dark with those who want to join. We will get the opportunity to chat with our hosts at the guesthouse and get local information on the Macahel Valley and its life.
Walking time: 2-3 hours
Driving time: 4 hours
Day 4 – Maral Waterfall – Camili Village
After a filling breakfast we will head out towards the Maral Waterfall – Turkey’s highest waterfall (63 meters) falling from a single knick point. Our guide will decide the length of our walk depending on the weather and the group. The vehicle can reach a point at a 30 minutes walking distance from the waterfall. It is preferable to walk down instead of walking up after the visit for those who want a long hike. At the first point where we see the waterfall there is a viewing terrace and those who do not want to walk down may sit and wait here. The walk down is rather steep and requires a lot of attention. The descent comprises mostly of stairs with bannisters and we will all help one another on the way down. There are dressing rooms at the foot of the waterfall for our courageous guests. The water is actually not cold to begin with but it cools during its fall due to the cold winds. We advise you not to miss this wonderful experience. Our cooled off bodies will heat up again on the way back up the steep path. We will take a short tea break at the premises of the gentleman who built the stairs and bannisters after which we will walk back to our vehicle. We will have our lunch at İremit Guesthouse on our journey back. After lunch we will carry on driving to the village of Camili and see the border gate and the wooden mosque. After a tiring but magical day full of new experiences we head back to our guesthouse.
Walking time: 1,5 – 3 hours
Driving time: 1,5 hours
Day 5 – Fındık and Lekoban Plateaus – Alabalık Stream – Şavşat
After breakfast we leave our guesthouse to travel to another dimension. After a 45 minute drive on a stabilized forest road we reach the Fındık Plateau. Today’s walk will depend on the weather. We might drive all the way up to the Fındık Plateau and start walking from there or we might drive even further to the Indastvinda Passage and start from there. The meeting place with the vehicle will also change according to our starting point. But in any case, you will have walked the same distance. We will have lunch at a highland house in Lekoban and a after a siesta break we will start heading towards Şavşat where we will be spending the next two nights. As we are descending from the Lekoban Plateau we will enter into the “Black Forests” that gave its name to Şavşat. Our vehicle will be waiting for us at a place designated by our guide and after a 1,5 hour drive we will reach our hotel. We will be astounded at the sight of a hydroelectricity power plant being built on the Karçal (Alabalık) Stream. We are now ready to rest at our hotel.
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Driving time: 3,5 hours
Day 6 – Şirata Lakes – Şavşat Karagöl Lake – Şavşat
After breakfast we will drive for 45 minutes and arrive at Balıklıgöl Lake passing through Şavşat’s largest village Pınarlı. After a short tea break we will start our hike. The views we will see on either side from the foot of the Arsiyan Mountain are breathtaking. Our path will be occasionally decorated with oxcart tracks and will take us to the first and smaller one of the Şirata Lakes. The water level depends on the time of year. Afterwards, we will carry on walking up to the second and larger lake known as the Larger Şirata and here we will take a long break. If we are lucky we might see Ruddy Shelducks that make the most of this quiet environment. After another short uphill we will enter the forest. If the weather is clear we will see the Karçal Mountains and further. Next we will go down steep hills to meet the oxcart path again. After another 30 minute walk we will have completed our circle and we will be ready to have lunch. We will have a delicious lunch comprised of meatballs and side dishes at Fevzi & Nazire’s Place. After a siesta break we will head out towards Şavşat Karagöl Lake. We will both drive and walk to get there. We will take a break according to our arrival time. Then it will be time to drive back. We will visit the Cevizli Church en route to our hotel.
Walking time: 3 hours
Driving time: 2 hours
Day 7 – Farewell – Şavşat – Trabzon
After breakfast we will drive to Hopa via the panoramic Şavşat-Artvin-Borçka route for 3,5 hours. We will be able to see the Artvin and Deriner Dams during this journey. We will say goodbye to our guests who will depart from Hopa and carry on to Trabzon with our guests who will fly out of Trabzon Airport.
This tour can be classified as Alternative Tourism within international standards (Ecotourism). It cannot be carried out with big groups of 40-50 people in large busses. The maximum capacity of the tour is 13 people.
You will see that everyone from the driver to the waiters at restaurants will greet us with smiling faces and they all do their job vey willingly.
On nature tours all activities will be carried out unless there is a natural disaster and all guests should bring the required gear.
This is a tour that everybody with a little bit of hiking experience can join. All the experiences that you live here on this tour will make you want to come back to the unique nature of the Eastern Blacksea region.
You will feel in a completely different world in this magnificent geography that is a must for ecotourists that want to experience new things.
Your guide will always be giving you interesting information that is not written in the program so we advise you to keep your eyes and ears open at all times.
Day 1 and 2: Aras Guest House. Our guest house is located in Kobuleti and it has 3 bungalows with bathrooms. 4 rooms are attached and have one common bathroom.
Day 3 and 4: Bumbulay and İremit guesthouses in Macahel. At İremit Guesthouse there are 2 rooms with bathrooms and 4 rooms with common bathrooms. At Bumbulay Guesthouse all bungalows and rooms have bathrooms.
Day 5 and 6: Şavşat Yeşilvadi Hotel
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