Ayder Highland Guided Private Full-Day Trip

Ayder Highland Guided Private Full-Day Trip

Kid Friendly: Yes. Kids are welcomed as long as they are supervised by an adult.

Friendly: No.
This tour is not suitable for wheelchair bound people as there is going to be some walking and getting on/off the van.


English (fluent), Turkish (fluent)

Explore Ayder, Zil Castle, Memiş Ağa Mansion, Sürmene

If you are interested in driving up to high altitudes, then this trip is just for you. It is a whole day excursion and you will enjoy the Ayder High Plateau, various tones of green, river side driving, old stone bridges and an old castle.
All day long we are going to drive about 400 kms but in the end you will feel that every kilometer was worth it.


In the morning, we’ll depart from Trabzon to visit Memişağa Mansion (an old Ottoman Lord’s villa) by the sea to enjoy the nice architecture and have a glass of Turkish Tea.
Then we’ll drive up the smooth mountain road alongside the Fırtına (Storm) River path. On the way we’ll stop for an easy level zipline adventure for about 15 minutes.
Following this adrenaline load, we’ll head to Zil Castle, an old guarding station of the historic Silk Road. It is 100 mts above the river and 700 mts above the sea level. It has a great view among the green mountains.
After Zil Castle we’ll drive up to Ayder High Plateau following a pit stop at an old stone Ottoman Bridge. In Ayder, we’ll enjoy the 1350 meter altitude’s fresh oxygen, nice view and pleasant walks.
On the way back, we’re going to have lunch at a nice restaurant at the sea side. Then we’ll go to the little town of Sürmene to visit famous knife and Turkish Tea production centers.
Our trip will end in Trabzon in the evening.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel

The tour might take a little longer than estimated according to the time we decide on spare time in the high land.


We are going to travel in a modern, clean, air-conditioned minivan like a Mercedes Vito or a Volkswagen Caravelle, or a Renault. And there will be some light level walking in the visiting spots.

What’s Included

Other: – Guide Service
– A/C Comfortable Vehicle with tourism insurance
– National Park entrance fee
– Zil Castle entrance fee
– lunch, soft drink
– sandwiches and soft drinks (for our short break)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

1 US Dollars – You do not need local payment as lunch and entrance fees are included.

What’s Extra

Other: souvenier related shopping


I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.

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