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    First Day

    The first morning, you may have breakfast at the seaside of Derepazarı, watching the Black Sea and having a traditional breakfast. Then you can start visiting cultural, historical and natural beauties of the city.

    On your first day, you can visit these spots: Anzer and Petran Plateaus, Sivrikaya Plateau and Sivrikaya Mansions, Ovit Dağbaşı Glacial Lake, Ilıca Thermal Springs. You can take a break in a restaurant near Ilıca to taste local specialties at lunch. After lunch, you may go to Cimil Valley, see Cimil waterfall and do a small hiking tour.

    Then, you can come back to the city centre and continue your day at Ziraat Park, enjoying the panoramic view of the whole city with a delicious cup of tea. Among various buildings, you will be able to detect Ciha Castle and the 16-th century İslampaşa Kurşunlu Mosque, then head off to these monuments and start your visit. Then go to Atatürk House Museum that exhibits Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s personal belongings and ethnographic artefacts. While wandering in the streets, don’t miss some local architectural wonders, examples of seamless woodwork and stonemasonry. At dinner, you can try famous beans with rice pilaf.

    Second Day

    You can start your second day by setting off to Fırtına Valley which is the city’s most important destination in terms of nature tourism. You may opt for a trekking tour, a rafting experience or wander along the stream, cross the historical arched bridges and give ear to the flowing water. Amongst all bridges there are three that you wouldn’t want to miss: Osmanlı (Timisvat) Bridge, Mikron Bridge and Şenyuva Bridge. Then, go and visit Zil Castle, continue along Çay Valley and admire Palovit Waterfall. The route will then lead you to Pokut and Sal Plateaus that offer an amazing view of Kaçkar Mountains. You can have some trout for lunch and a quick relaxing break at Ayder Plateau and its thermal springs. In the afternoon, you may continue the tour towards Fındıklı District and discover hazelnut groves, tea plantations and traditional wooden mansions.