Botanical Garden, Medea Square, Europe Square, Ali&Nino Statue
How about going on a daily excursion to another country while you are in Trabzon, Turkey? Batumi, Georgia is the perfect destination.
We'll start in the morning and drive to east on the Blacksea coast line for 200 kms. At the border in Sarp, we'll get out of our vehicle and walk through the Turkish and Georgian customs check-points. We'll show the authorities our valid passports (please check your National Foreign Affairs website visa policy for Georgia in case you might need a visa). This procedure will take about half an hour and then we'll get in our vehicle again and start our Batumi visit.
First we'll visit Batumi Botanical Garden where we'll be able to see hundreds of different types of trees and flowers many of which are endemic. After the Botanical Garden, we will have our lunch.
Then we'll go to the town center, visit the Medea Square and learn about the Argonouts from the Greek Mythology.
We'll then visit the Batumi Mother of God Cathedral and Europe Square.
After that we'll go to the sea side, see Ali & Nino Statue and learn about its love story. Then maybe we can try a ride on the Swing Ride just next to the statue to get a general view of the city with its modern skyscrapers, old buildings and the harbour.
And finally we'll have a long walk at the brilliant Batumi sea side with nice gardens, trees, cafes and souvenier shops.
At the end of the day, we'll head back to the border and go through the same customs procedures again. When we get to the Turkish side again, we'll drive back to Trabzon and I am sure you will be sleeping in the vehicle after this long, tiring but pleasant day.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel, cruise terminal or previously agreed point.
End location: I will leave you at your hotel, cruise terminal or previously agreed point.
Duration: 15 hours
Despite long hours, I believe you will enjoy it. The only problem with timing may be an unexpected delay at the border.
We will have a modern, clean, air-conditioned mini van either a Mercedes Vito or a Wolksvagen Caravelle. And there will be some light level walking in the visiting spots.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GEL (Georgian Lari) - 50 GEL makes about 20 US Dollars. You can keep this amount of Georgian Money just in case. Because most shops do not accept foreing currency. But it is always easy to find an exchange office in the city of Batumi.
I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.