Turkey & Western Georgia

Tbilisi - Istanbul

12 days through Georgia, Turkey
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Basic Hotel 3 nights
Breakfasts x 9, Lunches x 2, Dinners x 5
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This trip combines two historical destinations on the intersection of Europe and Asia. On the one hand we have Turkey, on which the Romans, Ottomans and Byzantines have all made their mark; and on the other we have the small country of Georgia, a strongly Orthodox Christian country with some of the finest Christian sites in the world. It's also thought to be the oldest winemaking country in the world.

There are plenty of sights to see on this tour, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the geological wonder of Cappdocia with its fairy chimneys and undulating valleys of pink and white rock, and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Tsminda Sameba Church near Stepantsminda.

We have no shortage of optional activities to take up, including quad biking, horse-riding, a massage at a traditional Georgian bath house and learning to make dolma and sarma at a Turkish cooking class. We'll also get to the heart of both cultures through sampling their aromatic and flavorful cuisines, with a fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.

Visit the incredible Blue Mosque
Explore the many amazing sites of Istanbul
Guided tour of the valley of Cappadocia
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Visit the Black Sea at Batumi
Visit the Stunning Bagratu Cathedral & Gelati monastery
Trek up to the Tsminda Sameba Church at Stepantsminda
Stop at Gori, the birthplace of Stalin and tour the museum
Explore the fascinating city of Tbilisi

A comfortable cultural and historical journey through two countries with well-developed infrastructure. A few nights' wild camping; otherwise we'll be staying in good local hotels. The standard itinerary isn't physically demanding, but there are opportunities to get involved with a few active pursuits.

Day 1 - Tbilisi (1st January 1970)
Border information:

if you are joining in Tbilisi, you will most likely enter Georgia at Tbilisi International Airport (IATA code: TBS).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting.

This afternoon we will visit the old town of Tbilisi and visit sites including the National Museum, Sioni Cathedral and the Metekhi Temple.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tbilisi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tbilisi.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Stepantsminda (2nd January 1970)
Day 3 - Mtskheta (3rd January 1970)
Day 4 - Kutaisi (4th January 1970)
Day 5 - Batumi (5th January 1970)
Day 6 - Sumela (6th January 1970)
Day 7 - Zara (7th January 1970)
Day 8 - Goreme (8th January 1970)
Day 9 - Goreme (9th January 1970)
Day 10 - Goreme (10th January 1970)
Day 11 - Istanbul (11th January 1970)
Day 12 - Istanbul - End Date (12th January 1970)

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Richard C

Trip completely as descibed and very profressionally lead.

Ruth L

I really enjoyed the time we spent in Cappadocia, the hot air balloon ride was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone.

Lynada T

Was fun, out of the ordinary way to travel!

Ross T

Good crew and equipment. Trip well ran and very clean.

Robert B

Tremendous experience for a first trip of this kind. I thought the 2 tour leaders were a great team and organised everything extremely well but would have liked an extra day in Istanbul at the start of the trip

Julia L

Great company and guides as always!

Tetiana F

I had never been in such trips and before this trip my friend told me that after it I would become a Dragoman addict and he was right. Now I think about other travels with Dragoman. My journey was magnificent, everything was very well organized and the team worked like a clock.

Kelly P

The truck was capable and roomy. It was set-up really well and easy to utilise during camping.

Kushal I

On long trips or when spirits were down, Domingo did a wonderful job at cheering people up. Euan the driver was great, he drove very well, and had a very good attitude.

Julia S

Gino and Jim are a perfect match and they turned my first overland trip from Istanbul to Xi'an into a truly unforgettable adventure! Both are very helpful and very pleasant persons and it is great fun to travel with them. I always felt safe and secure with them, no matter where we were. Many thanks to you guys, you are incredible!

Joshua C

Tim and Lynsey were absolutely tops. I could not have asked for better drivers/leaders.

Peter D

Zaza is definitely a great asset in Georgia!

Elva B

Domingo and Euan were just perfect at their jobs!

Stine J

Impressive work in all aspects, no matter if it was maintaining the truck or making sure that everybody was having a good time!

Charleen K

Sophie had very good English skills. She had a great sense of humor and was knowledgeable about her country of Georgia.

Joseph K

Our guide in Georgia was Sophie - she was helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable of the country's history, geology, and past events. Very willing to help.

Jennifer P

Once again, really outstanding crew who are credits to Dragoman.