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Turkish & Georgian Explorer Tbilisi - Istanbul

Trip Overview

This 16 day overland tour journeys from Tbilisi to Istanbul through Georgia, Turkey
16 DAYS THROUGH Georgia, Turkey
PRICE FROM:
$1,790 (USD) + 310 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
16 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Private bus
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
15%
85%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
ZTT
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore the amazing sights of Istanbul

  Guided tour of Ancient Troy

  Visit the Galipolli Peninsular and the battlefields

  Ancient ruins of Ephesus

  Olympos Beach and Fire mountain

  Ancient Mountain City of Temossos

  Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia

  Guided tour of the valley & underground cities of Cappadocia

  Visit the Black Sea at Batumi

  Visit the Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi

  Stay in the fascinating city of Tbilisi

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Tbilisi ( 15th Aug 2020 )

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 6.00pm - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting. 

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 or your Sales Agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tbilisi. 

In Tbilisi we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. 

*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.*

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Enjoy an evening of local dancing and music at a Georgian restaurant in Tbilisi

GEL 35
Learn all about the history of Georgia during Soviet times, and the struggle for independence, at the Museum of Soviet Occupation
GEL 3
Explore the ancient Narikala Fortress and take in the fantastic views of Tbilisi below
Free

Visit the beautiful Orthodox Sioni Cathedral in Tbilisi's Old Town

Free
Discover the folk architecture, craftwork and culture of the various regions of Georgia at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography
GEL 1.5
See the incredible collection of historical artefacts at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia
GEL 3
See the grandiose modern Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the seat of the Georgian Orthodox Church
Free
Day 2 - Kutaisi ( 16th Aug 2020 )

This morning we drive to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin - here we will have a guided tour of the city and the Stalin Museum.

We then make our way to the ancient town of Kutaisi. This afternoon we will visit the medieval Bagrati cathedral and the Gelati monastery.

In Kutaisi we will stay in a local hotel or a family-run guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the colossal and awe-inspiring Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the beautiful 11th-century Bagrati Cathedral, a symbol of the city of Kutaisi
Free
Explore the incredible 11th-century monastery complex of Gelati, near Kutaisi (if time allows)
Free
Day 3 - Batumi ( 17th Aug 2020 )

Today we will continue to the port town of Batumi, where we will have a free afternoon to explore.

In Batumi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Batumi Archaeological Museum, home to many historical exhibits found in excavations in the area
GEL 2
Day 4 - Sumela ( 18th Aug 2020 )

Border Information: Exit Georgia at Sarpi, enter Turkey at Sarp.

This morning we will continue to the border and cross into Turkey. We will reach the awe-inpsiring Sumela Monastery near the town of Macka, which we will either visit in the afternoon or the next morning.

We will camp overnight in a campsite near Sumela if conditions allow. In cold weather we may opt to stay in a local hotel in Macka or Trabzon.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours.

Day 5 - Zara ( 19th Aug 2020 )

This morning we will visit the beautiful Sumela Monastery if we didn't have time yesterday, and then start our drive through central Turkey towards Göreme.

We will break the journey with a wild camp near Zara or the village of Alucra.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 6-7 - Göreme ( 20th Aug 2020 to 21st Aug 2020 )

Today we will complete our drive to Göreme, a small enchanting town in the heart of the Cappadocia mountains.

In Göreme we will stay 2 nights here in a well-equipped hostel - please note that dorm beds are sometimes used here.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

One the second day we will explore Goreme, including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia. There will also be an opportunity for a magical optional balloon ride over the valley during your time here. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the Early Christian underground cities of Derinkuyu or Kaymaklı, used as a hiding place from persecutions for centuries

Included in Kitty

Walk through the beautiful ancient valley of Ihlara, containing the beautiful rock-hewn churches built by the Cappadocian Greeks during the Byzantine era

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the ancient pre-iconoclastic Byzantine rock monastery of Zelve

TRY 15

Guided tour of Cappadocia and underground troglodyte cities and caves

TRY 5

Discover the ancient techniques of Cappadocian pottery at the village of Avanos

Free

Take a hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia

USD 180
Day 8 - Egirdir ( 22nd Aug 2020 )

After breakfast we will continue south towards the town of Egirdir, today will mostly be a travel day. 

Estimated Drive Time 7 - 8 hours

Tonight we will wild camp near the small town of Egirdir

Day 9-10 - Olympos ( 23rd Aug 2020 to 24th Aug 2020 )

This morning we will continue onto the ancient beach town of Olympos on the Southern Turkish coast. 

On the way we will make a small detour to visit the ancient city of Termessos in Gulluk Dagi National Park.

Estimated Drive Time - 6 -7 hours

We will have 2 nights in Olympos staying in a local guesthouse. 

On the second day there will be plenty of time to explore and participate in optional activities, in the evening we will walk up to the Chimera Fire Mountain and toast some marshmallows. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hike up Chimera Mountain and witness the natural phenomenon of never ending fires emerging from the rocks. 

TRY 7

Half day Sea Kayaking adventure exploring the many different caves and beautiful coastline of the Southern Turkish Coast. 

EUR 15
Day 11 - Pamukkale ( 25th Aug 2020 )

Today we will head back inland to the small village of Pamukkale. Either this afternoon or tomorrow morning we will have time to visit the thermal hot springs and traverse the travertine pools and terraces. 

Estimated Drive Time 5 - 6 hours

Tonight we will either camp near the village or stay in a local hotel. 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Admire the brilliant white travertine terraces and submerge yourself in the warm mineral rich pools and hot springs

TRY 35
Day 12-13 - Selcuk ( 26th Aug 2020 to 27th Aug 2020 )

We only have a short drive this morning to make it to our next destination Selcuk where we will have two nights. On arrival we will have free time to explore the local area or simply relax in one of the many cafes or tea bars which are great for people watching. 

On the second day we will spend the day exploring the Ephesus Ruins and Terraced Houses. 

Estimated Drive Time 2 - 3 hours

For the next two nights we will stay in a local hostel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided Tour of Ephesus Ruins and the Terraced Houses

Included in Kitty

Walk the marbled streets of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient cities.

Included in Kitty
Day 14 - Gallipoli Peninsula ( 28th Aug 2020 )

After breakfast we will leave Selcuk and drive to Helsik following the coast. Here we will have an included tour of the Troy Ruins. 

In the afternoon we will cross the Dardenelles by ferry to arrive into Ecebat where we will stay the night in a local hostel. 

Estimated Drive time 6 -7 hours

Tonight we will stay in a local hostel. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli on a guided tour through the battlefields.

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Istanbul ( 29th Aug 2020 )

Rising early we will have an included tour of Gallipoli with our local guide. 

After lunch we will then jump on the truck one last time to make our way to the bustling city of Istanbul.

In Istanbul we will stay in dorm accommodation in a fantastic hostel with good facilities, which is a 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque.

Estimated Drive Time - 5- 6 hours

Day 16 - Istanbul ( 30th Aug 2020 )

Border information: if leaving the trip in Istanbul, you will most likely exit Turkey from Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IATA code: IST).

Today will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus River and the phenomenal Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia!

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Istanbul. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the incredible Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia, built in the 6th century

TRY 25

Explore the atmospheric underground Basilica Cisterns, built by the Byzantines in the 6th century

TRY 20

Explore the majestic Topkapı Palace, the huge palace of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years

TRY 35

Visit the Çemberlitas Baths, a traditional Turkish Hammam, for a bath and massage!

USD 20

Explore the phenomenal Blue Mosque, built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I - a stunning icon of Istanbul

Free

See the splendour of Istanbul from a boat trip on Bosphorus Strait, which marks the boundary of Europe and Asia

USD 17
Explore the colossal markets of the Grand Bazaar - once the centre of all trading between Europe and Asia, and the most visited tourist attraction in the world
Free

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Departing: 17 Mar 2020
Returning: 1 Apr 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Istanbul - Tbilisi
$1,790 USD + $330 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 28 Apr 2020
Returning: 13 May 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Istanbul - Tbilisi
$1,790 USD + $330 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 23 Jun 2020
Returning: 8 Jul 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Istanbul - Tbilisi
$1,790 USD + $330 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 15 Aug 2020
Returning: 30 Aug 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Istanbul
$1,790 USD + $310 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 10 Oct 2020
Returning: 25 Oct 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Istanbul
$1,790 USD + $310 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 31 Oct 2020
Returning: 15 Nov 2020
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Istanbul
$1,790 USD + $310 Kitty (USD)
DEPARTURE GUARANTEED
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 16 Mar 2021
Returning: 31 Mar 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Istanbul - Tbilisi
$1,845 USD + $330 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 27 Apr 2021
Returning: 12 May 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Istanbul - Tbilisi
$1,845 USD + $330 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 22 Jun 2021
Returning: 7 Jul 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Istanbul - Tbilisi
$1,845 USD + $330 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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Departing: 14 Aug 2021
Returning: 29 Aug 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Istanbul
$1,845 USD + $310 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 9 Oct 2021
Returning: 24 Oct 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Istanbul
$1,845 USD + $310 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
available
Departing: 30 Oct 2021
Returning: 14 Nov 2021
Duration: 16 days
Route: Tbilisi - Istanbul
$1,845 USD + $310 Kitty (USD)
Deposit: $350 USD
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