Turkey & Western Georgia

Istanbul - Tbilisi

12 days through Turkey, Georgia
FROM: $1110 USD + 370 USD Kitty
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
Basic Hotel 3 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Breakfasts x 8, 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 - Istanbul (9th April 2020)
Border Information:

if joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IATA code: IST).

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. If you are travelling beyond Tbilisi, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip.

The afternoon 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!

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.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Istanbul 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 Istanbul.

*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 - Goreme (10th April 2020)
Day 3 - Goreme (11th April 2020)
Day 4 - Goreme (12th April 2020)
Day 5 - Zara (13th April 2020)
Day 6 - Sumela (14th April 2020)
Day 7 - Batumi (15th April 2020)
Day 8 - Kutaisi (16th April 2020)
Day 9 - Mtskheta (17th April 2020)
Day 10 - Stepantsminda (18th April 2020)
Day 11 - Tbilisi (19th April 2020)
Day 12 - Tbilisi - End Date (20th April 2020)

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Total Price (USD)
09 Apr 20 Istanbul
20 Apr 20 Tbilisi

$1,110 USD + 370 USD Kitty

Status: Closed

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Duration: 12 days Booking Closed