Experience an adventure tour of Turkey and Georgia that explores the best of both countries, from Istanbul to Tbilisi, visiting Gallipoli, Selcuk, Goreme, Mestia, Gori, Kazbegi and the Tevali Wine Region. The exquisite architecture and rich tapestry of culture and history will dazzle travellers looking to explore the past. Travel through the beautiful landscapes, past snow-capped peaks and fairytale villages, walk through tranquil countryside, explore unique historical ruins, and discover the magic and mysteries of Turkey and Georgia. Discover why the landscape of Cappadocia cuts such a peculiar silhouette, and share a feast with a family in a traditional homestay. From start to finish, this Overland Adventure from Istanbul to Tbilisi is a treat for all the senses.

Start
Tbilisi, Georgia
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Countries
Georgia,
Turkey
Themes
Overland
Code
EDOH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 19
Carbon offset
609kg pp per trip

Experience an adventure through Turkey and Georgia from Istanbul to Tbilisi.


Highlights

  • Haggle for treats at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
  • Uncover the tragic past of Gallipoli
  • Relive the Odyssey in ancient Troy
  • Meet the Whirling Dervish in Konya
  • Explore the seemingly enchanted chimneys of Goreme
  • See the breathtaking Byzantine Monastery of Sumela
  • Discover Georgian homestay hospitality
  • Visit the Gori medieval stronghold
  • Enjoy a tipple in the Telavi Wine Region

Itinerary

Travel to Tbilisi, the jewel in Georgia’s architectural crown. Enjoy a guided walk through the Old Town or spend free time wandering through the Byzantine fortresses and cathedrals.
Georgia's Telavi Wine Region is the oldest wine producing region in the world. Visit the historic Tsindali Winery and become familiar with the local specialties.
Travel to Kazbegi and relax amongst the hospitality of your Georgian hosts in a traditional homestay. Rise early for a jaunt on foot through the countryside to visit the Tsminda Sameba Church.
Explore the medieval military stronghold of Gori and learn the importance of this historic site.
Visit Georgia’s beautiful city of Kutaisi and tour the architectural brilliance of the Bagrati Cathedral.
Dig in to a locally prepared feast at a traditional homestay, why not spend a day conquering the hike across the Chalato Glacier?
Enjoy a Turkish coffee in the resort town of Batumi.
Pay a visit to the breathtaking Byzantine Monastery of Sumela. Hike the streets that cling to the steep mountainsides, or feast on fresh seafood in Trabzon on the Black Sea coast.
Drive through lunar landscapes and spend the evening camped beneath a bright starry sky.
The quirky, honeycombed, volcanic rock that rises from the ground in peculiar cone-shapes in Goreme are an infamous silhouette in the heart of Cappadocia. Why not take to the skies in a hot-air balloon for a unique vista?
Travel to Turkey’s secret city of Konya, which is intertwined with the Whirling Dervish sect of Islam and the mesmerising religious dance it is famous for.
Tiptoe through Pamukkale's renowned Travertine pools before heading to the Roman baths at the adjacent hot springs of Hierapolis.
Travel to Ephesus and learn the secrets of the Roman empire.
Explore the remains of Turkey’s famous mythological gem of Troy. The town of Eceabat becomes the base from which to explore Gallipoli's morbid past.
Walk through the only city in the world that spans two continents. Haggle for a bargain at the Grand Bazaar or soak up the eclectic vibe over a smooth Turkish coffee.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Homestay (6 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Goreme - Guided Goreme Valley tour
  • Goreme - Underground city
  • Gori - Stalin Museum
  • Guided tour of Ephesus
  • Guided Tour of Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Kazbegi - Tsminda Sameba Church
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Kutaisi - Bagrati Cathedral
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Sumela - Monastery
  • Tbilisi - Guided Old Town tour
  • Telavi - Shuamta Monastery
  • Troy guided tour
  • Uplistsikhe theatre and caves
  • Wine tasting at Tsinandali Winery

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