Travel to Georgia, Visit Turkey's Cappadocia region and see Istanbul's Great Mosque.

If you're looking for history, scenery and more than a little culture - you'd be hard pressed to find two countries that fit the bill better than Georgia and Turkey. With 1.77 million years of human history under their belts, landscapes that stretch from snowcapped hills to the honeycombed domes of Cappadocia and cities that are chock full of Roman, Ottoman, Islamic and Soviet influences - these two neighbours hold more than a few surprises for even the most seasoned of travellers. Beginning in the regal, yet only recently accessible nation of Georgia, climb to hilltop cathedrals, visit the birthplace of Stalin and sip tea on the Black Sea coast. Then it's off to Turkey, where ancient underground cities, remote monasteries and soulful cities are the order of the day. Think you've got Europe figured out? When it comes to the Tbilisi to Istanbul adventure, you ain't seen nothing yet!

Start
Tbilisi, Georgia
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Countries
Georgia,
Turkey
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
KDVA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am.

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

Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.

Hotel for the night: Hotel Istanbul
We have an early start this morning for a beautiful drive to the UNESCO world heritage site of Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Whilst here we will explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral before driving on to the spectacularly located town of Kazbegi (approximately 160kms).

We will stay overnight at a local guesthouse or similar.
We spend this morning in and around Kazbegi, where we can trek to the Tsminda Sameba Church if we haven't done so already.

This afternoon we have a beautiful drive to the UNESCO world heritage site of Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia. Whilst here we will explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

We will stay overnight in a local guesthouse.

Drive time - 5 hours.
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 Bragrati cathedral and the Gelati monastery.

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

Drive time - 5 hours
This morning is free to relax and explore Kutaisi. This afternoon we drive approximately 140kms to the port town of Batumi. The rest of the afternoon as evening is free to explore.

Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel.
Border Information: Exit Georgia at Sarpi, Enter Turkey at Sarp.

Today we cross the border into Turkey and continue out drive towards Sumela which is approximately 235kms drive (or in colder conditions we will make our way to a hotel in Trabzon - 205kms).

We will camp overnight if conditions allow.
This morning we will visit the beautiful Sumela Monastery and then drive approximately 340kms South East towards Goreme. We may stop in Zara en route to shop for supplies before driving on to our Wild camp for the night.
Today we will drive approximately 330 Kms to Goreme staying overnight in a well-equipped hostel.

Please note that dorm beds are sometimes used here.

We have 2 full days to explore Goreme, including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia.
Today we will have a full day's drive west to arrive in Istanbul, the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Europe and Asia.

Whilst we are here we stay in a friendly local hostel with good facilities.

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (1 night), Homestay (2 nights), Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

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Important notes

1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend that travellers from these countries book the WESTBOUND itinerary of this trip where some visas can be obtained en route.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. Combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details.

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Tbilisi to Istanbul , October 2015