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!

Tbilisi, Georgia
Istanbul, Turkey
Explorer, Overland
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 21
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • -Marvel at the mountainous scenery of Georgia
    -Visit the birthplace of Stalin
    -Uncover an ancient past in Kutasai
    -Experience the relaxed vibe of Black Sea coast
    -Climb through emerald forests to the stunning Sumela Monastery
    -Go underground in Goreme
    -Get caught up in the charm of Istanbul


Welcome to Georgia, one of Europe's most regal, yet largely unexplored destinations. Begin by observing the fine architecture of Tbilisi, and perhaps climb to the top of Narikala Fortress for a view over the surrounding hills.
Another day, another glorious set of hillside scenery.With a name meaning 'hill', Gori was the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. History buffs will revel in a chance to visit to the Stalin museum, which houses artefacts that provide an insight into his early life.
Get a dose of Georgian history in Kutasi - one of the oldest cities in the world. Enjoy a guided walk around the ruins of Bragrati Cathedral before getting an unique insight into Georgian life by spending the night at the home of a local family.
Swap the hills for the Black Sea coast and explore the picturesque port town of Batumi. Perhaps settle in at a riverside cafe and sip a Turkish Coffee while watching the ships go by.
Cross the border to Turkey and climb into the incredible Sumela Monastry. Nestled high in the cliffs above the evergreen forests and rushing streams of Altindere National Park, this peaceful sanctuary is the perfect place to take some time out and breathe the fresh air of the Turkish countryside.
Continue to Zara and watch the changing landscapes of rural Turkey pass by.
Admire the otherworldly cone formations of Goreme, a truly unique location in the heart of Cappadocia. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the network of honeycombed caves that have formed an underground city, complete with churches and dwellings, or take to the skies on a hot air balloon to see this dramatic landscape from above.
Head west toward Istanbul, stopping to make camp for the night in the Turkish countryside.
Arrive in Istanbul, a city that has for centuries been the crossroads of the East and West. Take in the aromatic smells of the thousands of bazaars that line the streets, browse stunning islamic architecture and see why Istanbul is one of the world's most exotic, invigorating cities.
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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Homestay (3 nights), Hostel (1 night), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Goreme - Guided Goreme Valley tour
  • Gori - Stalin Museum
  • Kazbegi - Tsminda Sameba Church
  • Sumela - Monastery


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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.
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Tbilisi to Istanbul , October 2015