Explore ancient cities, delicious food and lively culture in Georgia and Turkey.
See the highlights of Georgia and Turkey on an 18-day adventure through the cultural heart of this region. These two Black Sea bordering nations may be close, but the distinct differences in food, tradition and historic sites will shine on this small-group adventure. From the medieval towns of Kutaisi, lush green slopes of Mestia valley and the ramparts of the Narikala Fortress, to navigating the warrens of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, marvelling at the ancient city of Ephesus and floating over the fairy-tale landscape of Cappadocia, each day will keep you guessing every step of the way. Be intrigued by the landscape and eat as much kebab as you can handle as you have some essential Turkish and Georgian experiences.
Journey to the Svaneti region, a remote and alluring land of snow-capped mountains, where you'll discover medieval tower-houses and a fascinating local dialect.
Discover local Georgian wine and overindulge in khinkali (Georgian dumplings), learning from the locals the only way to eat these delicious parcels.
Enjoy a free day on the Aegean in the resort town of Kusadasi. You can check out Pamukkale's thermal pools, take a traditional boat trip along the coast or sit on the beach with a cool drink in hand.
Get up close and personal with the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a valley walk that'll have you exploring rock-cut dwellings in Love Valley or the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley.
See the back streets and vibrant bazaars in Istanbul – the continental-straddling metropolis where East meets West.
In order to see as much as possible in Georgia and Turkey, this trip covers a lot of ground and so, there are a couple of flights to take. Please be prepared for long security queues at the airport and the occasional delay. As you have both domestic and international connections, please note the specific checked baggage and carry-on limits before you fly, as it will likely change between routes and airlines.
This trip involves an overnight train journey. Accommodation and amenities are shared and basic, but the experience of rubbing shoulders with the locals makes it all worthwhile. Plus, you make the most of your time by travelling while you sleep.
Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. It is important to be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches, mosques and other religious sites.
You will reach a significant altitude on this trip (around 2200 metres) at the highest point so a good level of fitness is required for hiking. That said, alternative activities can often be arranged for those who would prefer not to hike.
The cobblestone streets, narrow steps and tiny bridges of this region are very romantic. They’re also another good reason to pack light and consider leaving the wheeled suitcase at home. You will need to carry your bags on and off local buses and trains during this trip.
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 14 (Overnight train) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
There are internal flights on this trip and most internal flights in Turkey have a luggage restriction of 15kg checked and 8kg cabin.
The international connection from Tbilisi to Istanbul is unaccompanied. Luggage restrictions of 20kg checked and 8kg cabin apply on this flight. The departure from Tbilisi to Istanbul will be a very early departure.
Some of the best scenery in the Caucasus Region is in the Svaneti on day 5, 6 and 7. The included hikes can be quite steep and long. While this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to take part in all activities. Altitudes experienced during this trip are up to 2200m above sea level.
Please note there is a chance of potential changes to the itinerary due to heavy rain, flooding and snow at higher altitudes, which often affect roads and bridges, making travel difficult or impossible (particularly in remote areas).
We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Turkey before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts
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