Turkish & Georgian Explorer

Istanbul - Tbilisi

16 days through Turkey, Georgia
FROM: $2340 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Camping without facilities 3 nights
Basic Hotel 4 nights
Guesthouse 1 night
Meals:
Breakfasts x 8, Lunches x 3, Dinners x 6
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Code:
ZTT
Deposit:
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This overland journey combines two richly 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 battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the ruins of the lost city of Troy, and the colourful Prometheus Caves. We also take a guided tour of the otherworldly geological wonder of Cappadocia with its magical hoodoos and undulating valleys of pink and white rock

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 flavourful cuisines, where both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences intersect.

Explore the amazing sights of Istanbul
Guided tour of Ancient Troy
Visit the Gallipoli Peninsular and the battlefields
Ancient ruins of Ephesus
Olympos Beach and Fire mountain
Ancient Mountain City of Termessos
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Guided tour of the valley & underground cities of Cappadocia
Visit the Black Sea at Batumi
Visit the Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi

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 (22nd June 2021)

Border Information: If joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Ataturk 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, Hagia Sophia and the phenomenal 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 or your Sales agent 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. *


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Gallipoli (23rd June 2021)
Day 3 - Selcuk (24th June 2021)
Day 4 - Selcuk (25th June 2021)
Day 5 - Pamukkale (26th June 2021)
Day 6 - Olympos (27th June 2021)
Day 7 - Olympos (28th June 2021)
Day 8 - Egirdir (29th June 2021)
Day 9 - Goreme (30th June 2021)
Day 10 - Goreme (1st July 2021)
Day 11 - Zara (2nd July 2021)
Day 12 - Sumela (3rd July 2021)
Day 13 - Batumi (4th July 2021)
Day 14 - Kutaisi (5th July 2021)
Day 15 - Tbilisi (6th July 2021)
Day 16 - Tbilisi - End Date (7th July 2021)

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22 Jun 21 Istanbul
07 Jul 21 Tbilisi

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14 Aug 21 Tbilisi
29 Aug 21 Istanbul

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24 Oct 21 Istanbul

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14 Nov 21 Istanbul

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30 Mar 22 Tbilisi

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13 Apr 22 Tbilisi

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11 May 22 Tbilisi

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06 Jul 22 Tbilisi

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28 Aug 22 Istanbul

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16 Oct 22 Istanbul

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