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!
In Istanbul we will stay in dorm accommodation in a fantastic hostel with good facilities, which is a 5 minute walk from the 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 Dragoman 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. *
This morning following breakfast we will depart Istanbul and begin our journey to the shores of Gallipoli.
After lunch we will get an insight into what happened between the ANZAC, Allied and Turkish foreces during the first World War and have a guided tour of the Battlefields and Anzac Cove.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours
Tonight we will stay in a local hostel in Ecebat
Today we will cross the Dardenelles by ferry and head to Helsik where we will do a short tour of the Troy Ruins.
We will then continue onto Selcuk where we will be staying for two nights. In the evening we will have free time to explore the area or simply relax in one of the many cafes or tea bars which are great for people watching.
The second day we will spend the day exploring the Ephesus Ruins and Terraced Houses.
Estimated Drive Time 7 - 8 hours
For the next two nights we will stay in a local hostel
Following breakfast we will drive inland towards the small village of Pamukkale.
After lunch we will have free time to visit the thermal hot springs and traverse through the travertine pools and terraces.
Estimate driving time 3 - 4 hours
Tonight we will either camp near the village or stay in a local hotel
Today we continue our drive south and aim to reach the popular beach town of Olympos by lunchtime.
We will have free time in the afternoon to relax or explore the local area.
Estimate Drive Time 5 - 6 hours
On the second day there will be plenty of time to explore and participate in optional activities, in the evening we will walk up to the Chimera Fire Mountain and toast some marshmallows
Tonight we will stay in a basic guesthouse
After breakfast we will leave the beachside town of Olympos and make our way north.
We will have an included visit of Termessos on the way before continuing our journey towards Egirdir where we will find a good spot to bush camp for the night.
Estimated Drive time 6 - 7 hours
Tonight we will wild camp near Egirdir
We have an early start this morning to reach the small enchanting town of Goreme in the heart of the Cappadocia mountians.
In Goreme we will stay in a well-equipped hostel - please note that dorm beds are generally used here.
Estimated Drive Time 6-7 hours
We now have a full day to explore Goreme, including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia. There will also be an opportunity for a magical optional balloon ride over the valley during your time here.
Today we continue our journey east with a full day's drive towards the Sumela monastery.
We will break the journey with a wild camp near Zara or the village of Alucra.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today we will reach the awe-inpsiring Sumela Monastery near the town of Macka, which we will visit in the afternoon.
We will camp overnight in a campsite near Sumela if conditions allow. In cold weather we may opt to stay in a local hotel in Macka or Trabzon.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Border Information: Exit Turkey at Sarp, enter Georgia at Sarpi.
This morning we will continue to the border and cross into Georgia, reaching the port town of Batumi.
In Batumi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
After a relaxing morning, we leave the port town of Batumi behind us and make our way to the ancient town of Kutaisi. This afternoon we will visit the medieval Bagrati Cathedral and the Gelati monastery.
In Kutaisi we will stay in a local hotel or a family-run guesthouse.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.
This morning is free to explore the charming town of Kutaisi. In the afternoon we will make our way to Gori, the birthplace of Stalin - here we will have an included guided tour of the city and the Stalin Museum.
We will then continue on to the welcoming Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Estimated Drive Time - 4 -5 hours
Tonight we will stay in a good quality hotel in the city.
Border information: if you are leaving in Tbilisi, you will most likely exit Georgia at Tbilisi International Airport (IATA code: TBS).
Today will be a free day in Tbilisi to relax and freely explore the city, or take an optional city tour where we can visit the old town, the National Museum, Sioni Cathedral and the Metekhi Temple.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tbilisi. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Trip Name: Istanbul to Tbilisi
Duration: 16 Days
From Price: $2,505
Supplier Tour ID: ZTT1/240949
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