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Discovery of Caucasus Holiday Planner Cross-border tours Istanbul to Georgia - 13 days (CT-07)

Istanbul to Georgia - 13 days (CT-07)

Group size
2-12 people
Season
All year
Duration
13 days
Departs
Saturday
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Tbilisi
Countries
Georgia, Turkey
Cities
Ankara, Batumi, Cappadocia, Gori, Istanbul, Kutaisi, Mtskheta, Tbilisi, Trabzon, Uplistikhe
Ankara - 2 nights
Batumi - 2 nights
Cappadocia - 2 nights
Istanbul - 3 nights
Kutaisi - 1 night
Tbilisi - 2 nights
Price
from £2,945
Reservation
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This 13 day tour begins in the beguiling city of Istanbul. Many of its most important landmarks, such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, are world-renowned. From there, we’ll move inland to the fairy chimneys, underground cities, rock-hewn churches and spectacular valleys of Cappadocia. We’ll travel to Ankara, to pay our respects to Ataturk and then fly up to Trabzon on the Black Sea coast. Crossing the border into Georgia, we’ll tour the sights in and around Kutaisi, Uplistikhe, Gori and Mtskheta before fetching up in the country’s charming capital Tbilisi, where this tour ends.

Istanbul
Day 1
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
Touch down in the beautiful city of Istanbul and begin the adventure which will transport you across Turkey to the Black Sea coast of neighbouring Georgia. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2
Istanbul City Tour
Visit Grand Bazaar
Few cities in the world can claim to be as captivating as Istanbul. Located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, its food, history, culture and traditions make it a fascinating place to explore. Today, we’ll concentrate on Istanbul’s oldest neighbourhoods as we visit its historic treasures. Admire the bold calligraphy that adorns Hagia Sophia’s interior, imagine what it would be like to be a member of the Sultan’s harem in the Topkapi Palace and be dazzled by the blue Iznik tiles that line the walls of Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Stroll from an Egyptian obelisk in what was once the Hippodrome to a restored Roman column named, just as the city once was, in honour of Emperor Constantine. Round off the day with a tour of the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinthine covered market that’s unrivalled in age (and probably scale) anywhere in the world. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, lunch)
Day 3
Visit Egyptian Market
Bosphorus Cruise
There’s far more to Istanbul than its old town, but before we head up the Bosphorus on a leisurely cruise, let’s call in at the Spice Bazaar. Officially known as the Egyptian Bazaar, it occupies a 17th century market building close to the Galata Bridge. Outside, across a paved square you’ll see the Galata Bridge, where fishermen come in the hope of a bite; beside the bazaar are the domes and minarets of the New Mosque, known as Yeni Cami to the locals. After browsing the stalls of the bazaar, known for its spices but also other products such as Turkish Delight. Afterwards, put your feet up on deck as you cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, passing mansions and palaces such as Dolmabahçe Sarayı, once the Sultan’s residence and now a museum. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, lunch)
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Cappadocia
Day 4
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight to Cappadocia: Istanbul - Cappadocia
Cappadocia Sightseeing
Board an early morning flight to Kayseri, the gateway to Cappadocia. Once it formed part of the Ancient Silk Road and here and there you’ll still see historic caravanserai where traders rested during their journey. Today, however, it’s best known for its volcanic landscape; over the centuries, the soft rock was easily hollowed out as places of refuge from attackers. You’ll also find dovecotes and churches. There are thought to be as many as two hundred subterranean settlements scattered about the countryside, and you’ll visit one of the most impressive, which extends deep underground. Back on the surface, we’ll also take you to admire the famous fairy chimneys - pillars of soft rock sculpted by wind and rain into phallic pinnacles with a cap of more resistant rock. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, lunch)
Day 5
Cappadocia Sightseeing
The valleys which surround the tourist town of Goreme are tranquil places. Paths follow tumbling streams that wind their way past apricot trees and clusters of fairy chimneys. The soft colour palette is as soothing as it is picturesque. As you traipse through Pasabag, Red and Avcilar valleys you’ll appreciate this rural landscape more and more with every step. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Goreme’s “Caves of God”, churches carved into the rock which form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a closer look at some of these ancient places of worship before heading to a viewpoint to admire the natural fortress of Uchisar, whose ruins perch on a rocky outcrop. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, lunch)
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Ankara
Day 6
Transfer by car / minibus: Cappadocia - Ankara
Ankara City Tour
Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk
From Cappadocia, it’s around a three hour drive to Turkey’s capital Ankara, so we’ll get on the road after breakfast for this transfer. Ankara’s best known for its modern thoroughfares, governmental offices and shopping malls, but it also boasts an ancient citadel which dates back several millennia. We’ll spend the afternoon showing you the city. The mausoleum where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is interred is sure to be a highlight. He is considered to be the founder of modern Turkey and is widely revered here. Overnight in Ankara. (Breakfast, lunch)
Day 7
Anatolian Civilisations Museum
We’ll kick off your second day in Ankara with a visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. Located close to the old citadel, you’ll find an extensive collection of artefacts which will help you understand the many different groups of people who have influenced Turkish culture and traditions. There’ll be plenty of free time this morning to spend as you please. Perhaps this might be the ideal opportunity for you to visit an authentic Turkish hammam. Several of the city’s historic baths have been renovated; the 15th century Karacabey Hammam, for instance, caters for both men and women. Overnight in Ankara. (Breakfast, lunch)
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Trabzon - Batumi
Day 8
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight to Trabzon: Ankara - Trabzon
Trabzon City Tour
Sumela Monastery Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Trabzon - Batumi
This morning we will make our way to the airport for our flight to Trabzon, a city on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Just outside the city in Altindere National Park is Sumela Monastery, thought to date from the 4th century. Perched high on a ledge on a sheer cliff face, it’s as remarkable for its engineering as it is for its religious significance. There’ll be time to tour Trabzon too, calling in at the 13th century St Sophia church to see its remarkable Byzantine frescoes. Afterwards, it’s time to cross the border into Georgia where we’ll aim to arrive in Batumi in time for dinner. Overnight in Batumi. (Breakfast, dinner)
Day 9
Batumi City Tour
Batumi has in recent years seen extraordinary growth, making this the second largest city in Georgia after the capital Tbilisi. It’s still best known as a seaside resort and if you have the opportunity to ascend the 130 metre high Alphabetic Tower, covered with Georgian script, you’ll enjoy stellar views over the waterfront. The city’s old town is also a gem, with many restored mansions. We’ll take you on a city tour which gives you the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of the Mother of God, originally a Catholic church; the city’s Italianate Piazza and the Kissing Monument of Ali and Nino. Each day, the twin figures which comprise this sculpture, nicknamed the Statue of Love, slide together into an embrace. Later we’ll drive out to the Gonio Fortress for a visit - it dates from Roman times - before heading back to Batumi. Overnight in Batumi. (Breakfast, dinner)
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Kutaisi
Day 10
Transfer by car / minibus: Batumi - Kutaisi
Visit Prometheus Cave
Bagrati Cathedral Guided Tour
Gelati Monastery Guided Tour
This Georgian city is the third largest in the country. Some of the area’s biggest tourist attractions are actually found outside Kutaisi. One of them is the Gelati Monastery. You’ll be wowed by the detail in the frescoes that survive in this UNESCO-listed 12th century complex. Also lying beyond the city limits is Prometheus Cave. Six of the 22 chambers of this sprawling karst cavern are open to visitors, so we can take a look at its stalactites and stalagmites. In the centre of the city is Bagrati Cathedral. It’s an important historical landmark and worth seeing despite concerns from UNESCO that unsympathetic and extensive renovations have destroyed much of its authenticity. Overnight in Kutaisi. (Breakfast, dinner)

Note: it is possible to extend your trip at this point to give you the opportunity to visit Akhaltsikhe and the cave town in Vardzia. Please contact us for prices and options.
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Uplistikhe - Gori - Mtskheta - Tbilisi
Day 11
Transfer by car / minibus: Kutaisi - Uplistikhe
Uplistikhe Cave Town Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Uplistikhe - Gori
Stalin Museum Guided Tour
Transfer by car / minibus: Gori - Mtskheta
Walking Tour. Visit Jvari Church and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Transfer by car / minibus: Mtskheta - Tbilisi
Let’s get today off to a good start with a visit to Kutaisi’s farmers’ market. Browsing what’s for sale at markets and joining locals as they shop is always interesting and a way of learning more about a country’s food and culture. Next, we’ll hit the road bound for Uplistikhe, which is a sprawling, centuries-old cave town. We’ll learn more about how it was constructed and what happened here before driving into nearby Gori. It’s best known as the birthplace of Stalin; the infamous Soviet leader was in fact a Georgian. There’s a museum dedicated to his early life which makes for compelling viewing. Afterwards, we’ll move on to Mtskheta, the old capital of Georgia where the UNESCO-listed Jvari Church and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral await closer inspection. From there, it’s a short drive into Tbilisi, where we’ll check in to our hotel. (Breakfast, dinner)
Day 12
Tbilisi City Tour
Gala Dinner & Folklore Show
Let’s round off what’s hopefully been a wonderful trip by exploring our final destination: Tbilisi. This morning we’ll tour the city, beginning in the atmospheric old town where we can enjoy one of the best views in the city from the 13th century Methekhi Church. High on the hill, you’ll see the 4th century church and, crossing the river, the cable car that many tourists take to get up there. We’ll take a closer look, and marvel at how tall the statue of Mother Georgia when you look upwards from her feet. We’ll continue exploring Tbilisi, visiting some of its ancient places of worship including the 12th century cathedral. Later, we’ll head along Rustaveli Avenue into Georgia’s modern commercial district and visit the treasury of the Georgian National Museum. Tonight’s dinner in a traditional restaurant will be accompanied by folk dancing or singing. Overnight in Tbilisi. (Breakfast, dinner)
Day 13
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
This is the end point of the tour. When you’re ready, say farewell to Georgia as our driver transfers you safely to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

Extend your stay

However, we’d be delighted to help you extend your stay. You might, for instance, head into the Kazbegi region to hike amidst some of the country’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Another option is to tour the Kakheti wine-growing region, staying in the picture postcard walled town of Signagi. Crossing international borders, a foray into Azerbaijan or Armenia is also easily arranged.
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Dates and prices
Please read notes at the bottom of the table to learn more about the meaning of each pricing section
Travel package
Year of travel
2024
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Book
01/06/2024 - 13/06/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
08/06/2024 - 20/06/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
15/06/2024 - 27/06/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
22/06/2024 - 04/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
29/06/2024 - 11/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
06/07/2024 - 18/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
13/07/2024 - 25/07/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
20/07/2024 - 01/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
27/07/2024 - 08/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
03/08/2024 - 15/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
10/08/2024 - 22/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
17/08/2024 - 29/08/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
24/08/2024 - 05/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
31/08/2024 - 12/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
07/09/2024 - 19/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
14/09/2024 - 26/09/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
21/09/2024 - 03/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
28/09/2024 - 10/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
05/10/2024 - 17/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
12/10/2024 - 24/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
19/10/2024 - 31/10/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
26/10/2024 - 07/11/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
02/11/2024 - 14/11/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
09/11/2024 - 21/11/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
16/11/2024 - 28/11/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
23/11/2024 - 05/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
30/11/2024 - 12/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
07/12/2024 - 19/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
14/12/2024 - 26/12/2024 £2,945 / £3,345 £555 book now
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Book
01/06/2024 - 13/06/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
08/06/2024 - 20/06/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
15/06/2024 - 27/06/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
22/06/2024 - 04/07/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
29/06/2024 - 11/07/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
06/07/2024 - 18/07/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
13/07/2024 - 25/07/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
20/07/2024 - 01/08/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
27/07/2024 - 08/08/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
03/08/2024 - 15/08/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
10/08/2024 - 22/08/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
17/08/2024 - 29/08/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
24/08/2024 - 05/09/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
31/08/2024 - 12/09/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
07/09/2024 - 19/09/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
14/09/2024 - 26/09/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
21/09/2024 - 03/10/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
28/09/2024 - 10/10/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
05/10/2024 - 17/10/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
12/10/2024 - 24/10/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
19/10/2024 - 31/10/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
26/10/2024 - 07/11/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
02/11/2024 - 14/11/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
09/11/2024 - 21/11/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
16/11/2024 - 28/11/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
23/11/2024 - 05/12/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
30/11/2024 - 12/12/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
07/12/2024 - 19/12/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now
14/12/2024 - 26/12/2024 £3,195 / £3,595 £755 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section "Included" in the tour description.
  2. Price "Including flight" is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price "Excluding flight" does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation.
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