14 days in Georgia & Turkey Itinerary

14 days in Georgia & Turkey Itinerary

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14 days in Georgia & Turkey Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  4 h
1
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Mtskheta, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi ©
On the bank of the Mtkvari River and at the foot of Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi's location has given the city strategic significance since it was founded in the 5th century.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Narikala Fortress, Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi, National Botanical Garden of Georgia, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral. On the next day, take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, then take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanical Garden of Georgia, and then get great views at Funicular.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tbilisi trip site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tbilisi is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in March, with highs in Tbilisi at 15°C and lows at 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Mtskheta.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Parks Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi ©
Old Town (Altstadt) Tbilisi
Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi ©
Aerial Tramway in Tbilisi
Narikala Fortress ©
Narikala Fortress

1
night
Mtskheta, Georgia

Mtskheta ©
On the 31st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jvari Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Mtskheta online route planner.

Mtskheta is just a short distance from Tbilisi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Mtskheta

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jvari Church ©
Jvari Church
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross ©
Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
You've now added Bosphorus Strait to your itinerary. Attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Dolmabahce Palace make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and make a trip to Hippodrome.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mtskheta to Istanbul. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Time (GET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. April in Istanbul sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

1
night
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uchisar Castle as well as Fairy Chimneys. On the 4th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then get outside with Royal Balloon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Uchisar Castle and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Goreme trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Goreme, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle

4
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Attractions like Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Yali Castle Aquapark make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, visit Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Goreme to Selcuk takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in August since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sirince Koyu, Yali Castle Aquapark
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Yali Castle Aquapark ©
Yali Castle Aquapark

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