19 days in Turkey, Armenia & Georgia Itinerary

19 days in Turkey, Armenia & Georgia Itinerary

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Start: Belgrade, Serbia
Fly:  3 h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Yerevan, Armenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Belgrade, Serbia

4
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Istanbul driving holiday planner.

Belgrade, Serbia to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Belgrade to Istanbul is 2 hours. Traveling from Belgrade in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan ©
Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vagharshapat (The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots & Echmiadzin Monastery), Khor Virap (in Lusarat) and Garni Temple (in Garni). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Monastery of Geghard, see the interesting displays at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, Head underground at Master Levon's Divine Underground, and browse the exhibits of Cafesjian Center for the Arts.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yerevan trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Istanbul to Yerevan by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Yerevan due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yerevan: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vagharshapat, Master Levon's Divine Underground, Khor Virap, The Monastery of Geghard, Garni Temple
Highlights from your plan
The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Garni Temple ©
Garni Temple

3
nights
Tbilisi, Georgia

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mtskheta (Jvari Church, Mtskheta Church of the Holy Cross, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, look for gifts at Chacha Corner, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, and pause for some serene contemplation at Anchiskhati Basilica.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tbilisi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yerevan to Tbilisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Yerevan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tbilisi, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mtskheta
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Sioni Church ©
Sioni Church
Jvari Church ©
Jvari Church

3
nights
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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, admire the verdant scenery at Devrent Valley, get to know the fascinating history of Gore Harabeleri, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Goreme sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Goreme takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Georgia Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tbilisi in September, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Gore Harabeleri, Devrent Valley
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Off-Road Tours

3
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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Selcuk when traveling from Goreme in September, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

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