22 days in Turkey, Georgia & Baku Itinerary

22 days in Turkey, Georgia & Baku Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Bus + Fly:  8 h
1
Urgup, Turkey
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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4
nights
Urgup, Turkey

Urgup ©
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Change things up with these side-trips from Urgup: Selime Monastery (in Guzelyurt) and Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, see the interesting displays at Guray Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Urgup trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Urgup is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Urgup. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: highs in Urgup hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Derinkuyu, Uchisar, Selime Monastery, Guray Museum
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Fairy Chimneys ©
Fairy Chimneys

5
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: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Urgup to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Urgup in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi

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, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk online tour builder.

Do a combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum

2
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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.
On the 9th (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Bagbasi Mesire Yeri, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale itinerary builder app.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bagbasi Mesire Yeri
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
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.
Explore Tbilisi's surroundings by going to Mtskheta (Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Jvari Church, &more). And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the historical opulence of Narikala Fortress, take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tbilisi trip planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Tbilisi by combination of taxi and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Georgia Standard Time (GET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Tbilisi are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Mtskheta
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Walking tours
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral ©
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Jvari Church ©
Jvari Church

4
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Step out of Baku with an excursion to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan--about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Baku Old City, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs, and take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Baku trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Tbilisi to Baku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Baku sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gobustan State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Gobustan State Reserve ©
Gobustan State Reserve
Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center

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