8 days in Armenia, Istanbul & Tbilisi Itinerary

8 days in Armenia, Istanbul & Tbilisi Itinerary

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8 days in Armenia, Istanbul & Tbilisi Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  5​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Sevan, Armenia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Beirut, Lebanon

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner .

Beirut, Lebanon to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Istanbul. When traveling from Beirut in January, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

1
night
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.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Tbilisi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ankara to Tbilisi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ankara to Tbilisi is 1 hour. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tbilisi, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. On the 15th (Wed), you're off toSevan.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

1
night
Sevan, Armenia

Sevan ©
On the 15th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum of Orbeli Brothers and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kecharis Monastery.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sevan holiday website .

Explore your travel options from Tbilisi to Sevan with the Route module. Traveling from Tbilisi in January, things will get a bit cooler in Sevan: highs are around 1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yerevan.

Things to do in Sevan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tsakhkadzor
Highlights from your plan
Kecharis Monastery ©
Kecharis Monastery
Memorial Museum of Orbeli Brothers ©

2
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.
On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Garni Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Monastery of Geghard, and then examine the collection at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Cafesjian Center for the Arts, examine the collection at Parajanov Museum, get great views at Charent's Arch, then see the interesting displays at Armenian Genocide Museum, then make a trip to Echmiadzin Monastery, and finally explore the ancient world of Khor Virap.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yerevan trip site .

You can drive from Sevan to Yerevan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Yerevan can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yerevan

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Garni, Khor Virap, Echmiadzin Monastery, The Monastery of Geghard
Highlights from your plan
The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Republic Square ©
Republic Square
Garni Temple ©
Garni Temple

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