12 days in Istanbul, Tbilisi & Stepantsminda Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul, Tbilisi & Stepantsminda Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
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Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nuruosmaniye Camii and Serefiye Sarnici. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum and Sakip Sabanci Museum. There's much more to do: make a trip to Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buyuk Mecidiye Cami, learn about all things military at Naval Museum, and explore the galleries of Les Arts Turcs Tours.

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Beirut, Lebanon to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Beirut in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Tbilisi, Georgia

— 4 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Illusions and House-museum of Chavchavadze. Popular historic sites such as Mtatsminda Pantheon and Kashveti Church are in your itinerary. Explore Tbilisi's surroundings by going to Ikalto Monastery Complex (in Ikalto) and Tsinandali Palace (in Tsinandali). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tbilisi Great Synagogue, examine the collection at Tbilisi Auto Museum, do a tasting at Chateau Mukhrani, and get some fabulous bargains at Yuliko & Friends Concept Store.

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Fly from Istanbul to Tbilisi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Georgia Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

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Stepantsminda, Georgia

— 4 nights
Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
Get in touch with nature at Juta Valley and Mineral Springs. Get some cultural insight at St. Elias the Prophet Church and Stepantsminda History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Stepantsminda side-trips: Gudauri (Tsar Bani & Russian Georgian Friendship Monument). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Gergeti Glacier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gergeti Trinity Church.

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You can drive from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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