11 days in Georgia & Turkey Itinerary

11 days in Georgia & Turkey Itinerary

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Tbilisi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights


Tbilisi, Georgia

— 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Art Palace of Georgia-Museum of Cultural History and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tsminda Sameba Cathedral. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then take a memorable drive along Rustaveli Avenue.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tbilisi road trip planning app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Tbilisi is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Tbilisi is 2 hours. Traveling from Beirut in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Tbilisi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Goreme, Turkey

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Goreme takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tbilisi to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tbilisi in July, expect little chillier with lows of 18°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus.

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Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in July; daily highs in Selcuk reach 41°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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 21st (Wed): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale journey planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Baths
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Georgia travel guide

Churches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Home to four World Heritage Sites, the beautiful country of Georgia epitomizes the saying, "the best of both worlds." Geographically, the land is divided in half by the Likhi mountain range, which yields a humid, subtropical climate to the west, and an arid, continental climate to the east. Experience a spectacular array of natural destinations, from low-land swamps, rainforests, mineral springs, and hot springs, to volcanic plateaus, snow-tipped mountains, and glaciers. Embrace the laid-back attitude, rich folklore, and ecclesiastic architecture among the sub-tropical gardens. Georgia boasts a healthy mix of rural charm and urban modernity, combined with Mediterranean hospitality. Here you'll find the deepest cave in the world, Krubera Cave, with 2,140 m (7,021 ft) of known depth. Relax in the sun along the pebbled beaches of the Black Sea, and sample the mouth-watering Georgian specialties, including "Khinkali," traditional meat dumplings, to round out your authentic Georgian holiday.

Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.