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 Laleli Mosque and Nuruosmaniye Camii. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum and Buyuk Mecidiye Cami. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Istanbul, learn about all things military at Naval Museum, get engrossed in the history at Panorama 1453, and don't miss a visit to Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi.

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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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beirut in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to 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 Tsinandali Palace and Kashveti Church are in your itinerary. Step out of Tbilisi to go to Ikalto and see Ikalto Monastery Complex, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Mukhrani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, see the interesting displays at Tbilisi Auto Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

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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 Gergeti Trinity 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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Elias the Prophet Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Gergeti Glacier, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof.

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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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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