12 days in Turkey & Georgia Itinerary

12 days in Turkey & Georgia Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey & Georgia Itinerary

Bangkok, Thailand
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Kayseri, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Borjomi, Georgia
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Mestia, Georgia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Gudauri, Georgia
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Signagi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
Bangkok, Thailand

2
days
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take a stroll through Istiklal Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and finally hunt for treasures at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi). Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and then wander the streets of Ortakoy.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Istanbul is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in October, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 28°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kayseri.

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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
days
Kayseri, Turkey

Kayseri ©
Kayseri is a large and industrialized city in Central Anatolia, Turkey. On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Gevher Nesibe Hastahanesi, then explore the ancient world of Hunat Hatun Complex, and then explore the activities along Lake Tuz. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of The Citadel, then browse the different shops at Forum Kayseri, and then hit the slopes at Hisarcik Erciyes Teleski.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Istanbul to Kayseri. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Kayseri to be much colder, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tbilisi.

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Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Tuz
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Lake Tuz ©
Lake Tuz
Forum Kayseri ©
Forum Kayseri

1
day
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.
The Bridge of Peace has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): cruise along Rustaveli Avenue, then take an in-depth tour of Georgian National Museum, then take in the views from The Bridge of Peace, and finally stop by Gallery 27.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Tbilisi trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kayseri to Tbilisi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Georgia Time is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kayseri in October since evenings lows in Tbilisi dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Borjomi.

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Georgian National Museum ©
Georgian National Museum
Gallery 27 ©
Gallery 27
Rustaveli Avenue ©
Rustaveli Avenue

1
day
Borjomi, Georgia

Borjomi ©
Borjomi is a resort town in south-central Georgia with a population estimated at 14,445. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pankisi Gorge, delve into the distant past at Mutso, and then stroll through Borjomi Central Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Borjomi travel planner.

You can drive from Tbilisi to Borjomi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Mestia.

Things to do in Borjomi

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Georgia
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Mutso ©
Mutso
Pankisi Gorge ©
Pankisi Gorge
Borjomi Central Park ©
Borjomi Central Park

few
hours
Mestia, Georgia

Mestia
Mestia is a highland townlet in northwest Georgia, at an elevation of 1500m in the Caucasus Mountains.General informationAccording to the current administrative subdivision of Georgia, Mestia is located in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, some 128km northeast of the regional capital of Zugdidi. For ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mestia custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Borjomi to Mestia takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or take a bus. In October in Mestia, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 9°C at night. You'll set off for Stepantsminda on the 27th (Fri).

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Parks Outdoors Nature
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1
day
Stepantsminda, Georgia

Stepantsminda ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Kazbek.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Stepantsminda vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mestia to Stepantsminda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Gudauri.

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Mt Kazbek ©
Mt Kazbek

1
day
Gudauri, Georgia

Gudauri ©
Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. You've now added Gergeti Trinity Church to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Russian Georgian Friendship Monument and then pause for some serene contemplation at Gergeti Trinity Church.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gudauri trip planner.

Gudauri is just a short distance from Stepantsminda. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Signagi.

Things to do in Gudauri

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gergeti Trinity Church
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Gergeti Trinity Church ©
Gergeti Trinity Church

1
day
Signagi, Georgia

Signagi ©
Sighnaghi is a town in Georgia's easternmost region of Kakheti and the administrative center of the Sighnaghi Municipality. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Lagodekhi National Reserve, contemplate the long history of Signagi City Walls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bodbe Monastery of St. Nino.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Signagi trip generator.

Drive from Gudauri to Signagi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Signagi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Signagi

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tunnel Winery Khareba's, Lagodekhi National Reserve
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Lagodekhi National Reserve ©
Lagodekhi National Reserve
Signagi City Walls ©
Signagi City Walls
Tunnel Winery Khareba's ©
Tunnel Winery Khareba's

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