This 18 day tour, starts from Baku, Azerbaijan, and ends at Istanbul, Turkey, and also visits Georgia. This tour visits along the way Shirvanshah Palace, Gobustan, Sheki Khan's Palace, Jvari Monastery, Tbilisi, Narikala Castle, Batumi, Trabzon, Cappadocia, Konya, Kusadasi, Pamukkale and much, much more.
Welcome to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan! Today is arrival day, you will be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel. Today we will see Maiden's Tower, then we will visit Shirvanshah Palace and pass through the Shemakha gate. We head to Targovi which means "merchants' street" in Russian and is known by the public as the commercial center.
After breakfast, we will set off for Gobustan a UNESCO World Heritage site. In this area, there are numerous archaeological remains, settlements, tombs, starting from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, including more than 6,000 rock carvings dating back over 40,000 years. We will continue to Absheron Peninsula and we will visit the Temple of Fire a temple of fire worshippers located in Suraxani village. Zoroastrians travelled thousands of kilometers from India to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the ground.
After a visit to Cuma (Friday) mosque, we drive towards to Sheki, the city will captivate you with its magnificent views. We will visit Sheki Khan's Palace and delicious sugar factories. In the city, which was famous for trade, there were many caravansaries but only a few of them have survived to the present day.
After breakfast we set out for Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. We will reach the city by passing through Lagodekhi border crossing. As our journey continues, we will stop by the historical city of Mtskheta which the former capital of the Georgian Kingdom. We will also visit the Cathedral of Svetitskoveli where the robe if Christ is buried buried and Jvari Monastry, a UNESCO Heritage site.
After breakfast we start our city tour. During our tour, we will see Sameba Cathedral, Narikala Castle, Mother of Georgia Monument, Juma Mosque, Sulfur baths, Metekhi Church, Synagogue of Tbilisi, Peace Bridge, Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre, Liberty Square and Rustavelli street.
Today our destination is Batumi. On the way we visit Kutaisi and Sataplia to see 120 million year old dinosour footprints. We will have the opportunity to see the Statue of Ali and Nino about the love story of Azeri boy and Georgian girl kept alive in the languages and the statue of Neptune which took its origin from Greek mythology in Batumi.
Explore the largest Batumi Botanical Garden, which is the second largest Botanical park in the world. In addition to the semi-tropical plants peculiar to Caucasia, the garden has more than 5,000 plants from all over the world are exhibited. After the Botanical Garden, we continue our tour by visiting, Piazza Square, Batumi Mosque, Statue of Medea, Astrological clock in Europe Square and Neptune Monument at Theatre Square.
After breakfast, we will drive to Trabzon, Turkey, crossing at the Sarp border gate. After our arrival, we start our panoramic city tour. We will explore the rich history of Trabzon that has historical heritage from Rome, Byzantium and Ottoman. Our first stop will be the Ataturk mansion, which is the most beautiful example of the city's civil architecture. On the road, we will see Trabzon Castle and Gulbahar Hatun Mosque. We will also visit small Hagia Sophia which is unique with its rare frescoes. Before we drive towards to Trabzon Airport, we will have a quick stop at Boztepe where the panoramic views of the city can be seen.
We will drive along the Black sea side and reach to Amasya. We will visit Giresun Castle on our way.
We will visit Tombs of Pontic Kings and Harsena Castle before heading to Cappadocia.
Today we tour the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag and Uchisar castle. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Tonight, don't miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!
This morning we visit and explore Kaymakli underground city. Then leaving Cappadocia we head south, towards Konya, along the ancient Silk Road, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, just as the ancient traders did. Once in Konya we tour the Mevlana Museum and Alaeddin Mosque.
Today we head for Pamukkale and it's calcium travertines. Along the way we visit the ancient site of Sagalassos. Conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, earthquakes and plague saw its demise in 541-2 AD. Today it is one of the best preserved sites in Turkey and is on the UNESCO tentative list.
Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value.
Today it's back to Istanbul, passing through rural Turkey and ancient Bursa to visit the famous Green Mosque and explore the Silk Bazaar.
Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.