This 16 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Yerevan, Armenia, and also visits Georgia. This tour visits St. Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Cappadocia, Gelati Monastery, Gergeti Trinity Church, Bagrati Cathedral, Jvari Monastery And much more along the way.
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace 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'.
This morning we drive to the coastal town of Akçakoca. Its old town area, situated on a gentle hill is a well preserved neighbourhood of traditional houses of wood and firebricks, lining square-shaped blocks. We then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Safranbolu.
After breakfast, we start our tour from Hidirlik Hill to get a city view then discover Safranbolu's well-preserved wooden houses, Cinci Inn and Bath, old goverment building, the clock tower and the Arasta Bazaar where we will learn about the traditional handicraft shops. In the afternoon we drive to Amasra and visit the Roman castle and walls, wood-carving handicraft bazaar and the outer and inner piers of the city.
After breakfast we will drive to Kastamonu, which is one of the rare cities where you can find great examples of traditional Turkish houses. Along the way we'll stop at the crystal terrace, an unbreakable glass platform attached to a cliff edge 80 meters above the Incekaya Canyon.
This morning we head for Inebolu with its wooden houses reflecting Rum (Byzantine or Ottoman Greek) architecture, dark green nature and excellent coastline which amazes visitors.
We depart from our hotel and visit Akliman Cove, Hamsilos Bay which offers rich natural beauty with green forests, colourful flowers and small inland bays where military ships took strategic advantage of the bays' hidden location during the First World War. Lastly we visit Erfelek Waterfall where you will be able to trek through the park and find many cascading waterfalls and other beautiful natural scenes.
Today we will drive towards the Black Sea coast to Trabzon, stopping on the way for a short visit to Yason Church which stands along one of the most picturesque locations on the Black Sea coast. Then you will have great photo opportunity at Boztepe before heading to Trabzon.
Today we tour Trabzon and surrounds, visiting the breathtaking Byzantine Sumela Monastery and Uzungol, a picturesque lake surrounded by thick woods before returning back to the hotel.
After a border crossing into Georgia we head for Batumi. Batumi city tour starts starts with Orta Mosque ,Old Batumi, Piazza Square, Europe Square and Medea, Theatre Square and Neptune Fountain which took its origin from Greek mythology, Boulvard of Batumi, Statue of Ali and Nino about the love story of Azeri boy and Georgian girl, Alphabet Tower and transfer to the hotel.
Today our destination is Kutaisi. On the way we visit the famous Prometeus Cave and Sataplia to see 120 million year old dinosour footprints. Once in Kutaisi we will visit Gelati Monastry and Bagrati Cathedral.
After breakfast our destination is Gori, where the Stalin was born and Caucasian Mountain Kazbeki. Visit the UNESCO Site of Gergeti Monastry by 4x4 WD offroad vehicles.
After breakfast we visit Mtskheta, ancient capital of Georgia. Svetitshoveli Cathedral, a UNESCO Site and Jvari Monastry also UNESCO Site and the oldest church in Georgia. We continue on to the current capital, Tbilisi. Here we will have a city tour visiting Sameba Cathedral, Europe Square, Cable car, Kartlis Deda, Narikala Castle, Juma Mosque, Sulfur Baths, Meydani, Metekhi Church, Peace Bridge, Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theatre, Liberty Square and Rustavelli Street. Transfer to the train station for our train to Yerevan
Our tour starts with Echmiadzin Cathedral then Gumru Black Castle,. Dilijan, Sevanavank Monastry and Sevan Lake.
After breakfast we have a city tour with Garni Temple, Geghard Monastry (UNESCO Site), Khor Virap Monastry and Tsitsernakaberd (Monument of Armenian genocide).
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.