Premium Turkey & the Caucasus

05/09/2021 through 10/12/2023
05/09/2021 through 10/15/2023
Intrepid Travel

Premium Turkey & the Caucasus

Immerse yourself in four unforgettable countries wrapped up in stories on a 29-day Premium journey. Go deep into the ancient heart of fascinating Turkey, then continue to the vibrant green hillsides and majestic snow-capped mountains of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Explore lands where the walls hold the weight of centuries of rich history and where ancient traditions mingle with modern influences. Journey through forests and past towering peaks to find medieval mosques and villages. Travel with expert local leaders, make local friends along the way and discover there’s so much more to each destination than what meets the eye.

Activities

  • Istanbul – City Tour
  • Istanbul – Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul – Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Gallipoli – Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
  • Troy – Archeological site visit
  • Selcuk – Cooking class
  • Selcuk – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Ephesus – Archaeological site visit
  • Sirince – Fruit wine tasting
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Kayakoy – Village visit
  • Kas – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kas – Sailing trip with seafood lunch
  • Sagalassos – Archaeological site visit
  • Antalya – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antalya – Antalya Museum
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Cappadocia – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cappadocia – Sunset drinks
  • Cappadocia – Valley walk
  • Cappadocia – Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia – Carpet weaving co-op
  • Cappadocia – Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia – Ozkonak Underground City
  • Cappadocia – Kizilcukur Valley
  • Cappadocia – Home-cooked dinner
  • Baku – Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
  • Baku – Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Baku – Caravanserai
  • Baku – Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Qobustan – Petroglyphs
  • Qobustan – Half Day Trip
  • Absheron Peninsula – Ateshgah Fire Temple, Mardakan Medieval Fortress & Yanar Dag (Fire Mountain)
  • Absheron Peninsula – Half Day Tour
  • Sheki – Khan’s Palace
  • Sheki – Stained Glass Workshop Visit
  • Shamakhi – Yoghurt Making Master Class
  • Shamakhi – Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum & Juma Mosque
  • Sheki – Bazaar Visit
  • Kakheti – Gremi Architectural Complex
  • Kakheti – Lunch with a Local Family
  • Sighnaghi – Village Walk with Local Guide
  • Tbilisi – Narikala Fortress & Cable Car
  • Tbilisi – Old Town Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Mtskheta – Jvari Church & Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
  • Tserovani – Refugee Settlement & Enamel Workshop Visit
  • Akhaltsikhe – Rabat Fortress
  • Meskheti – Khertvisi Fortress
  • Vardzia – Cave Town Visit with Local Guide
  • Uplistsikhe – Cave Complex Visit with Local Guide
  • Ananuri – Architectural Complex
  • Stepantsminda – Gergeti Trinity Church
  • Stepantsminda – Caucasus Mountains Day Trip
  • Haghpat – Haghpat Monastery
  • Geghard – Geghard Monastery
  • Lake Sevan – Sevanavank Monastery
  • Garni – Temple Visit & Duduk Performance
  • Yerevan – City Tour with Local Guide
  • Yerevan – Fruit Market Visit
  • Yerevan – Matenadaran Visit
  • Yerevan – Carpet Workshop Visit

Highlights

  • Get to the heart of Turkey and the Caucasus’s capitals with experienced local leaders – enjoy guided city tours, stroll the ancient streets of Ephesus, uncover the secrets of Troy, marvel at Baku’s diverse architecture, explore Tbilisi’s winding narrow streets, and uncover the history of ancient Yerevan.
  • Experience the region’s diverse cuisine, from learning traditional yoghurt making methods in Shamakhi to home cooked meals in Cappadocia and Kakheti, freshly prepared lunch on board a boat cruise in Kas, and a lunch of regional specialties in a refugee settlement in Tserovani.
  • Visit the Tserovani Refugee Settlement in Georgia where you will visit a jewellery making workshop aimed at providing employment to displaced women within the camp, create a piece yourself and learn about the issues surrounding long-term displacement.
  • Enjoy feature stays in Cappadocia, with elegantly decorated rooms carved from stone, and at the foot of the Tsiv-Gombori mountains, with unforgettable views of the Alazani Valley.
  • Discovery ancient wonders and otherworldly sights, from the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale and psychedelic rockscapes of Cappadocia to the open-air archaeological museum of Qobustan in Azerbaijan and the magnificent cave town of Vardzia in Georgia.

Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul
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Day 2 Canakkale
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Day 3 Selcuk
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Day 4 Selcuk
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Day 5 Pamukkale
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Day 6 Kas
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Day 7 Kas
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Day 8 Antalya
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Day 9 Antalya
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Day 10 Konya
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Day 11 Cappadocia
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Day 12 Cappadocia
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Day 13 Cappadocia
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Day 14 Istanbul
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Day 15 Baku
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Day 16 Baku
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Day 17 Absheron Peninsula / Qobustan / Baku
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Day 18 Shamaki / Sheki
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Day 19 Sheki / Kakheti Region / Telavi
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Day 20 Sighnaghi / Tbilisi
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Day 21 Tbilisi
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Day 22 Mtskheta / Tserovani / Borjomi
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Day 23 Vardzia / Akhaltsikhe / Borjomi
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Day 24 Uplistsikhe / Gudauri
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Day 25 Caucasus Mountains / Stepantsminda / Gudauri
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Day 26 Haghpat / Dilijan
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Day 27 Lake Sevan / Garni / Geghard / Yerevan
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Day 28 Yerevan
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Day 29 Yerevan
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