12 days in Istanbul, Tbilisi & Stepantsminda Itinerary

12 days in Istanbul, Tbilisi & Stepantsminda Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 4 nights
Drive to Tbilisi International Airport, Fly to Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport

S M T W T F S
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

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 Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum and Sakip Sabanci Museum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Istanbul, learn about all things military at Naval Museum, take an in-depth tour of Panorama 1453, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nuruosmaniye Camii.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul holiday maker.

Beirut, Lebanon to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Beirut in July since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

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 Tsinandali Palace. Popular historic sites such as Ikalto Monastery Complex and Mtatsminda Pantheon are in your itinerary. Step out of Tbilisi to go to Tsinandali and see House-museum of Chavchavadze, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's much more to do: do a tasting at Chateau Mukhrani, examine the collection at Tbilisi Auto Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kashveti Church, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tbilisi trip planner.

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

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

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 Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof. 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 take an in-depth tour of Stepantsminda History Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Stepantsminda trip builder.

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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25: