15 days in Turkey, Georgia & Baku Itinerary

15 days in Turkey, Georgia & Baku Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey, Georgia & Baku Itinerary

Start: Varna, Bulgaria
bus:  9​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— Few hours
Fly:  3​h
2
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 2 nights
train:  12​h 30​min
3
Tbilisi, Georgia
— 1 night
4
Batumi, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Erzurum, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Van, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Diyarbakir, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
End: Varna, Bulgaria


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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.
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Varna, Bulgaria to Istanbul is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Varna in October, expect nights in Istanbul to be much hotter, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. You'll set off for Baku on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping
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Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like City Walls and Miniature Books. When in Baku, make a side trip to see Mud Volcanoes in Qobustan, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Dagustu Park (Upland Park), admire the masterpieces at Yay Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Juma Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Bibi-Heybat Mosque.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Baku trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Istanbul to Baku in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Baku due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Istanbul in October, with highs in Baku at 21°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tbilisi.

Things to do in Baku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mud Volcanoes
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Miniature Books ©
Miniature Books
City Walls ©
City Walls
Mud Volcanoes ©
Mud Volcanoes

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Agmashenebeli Avenue, appreciate the history behind Monument to Characters of Movie Mimino, do a tasting at Karalashvili's Wine Cellar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Anchiskhati Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mtatsminda Pantheon, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument of King Vakhtang Gorgasali.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tbilisi route planner .

You can fly from Baku to Tbilisi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Baku in October, Tbilisi is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Batumi.

Things to do in Tbilisi

Historic Sites Wineries
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Karalashvili's Wine Cellar ©
Karalashvili's Wine Cellar
Mtatsminda Pantheon ©
Mtatsminda Pantheon
Anchiskhati Basilica ©
Anchiskhati Basilica

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Batumi, Georgia

Batumi ©
Having invested heavily in tourism since 2010, Batumi is quickly becoming a go-to destination for visitors looking for a bustling nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Makhuntseti Waterwall and then admire the striking features of Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Batumi road trip app .

Traveling by car from Yerevan to Batumi takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Yerevan in October, Batumi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Erzurum.

Things to do in Batumi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Makhuntseti Waterwall
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Makhuntseti Waterwall ©
Makhuntseti Waterwall

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Erzurum, Turkey

Erzurum ©
Erzurum is a city in eastern Anatolia . Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Rustem Pasha Kervansaray, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cifte Minareli Medrese, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. On your second day here, get outside with Grand Erzurum Palandoken, then make a trip to Abdurrahman Gazi Tomb, then take an in-depth tour of Erzurum Kongre ve Milli Mucadele Muzesi, and finally contemplate the long history of Aziziye Tabyalari.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Erzurum day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Batumi to Erzurum takes 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Georgia Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Batumi in October, you will find days in Erzurum are little chillier (18°C), and nights are cooler (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Van.

Things to do in Erzurum

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
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Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque ©
Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque
Abdurrahman Gazi Tomb ©
Abdurrahman Gazi Tomb
Cifte Minareli Medrese ©
Cifte Minareli Medrese

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Van, Turkey

Van ©
Van is a city in eastern Turkey's Van Province, located on the eastern shore of Lake Van. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yedi Kilise, then don't miss a visit to Old Van, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami, and finally make a trip to Cumhuriyet Caddesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Rock of Van, then take in the waterfront at Van Iskelesi, then see the interesting displays at Van Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tushpa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Van day trip website .

You can drive from Erzurum to Van in 6.5 hours. You will leave for Diyarbakir on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Van

Historic Sites Museums
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Rock of Van ©
Rock of Van
Van Museum ©
Van Museum

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Diyarbakir, Turkey

Diyarbakir ©
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Diyarbakir trip planner .

Getting from Van to Diyarbakir by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October in Diyarbakir, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Zerzevan Kalesi ©
Zerzevan Kalesi
Behrampasa Mosque ©
Behrampasa Mosque

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
On the 24th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Baku to Istanbul takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Baku to Istanbul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Baku in October; daily highs in Istanbul reach 28°C and lows reach 26°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums
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Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi

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