18 days in Russia, Georgia & Istanbul Itinerary

18 days in Russia, Georgia & Istanbul Itinerary

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18 days in Russia, Georgia & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Krasnodar, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Maykop, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Nalchik, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Sukhumi, Georgia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Batumi, Georgia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
End: Istanbul, Turkey


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1
night
Krasnodar, Russia

Krasnodar
Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monument to Catherine the Great, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Kuban Cossacks, then get your game on at Gallery Krasnodar Shopping Mall, and finally don't miss a visit to Krasnaya ulitsa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Krasnodar trip itinerary builder.

Istanbul, Turkey to Krasnodar is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Krasnodar is 1 hour. May in Krasnodar sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maykop.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Shopping Fun & Games
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1
night
Maykop, Russia

Maykop
Maykop is the capital city of the Republic of Adygea in Russia, located on the right bank of the Belaya River (a tributary of the Kuban River). Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Adygea Art Gallery, admire the masterpieces at State Museum of Oriental Art, and then see the interesting displays at Adygea Republican Museum of Local Lore.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Maykop travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Krasnodar to Maykop takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nalchik.

Things to do in Maykop

Museums Shopping
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1
night
Nalchik, Russia

Nalchik
Nalchik is the capital city of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Russia, situated at an altitude of 550m in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains; about 100km northwest of Beslan in the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania. To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nalchik itinerary planner.

You can drive from Maykop to Nalchik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Nalchik, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sukhumi.

Things to do in Nalchik

Museums Shopping
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1
night
Sukhumi, Georgia

Sukhumi
The capital of autonomous region Abkhazia, Sukhumi claims to be one of the oldest cities in the world. Ancient settlements from the Copper, Bronze, and Iron Ages stand around the city, as do burial grounds adorned with bronze axes, arrowheads, bracelets, and ceramics.
To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sukhumi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nalchik to Sukhumi takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Georgia Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Batumi.

Things to do in Sukhumi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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3
nights
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.
Batumi is known for sightseeing, parks, historic sites, wildlife areas, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Batumi Boulevard, enjoy breathtaking views from Alphabetic Tower, stroll through 6 May Park, and make a trip to Gonio Fortress.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Batumi online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Sukhumi to Batumi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gonio Fortress
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Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Batumi Botanical Gardens ©
Batumi Botanical Gardens
Argo Cable Car ©
Argo Cable Car

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nights
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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, museums, shopping, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Batumi to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Batumi to Istanbul is minus 2 hours. In May in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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