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12 DAYS TOUR TO TURKEY & GEORGIA
- Aug 1, 2021
- Aug 15, 2021
VISIT ISTANBUL, TBILISI, KOZBEGHI, GORI, KUSAITI, BATUMI
DAY, 1: USA-TURKEY
FLY FROM U.S.A. TO TURKEY
DAY, 2: ISTANBUL NIGHT SIGHTSEEING
Arrive today at Ataturk Istanbul international airport. Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted by Yona Tours representatives. In the evening after dinner enjoy panoramic sightseeing by night through the most interesting avenues and squares of the city and spectacular illuminated sights. Then transfer to your hotel.
DAY, 3: ISTANBUL CITY TOURS, GRAND BAZAAR
DAY, 1: Today admire the delicate design and Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque. Explore the ancient Roman Hippodrome with Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column. Stop off at the dazzling Grand Bazaar. With its 4000 shops, it has something you want! Finding it is great fun. After dinner drop off to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY, 4: TOPKAPI PALACE, GALATA TOWER, EUROPEAN TOWER, SPICE BAZAR, ISTIKLAL AVE
Take a relaxing Bosphorus Cruise by boat. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Then visit Topkapi Palace, with royal treasury and elegant four courts. Proceed to the bustling Spice Market, a colorful bazaar heaped with various sweets and spices. Today visit Galata tower with its conical cap rises high above all other buildings on the east bank of the Golden Horn and provides a magnificent 360 degree view of Istanbul. Afterward proceed to Istiklal Ave (Independence Avenue) that is an elegant pedestrian shopping street in Istanbul's New Districts. More than 3 million people visit the street daily.
DAY, 5: TURKEY-GEORGIA
Depart to airport and fly to next county. Arrive to Tbilisi international Airport, meeting and greeting by the guide and explanation about forthcoming trip, transfer to the hotel.
The country of Georgia is located on the crossroads of two continents Europe and Asia. Legendary Silk Road, layers of different cultures from great civilizations, have been stored in this country, creating the unique and diverse identity. Following the Silk Road, you get to know the mystery of the Ancient World. This great adventure into the Caucasus region of Central Asia discovers one of the fascinating states of the former USSR.
Visiting the sulfur baths in Tbilisi is a definite must-do when you are in the city. It is a really enjoyable experience, but it pays to know a few things before you go. Then Meet your guide and other group members in the hotel lobby to go for a welcome dinner of traditional Georgian cuisine.
DAY, 6: TBILISI SIGHTSEEING
Ride up by cableway to “Narikala Fortress” to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Then we descend from the mountain, through the narrow streets to the fortress “Narikala”. From the fortress you enjoy magnificent views on old part of Tbilisi. Next, walk past Tbilisi’s only mosque, down to the sulfur bath house district. Enjoy a stroll through the “Sharden area”, which is full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine bars, and souvenir shops, and breathe in the history of Old Tbilisi. Also visit the famous “Rezo Gabriadze Theatre’s” clock tower, before crossing the Bridge of Peace to “Rike Park”. Then we take you to the “Dry Bridge Flea Market”. Check in at your hotel to prepare for services and shabbat dinner.
DAY, 7: TBILISI COMMUNITY AND WALKING TOURS
Jews have lived in Georgia continuously since the exile from Jerusalem since the first temple. Today we will visit the Great Synagogue of Tbilisi. After Lunch have some walking tour along the bridge of love, we walk to the natural waterfall, located in the center of the capital. The rest of day at your leisure for relax in your pampering hotel.
DAY, 8: ANANURI FORTRESS, JINVALI WATER RESERVOIR, KAZBEGI MOUNTAIN
On today’s full day tour of “Mount Kazbegi” , will open up an enchanting Georgia. On the way there, you will visit a “Ananuri” complex located at the quiet waters of the “Jinvali Reservoir”, see the beauty of mountainous rivers and gorges of Kazbegi, and enjoy the tranquility in the “Gerget”, which is the final destination of the journey. There you will get an amazing view on the village of Kazbegi and glacier.
Visit “Jinvali Water Reservoir”, also Jinvali, is an artificial water reservoir located on the river “Aragvi” in Georgia. “Ananuri” Fortified Castle Fortress is one of the best monuments of the late feudal era of Georgia. This area (village) has been inhabited since ancient times. We will continue our way to Kazbegi throw “Gudauri” and Cross pass. Upon arrival we will take vehicles 4X4 and drive up to the church of Holy Trinity. With a driver to handle the winding mountain roads, you are free to enjoy dramatic views on your way to some of the region’s top highlights, where explore fascinating history.
DAY, 9: UPLISTSIKHE, PROMETHEUS, KUTAISI, BATUMI
Depart Tbilisi for western Georgia. The first stop will be at Stalin’s hometown of “Gori” to visit the Stalin Museum. This museum includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and an impressive bulletproof train Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Then, explore the cave town of “Uplistsikhe”, which dates back to the Hellenistic Period. Uplistsikhe is notable for its unique combination of various styles of rock-cut architecture, including “bothpagan” and Christian architecture. Afterward visit “Prometheus cave” is one of the biggest and most beautiful caves in Europe, which providing visitors with breathtaking examples of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, petrified waterfalls, cave pearls, underground rivers, and lakes. Kutaisi, the central city of western Georgia, over the “Rikoti Pass” and through Georgia’s longest tunnel (1,722m). Finally, drive to Batumi the charming city of Batumi on the coast of the Black Sea.
DAY, 10: BATUMI
Batumi is not only one of Georgia’s most important seaports, but also one of the country’s tourism capitals. In this morning relax and use the facility of the beach. By afternoon stroll along the Black Sea coast or watching the fascinating sight of ships departing from the harbor (best seen from Batumi Quay). The old city is known for its variety of small and intricate architectural details: buildings are decorated with chimeras, mermaids, atlantes, and other mythical creatures. The tour will also visit Batumi’s Europe Square, Piazza Square, Alphabet tower, and “Ali and Nino” statue. Ride Georgia’s longest cableway (about 6 minutes) to the best panoramic viewpoint in the city. In the afternoon, take an optional tour to Batumi Botanical Garden, which is located on the Green Cape and offers amazing views of the Black Sea. Established in 1880, it is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the South Caucasus and hosts an incredible collection of more than 2,000 species of trees. By evening have some free time for soaring heights of Panoramic Ferris Wheel on this fun city.
DAY, 11: MARTVILI CANYON, TBILISI
Visit “Martvili Canyon”. Martvili is a natural wonder, located in Samegrelo region, Western Georgia, 280km from Tbilisi. It used to be a bath place for Georgian Nobles, “Dadiani” family. Now it represents a touristic site. Enjoy the scenery, its waterfalls and take a boat trip in the river “Abasha” and beautiful views of mountain river canyon with deep green color. Then drive to “Tbilisi” and check to your hotel.
DAY, 12: GEORGIA-U.S.A.
Enjoy any remaining free time in the city. At the designated time, you'll be escorted to the airport for your departure flight home. Arrive at JFK or LAX airport. Plan your next trip with Yona Tours.