11 days in Istanbul & Tbilisi Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 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.
Visit Hagia Sophia Mosque and Galata Tower for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rahmi M. Koc Museum and Galata Mevlevi Museum. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, soak in style at Turkish baths, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul itinerary planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Istanbul is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Beirut in November; daily highs in Istanbul reach 17°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Tbilisi.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Baths
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Tbilisi, Georgia — 6 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.
Shop till you drop at Yuliko & Friends Concept Store and Fotografia. Your inner history buff will appreciate The City-Museum Reserve of Mtskheta and The Kashveti Church of St. George. Get out of town with these interesting Tbilisi side-trips: Numisi (in Velistsikhe), Samtavro Church (in Mtskheta) and Tsinandali (House-museum of Chavchavadze & Tsinandali Palace). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Narikala Fortress, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Mukhrani.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tbilisi trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Tbilisi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Tbilisi is 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tbilisi, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 1 day

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and then take a stroll through Beyoglu.

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Traveling by flight from Tbilisi to Istanbul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Georgia Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tbilisi in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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