23 days in Turkey, Russia & Batumi Itinerary

23 days in Turkey, Russia & Batumi Itinerary

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23 days in Turkey, Russia & Batumi Itinerary

Start: Ufa, Russia
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Ufa, Russia
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Volgograd, Russia
— 1 day
Drive:  12​h 30​min
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Kars, Turkey
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
4
Trabzon, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
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Bursa, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
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Izmir, Turkey
— 5 nights
8
Batumi, Georgia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
9
Pyatigorsk, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Ufa, Russia


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Ufa, Russia

Ufa
Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Ufa-Arena, pause for some photo ops at Salavat Yulaev Monument, appreciate the history behind Monument to Salavat Yulayev, then appreciate the history behind Friendship Monument (Monument Druzhby), and finally admire the majestic nature at Ufa Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ufa trip planner .

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airport is Ufa International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Ufa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Salavat Yulaev Monument
Salavat Yulaev Monument
Ufa-Arena ©
Ufa-Arena

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Volgograd, Russia

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Flour Mill Ruins, make a trip to The Eternal Flame, then admire the natural beauty at Komsomolskij Garden, then appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Mamayev Hill Monuments.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Volgograd trip builder tool .

You can fly from Ufa to Volgograd in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Ufa in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Volgograd: highs are around 33°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kars.

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Parks Historic Sites
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Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture

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Kars, Turkey

Kars ©
Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ani Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of Tigran Honents, and then delve into the distant past at Ani Antik Kenti.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kars trip website .

Getting from Volgograd to Kars by car takes about 17 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Volgograd in June, things will get little chillier in Kars: highs are around 25°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Kars

Historic Sites
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Ani Cathedral ©
Ani Cathedral
The Church of Tigran Honents ©
The Church of Tigran Honents

1
night
Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Ortahisar, take some stellar pictures from Sumela Monastery, then browse the different shops at Forum Trabzon, and finally examine the collection at Trabzon Sehir Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Hidirnebi Yaylasi, then examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atatürk Köşkü, and finally steep yourself in history at Castle Of Trabzon.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Trabzon journey planner.

You can drive from Kars to Trabzon in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Kars in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Trabzon, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Trabzon

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hidirnebi Yaylasi
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Ortahisar ©
Ortahisar
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Soumela Monastery ©
Soumela Monastery

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Bursa, Turkey

Bursa ©
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Muradiye Complex, admire the landmark architecture of Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii, then look for gifts at Covered Bazaar (Bedesten), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bursa vacation planner.

Getting from Trabzon to Bursa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Trabzon in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bursa, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Muradiye Camii
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Ulu Cami ©
Ulu Cami
Muradiye Complex ©
Muradiye Complex
Isabey CAMii ©
Isabey CAMii

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Horn and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Basilica Cistern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Dilburnu Tabiat Parki. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, enjoy the sand and surf at Solar Plajı, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Step out of the city life by going to Ladies Beach and Karagol Tabiat Parki. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Ilica Plaji (in Cesme) and Selcuk (Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Celsus Kutuphanesi, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, appreciate the history behind Dunya Baris Aniti, and buy something for everyone on your list at Konak Pier AVM.

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

Do a combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Batumi.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk, Ladies Beach, Ilica Plaji
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ureki Beach and Sarpi Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Batumi Boulevard and Ethnographic Museum "Borjgalo". When in Batumi, make a side trip to see Kobuleti Beach in Kobuleti, approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Batumi Botanical Gardens, meet the residents at Batumi Dolphinarium, and don't miss a visit to Argo Cable Car.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Batumi trip site .

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Batumi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Georgia Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Izmir in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Batumi, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Pyatigorsk.

Things to do in Batumi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ureki Beach, Kobuleti Beach, Sarpi Beach
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Ureki Beach ©
Ureki Beach
Batumi Boulevard ©
Batumi Boulevard
Sarpi Beach ©
Sarpi Beach

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night
Pyatigorsk, Russia

Pyatigorsk ©
Pyatigorsk is a city in Stavropol Krai located on the Podkumok River, about 20km from the town of Mineralnye Vody where there is an international airport and about 45km from Kislovodsk. On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Gate of Love (Gate of the Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Pyatigorsk Necropolis, then relax in the rural setting at Tersk Stud Farm, and finally trek along Mt Beshtau.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pyatigorsk trip builder website .

Getting from Batumi to Pyatigorsk by car takes about 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Batumi to Pyatigorsk is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Batumi in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Pyatigorsk, with highs around 35°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pyatigorsk

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Mt Beshtau, Tersk Stud Farm
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Mt Beshtau ©
Mt Beshtau
Tersk Stud Farm ©
Tersk Stud Farm
Tsvetnik Park ©
Tsvetnik Park

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