Your journey starts in the wonderful city of Istanbul. Istanbul is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, so it will come as no surprise that this vast metropolis is home to a beguiling mix of different cultures and traditions, blending the influences of both east and west. The city has a rich and intriguing history, originally founded by Greek settlers over 2000 years ago, Istanbul originally went by the name of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople by the Romans who made it the capital of their eastern empire.

It is well worth considering arriving into Istanbul a few days before your overland tour starts so that you have time to explore the city’s many attractions including the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cisterns, the Archaeological Museum and so much more.

Today your overland journey starts with a full day’s drive east to Goreme, a small enchanting town in the heart of the Cappadocia mountains. You will have two full days to explore Goreme including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia. There will be an opportunity for a magical optional balloon ride over the valley during your time here.

Today you continue your journey east with a full day’s drive towards the Sumela monastery,

breaking the journey with a wild camp near Zara or the village of Alucra, before continuing on to the awe-inspiring Sumela Monastery near the town of Macka.

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