DAYS 115 – 121: TURKEY
Crossing the border from Georgia into Turkey, your first stop will be the awe-inspiring Sumela Monastery near the town of Macka, which you will visit either in the afternoon or the next morning.
From Sumela it is a two day drive through central Turkey to Goreme, breaking the journey enroute with a wild camp near Zara or the village of Alucra.
Goreme is 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.
The final drive of your epic overland tour from Ulaanbaatar will be a full day’s drive west to arrive into Istanbul, the only city in the world that straddles two continents, Asia & Europe. 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.
Your overland tour includes one night in Istanbul and It is well worth considering staying for a few more days so that you have time to fully explore the city’s many attractions including the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cisterns, the Archaeological Museum and so much more.