Kayseri to Kutaisi (2 weeks)

Kayseri to Kutaisi (2 weeks)

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This will be the sixth trip leg of a four month overland journey called “Vikings in Asia” which will go between Norway and Khazakstan. For more information about vehicles used, whats included, who this trip is for etc check out the website: www.vikingsinasia.com

Road tripping is the best, as it allows for flexibility whenever we want. That also makes it harder to have a set itinerary, but here is the plan for the second trip leg.

  

30.July Kayseri

Let us know what time you will arrive so that we can pick you up at the airport. We will stay in the the beautiful city of Istanbul and explore town on our own and together.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

31.July Kayseri

Opt to go for a day trip to Cappadocia and drive around beautiful scenery in Goreme. We will have a welcome dinner to the new ones so that we can explain what to expect for the weeks ahead.

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hostels are 9€ upwards.

1.August: Kayseri - Gunpinar (230km/3hrs)

Relaxed we will pack our bags, check out and head for the Gunpinar Waterfall.

Accommodation: We will be wildcamping by the falls

2.August: Gunpinar- Sanliurfa (360km/5hrs)

Today we will drive to Göbekli Tepe- the oldest religious site in the World, before finding some lodging in Sanliurfa and explore the town there. This is a place with a lot of history!

Accommodation: We will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hotels will probably be around 10€ upwards.

3.August: Sanliurfa- Nemrut Krateri (460km/6hrs)

Today we will drive to the Nemrut crater where we will pitch our tents in a place where there apparently are lots of turtles walking around.

Accommodation: We will wildcamp by the volanic crater lake

4.August: Sanliurfa- Nemrut Krateri (500km/7hrs)

Today we will drive to the historical town called "Batman", just like the superhero. Then we will continue to the Nemrut crater where we will pitch our tents in a place where there apparently are lots of turtles walking around.

Accommodation: We will wildcamp by the volanic crater lake

5.August: Nemrut Krateri- Kars (400km/5hrs)

We will drive up north, stopping at a city called "Mus" (which means mouse/female genital part in Norwegian) to have lunch and do some shopping. Then we will drive up to Kars which is an old city with lots of ruins from towers, bunkers and castles. 

AccommodationWe will find a AirBnb, hostel or campsite to stay at for cheap. Hotels will probably be around 10€ upwards.

6.August: Kars-Akhaltsike (200km/4hrs)

Today we will leave Turkey and enter Georgia at the Turkgozu border. From here we will drive up to a classical Georgian town called Akhaltsikhe. Here we will stay with a couple (called Dato and Leila) who will most likely offer us wine, food and possibly a dance with them. 

AccommodationWe will stay at a place called Dream House which is really nice for around 5€ per person including wifi, hot shower and electricity. 

7.August: Akhaltsike Keda(130km/2hrs)

We will drive around 60 kilometers to Goderzi Ski Resort and drive up to Beshumi lake for a lunch picknic. If we want to stay overnight in this peaceful environment we can, otherwise we will continue to Kulo or Keda where we can find a place to camp.

Accommodation: Today we have lots of places where we can bushcamp. Or we can opt to stay at a hostel in Khulo for around 5€ per person.

8.August: Keda-Batumi(100km/2hrs)

First we will drive 40 kilometers to Batumi and dropp off our bags at a hostel/hotel in the city before continuing to Mtirala National Park.

Accommodation: You have the option of staying in a hostel/guesthouse for less than 10€ per night. Or maybe you want to try out couchsurfing? The choice is yours.

9.August: Batumi-Kutaisi (150km/3hrs)

We will drive to Kutaisi, a great place to stay for a few days while exploring the area. We can drive up to Sataplia Nature Reserve, drive to the Gelati Monestary or simply chill out in this backpacker friendly town. 

Accommodation: There are plenty of budget accommodation alternatives. 

10.August: Kutaisi 

As always we will have some days of buffer time since we will probably have found some places along the way where we wanted to stay longer. But dont worry, there are plenty of things to do in Kutaisi and we will drive you around to see it all. 

Accommodation: There are plenty of budget accommodation alternatives. 

11.August: Kutaisi to Svaneti (100km/3hrs)

From Kutaisi we can drie up to the fantastically beautiful region of Svaneti to do some trekking. 

Accommodation: We could either bring our tents to camp along the hiking trails or we could check in to a cheap guest house.

12.August: Svaneti 

You could either stay in a town which will remind you of the Austro/Swiss alps or you could go hiking in the mountains

Accommodation: We could either bring our tents to camp along the hiking trails or we could check in to a cheap guest house.

13.August: Svaneti to Kutaisi (100km/3hrs)

Today we will drive back to Svaneti where we can have a final good bye party for the ones leaving us there. 

Accommodation: There are plenty of budget accommodation alternatives. 

14.August: Kutaisi 

Today will be the final day of this trip leg, and we hope you have enjoyed it. Let us know what time your flight departs so that we can drive you to the airport.

Today will be the final day of this trip leg, and we hope you have enjoyed it. Let us know what time your flight departs so that we can drive you to the airport.

Accommodation: There are plenty of budget accommodation alternatives.