Journey from east to west through Central Asia and the Caucasus on this 34-day overland group tour from Tashkent to Tbilisi. Take in the amazing Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, spend a night in a traditional yurt in the Kyzylkhum Desert and stay in a converted caravanserai in Azerbaijan. Explore the bizarre city of Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, marvel at the flaming Darvaza Gas Crater and take in the highlights of Georgia and Armenia.
- Tashkent - begin your adventure in Uzbekistan's clean and modern Soviet-Style capital city
- Samarkand - discover the jewel of Timur's empire and see highlights including the stunning Registan
- Kyzylkhum Desert - stay in traditional felt yurts in the remote desert and opt for a camel ride over the rolling dunes
- Darvaza - marvel at the flaming gas crater which is known by the Turkmen locals as the "Door to Hell"
- Ashgabat - enjoy a guided minibus tour of Turkmenistan's bizarre capital city which is home to marble architecture and golden statues
- Baku - see the bubbling mud volcanoes and petroglyphs at Gobustan and enjoy free time in Azerbaijan's capital which is a mind-boggling contrast of old and new
- Sheki - spend the night in an ancient Silk Road caravanserai where weary merchants used to rest and resupply their caravans
- Stepantsminda - hike in the rolling hills to the tiny Tsminda Sameba Church which is surrounded by the towering Caucasus Mountains
- Vardzia - admire the breathtaking cave city which was mostly abandoned in the 16th century but is still inhabited by a handful of monks
- Tbilisi - explore Georgia's charming capital independently to see sights including the Sioni Cathedral and Metekhi Temple
18 and over. No upper age limit but anyone over 70 needs to complete a tour suitability form.
Day 1: Tashkent ( overnight in Tashkent )
Arrive in Tashkent and join a 10:00 Welcome Meeting before the rest of the day is free to explore the city.
Day 2: Journey to Samarkand ( overnight in Samarkand )
Today we leave Tashkent and drive to the Silk Road city of Samarkand, where the rest of the day is free.
Day 3-4: Samarkand ( overnight in Samarkand )
Enjoy a guided tour of Samarkand on day 3, including a visit to the impressive Registan square. Day 4 is free to explore or join optional activities including a visit to Shakhrisabz city.
Day 5: Kyzylkhum Desert & Nurata ( overnight in Nurata)
Today we head into the Kyzylkhum Desert and our yurt camp near the town of Nurata. Enjoy a dip in Lake Ajdar Kul and opt for a camel ride in the desert before we spend the night in our comfortable yurts.
Day 6: Bukhara ( overnight in Bukhara )
Today we drive to Bukhara, stopping briefly in Nurata en route.
Day 7-8: Exploring Bukhara ( overnight in Bukhara )
Enjoy a guided tour of Bukhara on day 7, including the Kalon Mosque and Kalyan Minaret, known as 'Death Tower' due to its past use as a place of execution. Day 8 is at leisure in the city.
Day 9-10: Khiva ( overnight in Khiva )
Day 9 is a travel day as we drive to Khiva. There's a guided tour the next day which takes in highlights of the city including the ancient city walls and the turquoise Kalta Minor Minaret.
Day 11: Kunye Urgench ( overnight in Kunye Urgench)
Today we say goodbye to Uzbekistan and cross into Turkmenistan. Browse the markets in Dashoguz and visit the ruined Silk Road city of Kunye Urgench towards the end of the day.
Day 12: The flaming Darvaza Gas Crater ( overnight in Darvaza)
Continuing through the Karakum Desert, we reach the flaming Darvaza Gas Crater and marvel at this incredible site before setting up camp nearby.
Day 13: Travel to Ashgabat ( overnight in Ashgabat )
Today we drive to Ashgabat, the bizarre capital of Turkmenistan.
Day 14: Discover Ashgabat ( overnight in Ashgabat )
Enjoy a guided minibus tour of Ashgabat during which you'll spot some of the unusual architecture in the city including the world's largest indoor Ferris wheel.
Day 15: Turkmenbashi ( overnight in Turkmenbashi )
Drive across the remote countryside of Turkmenistan to Turkmenbashi, stopping at the Kow Ata Underground Lake en route, if we have time.
Day 16: Caspian Sea Ferry ( overnight in Caspian Sea ferry )
Today we will hopefully be able to cross the Caspian Sea to Baku, aboard a local ferry - please don't expect luxury and be aware there are usually only seats available for the overnight crossing.
Day 17-20: Bustling Baku ( overnight in Baku )
Disembarking at Baku on day 17, we have four free days to explore the city. We've built in significant time to allow for the ferry crossing, we may move on from Baku early if we cross the Caspian Sea in good time.
Day 21: Gobustan and Lahij village ( overnight in Lahij)
Discover the ancient petroglyphs and bubbling mud volcanoes at Gobustan before we drive to the mountain village of Lahij, camping nearby.
Day 22: Sheki & caravanserai stay ( overnight in Sheki (caravanserai))
We drive to Sheki and enjoy an included visit to the Khan's Palace before heading to our accommodation for the night - a hotel built inside an old Silk Road caravanserai.
Day 23: Lagodekhi National Park ( overnight in Lagodekhi NP)
Cross into Georgia today as we drive into the scenic Lagodekhi National Park, wild camping in a suitable spot.
Day 24: Telavi ( overnight in Telavi )
We visit the Gremi Citadel en route to the famous wine-producing town of Telavi, where we'll be spending the next two nights.
Day 25: Telavi & wine tasting ( overnight in Telavi )
Today we explore some of the local vineyards in Telavi and enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a family-run winery.
Day 26: Scenic Stepantsminda ( overnight in Stepantsminda )
Today we drive to the picturesque town of Stepantsminda, nestled in the rolling hills of the Georgian Caucasus. Hike up to the tiny Tsminda Sameba Church and enjoy an optional Georgian cooking class.
Day 27: Mtskheta ( overnight in Mtskheta )
Today we travel to the town of Mtskheta where we visit the charming 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.
Day 28: Borjomi National Park & Vardzia ( overnight in Vardzia)
Today we enjoy a hike in Borjomi National Park and you can opt to ride the cable car up the mountain before we travel to Vardzia to explore the incredible cave city.
Day 29: Armenian Highlands ( overnight in Armenian Highlands)
We explore Vardzia if there wasn't time yesterday and then head into Armenia, finding a suitable spot to wild camp in the Armenian Highlands.
Day 30-31: Khor Virap Monastery & ancient Yerevan ( overnight in Yerevan )
We visit the Khor Virap Monastery at the base of Mt Ararat on day 30, and then arrive in the Armenian capital of Yerevan where there are two days to explore independently.
Day 32: Lake Sevan ( overnight in Lake Sevan)
We visit the rock-cut Geghard Monastery and Graeco-Roman Garni Temple en route to Lake Sevan, where we camp.
Day 33: Free time in Tbilisi ( overnight in Tbilisi )
Today we cross back into Georgia and pass through Dilijan National Park to reach Tbilisi, the endearing capital of Georgia.
Day 34: Tbilisi
Our adventure comes to an end today.
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