CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA TOURS
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CAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA TOURS

CAUCASUS & THE HEART OF THE GREAT SILK ROAD
TURKMENISTAN - UZBEKISTAN – AZERBAJAN – GEORGIA - ARMENIA

Duration Tour: 27 days \ 26 nights
            

Days

Destinations

Itinerary

 Photos

DAY 1

Tashkent

Flight to Tashkent by ...
This is the capital of Uzbekistan, where the ancient silk routes intersected from Europe, Middle East, India and China.

Explore the old town with its Kukeldash, Abdul Kassim and Barak Khana Madrassahs, Amur Timur central square, broadway and fountains, earthquake monument, Temurid's museum and Fine arts museum, Kafal Shahi mausoleum and Chorsu Bazaar with its silks, herbs and spices.
Dinner at local restaurant

NIGHT LIFE:  Going around city visiting modern bars and, night clubs and getting to know how local youth spend their leisure time.

DAY 2

Tashkent - Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to Samarkand. Photo stops near second Largest river of Central Asia Sirdarya, local fish market and famous market where the best melons are sold in the whole regionArrival.
Accommodation at hotel.Lunch at local restaurant.Free time
Dinner at restaurant

DAY 3

Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel
Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand:
Guri Emir- Legendary mausoleum where Amir Temur and all his family buried.
Registan square- World famous complex of 3 Madrasahs and golden dome mosque.
Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest Mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift from wife of Temerlame to her husband.

Lunch at restaurant
Siyab local bazzar-unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand people.
Shahi - Zinda necropolises, a holy place and cemetery with graves of Temured’s dynasty and a grave of cousin of Prophet Muhamed.   
Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy.

Dinner at restaurant

DAY 4

Samarkand- Shaxrisabz- Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to Shaxrisabz
The birthplace of Tamerlane, his palace Ak Sarai and Kok Gumbaz mosque, and Mausoleum of Jehangir (Tamerlane's grandson),plus Tamerlane's Mausoleum
Lunch at local restaurant

Transfer to Bukhara
Arrival. Accommodation at hotel.
Free time for rest

Dinner with national Folklor show and show of national clothes at Nodir Devonbegi madrassah

DAY 5

Bukhara

Breakfast at hotel
City tour:
Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c), Bukhara local bazaar.
Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir- Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c),
Lunch at restaurant
Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs;
Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c);
Dinner at restaurant

DAY 6

Bukhara- Mary (Turkmenistan)

Breakfast at hotel
Drive to Mary through the Kara Kum Desert and the ruins of Merv 385 kms with borders to cross, about 8 hrs duration
. Genghis Khan's youngest son sacked Merv in 1221, decaptitating the inhabitants despite a peaceful surrender. Merv was one of the greatest of all the ancient Silk Road cities. Overnight in Mary with breakfast.

DAY 7

Merv –Mary- Ashgabat

-Breakfast at the hotel
-Drive to Merv (27km from Mary). Sightseeing includes:
 Erk Kala (VI century BC), Gyaur Kala (III century BC), Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar (XII century), Big and Small Kiz Kala (VI-VII century AD)
-Drive to Ashgabat – 350 km
-Arrive in Ashgabat and overnight at the hotel

DAY 8

Ashgabat

-Breakfast at the hotel
-Visit of Ruhy Mosque – the biggest mosque in Central Asia where 20.000 people can pray at one time and family tomb of the first President of Turkmenistan Saparmyrat Turkmenbashy.
-Visit of Nisa – one of the capital cities of Parthian Empire and was residence of Parthian Kings  (III BC-IIIAD)
-Visit of Ertogrul Gazi Mosque
-Visit of Arch of Neutrality
-Visit of the Russian bazaar
-Overnight at the hotel

DAY 9

Ashabat – Turkmenboshi

-Breakfast at the hotel
-Transfer to Turkmenboshi. Ferry to Baku across Caspian Sea.

Ashgabad city

DAY10

Baku

Meeting at the ferry. Transfer to Baku.
Meeting by English speaking guide.
Transfer to hotel. Accommodation.

DAY 11

Baku

This Early morning enjoy a walking tour of Baku. Wandering through the old city's delightful winding alleys you will visit the Palace of the
Shirvanshahs, the old mosques and the mysterious eight storey Maiden's
Tower.  VERY INTERESTING WALKING TOUR
After early lunch transfer to Krasnaya Sloboda (Quba) and see the synagogue and the wedding palace.  Hopefully see some of the village and meet with the local rabbi or town administrator.  Travel onto Quba to see the ancient hammam, quick city tour and stop to shop for carpets for which the town is known for. Transfer back to Baku

DAY 12

Baku -Nakchivan- Baku

Transfer for to airport for flight to Nakchivan at 08:00 , arriving: Visiting: Mumina Xatum mausoleum, Carpet Museum, Mausoleum of Yusif Huseynoglu, Imamzada Mausoleum, Iranian mosque, and Haydar Aliev Museum if open.
Include lunch at best Turkish restaurant in town. Transfer to the airport for flight back to Baku at 16:40. Arriving. Accommodation at hotel. 

DAY 13

Baku – Gobustan – Baku

Today head south to Gobustan.  On the
mountainside and in caves are thousands of rock paintings dating from the
early Stone Age (c.10,000 BC). Also see the old oil fields of Bibi Heyat and
the bizarre mud volcanoes. In the afternoon quick tour to the
Absheron Peninsula, visiting a Zoroastrian fire temple and also take a look
at the medieval fortresses and the interesting mosque at Amirjan. 
Back to Baku

DAY 14

Baku - Shamakhi– Sheki

Leaving Baku behind, enter the foothills of
the Caucasus Mountains. Interesting stops today include the town of Shamakhi GREAT TOMBS FROM THE 17TH CENTURY HERE. 
and the village of Lahij, with its cobble stone streets, the centre of
Azerbaijani handicrafts.

DAY 15

Sheki - Kish - Sheki

 Sheki is a delightful town and today you will
discover the palace of the Sheki Khans, the history museum and the house of
craftsmen. In the afternoon drive into the countryside and visit Kish  THE PALACE OF THE SHEKI KHANS IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP.  village. Overnight in a converted YUKHARI  caravanserai . THE OUTDOOR EATING AREAS ARE BEAUTIFUL.  MARKET IN SHEKI EVERYDAY IS INTERESTING.  GREAT PHOTO OPPURTUNITIES.

DAY 16

Sheki – Telavi

Visiting Sunday market (to be adjusted with local guide). Following the spectacular Caucasus Mountain range,
cross the Lagodekhi border into Georgia and continue to Telavi located in
Georgia's wine growing region.

DAY 17

Telavi – Tbilisi

The people of Kakheti Province are renowned for
their hospitality, good food and wine and while in Telavi visit  King Irakli's Palace, Tsinandali - the house of Prince Chavchavadze and enjoy a wine tasting. Also visit Alaverdi Cathedral and Shaumta Monastery before
continuing to Georgia's capital Tbilisi.

DAY 18

Tbilisi

Tbilisi. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the charming
Georgian capital including Siony cathedral and Anchiskhati Basilica, the
history museum with its fantastic gold treasury and old icons and Narikala
Fortress, also visit Jewish synagogue.  The afternoon is left free.  Visiting a nice hamam for a good massage. (to be adjusted with a local guide)

DAY 19

 

 

 

Tbilisi – Gudauri

 Moving on from Tbilisi it's an exciting drive
into the high Caucasus Mountains along the Georgian Military Highway. Visit
Mtskheta,WONDERFUL CATHEDRAL HERE. the Fortress of AnanauriBEAUTIFUL ON THE SHORE OF A LAKE., and finally, the town of Kazbegi. You
will have a chance to hike. up to Gergeti Church. Return to Gudauri, where you spend the night.

DAY 20

Gudauri - Gori - Tbilisi

Descending from the Caucasus Mountains,
visit the town of Gori, birthplace of Georgia's most infamous son, Joseph
Stalin. Still revered by some Georgians, the last surviving statue of Stalin stands in the main square of Gori. Continue to the cave town of Uplistsikhe, and then return to Tbilisi.

DAY 21

Tbilisi – Dzoraget

Leaving Georgia it's in to the densely forested
mountains of Armenia. Visit the monasteries of HaghpatDEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST MONASTERIES IN ARMENIA. founded in 976, and
the monastery of SanahinIN THIS TOWN, HOME OF THE MIKOYAN FROTHERS, SEE THE MIG THAT ONE OF THE BROTHERS DESIGNED. dating from 966, which are both UNESCO World  Heritage Sites. Overnight in Lori Province in a hotel by the rushing Debed River.
Dinner at the hotel

DAY 22

Dzoraget - Haghartsin- Lake Sevan

Today visit Haghartsin
Monastery, set in a scenic valley beside a stream. Continue via the spa town
of Dilijan to Goshavank Monastery and take an optional hike to Goshalich, a
small lake nearby. Lunch at fish restaurant “Ashot Yerkat”. Then drive on to Lake Sevan and visit Sevan Monastery
built in 874. Spend the night at a hotel on the shores of the lake with timeto relax.

DAY 23

Sevan - Selim Caravanserai – Sissian

Today follow the great Silk
Road into the Southern Region of Armenia. Visit the atmospheric Selim
Caravanserai, an important staging point in the14th century. Later, Lunch “Sisavan” restaurant visit
Glazdor Monastery, the oldest and most famous university in Armenia established in 1282, and then continue to Sissian.

DAY 24

Sissian – Yerevan

A highlight of any trip to the Southern Region is
a visit to Tatev Cathedral, a remarkable architectural complex situated on
the top of an almost impregnable plateau. Since the 9th century, Tatev has
been recognised as one of the religious and spiritual centres of Armenia.
Visit Goris and the Khndzoresk cave settlements before returning to Yerevan

DAY 25

Yerevan

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Yerevan. Visit the
archaeological site of  Erebuni, the first capital of Armenia dating back to
the 8th century BC, the Matenadaran Manuscripts Museum of ancient manuscripts and the poignant  Memorial to the 1915 Armenian Genocide.  

DAY 26

Yerevan

Today visit Echmiadzin, the spiritual heart of the
Armenian Church and site of the country's first church, built in 303. In the afternoon, visit the pagan temple of Garni, followed by Geghard Cave Monastery where it its said that the holy lance that pierced the body of Christ was kept.

DAY 27

Yerevan -Tbilisi

Early transfer to Tbilisi for the flight home.
End of service.

 

Services included in main tour price:   Services excluded in main tour price:
  • Double / Single accommodation
  • English speaking guide service (to be ordered)
  • Transport service all over tour by luxury air conditioned car
  • Portages charge at airports and hotels Tips at the airports and hotels
  • Picnic and coffee stops
  • Unlimited Bottle of mineral water
  • Unlimited Entrance fees to all sightseeing
  • Folklore shows in Bukhara city
  • OPTIONAL services for your choice;
Tashkent: Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre,
Visiting Christian churches,
Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
Tashkent zoo and botanic garden.
Any museums of Tashkent
And much more
Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Ferghana: Decussating of local wines of local factories, all museums, theatres, taking part in national holydays, parties and customs / Traditions. Visiting Uzbek families, Schools, medical institutions, bazaars, archives of ancient books, libraries and much much more.
  • Presents from Roxana Tour
 
  • Airfare due to the program (international and local)
  • All optional deviations from the main itinerary
  • Beverages and meals not included in main menu
  • Photo-and video charges
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation / accident insurance
  • Tips to the guides and drivers

 

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