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This 27 days tour through the Great Silk Road and the gems of Caucasus will become something special and for sure memorable! Your trip starts in the biggest city of Central Asia - Tashkent. Further, it will continue to the iconic cities of Samarkand and Bukhara where you will cross the border to one of the most closed countries in the world -Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan makes a nice combination for this tour by noble deserts and oases, specific historical and cultural traditions of the Great Silk Road. Tourists are attracted to this country by ruins of beautiful cities of almost all powerful ancient Asian and Persian dynasties, endless steppes and the Great Karakum Desert, skullcaps and pilaf, Akhal-Teke horses and colorful folk weddings, famous carpets made in ancient style, the famous silk and natural melons. From Turkmenistan you will travel to the Caucasus. This part of the tour will start In Azerbaijan and continue to Armenia and Georgia. Armenia is one of the oldest countries in the world, has many ancient monasteries and the gorgeous Lake Sevan, while Georgia has cosmopolitan Tbilisi, the high mountains of Kazbegi, and the oldest wine region in the world. Azerbaijan is the only Muslim country of these three, has vivid colors and patterns, winding streets, the carpet weaving center in Quba, and the bright stained glass of Sheki’s palaces. You will get amazed by nature, taste the most delicious national meals, visit charming natural monuments, and enjoy special hospitality of the Caucasus.
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Day 1 - Tashkent
Program 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
Day 3 - Samarkand
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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)
Program 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
Program -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
Program -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 - Ashgabat - Turkmenboshi
Day 10 - Baku
Day 11 - Baku
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Day 15 - Sheki - Kish - Sheki
Program 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
Day 17 - Telavi - Tbilisi
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Program 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
Day 26 - Yerevan
Program 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
Services included in the price of the tour
- Double / Single accommodation with breakfast
- Transport services all over the tour by luxury air conditioned car/minivan/bus
- Tips at the airports and hotels
- Unlimited bottles of mineral water
- Folklore show in Bukhara city
- Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre
- Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
- Any museums of Tashkent
- all museums
- taking part in national holydays
- libraries and much much more
- English speaking guide services (to be ordered)
- Portage charges at airports and hotels
- Picnics and coffee stops
- Unlimited entrance fees to all sights
- OPTIONAL services for your choice
- Visiting Christian churches
- Tashkent zoo and botanic garden
- winetasting in local wineries
- parties and customs / traditions. Visiting Uzbek families
- medical institutions
- archives of ancient books
- Presents from Roxana Tour
Not included in the list of services
- Airfare due to the program (international and local)
- Beverages and meals not included in main menu
- All personal expenses (extra luggage fee / room service / medical expenses/insurance / etc.)
- Tips to the guides and drivers
- All optional deviations from the main itinerary
- Photo-and video charges
- Trip cancellation / accident insurance
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