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Silk Route between Tbilisi and Ashgabat
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16 days between Ashgabat and Tbilisi or vice versa...
Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This fantastic holiday-length trip takes us through some rarely-visited but fascinating destinations. We start in the delightful Georgian capital of Tbilisi and journey to the wine regions of Telavi, enjoying the wonderful local hospitality as we go. We head to the incredible small country of Azerbaijan, staying in the atmospheric old town of Sheki, discovering the ancient petroglyphs and mud volcanoes of Gobustan, and arriving at the cosmopolitan city of Baku. We have an adventurous ferry crossing over the Caspian Sea before arriving in the desert land of Turkmenistan, one of the world's most reclusive and least-visited countries! We explore the underground lake of Kow-Ata before ending this trip in the bizarre capital city of Ashgabat. Join us on this wonderful and unforgettable overland experience on the Silk Road!

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"Heroes of the Turkmen people" statue, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat

Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a welcome note from your tour leader when you arrive at the joining hotel in Ashgabat.  In the afternoon we have the option of visiting the famous Ashgabat Sunday Market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ashgabat.

In Ashgabat we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore, shop, and haggle at the vast Altyn Asyr Sunday Bazaar

Included in Kitty
Included Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city Included in Kitty
Golden statue of the president in Ashgabat
Ashgabat

Today we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses. The afternoon will be free to freely explore Ashgabat and its museums.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Learn about the history and culture of Turkmenistan at the huge National Museum in Ashgabat USD 10
Turkmen nomad and grandson, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Ashgabat

This morning we have some time to further explore Ashgabat. This afternoon we will drive to the spectacular Kow Ata Underground Lake. We will have some time this afternoon to explore this superb lake of naturally-heated clear water.

Tonight we will wild camp in this area of Kow Ata or Geok Tepe.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore Turkmenistan's unique underground lake at Kow Ata and swim in waters naturally heated to around 36°C

Included in Kitty
Optional Visit the huge Turkmenbashi Ruhy mosque on the outskirts of Ashgabat, built in 2004 as the mausoleum of Saparmurat Niyazov, the first president of Turkmenistan after the fall of the Soviet Union Free
Turkmenbashi Port, Turkmenistan
Turkmenbashi

Today we will complete our drive to the city of Turkmenbashi, on the shore of the Caspian Sea.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.

Our itinerary in Turkmenbashi and over the Caspian Sea must remain very flexible and is very much determined by sailing times of the local ferries. Please note that there is no regular schedule for the ferries, they are notoriously unpredictable, and information from the ferry operators regarding the sailing times constantly changes (or is non-existant) up until the point of departure. Maximum flexibility, open-mindedness and co-operation with your tour leaders are absolutely essential here! 

In Turkmenbashi we will stay in a local hotel for as many nights as is needed until we finally depart on the ferry over the Caspian Sea. Most trips tend to be able to set off on the ferry 1 or 2 days after arriving in Turkmenbashi.

Crossing the Caspian between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan
Caspian Sea

From Turkmenbashi, we will take the ferry across the Caspian Sea to Baku in Azerbaijan.

The ferry is a fantastic local experience, but please do not expect any luxury whatsoever! These ferries are budget vessels for the locals and cargo hauliers, and are not designed with tourists in mind. We must be prepared for very basic conditions and limited provisions on board.

Please also note that the time that the ferry takes to cross is also highly unpredictable, as it is often forced to wait outside of the port in Baku while they arrange the unloading of the cargo on the boat.

There will be basic cabins on the ferry overnight.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Cross the Caspian Sea on a local transporter ferry between Turkmenbashi and Baku Included in Kitty
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Zaza was very knowledgeable, but not too talkative.
Christian F - - 4th June 2015
Nick was an outstanding & gifted communicator in terms of relating to a wide range of individual travellers who exhibited a huge spectrum of needs. He related well to everyone and clearly enjoyed doing so. Euan was a really professional, dependable, steadfast guy who inspired great confidence among fellow travellers. He is knowledgeable, hard-working and conscientious.
James F - - 4th June 2015
Nick and Euan were both good people and I enjoyed being on the trip with them.
Thomas D - - 4th June 2015
Both leaders are excellent and assets to your organisation.
Thirumalai Govindan P - - 4th June 2015
Impressive work in all aspects, no matter if it was maintaining the truck or making sure that everybody was having a good time!
Stine J - - 4th June 2015
The trip was well organised and went smoothly. The tour leader (Rob) and assistant (Amanda) did a good job.
Michael H - - 4th June 2015
Zaza in Georgia was great.
Christine G - - 4th June 2015
Wonderful crew who really made the trip for us and did a heroic job.
Jennifer P - - 4th June 2015
Zaza was an absolutely wonderful guide in Georgia, full of information, friendly and helpful, both one and one and for the whole group.
Jennifer P - - 4th June 2015
Fantastic travel experience!
Janice J - - 4th June 2015
Both of the crew did an excellent job!
Andreas C - - 4th June 2015
Both Tim and Lynsey were outstanding tour leaders! They established an excellent rapport with all tour participants and consistently displayed a friendly, helpful, and patient demeanor to all. Both Tim and Lynsey contributed significantly to the enjoyment of the trip!
Janice J - - 4th June 2015
I cannot say enough positive things about both Tim and Lynsey. They were absolutely excellent. They were extremely kind and helpful, were able to deal with difficult situations when they arose, and were all around great people to travel with. I hope to be able to travel with them again.
Joshua C - - 4th June 2015
Our guide in Georgia was especially great.
Joshua C - - 4th June 2015
Both worked very hard to make the expedition a success and to try to make the experience enjoyable for everyone.
Albert A - - 4th June 2015
Slava was a good guide in Turkmenistan.
Charleen K - - 4th June 2015
Our guide in Georgia (Sophia) was exceptional.
Albert A - - 4th June 2015
On long trips or when spirits were down, Domingo did a wonderful job at cheering people up. Euan the driver was great, he drove very well, and had a very good attitude.
Kushal I - - 4th June 2015
Slava in Turkmenistan and Sophia in Georgia were both exactly what I would expect from a dedicated knowledgeable professional guide.
Norman H - - 4th June 2015
I really enjoyed this trip, even with all of the uncertainty surrounding the Caspian Sea ferry!
Shelley I - - 4th June 2015
Rustam (Turkmenistan) is a very good guide and extremely professional trying to help us with all the problems (Turkmenistan is not an easy country). Zaza is a very professional guide, giving very good information about everything and willing to help and give good advices for the free time
PEDRO ALEXANDRE M - - 4th June 2015
This is my 4th trip with Dragoman. I have enjoyed all of them.
Jeffrey M - - 4th June 2015

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