Turkey, Turkmen & Tamerlane's Testament

Tashkent - Istanbul

48 days through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey
FROM: $6610 USD + 1,670 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Overnight Boat, Private Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 16 nights
Yurt Camp 1 night
Basic Hotel 8 nights
Camping without facilities 6 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Guesthouse 5 nights
Wild Camp 3 nights
Homestay 2 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 25, Lunches x 9, Dinners x 17
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
TRT
Deposit:
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

Central Asia and the Caucasus have always been connected as trade and armies have passed along the fabled Silk Road and this trip mirrors that route. Connecting the great historic Ottoman capital of Istanbul with Tamerlane's magnificent city of Samarkand, this trip is as much a journey through history as a journey through geography.

Along the way we can explore the mountains, cultures of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Home stays are the order of the day in Georgia, and the food and wine is as much part of the trip as the magnificent scenery and the churches.

Crossing the Caspian, we head into the deserts of Turkmenistan and then the historic lands of the central Silk Road down the Oxus Valley, visiting Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
Overland in to the Karakum desert
Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area

An easy well paced trip, with plenty to see and do along the way. Mainly hotels, with some home stays and camping, this is an ideal trip for folk with an interest in history and lovers of food and wine. Crossing the Caspian will provide a bit of a challenge to your comfort zone!

Day 1 - Tashkent (14th July 2020)

Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

We will then have a free afternoon to explore the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent 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 Tashkent.

*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.*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Samarkand (15th July 2020)
Day 3 - Samarkand (16th July 2020)
Day 4 - Samarkand (17th July 2020)
Day 5 - Kyzylkhum Desert (18th July 2020)
Day 6 - Bukhara (19th July 2020)
Day 7 - Bukhara (20th July 2020)
Day 8 - Bukhara (21st July 2020)
Day 9 - Khiva (22nd July 2020)
Day 10 - Khiva (23rd July 2020)
Day 11 - Kunye Urgench (24th July 2020)
Day 12 - Darvaza (25th July 2020)
Day 13 - Ashgabat (26th July 2020)
Day 14 - Ashgabat (27th July 2020)
Day 15 - Turkmenbashi (28th July 2020)
Day 16 - Caspian Sea (29th July 2020)
Day 17 - Baku (30th July 2020)
Day 18 - Baku (31st July 2020)
Day 19 - Baku (1st August 2020)
Day 20 - Baku (2nd August 2020)
Day 21 - Lahij Village (3rd August 2020)
Day 22 - Sheki (4th August 2020)
Day 23 - Lagodekhi (5th August 2020)
Day 24 - Telavi (6th August 2020)
Day 25 - Telavi (7th August 2020)
Day 26 - Stepantsminda (8th August 2020)
Day 27 - Mtskheta (9th August 2020)
Day 28 - Borjomi-Kharagauli NP (10th August 2020)
Day 29 - Armenian Highlands (11th August 2020)
Day 30 - Yerevan (12th August 2020)
Day 31 - Yerevan (13th August 2020)
Day 32 - Lake Sevan (14th August 2020)
Day 33 - Tbilisi (15th August 2020)
Day 34 - Kutaisi (16th August 2020)
Day 35 - Batumi (17th August 2020)
Day 36 - Sumela (18th August 2020)
Day 37 - Zara (19th August 2020)
Day 38 - Goreme (20th August 2020)
Day 39 - Goreme (21st August 2020)
Day 40 - Egirdir (22nd August 2020)
Day 41 - Olympos (23rd August 2020)
Day 42 - Olympos (24th August 2020)
Day 43 - Pamukkale (25th August 2020)
Day 44 - Selcuk (26th August 2020)
Day 45 - Selcuk (27th August 2020)
Day 46 - Gallipoli (28th August 2020)
Day 47 - Istanbul (29th August 2020)
Day 48 - Istanbul (30th August 2020)

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