Turkey, Turkmen & Tamerlane's Testament

Tashkent - Istanbul

48 days through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey
FROM: $8960 USD
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:
$435 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
Stay in the fascinating city of Tbilisi
Visit Vardzia, a cave monastery on the UNESCO World Heritage list

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 (13th July 2021)

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 (14th July 2021)
Day 3 - Samarkand (15th July 2021)
Day 4 - Samarkand (16th July 2021)
Day 5 - Kyzylkhum Desert (17th July 2021)
Day 6 - Bukhara (18th July 2021)
Day 7 - Bukhara (19th July 2021)
Day 8 - Bukhara (20th July 2021)
Day 9 - Khiva (21st July 2021)
Day 10 - Khiva (22nd July 2021)
Day 11 - Kunye Urgench (23rd July 2021)
Day 12 - Darvaza (24th July 2021)
Day 13 - Ashgabat (25th July 2021)
Day 14 - Ashgabat (26th July 2021)
Day 15 - Turkmenbashi (27th July 2021)
Day 16 - Caspian Sea (28th July 2021)
Day 17 - Baku (29th July 2021)
Day 18 - Baku (30th July 2021)
Day 19 - Baku (31st July 2021)
Day 20 - Baku (1st August 2021)
Day 21 - Lahij Village (2nd August 2021)
Day 22 - Sheki (3rd August 2021)
Day 23 - Lagodekhi (4th August 2021)
Day 24 - Telavi (5th August 2021)
Day 25 - Telavi (6th August 2021)
Day 26 - Stepantsminda (7th August 2021)
Day 27 - Mtskheta (8th August 2021)
Day 28 - Borjomi-Kharagauli NP (9th August 2021)
Day 29 - Armenian Highlands (10th August 2021)
Day 30 - Yerevan (11th August 2021)
Day 31 - Yerevan (12th August 2021)
Day 32 - Lake Sevan (13th August 2021)
Day 33 - Tbilisi (14th August 2021)
Day 34 - Kutaisi (15th August 2021)
Day 35 - Batumi (16th August 2021)
Day 36 - Sumela (17th August 2021)
Day 37 - Zara (18th August 2021)
Day 38 - Goreme (19th August 2021)
Day 39 - Goreme (20th August 2021)
Day 40 - Egirdir (21st August 2021)
Day 41 - Olympos (22nd August 2021)
Day 42 - Olympos (23rd August 2021)
Day 43 - Pamukkale (24th August 2021)
Day 44 - Selcuk (25th August 2021)
Day 45 - Selcuk (26th August 2021)
Day 46 - Gallipoli (27th August 2021)
Day 47 - Istanbul (28th August 2021)
Day 48 - Istanbul (29th August 2021)

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Kushal I

Dragoman did an great job at picking a route with many attractions. The trip was very well organized. It was my first overland trip and will definitely not be my last.

Andrew M

Great locations and some quirky hotels

Amrit S

It was an excellent trip, perhaps one of the best of my travels.