Turkey, Turkmen & Tamerlane's Testament

Istanbul - Tashkent

48 days through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
FROM: $6610 USD + 1,670 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Overnight Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 16 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Camping without facilities 6 nights
Basic Hotel 8 nights
Guesthouse 5 nights
Wild Camp 3 nights
Homestay 2 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Yurt Camp 1 night
Meals:
Breakfasts x 28, Lunches x 8, 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 amazing sights of Istanbul
Guided tour of Ancient Troy
Visit the Gallipoli Peninsular and the battlefields
Ancient ruins of Ephesus
Olympos Beach and Fire mountain
Ancient Mountain City of Termessos
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Guided tour of the valley & underground cities of Cappadocia
Visit the Black Sea at Batumi
Visit the Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi

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 - Istanbul (28th April 2020)

Border Information: If joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IATA code: IST).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting. If you are travelling beyond Tbilisi, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip.

The afternoon will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus River, Hagia Sophia and the phenomenal Blue Mosque!

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

* Important note - 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. *


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


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

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