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:
$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

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

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