Turkey, Turkmen & Tamerlane's Testament

Istanbul - Tashkent

48 days through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
FROM: $8960 USD
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:
$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 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 (22nd June 2021)

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

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