$10,150.00 (double occupancy)
$10,800.00 (single occupancy)
Welcome to Uzbekistan! Upon your arrival to Tashkent airport, you’ll be met and transferred to hotel to check in and rest. We’ll have a welcome dinner at 7PM with short introduction about Uzbekistan – one of the economically developed states of the Central Asian region, occupying a bit more than 11% of the territory of Central Asia. Main branches of industry of the republic are linked with the cotton growing, silk production, fruit and vegetable production and irrigation construction. Today we’ll overnight in Tashkent hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, today we’ll have a full day of sightseeing of Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent. While full day of sightseeing in Tashkent for many travelers seem as a necessary stopover en route to the dream destinations, this historical city holds many unexpected surprises. First half of the day we’ll visit old part of the city: Khast Imam Complex which displays unique Osman Koran thought to be the world’s oldest Koran. Chorsu bazaar- is one of the oldest, biggest bazaars of Tashkent. Madrasah Kukeldash – is a significant architectural sightvof the 16 century. After lunch we will continue on to modern part of the city: Independent square (Mustakillik) the main square of Tashkent, flanked by largest public buildings and walls of fountains. A. Navoi theatre square built in 1947 by Japanese prisoners in World War 2. Visits to museum of Amir Temur and museum of Handcraft Art will end our excursion of Tashkent, and we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight at hotel in Tashkent.
After breakfast we will drive to world famous Samarkand located 190 mi from Tashkent. The road to Samarkand is via Syrdarya and Jizzakh provinces and takes approximately 4 hours. We will arrive to Samarkand in the afternoon, check in to hotel and have lunch at Paper Mills Factory where we’ll have a presentation of paper production from mulberry tree. After short rest we’ll start our excursion of Samarkand by visiting: Afrasiyob Museum, Central bazaar of Samarkand- Siyobian where we’ll taste famous round bread (non) made only in Samarkand. After dinner at one of the local restaurants we’ll transfer to hotel for overnight in Samarkand.
After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing of Samarkand. Visit heart of the city – Registan Square which played great role in commercial and scientific life of the time. Gur Emir Mausoleum - mausoleum for the males of Temurid’s dynasty, real masterpiece of Central Asian architecture. Ulugbek’s observatory – dated to 1428 - 1429 – known as biggest observatory of the East with best equipment to the time. Shaki Zinda Necropolis in the northern outskirts of Samarkand. Bibi – Khanum Mosque construction of which started in 1399 after Victorian campaign of Temur to India. After this long day, we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight in Samarkand.
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Samarkand for Bukhara with stop at a birthplace of Temurlane – city Shakhrisabz. Once an important stop on Great Silk Poad, Shakhrisabz takes us back to over one thousand years of history. The road from Samarkand to Shakhrissabz is 90 mi, through the mountains ranges Aman Kutan, through a range of orchards, fertile fields and vineyards. Upon arrival to Shakhrissabz, we visit the imposing Ak – Saray, the white palace which was Temurlane’s favorite and most ambitious undertaking in his home town. Next highlight of Shakhrisabz is Kok Gimbaz Mosque – built by Ulugbek, near the original mausoleums of Sheikh Shamsuddin Kulal, teacher and spiritual mentor of Temur’s father Amir Taragay. After lunch in Shakhrisabz we continue on our way to Bukhara which will take almost 4 hours. Upon arrival to Bukhara, we’ll accommodate at the hotel and head for dinner in one of the local restaurants. Today we’ll overnight in Bukhara.
After breakfast we’ll have a full day of sightseeing of this ancient city. Bukhara is one of most historically rich cities on the Great Silk Road attracting attention of thousands of people with its unique heritage. Today we’ll visit: Samanid’s dynasty mausoleum known to be one of the best architectural samples of the Samanids period (875 - 999). Chashma Ayub Mausoleum – legend say is it of Prophet Jove. Bolo – Khauz Mosque. The Ark Forteress – Citadel is the most ancient memorial of Bukhara, on archeological matter dated to the 3rd century B.C. Kalon Complex – consists of minaret, Mosque and Madrasah both of which are still active. Magoki Attori Mosque. Ulugbek and Abdulazizi Khan madrasahs. Next we’ll visit most popular place of Bukhara – reservoir Lyabi Khauz complex built in 1620 by khans’ dignitary Nodir Devan Begi. We’ll end the day with a dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program. Today we’ll overnight in Bukhara.
After breakfast we’ll continue second full day of sightseeing in Bukhara: visiting Chor Minor memorial, former summer palace of Bukhara Emir Said Olimkhan – last Emir of Bukhara, Sitora – iMokhi – Khosa, Museum of Decorative Applied Art. After lunch we’ll take a 30 mi drive to Gijduvan, where we’ll visit Abdulla’s pottery house where we’ll be offered short presentation and a cup of tea. We’ll be back to Bukhara in time for dinner and have another overnight in Bukhara.
Today right after breakfast we say good bye to Uzbekistan as we make our way to Turkmenistan border which is almost 1.5 hours of driving away. Upon arrival to the border point we’ll go through custom procedures and continue on to drive directly to Mary via Turkmenabat which will take another 4.5 hours. On the way we’ll cross the Floating Bridge (almost .5mi. long). Lunch will be on the way in one of the local restaurants of Turkmenabat. After lunch break we will proceed our way to Mary crossing one of the biggest deserts in the world known as Kara Kum Desert which means “black sand”. After few stops to visit the amazing sand dunes and bush forests of the desert, there will be one more important en route stop to visit Old Merv – Merv was located at the road crossing of Great Silk Road and quickly became one of most important and biggest cities of the ancient World. Sightseeing will include: Gyz Gala and Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Upon arrival to Mary we’ll accommodate in the hotel and take a walking tour within the central part of Mary City. We’ll have dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Mary.
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport of Mary for a flight to Ashgabat. Departure is at 8.20AM and arrival at 9AM (subject to change). Upon arrival to Ashgabat we’ll proceed with sightseeing: one of the most beautiful cities of the world which was recently included into the Book of Guinness as the Most-White Marble City in the World. Today’s sightseeing includes: Complex of Monuments of Oguz Han and Sons surrounded with fountains. Tombs of Turkmenbashy (first President of Turkmenistan S. Nyyazow) and his parents and brothers, Old Nissa-The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings, Nissa was the capital of Parthian Empire which lasted 600 years and was greatest enemy of Rome Empire. After excursions of Old Nissa we’ll proceed to Monuments of Archabil Shayoly and discover new part of Ashgabat with its’ modern buildings, monuments and parks which includes: Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on mountains which became very popular place among locals, Monument of Constitution and tallest building in Turkmenistan (600 feet), “Alem” Culture and Recreation Center. In the afternoon we’ll transfer to hotel and check in. We’ll have lunch at one of the local restaurants. After lunch we will continue with sightseeing of Ashgabat, visiting: Museum of Turkmen Carpets, Park dedicated to Turkmen horses-the pride of Turkmen, Gulistan Bazar, Monument for the Victims of the Earthquake of 1948, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. We’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants. After dinner we’ll go for a night tour, driving along the main streets of Ashgabat making stop near Palace of Happiness. Today we’ll overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.
Today after breakfast we’ll will have another full day of sightseeing in Ashgabat which will include: Ashgabat’s famous “Altyn Asyr” Oriental Bazar, Jygyldyk bazaar – one of the biggest bazaar in Central Asia. After bazaar we’ll visit Hippodrome of Ashgabat where we’ll see famous horses of Turkmenistan: Turkmen Horses – Akhalteke. We’ll have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Ashgabat. After lunch we’ll continue sightseeing: National Museum of History highly recommendable: one of the biggest museums in Central Asia. After Museum we’ll be visiting Arch of Neutrality – famous rocket and tripod style built building symbolizing neutral status of Turkmenistan. Its’ height is over 300 feet including 40 feet rotating statue of first President of Turkmenistan: Saparmyrat Nyyazow (Turkmenbashy). Enjoy short walking tour within the Park of Independency along the hundreds of fountains and statutes with stops to visit Monuments of Independency and Ruhnama. We’ll enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.
After breakfast at the hotel today in the morning we transfer to the airport of Ashgabat for flight to Dashoguz at 6.50AM arriving at 7.50AM (subject to change). Upon arrival we’ll drive another 75 mi to Koneurgench – the capital of Khorezmshahs, have sightseeing of Old City which will include: Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, Il Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret – one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia and Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After half day excursion of Koneurgench we’ll drive back to Dashoguz where we’ll stop for a lunch at one of the local restaurants. After lunch we’ll transfer to the border pass Dashoguz – Shavat which is located 10 mi from Dashoguz. Upon arrival proceed the way through passport control and customs procedures and return to Uzbekistan. After border formalities on both sides we’ll continue our way to Khiva. Upon arrival we’ll accommodate in hotel in Khiva for rest and relaxation. Khiva is a fascinating place, walk through Ichan Kala – old walled city of Khiva, will give you an insight into the life led there from ancient days up to the present time. We’ll have a dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program. Overnight is at the hotel in Khiva.
After breakfast at hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing in Khiva: visit Ichan Kala – a UNESCO World Heritage Site including madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan, Kelta Minar, Kunya Ark, madrasah Muhammad Rakhimkhan. We’ll have lunch at local restaurant and continue sightseeing program: visit Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hovli Palace. After dinner at the local restaurant we’ll proceed to airport for a flight back to Tashkent leaving at 08:40PM and arriving at 10:10PM (subject to change). Upon arrival to Tashkent, we’ll accommodate in hotel for overnight and rest.
After early breakfast at the hotel in Tashkent today we’ll head on to a 2 day excursion of Tajikistan. We’ll drive to the border check point Oybek and after border crossing formalities we’ll continue on to city Khujand. Upon arrival we’ll accommodate at the hotel after a long drive and start sightseeing. Khujand – the country's second largest city – situated in the north of Tajikistan and is one of its most ancient, founded about 2,300 years ago during the time of Alexander the Great. Standing in a favorable location in the Ferghana valley, Khujand prospered for a long time, becoming rich and building palaces, mosques, and citadels. In the 13th century it was conquered and destroyed by the Genghis Khan's army. We’ll have a close city tour in second part of the day, and end the day with dinner at a local restaurant followed by a show program. We’ll overnight in Khujand.
After breakfast at the hotel we‘ll continue sightseeing of Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand: Timurmalik fortress, Archeology and History museums, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe – famous Panjshanbe city market is one of the most interesting sights of Khujand. Near the market we’ll stop by Sheikh Muslihiddin Masque and Mausoleum, Museum of Archaeology and Resporation. We’ll have lunch at the local restaurant and in the afternoon transfer back to Tashkent. Once back to Uzbekistan, we’ll have a rest at the hotel before making a long way back home. We’ll have a Farewell dinner followed by a show program and return to hotel for overnight in Tashkent.
After breakfast today, we’ll transfer to airport of Tashkent for flight to Baku. Depending on flight schedule we’ll have time to rest before or after the flight. Upon your arrival to Baku airport, you’ll be met and transferred to hotel to check in and rest. We’ll have a welcome dinner at 7PM with short introduction about Azerbaijan – one of the economically developed states of the Caucasus region, located at the shore of Caspian Sea. Main branches of industry of the republic are linked with the.oil drilling due to reach deposits of oil and gas in Azerbaijan. Today we’ll overnight in Baku hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll spend a day in Azerbaijan having an excursion to Gabustan where we’ll see more that 4000 rock-cravings which describe like style of ancient inhabitants of area near Caspian Sea. In the afternoon we’ll have lunch and continue our excursion with visit to Museum of Art and have a short (40 min long) cruise of Caspian Sea (if weather permits). In the evening we’ll have a dinner at one of the local restaurants followed with folk show program. We’ll overnight in Baku hotel today.
After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll spend the morning sightseeing capital of Azerbaijan – city of Baku. Sightseeing will include: panoramic view of the city, visit Shirvan Shahs Palace, Maiden Tower architectural monument of 12th century, Caravanserai. After lunch break at one of the local restaurants we’ll visit Absheron peninsula – the Fire Worshippers Temple in Surakhany district, historical architectural monument of the 17th. Visit Merdakan Fortresses. Have acquaintance with the Oil Industry in Azerbaijan. Continue on with excursion to “Yanar Dag” – Firing Mountain. We’ll have dinner at the local restaurant at the end of the day and overnight at a hotel in Baku.
After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll spend most of the day in transfer from Baku to Sheki. The transfer will take 4hours and we’ll cover almost 220 mi. In route we’ll visit mud volcanoes, Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza, YeddiGumbez and Cuma masque in Shamakha. We’ll have lunch break at the restaurant in route. Upon arrival to Sheki, we’ll accommodate at the hotel, have some time to rest and then head for dinner. Today we’ll overnight at hotel in Sheki.
Today after breakfast at the hotel, we’ll have a half day excursion of Sheki and Shebeke visiting Khan’s palace and museum of history. After we’ll have lunch at the local restaurant we’ll be transferred to the border between Azerbaijan and Georgia called Lagodekhi. Once border formalities will be completed, we’ll continue sightseeing tour in Georgia, visiting Gremi complex – once the capital of Kakheti province. Visit local family to observe Georgian bread ‘Shoti’ baking in “Tone” and try local cheese with freshly baked bread. You’ll be offered a cup of simple coffee and we’ll move on to Telavi. Upon arrival we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants, accommodate at hotel for rest, overnight is in Telavi.
After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing of Kakheti region well known for its wine producing. Visit Great Caucasus Mountains and valleys of Kakheti, observe traditions and culture of the country, taste wines and delicious food. We visit 11th century church of Alaverdi operating as a monastery. Later transfer to Tsinandali Garden and the Museum – estate of 19th century Georgian Duke. After excursion we try a glass of wine and continue to a farmer’s house to see a unique 300 year-old wine-cellar. We’ll get acquainted with the Georgian way of wine-making, quite different from the European and drink more Georgian wine straight from the clay jars. Transfer to the fortified town of love – Sighnaghi. Here we take a leisure walk and enjoy more wine-tasting at a winery established by an American painter. Afterwards we’ll continue making our way to Tbilisi. We’ll have lunch and dinner at local restaurants on the way. Today we’ll overnight at hotel in Tbilisi.
Today after breakfast we’ll have an excursion to the ancient capital and religious center of Georgia Mtskheta dated 3000 years back and see its’ historical places: Jvari church built in 6th century and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral built in 11th century– known as the place where the Robe of Christ is buried –a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later we’ll transfer to town of Gori – the heart of Kartliregion. We visit Stalin museum and Uplistsikhe Cave Town – dated to 1st millennium BC, it is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. Later drive along the Georgian Military Highway and enjoy a photo stop at Ananuri fort set on the background of Jinvali water reservoir.We’ll have lunch and dinner at local restaurants on the way. Today we’ll overnight at hotel in Gudaury.
Today after breakfast we’ll have a stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River which will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi a leisurely 2 hour walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 7100 ft –round trip will take 3hr of walking. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi – 16500ft high. On our way back we enjoy lunch at a local cafe. Walk a bit more back to our vehicle and transfer to Tbilisi.After accommodation and short rest at the hotel we’ll head for dinner at a local restaurant followed by a folk show. Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi.
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll have a walking sightseeing tour of Tbilisi – capital of Georgia, visiting different religious buildings – churches, synagogue, as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden multi-colored balconies, Old city, Georgian History Museum, Rustaveli Avenue – the main street in Tbilisi.After lunch drive to Georgia – Armenia border “Sadakhlo”. After border formalities we’ll start acquaintances with Armenia with the Haghpat dated to 976 AD, Monastic Complex which one of outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and is inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List. The complex used to be an educational center of the middle ages where the majority of Armenian scholars and scientists obtained their education.We’ll continue on driving to Dilijan, where we’ll accommodate at the hotel, have dinner at local restaurant and overnight in Dilijan.
After breakfast at the hotel we’ll start sightseeing tour with Lake Sevan – the emerald of Armenia. It is the second largest alpine freshwater lake in the world and the biggest in Caucasus. Thismountain lake is located at 6200 ft above sea level. Sightseeing in Sevanalso includes peninsula with Sevan Monastery. Later we’ll drive toSelimcaravanserai– built in 1332 by Prince ChesarOrbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic, it used to be an important trade point in the famous Silk Road.Visit Noravank monastery – religious and cultural centre of 12th century,Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of grapes grows in Armenia andNoravank. We’ll have lunch in local cave café. Continue sightseeing withKhor-Virap monastery which is situated in the Ararat valley close the biblical Ararat Mountain, where Noah's arch cast its’ anchor. We’ll have dinner at a local restaurant followed by folk show program and overnight at hotel in Yerevan.
After breakfast today we’ll drive to a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture –Geghard monastery partly carved out of a mountain. Continue on to Garni Temple – citadel and pagan temple of Garni. Have lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. After lunch we’ll return to Yerevan. Second part of the day we’ll visit the depositary of ancient manuscripts –Matenadaran, which contains historical documents of Europe and Asia from many centuries.We’ll have dinner and overnight in Yerevan today.
After breakfast at the hotel, today we’ll drive to Echmiadzin. On the way visiting St Hripsime church. We’ll have lunch in a local community tasting homemade dishes. Then drive back to Yerevan with stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple – of the 7th c. architecture.Second part of the day our main attraction will be Armenian History Museum and visit toTsitsernakaberd memorial and museum of victims of Genocide.We’ll have farewell dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at a hotel in Yerevan.
Today is the last day of the tour; we’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange transfer to the airport for your flight home.