Stans and Caucasus on the Silk Road Tour is a journey into the heart of West and Central Asia to unlock its treasure trove of cultural discoveries. Age-defying fortresses in Turkmenistan and lively trade posts in Tajikistan contrast with Uzbekistan’s exquisite Silk Road cities and the verdant mountain backdrops of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Anyone looking for a diverse yet in-depth introduction to Eurasia need look no further. Whether visiting the seats of ancient empires in Old Nisa and Shamakhi, tasting the delicacies of Kakheti Region wineries and Khujand’s bazaar or touring the historic quarters of Khiva, Bukhara and Yerevan, Stans and Caucasus on the Silk Road Tour is an exotic 3-week journey of non-stop adventure.
Arrive in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. You will be met by a driver and brought to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Enjoy a half-day of sightseeing with your private local guide and driver to the following:
Take an early morning flight from Ashgabat to Mary (370km, 40min). Upon arrival, drive to Merv (40 km, 40 min), an ancient trade center on the Great Silk Road and UNESCO Site. Your guided tour of Merv will include:
Transfer to Ashgabat’s domestic airport for a morning flight to Dashoguz (570km, 50min). Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you to drive to Kunya Urgench, ancient capital of the Khorezm Empire (120km, 1hr 30min). Your tour includes:
After breakfast, meet your guide to begin your walking tour of Khiva’s Ichan Kala, the city center that has been preserved for the past 1500 years. Your tour will include:
After breakfast, continue your tour of greater Bukhara to the following locations:
Breakfast at the hotel before your private tour of Samarkand, crossroads of the world's cultures, including:
A driver will meet you at your Samarkand hotel for transfer to the Jartepa border with Tajikistan (50km, 1hr). After passing through customs, your Tajik guide and driver will meet you and drive to Penjikent (30km, 40min).
Stop on the way at Sarazm, a UNESCO Site founded by 3500BC. The excavation site still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads.
Continue driving to Penjikent (Panjakent) to tour the following:
In the morning, begin your tour of Khujand, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. The tour includes:
After breakfast, transfer to Tashkent International Airport for your departure flight to Baku (1620km, 6hrs).
Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. You will be met by our driver for drop-off at the hotel. Have a rest, followed by a private walking tour of Old Baku (Icheri Sheher) to see:
Depart Baku and drive to Gobustan National Park (60km, 1hr), located on the Caspian Sea, to visit:
Return to Baku via Absheron Peninsula (78km, 1hr 15min) On the way, visit Bibi Heybat Mosque (dates vary) a central piece of Azerbaijani Islamic architecture.
Your guide and driver will meet you for a drive to Shamakhi (180km, 2hrs 30min).
Stop in Maraza at Diri Baba Mausoleum (15th century), a two-story monument carved into a cliff as a unique display of Shirvan-Absheron architecture.
Continue driving to ancient Shamakhi, former seat of the Shirvanshah Empire, to visit:
Free morning for packing before transfer to Baku International Airport for a flight to Tbilisi (450km, 1hr).
Arrive in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. After a rest, take a private walking tour of Old Tbilisi. Your tour begins at Metekhi Bridge and includes the following sights:
After breakfast, transfer to Mtskheta (25km, 30min), ancient capital of Iberia, to visit two UNESCO sites:
Continue to Mount Kazbek in Georgia (130km, 2hrs 30min) via Ananuri Castle.
Free morning before transfer to Tbilisi International Airport for your flight to Yerevan (173km, 45min). Arrive in Yerevan, the 2800-year-old capital of Armenia, and transfer to the hotel.
With your private guide and driver, begin your city tour to the following:
In the morning, meet your guide and driver for a trip to Garni in Kotayk Province (30km, 45min), to tour the following:
Drive to Noravank (75km, 1hr 20min).