In the Tracks of Great Silk Road
This unique tour gives you an exclusive opportunity to go back through the time and appear in those places which have been crossed by the travelers of Great Silk Road. This trip crosses those countries which once have been a part of Silk Road. You are invited to be the witness of living evidence of this millennial history and culture. Become the guest of most attractive adventures, time has come!
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent.
Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, Tashkent oldest bazaar Chorsu; after lunch: Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : Tashkent - Samarkand.
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Samarkand by the high-speed train “Afrosyob” (08:00 - 10:10). Meeting at the station. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum; after lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 3 : Samarkand - Bukhara.
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Bukhara. Hotel check-in. Leisure time: strolling around evening Bukhara, visiting shopping arcades, etc. Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 4: Bukhara.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashma Ayub mausoleum, Bolo Khauz mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan complex (Kalyan minaret and others), Ulugbek madrassah; after lunch: Lyab-i Hauz architectural ensemble, Kukeldash madrassah, Nadir Divan-Begi madrassah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Bukhara - BP “Farap” Mary - Ashgabat.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to “Farap”. Early morning arrival at border post. Transfer to Mary. En route visit to the Ancient Merv (UNESCO). Transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat, (ETD 1920h ETA 2000h). Transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Ashgabat.
Breakfast in hotel. City tour, with visits of Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, National Museum, Nissa (UNESCO) and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Ashgabat - BP Gaudan (to Mashhad).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to border post Gaudan. Cross the border before lunch break at post. Meet and greet at the Iran- Turkmenistan border. Transfer to Mashhad, check in and rest. Overnight in Mashhad.
Day 8: Mashhad- Tehran Breakfast.
In the morning visiting of the Imam Reza holy shrine and Vakil abad garden. Transfer to Mashhad airport to fly to Tehran. Meet and greet at the Mehrabad domestic airport, transfer to hotel, check in and rest. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 9: Tehran- Zanjan
Move to Zanjan, en route visiting of the Soltaniyh dome then continue to Zanjan, check in and rest. In the afternoon visiting of the Rakhtshuy Khane Museum, Salt men and old bazar of Zanjan. Overnight in Zanjan.
Day 10: Zanjan- Tabriz
Drive to Tabriz, en route visiting of the Kandovan stone village then continue to Tabriz and visiting of the Alishah Citadel, the Municipality building, Blue Mosque, Bazar and Azerbaijan museum. Overnight in Tabriz.
Day 11: Tabriz – Khndzoresk - Goris
Move to Jolfa to visit the St. Stephanus Cathedral, drive along the Aras River to the Nordooz boarder. Meet Armenian guide at the border and drive to Goris. On your way to Goris. Visit the cave village of Khndzoresk, a picture –perfect valley with a stream running through it, where many caves and rock formations are waiting to be explored. Overnight in Goris.
Day 12: Goris – Tatev –Selim – Sevan – Tsakhkadzor
Breakfast. Tour to the most magnificent monastery in all Armenia, Tatev Monastery (9-13cc), a former center for the sciences and art, where many famous Armenians lived and worked centuries ago. Tirp to the Selim Caravanserai. It’s used to serve as a place of overnighting during the times of Great Silk Road. It was a also famous center of Exchange. Drive to Sevan, visit to Noraduz and Hayrivank Monastery. Overnight in Tsakhkadzor.
Day 13: Tsakhkadzor – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
Breakfast. Visit to Kecharis Monastary. Then our tour continue in the Pagan Temple of Garni, which is the only non-Christian temple currently. Drive to the Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list Then visit to Megerian Carpet factory. The Megerian Family has been involved in selling, restoration, and prodaction of fine iriental rugs for over four generations. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 14: Yerevan – Ejmiatsin – Zvartnoc - Yerevan
Breakfast. Excursion around Yerevan city. Visit to Manuscript museum, Matenadaran, Genocide museum and Tsitsernakaberd monument and Brandy Factory. Visit the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin, the spiritual and admin of the Armenian Church. Tour will continue to the ruins of the glorious 7th century Zvartnots Cathedral. - Return to Yerevan and Overnight.
Day 15: Yerevan – Amberd – Arutch – Gyumri
Breakfast. Visit to Amberd fortress. It was built during the 10th century, 7 km. Drive to Aruch. The Aruch Caravanserai dates to the 13th century. The medieval roadside inn was located on the road connecting the Bagratuni capital of Ani with Dvin, part of the network of routes on Armenia's Silk Road. Trip to the Gyumri. Gyumri is the second largest city that used to be an important Armenian cultural center in the late 19th early 20th century. We will take a walk through its historical center (Alexandropol) that has many traditional 19th-century houses. Overnight in Gyumri.
Day 16: Gyumri-Bavra-Vardzia-Akhaltsikhe
Drive to the Bavra border between Armenia and Georgia. Change guide and transport and continue the trip in Georgia. Enjoy exploration of Javakheti region. Visit 12th c cave city Vardzia, carved into the volcanic rocks on 13 levels, linked inside by internal corridors, secrete tunnels, painted chapels, also-different medieval fortresses by Kura riverside. Drive to Akhaltsikhe. Overnight in Akhaltsikhe.
Day 17: Akhaltsike-Rabbat-Borjomi-Kutaisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Rabati fortress, museum and old citadel. Next stop in the Spa city Borjomi, visit the National Park, where we can taste famous mineral spring water Borjomi. Drive to Kutaisi. We can make several stops on our way: there are pottery markets, farmers selling baskets, honey, mushrooms and fruits. Stroll in the local fruit market in Kutaisi; Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 18: Kutaisi Tour-Tskaltubo Caves-Kutaisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit two UNESCO world heritage sites in Kutaisi: Bagrati cathedral 11th c., located in central part of the city on the top of the hill and Gelati Academy 12th c., with beautiful mosaics inside. Next sight of Sataplia -Natural reserve. (Optional-Promete Caves). Overnight in Kutaisi.
Day 19: Kutaisi-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Mtskheta-Tbilisi
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gori - a small city where we will visit Stalin's house-museum. (the outside view) Next stop in antique cave town Uplistsikhe (12-15 kms away from Gori)-carved in rocks from 1st mill BC a s the ritual settlement. Continue to Mtskheta -the old capital of Iberia Kingdom to visit two UNESCO world heritage sites: Jvari Monastery 6th c and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral 11th c. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 20: Tbilisi Full Day City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide in the hotel lobby. Start Tbilisi City Tour: visit all the main attractions of the city. Start from the Holy Trinity Cathedral (“Sameba”) built in 21st c. and being the main Christian Orthodox cathedral in Georgia. Continue to Metekhi Church of 13th c. located by the bank of Mtkvari river. Ride up to Narikala Fortress by aerial cable car. Narikala fortress dates back to 4th century AD, it has a superb location with magnificent panoramic views over the Tbilisi city. Stroll down to Legvtakhevi (translated literally as “Fig Ravine”) – a beautiful place with waterfall, blooming plants and a small river. Take a walk in park near Sulfur bathhouses, well-known for their healing powers are located nearby, Shardeni street and its neighborhood and Meidan square with its outdoor cafes, galleries and souvenir shops. Cross the Bridge of Peace – a modern glass bridge in high-tech style. Free time on Rustaveli Avenue, where you can buy the souvenirs and handicraft. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 21: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the hotel. Flight.