Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2024-2025

From China to Black Sea35 days | China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

Private Tour from US$ 8,144
  • UrumqiUrumqi
  • KashgarKashgar
  • Tash-RabatTash-Rabat
  • Son-kulSon-kul
  • BishkekBishkek
  • AlmatyAlmaty
  • DushanbeDushanbe
  • KhujandKhujand
  • KhujandKhujand
  • TashkentTashkent
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • BukharaBukhara
  • BukharaBukhara
  • MervMerv
  • AshgabatAshgabat
  • Darwaza gas craterDarwaza gas crater
  • Kunya-UrgenchKunya-Urgench
  • KhivaKhiva
  • BakuBaku
  • Gobustan petroglyphsGobustan petroglyphs
  • Lahij villageLahij village
  • Kish churchKish church
  • House of Sheki KhansHouse of Sheki Khans
  • TelaviTelavi
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • MtskhetaMtskheta
  • SevanSevan
  • SevanavankSevanavank
  • YerevanYerevan
  • YerevanYerevan
  • GarniGarni
  • GeghardGeghard
  • EchmiadzinEchmiadzin
  • Khor Virap monasteryKhor Virap monastery
  • TatevTatev
  • NoravankNoravank
  • Urumqi
  • Kashgar
  • Tash-Rabat
  • Son-kul
  • Bishkek
  • Almaty
  • Dushanbe
  • Khujand
  • Khujand
  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Bukhara
  • Merv
  • Ashgabat
  • Darwaza gas crater
  • Kunya-Urgench
  • Khiva
  • Baku
  • Gobustan petroglyphs
  • Lahij village
  • Kish church
  • House of Sheki Khans
  • Telavi
  • Tbilisi
  • Mtskheta
  • Sevan
  • Sevanavank
  • Yerevan
  • Yerevan
  • Garni
  • Geghard
  • Echmiadzin
  • Khor Virap monastery
  • Tatev
  • Noravank
The tour is offered from June till mid-September.

It is hard to imagine to be away from an everyday life for a month. Thus, if you can afford it, we offer you to take a trip to a fantastic travel across 9 countries of Central Asia and Caucasus. On your road, like the travelers of the past, there will be walks to the most colorful cities, visit to wonderful sights, meeting different people and impressions for the entire life.

The tour will be gradually take you from East to West as did caravans thousands of years ago, filled with silk, spices and jewels. First you will see unusual China with its western cities of Urumqi and Kashgar, where there is still trade running in big bazaars. After, you will have a trip to a spellbinding beautiful mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan, and an overnight in a yurt on the shore of the Lake Son-Kul. After Kyrgyzstan, you will have a short visit to Kazakhstan, where the northern branch of the Great Silk Road used to pass. From there, you will travel to the southern branch of the route - to Tajikistan famous for its amazing mountains and lakes. The main and the most intensive part of the tour will be a trip to the centuries-long monuments of Uzbekistan – you will have excursions to mosques, medreses and bazaars of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. The Central Asia tour will be concluded with a trip to Turkmenistan, the largest part of which is covered with a desert. Here you will pay a visit to ancient cities of Merv and Kunya-Urgench.

The second part of the Great Silk Road Tour will be a trip to three countries of the Caucasus. First, you will meet Azerbaijan: Baku, where the past and the future are perplexed in quiet old quarters with medieval sights and modern business centers with wide streets. Take an excursion to the city outskirts, to the monuments of different epochs. Georgia will charm you with its churches, well-known cuisine and lovely wines. The last country in this vast trip will be Armenia. You will see numerous churches that differ considerably from the Georgian ones, and some even refer to the Greek architecture.

35 days tour will be an interesting life in another world. Impressions will surely be for more than one book. Take this journey and create your own story.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1 (Wed): Urumqi
 
Arrival at Urumqi International Airport, meet your guide and driver. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 2 (Thu): Urumqi – Heavenly Lake – Urumqi (130 km, 1.5 h)
 
After breakfast transfer to Tianshan Mountian wings. Visit Heavenly Lake. The Lake is a long and narrow gourd-shaped moraine lake, 3400 meters long, about 1500 meters wide, 105 meters at the deepest point, with an average depth of 40 meters, covering an area of about 5.9 square kilometers. Have a boat cruise on the lake.
In the afternoon, transfer back to Urumqi. Visit Xinjiang Museum, the main institution to collect and investigate the unearthed cultural relics and specimens in Xinjiang, and Erdaoqiao Market, the largest Bazaar in Urumqi.
Overnight at Urumqi.
Day 3 (Fri): Urumqi – Turpan (190 km, 2.5 h)
 
After breakfast transfer to Turpan. Visit Bezklik Grottoes, 83 numbered caves, among them 40 preserved murals totaling 1200 square meters; Astana Tombs, the graveyard of the residents lived in the Gaochang City in the Jin-Tang times; Tuyoq Valley and Kumtag Desert. Overnight at Turpan.
Day 4 (Sat): Turpan – Urumqi – Kashgar (190 km, 2.5 h)
 
Breakfast. Visit Jiaohe Ruined city, including city gates, streets and lanes, government office, temples, domestic houses, cave houses, wells, and an underground temple; Karez Irrigation System, a unique irrigation system in Turpan; Sugong Minaret, the tower was built in the 41st year of the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty, and local Uyger family in the vineyard. Transfer to the airport in Urumqi. Flight to Kashgar. On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Additional meals: dinner
Day 5 (Sun): Kashgar Sunday Market
 
Today is a further day in Kashgar for you to experience the famous Yakshambe Bazaar - the Sunday Market. In the morning you will first visit the famous animal market. Here you will watch locals trading everything from woodwork and iron wear to sheep, donkeys, cattle, horses and camels before progressing onto the covered bazaar, believed to be the biggest in Central Asia. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 (Mon): Kashgar – Torugart – Tash-Rabat
 
Breakfast. Early in the morning transfer to Torugart Pass. Meeting with the Kyrgyz driver and guide at Kyrgyz-Chinese border. Drive to Tash-Rabat. Overnight in the yurt.
Additional meals: lunch, dinner
Day 7 (Tue): Tash-Rabat – Son-Kul
 
Transfer to Son-Kul. Son-Kul is one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (2030 m above sea level). It’s a place where you can experience a nomadic life. You will have a chance to ride a horse, see edelweiss flowers, camels, yaks, golden eagles, and to see how local women make Kyrgyz national drink – kumis (fermented mare’s milk). Overnight in the yurt camp.
Additional meals: lunch, dinner
Day 8 (Wed): Son-Kul – Kochkor – Bishkek
 
Transfer to Bishkek. On the way stop in Kochkor where you can see a process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. Lunch with a local Kyrgyz family. Continue driving to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Additional meals: lunch, dinner
Day 9 (Thu): Bishkek – Almaty
 
After breakfast sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar. After excursion transfer to Almaty via a newly built highway, enjoy nature landscapes on the way (250 km, 4 h). Cross Kyrgyzstan- Kazakhstan border. Arrive in Almaty, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 (Fri): Almaty
 
Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty; visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Central State Museum and Republic Square. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 (Sat): Almaty – Dushanbe
 
Check-out from hotel till noon. Free time in Almaty. At 14:30, transfer from your hotel to Almaty airport. Take flight to Dushanbe (SZ 216, 17:00 – 17:40). Transfer to and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 (Sun): Dushanbe – Khujand
 
Check-out from hotel till noon. Start guided city tour with visit to the National Museum of Antiquities, where the famous statue of Buddha in Nirvana is preserved. Continue to Hissar Fortress (23 km from Dushanbe) where you can see Madrasa Kuhna. Return to Dushanbe and visit Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Statue of Ismail Samani and Rudaki Park. In the afternoon, depart Dushanbe and drive to Khudjand (280 km, 5-6 h). The mountain road goes via picturesque Anzob pass (3300 m above sea level). Arrive in Khujand for overnight.
Day 13 (Mon): Khujand – Tashkent
 
In the morning, start Khujand city tour featuring Timur Malik fortress located at the ancient part of the city, Museum of Archeology and History, and Panjashbe bazaar, a place to experience the real magic of oriental bazaar with freshly baked bread, oriental spices, and juicy fruits. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon drive to Tajik/Uzbek border point “Oybek”. Border formalities on both checkpoints. Meet Uzbekistan driver and drive to Tashkent (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Arrive in Tashkent. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 (Tue): Tashkent
 
Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia.
Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al- Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 (Wed): Tashkent – Samarkand
 
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs from Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – the mausoleum of Amir Timur. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 (Thu): Samarkand – Bukhara
 
In the morning, depart from Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h). Stop on the way at Rabati-Malik Caravanserai. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel.
Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17 (Fri): Bukhara
 
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai Mokhi-khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18 (Sat): Bukhara – Mary
 
In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Alat-Farab (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Mary through Turkmenabad (290 km, 5 h 30 min.). Arrival in Mary, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19 (Sun): Mary – Merv – Ashgabat
 
After breakfast drive to Ancient Merv (40 km, 30 min). Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. Return to Mary and visit Merv History Museum. Take an evening flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 50 min). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20 (Mon): Ashgabat – Darvaza gas crater
 
Sightseeing tour in Ashgabat. Explore archaeological site of Old Nissa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, Arch of Neutrality, Ertogrul Ghazy Mosque, and the newly built Independence Park, Monument of Lenin. In the afternoon depart to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakym desert (280 km, 4 h). Arrive at the crater, set up the camp. Enjoy fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Day 21 (Tue): Darvaza gas crater – Kunya-Urgench – Khiva
 
After camp style breakfast depart to Kunya-Urgench – the ancient capital of Khorezm Empire (270 km, 4 h). Visit Kunya Urgench historical site: mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. In the afternoon drive to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point Dashoguz-Shavat. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Khiva (60 km, 1 h). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 22 (Wed): Khiva – Tashkent
 
Check-out from hotel till noon.
Today you will visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Islom Khodja Minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan.
Free time in the afternoon. In the evening you will be transferred to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 23 (Thu): Tashkent – Baku
 
Take a morning flight to Baku. On arrival, you will be met by our driver and guide for sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martyrs' Lane, called 'Shehidler Khiyabany' among locals. When you walk through Martyrs' Lane, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku's coastline. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of the 19-20th centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument, Rasul-Zade Street. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to the old part of the city – Icheri Sheher. Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. An excellent round-up to the city tour will be visit to the iconic Heydar Aliev center.
In the evening enjoy welcome dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 24 (Fri) Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Baku
 
Today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron Peninsula. Start with Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Drive to Yanardag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years.
Return to Baku. Overnight at hotel.
Day 25 (Sat): Baku – Lahij – Sheki
 
In the morning, depart Baku and drive to Sheki town. On the way, visit Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza village. Continue to Shamakha and have a sightseeing of historical Juma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum, and the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Drive through Girdimanchay River’s canyon to visit Lahij, the 5th century place rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid by stones. It is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems as well as traditional jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops.
Arrival in Sheki for overnight.
Day 26 (Sun): Sheki – Georgian border – Kvareli
 
Check out from the hotel and start new day visiting the colorful Sheki Bazaar. You can find virtually everything you may want to eat: local fruits and berries, spices, freshly baked bread, honey, cheeses, and Sheki sweets. Continue to Sheki Khans Palace surrounded by medieval fortress walls. Visit handicrafts workshop and Caravanserai. Depart Sheki and head towards border with Georgia (115 km, ~2 h.).
At the border, you will say goodbye to your guide, go through border formalities, and cross the neutral territory on foot (500 m). After exiting Georgian border control point you will meet your Georgian guide and start exploring the Eastern part of Georgia famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions. We will pass through the beautiful landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. We will stop at the unique wine cellar “Khareba” located in the tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Wine tour and wine tasting. Continue to your hotel for overnight.
Day 27 (Mon): Tsinandali – Bodbe – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi
 
After breakfast, continue exploring Kakheti by visiting Tsinandali, residence of dukes of Georgia, with beautiful English garden, museum, and wine cellar which belonged to prince Chavchavadze, public figure and poet of 19th century. Continue to Bodbe Convent and Sighnaghi Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. In the afternoon, head to Tbilisi for overnight.
Day 28 (Tue): Tbilisi
 
In the morning, start a sightseeing tour in Tbilisi. Start at Holy Trinity cathedral, one of the largest orthodox cathedrals in the world. Continue to Metekhi church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre. Cross the Bridge of Peace to leading to Rike Park. In the evening, visit a local restaurant to taste dishes of traditional Georgian cuisine and enjoy folklore show. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Additional meals: dinner
Day 29 (Wed): Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Kazbegi
 
After breakfast, drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the third century BC. Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period built on a hilltop. You will enjoy the views of the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers. Visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept. Continue to Ananuri Complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes. The complex features churches and towers dating back to the 16-17th centuries, beautifully overlooking the Jinvali reservoir. Continue driving on Georgian Military Highway passing through the highest point of it at 2394 m above sea level. En-route, make a stop at the mineral water spring flowing down from a hilltop. Arrive at Kazbegi, a small town with the views of Mt. Kazbek (or Mkinvari) 5033 m, the seventh highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains. Visit Gergeti Holy Trinity Church located at an altitude of 2170 and enjoy breathtaking views to Mt Kazbegi. Overnight at the hotel in Kazbegi.
Day 30 (Thu): Kazbegi – Gori – Uplistsikhe – Tbilisi
 
Breakfast. Drive to Stalin’s hometown of Gori. Visit the Stalin Museum, which includes more than 60,000 artifacts, the tiny house where Stalin was born, and an impressive bulletproof train that Stalin used to travel to Yalta and Potsdam. Explore the cave town of Uplistsikhe, which dates to the Hellenistic Period and is notable for its unique combination of various styles of rock-cut architecture, including both pagan and Christian. Reach Tbilisi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 31 (Fri): Tbilisi free day
 
Free day in Tbilisi (guide and transportation are not provided).
We have compiled the list of suggestions what to do or visit in Tbilisi:
  • Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue 3/10 to visit the "Archaeological Treasury" exhibition
  • National Gallery on Rustaveli Avenue to see the works of famous Georgian artists Niko Pirosmani, David Kakabadze, and Lado Gudiashvili;
  • Tbilisi flea market at Dry Bridge where you can find antiquities, many of which are from the Soviet period, paintings by local artists, and handmade Georgian souvenirs;
  • Recently renovated David Agmashenebeli Avenue, a pedestrian street full of historical buildings with beautiful facades made in art nouveau, pseudo gothic, and classicist styles with a mix of typical Georgian ornamentation and balconies. All along the street there are plenty of cozy art cafés, gallery/shops, and wine bars;
  • Dezertirebi Bazaar, with local natural products such as Georgian sweets – churchkhela, dry fruits, various kinds of nuts, spices, and Georgian cheeses;
  • Funicular railway to Mtatsminda Mountain to contemplate Tbilisi’s from the beautiful view;
  • Wander in Sololaki, a neighborhood full of art nouveau houses.
In the evening, you can visit the famous Tbilisi sulphur bath houses to relax after in the hot, naturally sulphur-enriched water after a long day (public and private rooms are available; private ones should be booked in advance).
For those who are interested in culture, we suggest visiting the State Opera House of Georgia and enjoying ballet or the opera.
Day 32 (Sat): Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan
 
Breakfast. Meet your driver at the hotel after breakfast to transfer to the Georgian-Armenian border point, Sadakhlo-Bagratashen. Cross the border and meet your Armenian guide and driver to start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and the ancient churches. Drive to the Lori region and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Haghpat Monastery. This stunning example of traditional Armenian architecture was erected between the 10th and 13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks the Debed River Canyon. The monastery’s location was chosen to protect the peace and seclusion of the monks. Drive through Dilijan to Lake Sevan, one of the largest high-mountain freshwater lakes in the world. The lake’s coastline is rich with dense woods, white cliff faces, mountain steppes, and Alpine meadows. Visit Sevanavank Monastery, which is situated at the lake and is surrounded by mountains. Reach Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 370 km
Day 33 (Sun): Yerevan – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
 
In the morning, drive out of the city to Etchmiadzin, the Holy See of Armenia and the residence of the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church – the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to explore Yerevan, the oldest capital city in the South Caucasus. Yerevan is known as the Pink City and attracts visitors with its humble yet splendid landscapes. Our first stop in Yerevan will be at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex on Tsitsernakaberd Hill. Next, visit the Cascade Monument, one of the main symbols of the city. The mega scale staircase is 118 meters high and has 572 steps. From the top of the monument, enjoy a breathtaking city view that includes the Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, all of which we’ll see as we walk the streets of Yerevan.
In the evening, visit traditional Armenian restaurant for a firewall dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 50 km
Day 34 (Mon): Yerevan – Khor Virap – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan
 
In the morning we will head to Khor Virap Monastery. According to the legend, St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Baptist of Armenia, had been kept in the basement here for 13 years for disseminating of Christianity until King Tradt decided to adopt the new religion. The monastery’s location allows you to enjoy the best views of Mount Ararat.
We will then drive to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Next stop is the monastery complex called Geghard (“spear”). The beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed by towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into the rocks reflect and explain Medieval development in this part of the world. The complex appeared in the 4th century around the sacred spring inside of the cave. Return to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 7-8 hours
Day 35 (Tue): Yerevan – departure
 
Check-out from hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.

  • All transfers: 1-2 pax on sedan type car, 3-6 pax on minivan/van;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country with local guides (in China, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, different guides in each city);
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • All regional flights in economy class cabin: Urumqi-Kashgar, Almaty-Dushanbe, Mary-Ashgabat, Urgench-Tashkent, Tashkent-Baku;
  • Business/Economy class ticket for train Tashkent-Samarkand as per option (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Azerbaijan tourist e-visa;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Visa support letters for Chinese, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan tourist visas;
  • Permits to cross Torugart pass (China to Kyrgyzstan);
  • Camp style dinner and breakfast at Darvaza crater (Turkmenistan), as well as utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs);
  • Felt carpet workshop in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan;
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia;
  • Additional meals as per itinerary.
  • One person accompanying the travellers for the whole tour as a tour leader;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • A tax of 2 US$ per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (12 US$);
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia tourist visas;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

Prices per person

 
 
Economy
Comfort
1 person
US$ 16,401
US$ 17,930
2 persons
US$ 10,966
US$ 11,984
3 persons
US$ 8,144
US$ 9,151
Single supplement
US$ 1,110
US$ 2,011
Prices are for 2024 in US$ per person, with discounted prices for larger groups available on request.

Accommodation

Urumqi - 2 nights
Economy:
Urumqi Jin GU
Comfort:
Holiday Inn Express Urumqi Station
Turpan - 1 night
Economy:
Turpan Metropolo Jin Jiang Hotels
Comfort:
Mercure Hotel Turpan Downtown
Kashgar - 2 nights
Economy:
Kashgar Qinibagh
Comfort:
Nanjiang Global Harbor International
Tash-Rabat - 1 night
Economy:
Yurts (4-5 people in one yurt)
Comfort:
Yurts (4-5 people in one yurt)
Son-Kul - 1 night
Economy:
Yurt (2 people in one yurt)
Comfort:
Yurt (2 people in one yurt)
Bishkek - 1 night
Economy:
My hotel / Bridges / B Hotel / Discovery / Garden
Comfort:
Ambassador / Ramada / Central Park / Damas
Almaty - 2 nights
Economy:
Kazzhol / Holiday Inn Express / Grand Sapphire
Comfort:
Kazzhol Park / Garden Park Inn / Holiday Inn
Dushanbe - 1 night
Economy:
Atlas B&B / Shumon or similar
Comfort:
Serena Dushanbe / The Rumi or similar
Khujand - 1 night
Economy:
Khujand Grand / Khujand Deluxe
Comfort:
Parliament
Samarkand - 1 night
Economy:
Usman / Meros / Asia Samarkand or similar
Comfort:
Dilimah / Sultan / Grand Samarkand Superior / Grand Samarkand / Platan or similar
Bukhara - 2 nights
Economy:
Minzifa / K.Komil / Bibikhanum / Amulet / As-Salom / Fatima / Kavsar or similar
Comfort:
Paradise Plaza / Omar Khayam / Minor / Asia Bukhara / Zargaron Plaza or similar
Mary - 1 night
Economy:
Mary
Comfort:
Mary
Ashgabat - 1 night
Economy:
Ak-Altyn
Comfort:
Archabil
Darvaza - 1 night
Economy:
Shared yurts / optional single accommodation in tents upon request.
Comfort:
Shared yurts / optional single accommodation in tents upon request.
Khiva - 1 night
Economy:
Muso Tura / Polvon Qori / New Star / Orient Star or similar
Comfort:
Zarafshan Boutique / Asia Khiva / Erkin Palace / Bek Khiva or similar

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