For the itinerary and prices for this tour in 2019, please check here.
Participants need to be in good health, be able to walk for 4-6 hours every day at moderate speed, climb stairs and hills, and be able to carry their own luggage for up to 1 km across borders.
At 18:00, meet your guide and other group members in the hotel lobby. Enjoy welcome dinner at a national restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
The first stop is at Yanardag Mountain, where natural gas has been burning for hundreds of years. Continue to Ateshgah, a temple for fire worshippers located in the village of Surakhany. Zoroastrians from India travel thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth.
After lunch, drive to Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Weather permitting, drive to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve (change of vehicle). Gobustan is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes. Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.
Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Advantour offers an optional culinary masterclass on traditional Georgian food. The masterclass includes 3-4 dishes and snacks and takes 4-5 hours. It should be booked in advance. The price is 60 USD per person.
We suggest the following activities and places to visit in Tbilisi:
- Georgian National Museum on Rustaveli Avenue – to visit the “Archaeological Treasury” exhibition;
- National Gallery on Rustaveli Avenue – to see the works of the 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 era), paintings by local artists, and handmade Georgian souvenirs;
- David Agmashenebeli Avenue – a recently-renovated pedestrian street full of historical buildings that have beautiful facades in the 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, galleries, shops, and wine bars;
- Dezertirebi Bazaar – which sells local, natural products including Georgian sweets (such as churchkhela); various types of dried fruits, nuts, and spices; and Georgian cheeses;
- Funicular railway to Mtatsminda Mountain – which offers a beautiful view of Tbilisi;
- Wander in Sololaki – a neighborhood full of art nouveau houses.
For those who are interested in culture, we suggest visiting the State Opera House of Georgia to enjoy a ballet or opera performance (opera.ge). You can find out what other cultural events are on in Tbilisi, and book tickets, at tkt.ge.
You will have a free afternoon to explore more of Yerevan (Ararat Brandy Factory, Matenadaran manuscripts museum, History museum, or the souvenirs market “Vernisage” before we meet in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of local traditional restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
- All transfers;
- Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
- Sightseeing tour program in each country with local, English-speaking guides;
- Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
- Economy-class tickets for flights: Almaty-Bishkek-Tashkent, Mary-Ashgabat, Urgench-Tashkent, Tashkent-Baku;
- Economy-class tickets for trains: Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
- Visa support for Uzbekistan triple entry visa;
- Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
- E-visas to Tajikistan and Azerbaijan;
- National Folklore Show in Bukhara on Day 9;
- Meals: welcome lunch in Almaty on Day 2, lunch at the home of a local family on Day 4, lunch in Penjikent on Day 7, lunch in Mary on Day 10, camp-style dinner at Darvaza on Day 11, dinner in Khiva on Day 13, dinner in Baku on Day 14, lunch in Lahich on Day 17, lunch in Kvareli on Day 18, dinner in Tbilisi on Day 20, lunch in Mtskheta on Day 22, lunch in Dilijan on Day 24, lunch in Areni on Day 26, farewell dinner in Yerevan on Day 27;
- Two wine tastings (at Khareba Winery in Georgia and Areni Winery in Armenia).
- Full board (lunches and dinners not specified above);
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Personal travel insurance;
- A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
- Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD);
- Visa support for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas (if necessary);
- E-visas to Georgia and Armenia (if necessary);
- Outbound and inbound flight tickets.
|Almaty - 2 nights|
|Kazzhol or similar|
|Bishkek - 1 night|
|Plaza, Park, Ambassador or similar|
|Tashkent - 2 nights|
|Ichan Qala, Sharq, Bek or similar|
|Samarkand - 2 nights|
|City, Sultan, Platan or similar|
|Seven Lakes - 1 night|
|Bukhara - 2 nights|
|As-Salom, K.Komil, Volida or similar|
|Ashgabat - 1 night|
|Darvaza - 1 night|
|Khiva - 1 night|
|Malika Kheivak, Orient Star or similar|
|Baku - 3 nights|
|Park Inn, Intourist|
|Sheki - 1 night|
|Sheki Saray, Sheki Palace, Marxal|
|Telavi - 1 night|
|Château Mere or similar|
|Tbilisi - 4 nights|
|River Side, Ibis, Citrus, New Tiflis|
|Gudauri - 1 night|
|Yerevan - 4 nights|
|DoubleTree by Hilton|