Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2024-2025

Silk Road Group Tour29 days | Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

Group Tour from US$ 6,580
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • Yurt ConstructionYurt Construction
  • AlmatyAlmaty
  • AlmatyAlmaty
  • BishkekBishkek
  • BishkekBishkek
  • Burana TowerBurana Tower
  • Ulak TartyshUlak Tartysh
  • TashkentTashkent
  • TashkentTashkent
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • Fann MountainsFann Mountains
  • Seven LakesSeven Lakes
  • Ancient PenjikentAncient Penjikent
  • PenjikentPenjikent
  • BukharaBukhara
  • BukharaBukhara
  • MervMerv
  • AshgabatAshgabat
  • AshgabatAshgabat
  • Darvaza Gas CraterDarvaza Gas Crater
  • KhivaKhiva
  • KhivaKhiva
  • BakuBaku
  • BakuBaku
  • ShamakhiShamakhi
  • LahichLahich
  • Sheki Khans' PalaceSheki Khans' Palace
  • KharebaKhareba
  • TsinandaliTsinandali
  • SighnaghiSighnaghi
  • Bodbe ConventBodbe Convent
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • Jvari ChurchJvari Church
  • AnanuriAnanuri
  • KazbegiKazbegi
  • Gergeti Holy Trinity ChurchGergeti Holy Trinity Church
  • Stalin's MuseumStalin's Museum
  • UplistsikheUplistsikhe
  • MtskhetaMtskheta
  • Haghpat MonasteryHaghpat Monastery
  • SevanavankSevanavank
  • Sevan LakeSevan Lake
  • YerevanYerevan
  • YerevanYerevan
  • AraratArarat
  • Khor-Virap MonasteryKhor-Virap Monastery
  • Areni CaveAreni Cave
  • NoravankNoravank
  • GarniGarni
  • GeghardGeghard
  • Samarkand
  • Itinerary Map
  • Yurt Construction
  • Almaty
  • Almaty
  • Bishkek
  • Bishkek
  • Burana Tower
  • Ulak Tartysh
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Fann Mountains
  • Seven Lakes
  • Ancient Penjikent
  • Penjikent
  • Bukhara
  • Bukhara
  • Merv
  • Ashgabat
  • Ashgabat
  • Darvaza Gas Crater
  • Khiva
  • Khiva
  • Baku
  • Baku
  • Shamakhi
  • Lahich
  • Sheki Khans' Palace
  • Khareba
  • Tsinandali
  • Sighnaghi
  • Bodbe Convent
  • Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi
  • Jvari Church
  • Ananuri
  • Kazbegi
  • Gergeti Holy Trinity Church
  • Stalin's Museum
  • Uplistsikhe
  • Mtskheta
  • Haghpat Monastery
  • Sevanavank
  • Sevan Lake
  • Yerevan
  • Yerevan
  • Ararat
  • Khor-Virap Monastery
  • Areni Cave
  • Noravank
  • Garni
  • Geghard

Highlights

  • Haggle for spices in Tashkent’s vibrant Chorsu Bazaar
  • Get lost in Ichan-Qala, Khiva’s ancient walled town
  • Enjoy a traditional dance performance
  • Be dazzled by Samarkand’s turquoise tiles
  • Visit Bukhara’s minarets, mosques, and madrassas
  • See the colourful 1,300-year-old murals in the ancient settlement of Penjikent
  • Enjoy a picnic next to one of Tajikistan’s Seven Lakes in different shades of blue 
  • Step back in time with a visit to Bishkek’s Soviet architecture and murals
  • Taste the traditional Dungan dish of ashlan-fu in multi-ethnic Karakol
  • Experience the life of a nomad from your yurt next to one of Kyrgyzstan’s highest lakes
  • Enjoy a Kyrgyz folkloric show with Kyrgyz national music and songs
  • Learn how to make a traditional felt carpet in Kochkor village
  • Marvel at the snow-covered peaks as you hike the Ala-Archa alpine gorge

The Silk Road Group Tour has everything to bring out your adventurous side - go from modern cities to ancient ruins, from the greenest of mountains to the driest of deserts. Even across thousands of kilometers and dozens of cities, each country’s local colors and flavors will leave you with a distinct impression. Start in modern Almaty, then head to the towering mountains of Kyrgyzstan, followed by a dip into Tajikistan’s history in Penjikent. Take extra time at the many archaeological sites of Turkmenistan, then wander through the timeless cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. Then move to the Caucasus: travel through time as you discover Azerbaijan, let the tastes of Georgia sweep you away, and finish up with panoramas of Armenia. From rough stone walls to the softest silk, broaden your horizons and deepen your knowledge with the Silk Road Group Tour.

Experience the urban charm of Almaty or the serene beauty of Kolsay Lakes and Charyn Canyon through tailored pre-tours in Kazakhstan.

Explore glittering Astana or nature art at Charyn Canyon with pre-tours in Kazakhstan.

Tour itinerary:

Arrive in Almaty. Our driver will meet you and take you to the hotel. Check in at 14:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast. At 09:00, your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby to start a sightseeing tour of Almaty. Highlights of this morning will include Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Republic Square, and the Almaty City Museum. After a welcome lunch, a short drive (25 km) will take you to Chimbulak. Here, visit the ski resort and ride the cable car to enjoy the amazing views of the snowy peaks of the Tian Shan Mountains. Our last stop of the day will be the Sunkar Falcon Farm, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks – hunting with these magnificent birds is a distinguishing feature of the Kazakh way of life. Return to the hotel by 18:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Almaty
Almaty

After breakfast depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via a newly built highway, enjoy nature landscapes on the way (250 km, 4 h.). Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Start sightseeing tour in Bishkek: visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours

Bishkek
Bishkek

Breakfast. Depart Bishkek at 09:00. The first stop will be Burana Tower, which was part of the ancient city of Balasagun (11th to 13th centuries) and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next on the agenda will be experiencing a Kyrgyz national horse game called “Ulak Tartysh” (goat pulling). Ulak Tartysh (also known as Kok Boru) is a fight between two teams of horse riders for a goat carcass. Transfer to Don Aryk village and have lunch at the home of a local Kyrgyz family. After lunch, watch a demonstration of yurt construction and even take part if you wish. Local Kyrgyz women will explain the meaning and use of each part of the yurt. Transfer to Bishkek airport (110 km, ~1h 30 min) to take flight HY780 to Tashkent, which departs at 18:40 and arrives at 19:00 (1h 20 min). Transfer to the hotel for overnight. 

Ulak Tartysh
Yurt Construction

Breakfast. Start the Tashkent city tour at 10:00 by visiting the Old City of Tashkent. This area encompasses the Khast-Imam Complex (famous for displaying one of the earliest copies of the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Islam), and Chorsu Bazaar, where you can haggle for spices, dried fruit, and nuts. 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. The city tour will take 4-5 hours, after which you’ll have some free time. At 18:00, transfer to the railway station. The high-speed train Afrosiyob departs at 18:50 and arrives in Samarkand at 21:00 (300 km, 2h 10 min). Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Tashkent
Tashkent

Breakfast. At 09:00, the city tour will begin with a visit to the spectacular Registan Square, followed by the Gur Emir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turco-Mongol emperor, Timur. Explore the Bibi Khanum Mosque and Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, and then take a short drive to Konigil village to find out about the traditional techniques used to make the famous Samarkand paper from mulberry bark. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Fann Mountains
Seven Lakes

Breakfast. At 10:00 am, transfer to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border point, Jartepa (50 km, 1 h). Upon arrival at the customs and passport control on both sides, kindly proceed to the exit of the border control area. At that point, our guide/driver will be waiting for you with the sign with your name. Meet your local Tajik guide and driver to drive to ancient Penjikent (80 km, ~1 h 30 min), the ruins of a town founded by the Sogdians in the 5th century and abandoned by Arabs in the 8th century. The foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples, and the remains of the city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. In the newer part of Penjikent, visit a local bazaar, a mosque, and the Rudaki Museum (Penjikent is the birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian poetry). After a 3-hour sightseeing tour check in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Ancient Penjikent
Penjikent

Breakfast. Drive to the Seven Lakes (80 km, ~2 h). These lakes are located in the western part of the Fann Mountains. Each lake has its own color, varying from calming turquoise to mesmerizing purple. Have lunch at the guest house next to the 4th lake. Those who would like to enjoy the view from the 7th lake there is an opportunity to have a hiking tour from the 6th lake up to the 7th lake. In the afternoon, drive to the Jartepa border crossing (120 km, 2 h 30 min). Complete the border formalities. On the Uzbek side, your driver will meet you and transfer to Samarkand. Free time in the city. At 20:45 transfer to the railway station. Take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 21:43 and arriving in Bukhara at 23:25 (270 km, 1 h 35 min). Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Fann Mountains
Seven Lakes

Breakfast. At 10:00, start exploring the Old City of Bukhara. Highlights of the walking tour will include: the Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasa, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Miri-Arab Madrasa, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasas, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums, and various trading domes. Free time from 15:00 until the National Show at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasa, which starts at 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.

Bukhara
Bukhara

Early breakfast. Depart at 06:30 for the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point, Farap-Alat (100 km, 1 h 30 min). After completing the border formalities at both checkpoints, cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available) to meet your Turkmen guide. Continue to Merv (300 km, 5 h 30 min), an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts on the Silk Road. Merv is also home to a historical park for you to discover, with sights including: the Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Major and Minor Kyz-Kala, Erk-Kala, Gyaur-Kala, Keshk Fortress, and others. Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to Mary Airport (40 km, 30 min) to take the evening flight to Ashgabat at 18:10. Upon arrival in Ashgabat at 18:50, transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Merv

Breakfast, followed by a sightseeing tour of Ashgabat. Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, has recently been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world. During the city tour, explore the archaeological site of Old Nissa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and the recently-built Independence Park. The sightseeing tour will take about 6 hours and the afternoon will feature a drive through the Karakum Desert to the famous Darvaza Gas Crater (280 km, 4 h). After arriving at the crater, camp will be set up and you’ll enjoy a delicious, fire-cooked dinner near the “Gates of Hell”. Overnight in tents.
Note: At Darvaza camp you will be accommodated at a yurt or there is an option to have 1- or 2-person tents. In both cases, toilets and basic washing facilities are outside.

Ashgabat
Darvaza Gas Crater

Camp-style breakfast. Drive back through the Karakum Desert to the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point, Dashoguz-Shavat (270 km, 4 h). Upon arrival border formalities. After the customs and passport control at both checkpoints, kindly proceed to the exit of the border control area. Your Uzbek driver will meet you to begin the trip to Khiva (60 km, 1 h). Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Free time.

Breakfast and hotel check out (the hotel will store your luggage safely for the day). Spend the morning at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ichan-Kala Fortress. Highlights of the morning walking tour include the Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasa, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasa, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and Minaret of Islom Khodja. In the evening, there will be a masterclass on cooking tukhumbarak (egg dumplings, characteristic of Khivan cuisine). Farewell dinner. Transfer to Urgench Airport at 20:30 (30 km, 35 min). Your flight to Tashkent departs at 22:55 and arrives at 00:15+1 (1,093 km, 1 h 40 min). Transfer to the hotel in Tashkent for overnight.

Khiva
Khiva

At 5 am transfer to Tashkent International Airport to take flight HY 755 to Baku, which departs at 07:35 and arrives at 09:30 (2 h 55 min). Private transfer to your hotel will be arranged. Check-in at 14:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast. At 09:30, start a guided sightseeing tour of Baku. Walk along Martyrs’ Lane, known as ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals, and find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit the Shirvanshah's Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, and main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Finish the sightseeing tour by exploring Nizami Street and Fountain Square. After lunch, drive to Gobustan to visit the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. The Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Weather permitting, switch to a 4x4 vehicle and continue to the mud volcanoes (Gobustan is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes). Return to Baku. Have a welcome dinner at traditional Azerbaijani restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10-11 hours
Driving distance: 150 km

After breakfast, drive to the Absheron Peninsula to visit Ateshgah, located in the village of Surakhany. Zoroastrians from India used to travel thousands of kilometres to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth. Return to Baku to visit the iconic Heydar Alyev Cultural Centre, which is located in a quirky building designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 50 km

Baku
Baku

Breakfast. Depart towards Sheki. On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum in the village of Maraza. Continue to Shamakhi and visit the historical Juma Mosque. Weather permitting, a scenic drive through Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahich will follow. Lahich, an ancient village with charming cobbled sidewalks, is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as its traditional jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops. Continue driving to Sheki, the pleasant and easily walkable medieval town set in a lush mountainous area. Sheki is especially known for local style sweet baklava. Arrival in Sheki at about 19:00 for overnight at the hotel.
*Lahich will not be reachable during 2024 due to the road construction.

Shamakhi
Lahich
Sheki Khans' Palace

Breakfast. At 08:30, visit the colorful Sheki Bazaar. Here, 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 the Palace of Sheki Khans, which is surrounded by medieval fortress walls, and then visit handicrafts workshops and caravanserai. Leave Sheki and head towards the border with Georgia (115 km, ~2 h). Cross the border and start exploring the Eastern part of Georgia, which is famous for its viticulture and winemaking traditions. Our first stop in Georgia will be the Khareba Winery. On the way there, enjoy the picturesque landscapes of vineyards and wine-producing villages. Khareba’s unique wine cellar is located in a tunnel carved out of the rock. Originally built for military purposes, today the tunnel is used to store Kakheti’s finest wines. Enjoy a wine tour and a tasting session.
We will reach the charming Wine Resort, our overnight destination, between 17:30 and 17:30. This Resort is surrounded by beautiful vineyards and offers stunning views of the Caucasus Mountains – the perfect place to take a break before continuing our journey in Georgia. We will stay here for two nights.
Driving distance: 180 km
Meals: lunch

This day is a free one to enjoy nature, vineyards, and the outdoor swimming pool. The Resort also offers culinary masterclasses of Georgian traditional dishes and a tasting room to sample locally produced wines. Overnight at the hotel.
Optional Group Tour to Telavi
Experiences: museum, qvevri, wine, and cheese.
Today we will visit the capital of the Kakheti region, Telavi. Have a short walk through the charming streets of old Telavi and have a photo stop at the monument to Erekli II and the giant 800-years old plane tree. Step into the past at the Royal Castle History Museum “Batonistsikhe” originally built in the 17th century.
We will then visit Kbilashvili family which for many decades makes Qvevri, the amphora-shape clay vessels used to produce wine in Georgia. We will see how Qvevris are made and taste locally produced wine.
Our final stop beckons at a family boutique cheese factory and cellar. We will indulge into the world of cheeses and then taste five types of locally produced cheeses.
After the tour, we will bring you back to your hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Driving distance: 25 km

Price per person: $70 (including the museum entrance fee, wine tasting, and cheese tasting with lunch).

Khareba

After a relaxing day at the Wine Resort, we will continue exploring Kakheti at 10:00 by visiting the Tsinandali Estate, the residence of the dukes of Georgia. It has a beautiful English garden, a museum, and a wine cellar that belonged to Prince Chavchavadze, a public figure and poet of the 19th century. For lunch, we will be hosted by a local family, where we can enjoy a traditional feast and hear the best Georgian toasts. A truly local experience awaits you!
Having enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, we will drive to the royal town of Sighnaghi, which is surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers and was an important point on the Great Silk Road. We will also visit the Bodbe Convent – according to legend, this is the burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. We will arrive in the capital of Georgia at about 18:30–19:30. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 160 km
Meals: lunch

Tsinandali
Sighnaghi
Bodbe Convent

After breakfast, we will embark on Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Start at Metekhi Church and the monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Visit Narikala Fortress to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of sulphur bath houses and pass by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area, full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, and souvenir shops, and breathe in the history of Old Tbilisi. Also visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre’s clock tower, before crossing the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park. After a couple of hours at your leisure, join the group to proceed to welcome dinner (departing from the hotel by bus at 19:00). Overnight at the hotel.

Tbilisi
Tbilisi

Breakfast. Today you’ll explore the North of Georgia. The first stop will be at Jvari Monastery, a true architectural masterpiece of the Early Middle Ages, which is picturesquely perched above the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari Rivers. Continue to the Ananuri Complex, a former residence of Argveti Dukes, which features churches and towers dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and beautifully overlooks Jinvali Reservoir. Next, drive over the Cross Pass and make a short stop at the Soviet-era “People’s Friendship” mountain view point, which overlooks a deep gorge of the Caucasus Mountains. In Kazbegi, switch to a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach Gergeti Holy Trinity Church (located at an altitude of 2,170 m) and enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kazbegi. Reach Gudauri at about 19:00 for overnight at the hotel.

Jvari Church
Ananuri
Gergeti Holy Trinity Church

Breakfast. Drive to Stalin’s home town 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 back to the Hellenistic Period and is notable for its unique combination of various styles of rock-cut architecture, including both pagan and Christian. Continue to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns in Georgia and the country’s cultural and religious center. Mtskheta was the capital of the Eastern Georgian Kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC. Visit Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is kept. Reach Tbilisi in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Stalin's Museum
Uplistsikhe
Mtskheta

Breakfast. Free day in Tbilisi (guide and transportation are not provided).
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 nature lovers, we offer a day hike to Birtvisi Canyon and Fortress. Contact us to find out more.

In the evening, you can visit the famous Tbilisi sulphur bath houses to relax in the hot, naturally sulphur-enriched water after a long day of exploring (both public and private rooms are available, but private ones should be booked in advance).
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.

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 DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

Haghpat Monastery
Sevanavank
Sevan Lake

Breakfast. 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. Visit the Cascade Monument, a 500-metre high, 50-metre wide limestone staircase with no less than 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. The sightseeing tour will finish in the afternoon, after which you’ll have some free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Yerevan
Yerevan
Ararat

At 08:00, we check out from the hotel and 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. Drive to Noravank Complex situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge. Noravank stands amidst the bizarrely shaped, precipitous red cliffs. Continue to Areni Cave complex, where in 2008, the earliest shoe in the world was found. On the way back to Yerevan, stop at Areni winery to taste wines made from local grape varieties. Arrive in Yerevan at around 18:00. Overnight at the hotel.

Khor-Virap Monastery
Areni Cave
Noravank

Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, the only pagan temple in Armenia that survived the introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Descend Garni Gorge to explore a monumental rock formation called Symphony of Stones. 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.
You will have a free afternoon to explore more of Yerevan. Here are our suggestions:

We meet in the evening for a farewell dinner at one of local traditional restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.

Garni
Geghard

Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with English speaking different local guides in each city;
  • Service of a tour leader to accompany groups of 6 and more travelers in Central Asia and group of 8 and more travelers in Caucasus;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class tickets for flights: 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, Uzbekistan 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 at Seven lakes on Day 7, 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 15, lunch in a local family on Day 20, dinner in Tbilisi on Day 21, farewell dinner in Yerevan on Day 28;
  • Three wine tastings: Khareba (GE), Tsinandali (GE), Areni (AM).
  • Surcharge for staying in a single room;
  • 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 Turkmenistan tourist visas (80 USD) and migration tax (14 USD);
  • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa at Tashkent International Airport (60-80 USD);
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas (if necessary);
  • E-visas to Georgia and Armenia (if necessary);
  • Outbound and inbound flight tickets.

 

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US$ 6,580
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US$ 7,180
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Ongoing
US$ 7,180
May 13, Mon
Jun 10, Mon
Apr 13
Ongoing
US$ 7,430
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Apr 27
Sold out
US$ 6,980
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Jul 1, Mon
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Sold out
US$ 7,180
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Jun 22
Promo price*
US$ 6,580
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Promo price*
US$ 6,980
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Jul 13
Promo price*
US$ 6,980
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Special price**
US$ 7,180
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Special price**
US$ 7,180
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Oct 14, Mon
Aug 17
Special price**
US$ 7,180
Sep 30, Mon
Oct 28, Mon
Aug 31
Promo price*
US$ 6,980
Oct 14, Mon
Nov 11, Mon
Sep 14
Promo price*
US$ 6,980
Single supplement: US$ 1,190
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Mar 17, Mon
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Feb 15
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US$ 7,430
Mar 31, Mon
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Mar 1
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US$ 7,430
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May 12, Mon
Mar 15
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US$ 7,430
Apr 28, Mon
May 26, Mon
Mar 29
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
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US$ 7,430
Single supplement: US$ 1,190

100% guaranteed departures – even if there is only 1 traveler.

*The promo price is valid until a group of 4 travelers is formed.
**The special price is valid from 5 to 8 travelers.

Group size: 1-16 persons

Please note that itinerary and prices are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

We strongly recommend NOT to purchase airline tickets for 2025 tours without discussing it with your travel consultant.

Accommodation

Almaty - 2 nights
Kazzhol Park / Mercure or similar
Bishkek - 1 night
Ambassador / Solutel or similar
Tashkent - 2 nights
Hampton by Hilton / Holiday Inn Tashkent City / Wyndham Tashkent / Courtyard by Marriot
Samarkand - 2 nights
Penjikent - 1 night
Panjakent Plaza
Bukhara - 2 nights
Ashgabat - 1 night
Archabil / Diwan
Darvaza - 1 night
yurts / or a tent upon request
Khiva - 1 night
Gudauri - 1 night

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Silk Road Group Tour Reviews

Author: George Attokaran   |   Rating: 522 June 2023
I am back home! Overall, I had a great time with your tour. Thank you for all the support!
Author: George Attokaran   |   Rating: 522 June 2023
Hi Anvar, Good morning.

I am back home! Overall, I had a great time with your tour. Thank you for all the support!
Author: Lawrence and Beverly D.   |   Rating: 503 July 2019
From the USA

Date of experience: 08 April, 2019



Overall, Bev and I had a great trip. The most exotic moments of our adventure were the Seven Lakes and the Darvasa Crater. We also greatly enjoyed the birds of prey and the horsemen show. We have been absorbing the history of Central Asia as we go along and are eager for more. All the guides were helpful and informative; our favorite was Gulshat in Ashgabat. Seven Lakes’ guide Afriddun and driver Zaria were charming and fun (we enjoyed the hike to the seventh lake and eating at the lodge). Food and lodging all along the way were interesting and good. We especially liked the Navvat restaurant in Almaty. Connections were good.
Author: Sharmila U.   |   Rating: 503 July 2019
From India

Date of experience: 18 March, 2019



Everything was perfect, the guides, the itinerary on the whole.

Everything was superbly planned, well coordinated by guides, drivers and Zokhid is a wonderful person who takes very good care of everything and everyone. We never felt insecure or inadequate at any point of time, whether it was the border crossing or immigration or long drives.

Regarding Caucasus, the arrangements were exceedingly excellent. Best hotels, well informed caring guides, great food, we wouldn`t ask for more. The whole team was put together very well.

We would like to thank you and everyone in your team for making this trip so memorable for us. We are going back with wonderful memories of the 5 Stans and Caucasus.

Greatly appreciate your team effort and interest taken in minute details of the itinerary.

Thanks once again for everything.
Author: Michael C.   |   Rating: 514 December 2018
Date of experience: 9 October, 2018



This is the first time I`ve been on an organized tour. Through Advantour I was able to see areas that I would not have normally visited. I had no disappointments. I enjoyed trying out the different foods in each country and truly appreciated the different cuisines. The hotels were of a very high quality as were the drivers in each country. All of the guides were extremely knowledgeable.



There was a personal feel to dealing with the Advantour Staff. I truly enjoyed their company. The organization and professionalism was excellent.

Staff: Excellent

Hotels: Excellent

Restaurants: Excellent

Transportation: Excellent

Attention to detail and guest concerns: Excellent

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