Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2024-2025

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia Group Tour23 days | Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Group Tour US$ 3,875
  • BukharaBukhara
  • BukharaBukhara
  • TashkentTashkent
  • TashkentTashkent
  • NukusNukus
  • Toprak-KalaToprak-Kala
  • KhivaKhiva
  • KhivaKhiva
  • Yurt CampYurt Camp
  • AidarkulAidarkul
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • SamarkandSamarkand
  • BakuBaku
  • AteshgahAteshgah
  • LahichLahich
  • SighnaghiSighnaghi
  • BodbeBodbe
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • TbilisiTbilisi
  • AnanuriAnanuri
  • UplistsikheUplistsikhe
  • GoriGori
  • Bukhara
  • Bukhara
  • Tashkent
  • Tashkent
  • Nukus
  • Toprak-Kala
  • Khiva
  • Khiva
  • Yurt Camp
  • Aidarkul
  • Samarkand
  • Samarkand
  • Baku
  • Ateshgah
  • Lahich
  • Sighnaghi
  • Bodbe
  • Tbilisi
  • Tbilisi
  • Ananuri
  • Uplistsikhe
  • Gori

Embark on an unforgettable 23-day odyssey spanning the enchanting lands of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Initiate your grand Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia Small Group Tour 2024
-2025 in Uzbekistan – Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva – beckons. Marvel at turquoise domes, grand madrasahs, and tales of empires that once flourished. Savor the rich flavors at Tashkent's bazaars, from aromatic plov to freshly baked bread.

Journey onwards to Azerbaijan, stepping back in time in the cobbled streets of Lahich and the bustling markets of Sheki. Relive the past with each footstep on these medieval paths.
Complete your voyage in the picturesque landscapes of Georgia. Immerse yourself in Kakheti's deep-rooted wine traditions, explore the fortified beauty of Sighnaghi, and find peace at the Bodbe Convent. Let Tbilisi, with its blend of history and modernity, crown your journey.
Promising a tapestry of experiences – from architectural marvels to culinary delights and age-old traditions – this tour offers a glimpse into the soul of three nations, etching memories that will last a lifetime.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Tashkent – Arrival (UZB)
 
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel, checking in from noon. Free time.
Day 2, Th: Tashkent – Nukus (UZB)
 
After breakfast, take a guided sightseeing tour of Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, the largest city in Central Asia. Visit the Old City, which includes the Khast-Imam Complex and Chorsu Bazaar. Within the Khast-Imam Complex, see the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman and visit the Madrassah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, and Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore the vibrant 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. Transfer to the airport to take the evening flight to Nukus at 18:05 (1,255 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrive in Nukus at 19:45 and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 3, Fr: Nukus – Khorezm – Khiva (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Visit the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky*. The museum hosts the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art and an exhibition of applied art from Karakalpakstan. Take a short drive around the centre of Nukus and see the statue of Berdakh, the Karakalpak poet; the Nukus City Hall; and the Karakalpak Music and Drama Theatre. In the afternoon, drive to Khiva (200 km, 4-5 h.). On the way, visit the archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm: Chilpyk-Kala (a Zoroastrian dakhma, or Tower of Silence) and Toprak-Kala (the capital of Khorezm in the 3rd century). Arrive in Khiva and check-in to the hotel.
*Due to renovations at Savitsky Museum, the archeological and applied arts exhibitions remain closed indefinitely.
Day 4, Sa: Khiva (UZB)
 
After breakfast, take a guided sightseeing tour of the ancient city of Khiva on foot. Visit the Ichan-Kala Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mukhammad Aminkhan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Islom Khodja minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Free time in the afternoon. In the evening, join a master-class on cooking tukhumbarak (traditional Khiva-style egg dumplings) at the National House of Zaravshan-opa. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Meals: dinner
Day 5, Su: Khiva – Bukhara (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.*) following the route of the Great Silk Road (which passed through the Kyzylkum Desert on the way between Khiva and Bukhara). Stop on the way to enjoy views of the Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara in the late-afternoon and check-in to the hotel. Free time to rest or take a walk among Bukhara’s ancient buildings. Overnight at the hotel.
*depending on road condition (some parts of the road are currently being renovated).
As the cafés and restaurants on the way are basic and offer limited menus, you may wish to take a packed lunch on this trip (your hotel or guide can help you arrange this the day before).
Day 6, Mo: Bukhara (UZB)
 
After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking sightseeing tour of Bukhara’s Old City. Visit the Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trading domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 7, Tu: Bukhara (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique combination of Oriental and Russian architecture. Enjoy free time in Bukhara in the afternoon. In the evening, see a traditional puppet show. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 8, We: Bukhara – Nurata – Yurt Camp (UZB)
 
After breakfast, depart Bukhara and drive to a yurt camp in the Kyzylkum Desert (230 km, 4 h.*). On the way, stop in Gijduvan to visit a pottery master’s workshop and take a master-class on traditional pottery. After lunch, continue to Nurata town to visit the Chashma Complex of Religious Buildings and its famous holy spring. Stop at the Nurata Pass to see the Zukarnay Petroglyphs, which date from the Bronze Age. Arrive at the yurt camp and enjoy camel riding and free time. In the evening, enjoy dinner around the camp fire accompanied by a performance of Kazakh akin (folk singers). Overnight at the yurt camp.
Meals: dinner
Day 9, Th: Yurt Camp – Samarkand (UZB)
 
After breakfast at the yurt camp visit Aidarkul Lake, which is surrounded by desert. Free time at the lake and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, leave the yurt camp and drive to Samarkand (270 km, 5 h). Arrive in Samarkand and check-in to the hotel. Time for rest.
Meals: picnic lunch
Day 10, Fr: Samarkand (UZB)
 
Breakfast. At 9:00 start a sightseeing tour of the fascinating city of Samarkand. Visit the spectacular Registan Square, the Gur Emir (Tamerlane’s Mausoleum), the remains of the Bibi Khanum Mosque, and the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Then drive to Konigil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 11, Sa: Samarkand – Tashkent (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Check-out of the hotel by noon. Free time to explore Samarkand or shop for traditional handicrafts. In the evening, transfer to the railway station to take the train to Tashkent (300 km, 2 h 10 min). Upon arrival, go to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: dinner
Day 12, Su: Tashkent – Baku (UZB-AZE)
 
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Take the morning flight from Tashkent to Baku at 7:35. On arrival at Baku at 9:30, our Azerbaijani driver will meet you to transfer to the hotel. Check-in after 14:00. Free time in Baku. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13, Mo: Baku city tour – Gobustan – Baku (AZE)
 
At 09:00, start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martyrs Lane, known as ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals. When you walk through the Alley of the Martyrs, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, and the main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Continue touring new Baku by exploring Nizami Street and Fountain Square.
After lunch break, we will drive to Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore rock carvings 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. Enjoy welcome dinner at a national restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 10-11 hours
Driving distance: 150 km
Meals: dinner
Day 14, Tu: Baku – Ateshgah – Baku (AZE)
 
After breakfast we will drive to Absheron peninsula to visit Ateshgah, a temple for fire worshippers located in the village of Surakhany. Zoroastrians from India use to travel thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship the fire coming out of the earth. We will then visit Heydar Aliev Center 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
Day 15, We: Baku – Shamakhi – Lahich* – Sheki (AZE)
 
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.
Driving distance: 340 km
Meals: lunch
*Lahich will not be reachable during 2024 due to the road construction.
Day 16, Th: Sheki – Georgian border – Kvareli – Kakheti (AZE-GEO)
 
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 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. The 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
Day 17, Fr: Free day in Resort (GEO)
 
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 Georgian cheeses and then taste five types of unique local 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).
Day 18, Sa: Kakheti – Tsinandali – lunch at local family – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi (GEO)
 
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
Day 19, Su: Tbilisi (GEO)
 
After breakfast, we will embark on Tbilisi sightseeing tour. Start at Metekhi Сhurch 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.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Driving distance: 5 km
Meals: dinner
Day 20, Mo: Tbilisi – Jvari – Mtskheta – Kazbegi – Gudauri (GEO)
 
Breakfast. Today we will 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 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. 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.
Driving distance: 210 km
Meals: lunch and dinner
Day 21, Tu: Gudauri – Ananuri – Uplistsikhe – Gori – Tbilisi (GEO)
 
Breakfast. Drive 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. 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 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. Reach Tbilisi in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 9-10 hours
Driving distance: 250 km
Meals: lunch
Day 22, We: Tbilisi – free day (GEO)
 
Breakfast. Free day in Tbilisi (guide and transportation are not provided).
If you would like to explore other destinations of Georgia, we can offer private day tours from Tbilisi:
For wine lovers
Sample delicious Georgian wines and learn about the local winemaking traditions at the cradle of Georgian wine, the Kakheti Region.
One-Day Kakheti Wine Tour from Tbilisi
Canyons and natural sites
Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Samegrelo region by visiting one of the most memorable places in Georgia, Martvili Canyon.
Martvili Canyon Day Tour
Hiking
Immerse yourself in beautiful nature and enjoy quality hiking time in the vicinities of Tbilisi, Birtvisi.
Day Hike to Birtvisi Canyon
Sightseeing tour to cave monastery
Experience the beauty of an ancient cave town and mysterious fortresses with one day to Varzdzia.
Vardzia and Rabati Fortress Tour
If you would like to spend the free day in Tbilisi, 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.
  • 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.
Advantour offers a culinary masterclass on traditional Georgian food in Tbilisi. 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.
Day 23, Th: Tbilisi – Departure (GEO)
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Tbilisi International Airport. End of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia Small Group Tour
Driving distance: 25 km

  • Land transportation throughout the tour, including airport/train station pick ups and drop offs;
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels, breakfasts included;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Meals: 22 breakfasts, 5 lunches, including 2 lunches in Georgian families, and 5 dinners; masterclass in Khiva;
  • Puppet show in Bukhara;
  • Economy class tickets for Tashkent-Nukus, Tashkent-Baku flights;
  • Economy class ticket for Samarkand-Tashkent trains;
  • Two wine tastings: Khareba (GE), Tsinandali (GE);
  • Azerbaijan E-visa;
  • Bottled drinking water;
  • English-speaking tour guides in each country;
  • In addition to tour guides, a tour leader to accompany groups of 8 travelers and more.
  • Surcharge for staying in a single room;
  • Other meals;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

 

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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

Tashkent - 2 nights
Ateca / Navruz or similar
Nukus - 1 night
Jipek Joli or similar
Khiva - 2 nights
Erkin Palace / Orient Star or similar
Bukhara - 3 nights
Aydarkul - 1 night
Safari Yurt Camp / Aidar Yurt Camp (in a shared yurt)
Samarkand - 2 nights
Baku - 3 nights
Tbilisi - 4 nights
Gudauri - 1 night

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