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Silk Route between Tbilisi and Ashgabat

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  • Esfahan
  • Tehran
  • Shiraz
  • Ashgabat
  • Yazd
  • Zein-o-din
  • Shirvan
  • Damghan
  • Khoor
  • Lagodekhi
  • Caspian Sea
  • Gobustan
  • Baku
  • Sheki
  • Telavi
  • Tbilisi
  • Geok Tepe
  • Turkmenbashi

This fantastic holiday-length trip takes us through some rarely-visited but fascinating destinations. We start in the delightful Georgian capital of Tbilisi and journey to the wine regions of Telavi.We head to the fascinating small country of Azerbaijan, staying in the old town of Sheki, discovering the ancient petroglyphs and mud volcanoes of Gobustan, and arriving at the cosmopolitan city of Baku.We have an adventurous ferry crossing over the Caspian Sea before arriving in the desert land of Turkmenistan, one of the world's most reclusive and least-visited countries.We explore the underground lake of Kow-Ata before ending this trip in the bizarre capital city of Ashgabat.

  • Day 1 Tbilisi

    Border Information: if joining in Tbilisi, you will most likely enter Georgia at Tbilisi International Airport (IATA code: TBS). There will be a pre-departure meeting at 6:00pm - please meet at the joining hotel reception at this time. Please do not be alarmed if there is no note from you leader on arrival, as this is often a travelling day for the crew and they will not arrive until about 4:00pm. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tbilisi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tbilisi. In Tbilisi we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities. *Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

    Activities(Optional)
    Enjoy an evening of local dancing and music at a Georgian restaurant in Tbilisi - Cost: GEL 25

  • Day 2 Tbilisi

    Today we will visit the old town of Tbilisi and visit sites including the National Museum, Sioni Cathedral and the Metekhi Temple. We will have a second night in our comfortable local hotel in Tbilisi.

    Activities(Optional)
    Learn all about the history of Georgia during Soviet times, and the struggle for independence, at the Museum of Soviet Occupation - Cost: GEL 3
    Explore the ancient Narikala Fortress and take in the fantastic views of Tbilisi below - Cost: GEL
    Discover the folk architecture, craftwork and culture of the various regions of Georgia at the Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography - Cost: GEL 1.5
    Visit the beautiful Orthodox Sioni Cathdral in Tbilisi's Old Town - Cost: GEL
    See the incredible collection of historical artefacts at the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia - Cost: GEL 3
    See the grandiose modern Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the seat of the Georgian Orthodox Church - Cost: GEL

  • Day 3 Telavi

    This morning we will drive to the Alazani valley and on to Telavi, where we will base ourselves for 2 days to explore this fascinating region. We will have a free afternoon to explore the area on arrival. In Telavi we will stay in a local family-run guesthouse. Estimated Drive Time - 2-4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

  • Day 4 Telavi

    The area of Telavi is well known for its vineyards and wineries - there are hundreds of different grapes grown here, and every village has its own particular variety. We will visit some of the local vineyards today, where we can hopefully see some of the local traditions including grape harvesting and wine making, and enjoy some famous Georgian hospitality.

    Activities(Included)
    Head out on Telavi's 'Big Day Out' - a tour of the town's monasteries, bee-keepers and textile-weavers, followed by lunch and wine tasting at a local family-run winery

  • Day 5 Lagodekhi

    Today we leave the wine region behind us as we make our way towards the Azerbaijan border. We will visit the Gremi citadel en route. We will wild camp tonight, most likely in the Lagodehki National Park close to the Azeri border. Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

    Activities(Optional)
    Discover the ancient capital of the 16th-century Kingdom of Kakheti at the Gremi Architectural Complex - Cost: GEL 2
    Take some short exploratory walks around our wild camp in the beautiful forested Lagodekhi National Park - Cost: GEL 5

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Transport

Overland expedition vehicle & Ferry.

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