Trip reference number: 342
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Travel along the Silk Road from the foothills of High Asia, through the historic cities of Uzbekistan and cross the deserts of Turkmenistan and Iran to the Lower Caucasus countries of Armenia and Georgia. Tick off the iconic highlights of Central Asia and experience the varied landscapes, rich history, diverse cultures and warm hospitality of one of the world’s most intriguing and unique regions. Days 1 to 5 Please note: our 2nd Aug and 18th Aug 2019 departures do not visit Osh, Fergana Valley, Khujand or Tajikistan. Please contact us for an itinerary for these departures.
Stunning mountains and lakes
Osh – home to oldest Bazaar in Central Asia
Fergana Valley – the home of silk and where the great route started from
Khujand – an important city on the old Silk Road
Iskanderkul Lake and Tajikistan’s highest waterfall
Fann Mountains – 5000 mtr+ peaks
Days 6 to 15 Dushanbe – Tajikistan’s Capital
Drive west towards Uzbekstan border
Stop off in the Unesco town of Shahrisabz (time allowing)
Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.
Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.
Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.
Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.
Aral Sea - ships marooned in the desert
Days 16 to 18 Turkmenistan
Kunye Ugench - see the 60mtr high minaret!
Darvaza Gas Craters - a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.
Kara-Kum Desert - arduous days are rewarded by camping out in this barren terrain.
Ashgabat - the fascinating and slightly bizarre ’White City’, fashioned out of marble.
Day 19 Turkmenistan
Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Days 20 to 33 Iran
Mashhad - home to the stunning Imam Reza Mosque
Dasht e Kavir Desert - in search of the Asiatic Cheetah
Shiraz & Yazd
Persepolis - ancient ruins partly destroyed by Alexander the Great
Esfahan - explore this historic and beautiful city
Tabriz - explore the 35km labyrinthine bazaar and the Blue (Kabud) Mosque
Days 34 to 38 Armenia
Yerevan – World-famous brandy distillery
Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan
Days 39 to 41 Georgia
Telavi - ancient wine-growing region
We continue to Tbilisi
Day 42 Trip ends after breakfast 42 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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