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Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa
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Price per person from £2690 based on two sharing
Silk Road Tours offers the following alternative tours in this region. Please get in touch for more information.
A cultural exploration of the prehistoric, pagan and early Christian sites of this landlocked country. Travel in the shadow of biblical Mt Ararat and across high mountain passes to discover remote monasteries, ancient burial grounds and forbidding fortresses.
A fascinating exploration of Georgia’s rich cultural and historical treasures, taking in an incredible variety of scenery from the arid South Eastern region to the high Caucasus Mountains.
Georgia and its neighbour Armenia share a common history, but are also very different, and this two week tour reveals the similarities and contrasts between these two fascinating countries. Travelling along the ancient Silk Road, wander through remote monasteries and medieval towns, admire spectacular mountain views in the lofty Caucasus, and learn about the turbulent past of Tbilisi and Yerevan.
On this fascinating one-week tour, explore the delights of Azerbaijan, a little-known country on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Your journey takes you from the cosmopolitan and ancient capital of Baku to the charming medieval town of Sheki in the Caucasus Mountains, via fire temples, fortresses and historic trading towns. You will also be able to spend a day in the little visited and fascinating Nakchivcan Autonmous Republic.
Silk Road Tours can modify these tours to meet to your exact requirements. Get in touch for more information.
Mirhav hotel is a newly built hotel with 15 simple but stylish rooms. The hotel has been built according to traditional architectural style of Goris. Facilities include a good restaurant and a large garden overlooking the riverView Images
The Central Park hotel is a modern hotel excellently located in the heart of Baku and close to the Boulevard with its stunning views of the Caspian Sea. All 70 rooms are en suite and feature a balcony with views out over the Old Town. There is a roof top restaurant that serves authentic Italian dishes.View Images
The small and cosy Villa Mtiebi was converted by the architect Emil Davitidze so that blends 21st century style with the oringinal 19th century character of the building.It is located in the heart of the old town within walking distance of most of the city’s main sights.View Images
Discover the contrasts between the three Transcaucasian states on this two-week journey through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. From ancient fire temples and monasteries perched high in the mountains to prehistoric rock carvings and volcanic landscapes, this fascinating region offers a wealth of ever-changing sights.
On arrival in Baku you will be met by your driver and guide and transferred to your hotel
Today take a walking tour of Baku’s attractive walled city as well as the 19th century mansions of the oil barons. Later visit the Absheron Peninsula with its Zoroastrian fire temple and medieval fortresses.
Today travel to Gobustan, a volcanic desert littered with prehistoric petroglyphs as well as some Roman graffiti. The desolate lunar landscape of this region is rendered almost surreal by the presence of over 300 bubbling mud volcanoes. Later catch the overnight sleeper train from Baku to Tbilisi.
On arrival in Tbilisi, you will be met by your guide for a walking tour of this pretty capital city, built on the meandering Mtkvari River, before travelling out of town to visit the cathedral at Mtskheta, where Christianity was declared the state religion in the 4th century.
Today travel along the Georgian Military Highway to the attractive town of Kazbegi, stopping en route at the fortress of Ananuri. On arrival in Kazbegi, walk up to the Holy Trinity Church at Gergeti for the stunning views, before travelling to Gudauri where you will stay overnight.
Leaving Gudauri, first of all visit Uplistsikhe, a rock-hewn town with structures dating back to the 6th century BC. Next visit Gori, birthplace of Josef Stalin and home to a fascinating museum dedicated to the infamous Soviet leader. Later continue to Vardzia where you will stay overnight.
Today visit Vardzia. Accessed by hidden tunnels, this 12th century cave complex is located on the slopes of Mt Erusheli, high above the Mtkvari River. The monks who once inhabited the site left behind elaborate frescoes and a series of interesting chapels which are testament to its importance in the medieval religious life of Georgia.
Today cross into Armenia and visit Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries. These important 10th century establishments are jointly listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and both lie on a plateau with magnificent views over the surrounding mountains and the town of Alaverdi.
From Dilijan, skirt along the shores of Lake Sevan visiting Noraduz, where a field of more than 800 medieval carved headstones (or kachkars) provides one of Armenia’s most bizarre sights. Cross the Selim Pass stopping at the well preserved caravanserai before walking up to clifftop Smbataberd Fortress.
Explore the area around Goris today, starting with the ancient cave village of Khndzoresk, which was continuously inhabited until the 1980s. Next take the world’s longest cable car to the spectacular Tatev Monastery. Later delve into prehistory by visiting the field of petroglyphs at Ughtasar and Karahunj, known as “Armenia’s Stonehenge”.
Today’s drive to Yerevan takes you first to Areni, centre of Armenia’s wine industry, where there will be the opportunity to try the local produce, before visiting the nearby monastery at Noravank. Later visit one of Armenia’s most important sites, Khor Virap, stunningly located in the shadow of Mt Ararat.
Discover the treasures of Armenia’s capital city today. Visit the manuscript depository of the Matenadaran Museum, the 8th century Erebuni fortress, and the Blue Mosque. Also visit the 1915 genocide memorial and the brandy distillery which produced Winston Churchill’s favourite cognac.
Today travel to Armenia’s spiritual home, Echmiadzin, where the country’s first church was built in 303 AD, before visiting the 1st century AD classical-style temple of Garni. The neaby rock-cut cathedral and chapels of the cave monastery at Geghard show how Christianity shaped both the landscape of Armenia and the minds of its people.
You will be transferred to the airport today for your return flight.
B = Breakfast provided
L = Lunch provided
D = Dinner provided