The Silk Road Tour

19 – day tour of Iran (Persia), Armenia, Georgia & Turkey Tour.

Itınerary of the Silk Road Tour

Day 1- Tehran
Upon arrival in Tehran you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. (Dinner)

Day 2- Tehran – Shiraz
After breakfast we will visit Iran National Museum with artifacts indicating Iran’s 7000 year old civilization. Then we will visit the best running museum of Iran, Riza Abbas Museum or Royal Jewelry Museum and Niyavaran Palace. In the evening we fly to Shiraz. Overnight is in Shiraz. (Breakfast and Dinner) 
 
Day 3- Shiraz
Today, we will visit Eram and Naranjestan Gardens, Zand Complex (with its lofty citadel, Vakil Mosque, and traditional Bazaar), Nasir-ol-Molk mosques, the mausoleum of poet Hafez and the most astonishing mirror decoration of Aliebnehamze’s holy shrine. Afterwards we have some time at leisure. 
Overnight is in Shiraz. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 4- Shiraz- Persepolis- Necropolis- Yazd
After breakfast en route we will visit Quran Gate, Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of Persia in 500 BC built by the hands of free artists and workers and the Necropolis which was the Achamenian king’s necropolis, cut out of a mountain where Darius the Great rests in his Tomb and watches us after 7000 years of Iranian history. We will continue to the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae. Overnight is in Yazd. (Breakfast and Dinner) 
 
Day 5- Yazd- Isfahan
This morning we will explore the old city of Yazd, We will visit Tower of Silence called Dakhmeh-ye Zartoshtiyum, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Ateshdeh (Fire emple), Jameh Mosque and Water Museum. After Lunch break we will drive to Isfahan. Overnight is in Isfahan. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 6- Isfahan
This morning, we will visit Imam Square, the jewel of Persian architecture with 4 monuments at 4 sides. Including; Alighapou Palace, Imam and Sheikh Lutfullah Mosques and Isfahan Bazaar with its traditional arcades. In the evening we will visit Si-o-Se-Pol (Thirty Three Bridges) and Khajoo Bridges over Zayandeh Rud River. We will also visit the Armenian quarter of Jolfa, Vank Cathedral and Chehel Sotoun known as Forty-Column palace. Overnight is in Isfahan. (Breakfast and Dinner)​

Day 7- Isfahan- Tehran
This morning, we will drive to Tehran. We will visit traditional Kashan house then continue to Tehran. Before dinner we will have some leisure time. Overnight is in Tehran. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 8- Tehran- Tabriz
Today we fly to Tabriz and visit the Blue Mosque and the Azerbaijan Museum. We then walk through Bazaars. Overnight is in Tabriz. (Breakfast and Dinner)

 

Day 9- Tabriz- Goris (Armenia)
This morning we will cross the Armenia border. We will continue to Goris, having one of the nicest overall Armenian architecture in Armenia. On the way we will stop in Kapan for a tea/coffee break. Overnight is in Goris. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 10- Goris- Yerevan
After breakfast start the tour to the monastic complex of Tatev (Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO),which is an architectural masterpiece dating from the 10th century and is often called a monastery built on the edge of nothing. Drive to Noravank Canyon with the monumental monastery – the medieval cultural and spiritual center of Vayots Dzor region. We will continue tour to the village Areni village and Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. We will drive to Yerevan. Overnight is in Yeravan. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 

Day 11- Yerevan
After breakfast, we will explore the vibrant capital of Armenia, Yerevan, where ancient culture is mixed with modern lifestyle and great traditions. We start our walking tour from Parliament building to the Republic Square, the masterpiece of the architect Alexander Tamanian. We will continue to Cascade, an open-air museum of modern art with massive stairways leading up to the Victory Park with “Mother Armenia” monument providing a fantastic overlook to the entire downtown from above. We will continue to Matenadaran, a home to the world’s largest collection of Armenian Illuminated manuscripts. We will visit the Genocide Memorial and the Museum to the victims of the first genocide of 20th century. Overnight is in Yeravan. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 12- Yerevan- Tbilisi (Georgia)
After breakfast, we will depart for Lake Sevan. About 70 miles north of Yerevan sits lake Sevan. This huge mountain lake which takes up to 5% of Armenia’s surface area and is about 2,000 meters above sea level is one of the highest among the freshwater lakes in the world. We will continue our tour and visit to monastic complex of HaghpatMonastery. It is listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will cross the Georgian border and overnight is in Tbilisi. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 13- Tbilisi
This morning, we will explore the city of Tibilisi. It is the capital of Georgia from the 5th century. The city is extraordinary for its turbulent history, elegant and remarkable architecture destroyed and restored through centuries but keeping the entire style of Georgian orthodox religion and traditions. We will walk through the old city. We will visit the Metekhi Church dated 13th century, Sulfur Bathes, Narikala fortress of 4th century, Sioni Cathedral from the 7th century, Anchiskhati Basilica dated from the 6th century. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Tbilisi. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 14- Tbilisi- Kutasi 
After breakfast we will drive to Gori. The city was founded by one of the greatest kings of Georgia, David the Builder (1089 – 1125). On the way visit Jvari church the country’s spiritual heart, holiest of holies to many Georgians. We will visit the Joseph Stalin Museum in Gori. Afterwards, we will visit the Uplistsikhe “the lord’s fortress”, which is an ancient rock hewn town in eastern Georgia. Built on a high rocky left bank of Mtkvari River, it contains various structures dating from the 2nd ML BC to the Late Middle Ages and is notable for the unique combination of various styles of rock-cut cultures. Then drive to Kutaisi and walk in Kutaisi city. Overnight is in Kutaisi. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 15- Kutasi- Batumi- Savsat (Turkey) 
Today, we will visit the Gelati Monastery and the tomb of David the Builder, dated 12th century in Kutaisi. We will continue to Batumi, the centre of Adjaria province. On the way to Turkey Border, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Batumi. En route we will visit the Gonio Roman fortress of 1st millennium. We will cross Turkey border of Sarpi and drive to Savsat. Overnight is in Savsat. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 16- The Georgian Valleys – Savsat
The Georgian Valleys are perched spectacularly above a bend in the Coruh River on an East Facing slope. The region is also known for its annual Kafkasor Festival, one of the last genuine folk fairs in Turkey to which wrestlers, dancers and musicians come from all over Turkey and Georgia. We spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Yayla region around Savsat. This area is adorned with ornate wooden houses and churches, characteristic of the Caucasus. We will travel around the area and see the Turkish-Georgian villages, local life and churches in Kackar mountains. Overnight is in Savsat. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 17- Savsat- The Georgian Valleys- Erzurum
Today, we will explore the Southern Georgian Valleys, where the Georgians have lived since the Bronze Age. We will follow the Coruh River, pass by Tortum Lake and stop to see the Tortum Waterfalls. We will continue to Osk Vank to see the 10th century cathedral, whose frescoes are the best preserved examples in Turkey. Beyond is the Monastery complex at Haho; the first of several institutions built by King David the Great. Overnight is in Erzurum. (Breakfast and Dinner)
 
Day 18- Erzurum- Istanbul
Today we will fly to Istanbul. Farewell dinner and overnight is in Istanbul.    Overnight is in Istanbul. (Breakfast and Dinner)  

Day 19- Istanbul
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight. (Breakfast)

INCLUSION​

  • Accommodation as per itinerary (4 Star Hotel in Istanbul and 5 Star Hotels in other locations).

  • Domestic flight

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

  • Entrance fees

  • Local taxes

  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

  • Airport pickup and drop-off

EXCLUSION

  • Drinks

  • Lunch

  • Gratuities

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