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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions imposed by the Australian and other governments, we have made the difficult but critical decision to suspend all tours scheduled to depart between March, and July 2020. Although restrictions are slowly easing in various regions around the world, it is unlikely travel will be advised by governments in the next few months.
Many of us have been looking forward to the holidays we’ve so carefully planned and it is for this reason that we are suspending holidays for short term. We restart our tours, most likely with additional health and well-being measures, as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so.
If you are feeling uncertain about travelling anytime soon, we are offering travellers booked on holidays departing between 1 August and 15 November 2020 the option to continue with their holiday as planned (if it becomes possible to do so) or the option to defer your holiday.

If you decide to cancel your tour we completely understand. The health and wellbeing of our customers and staff is our number one priority. If your tour date is booked inside our cancellation period, where our cancellation fees would normally apply, in this instance, we’re happy to offer a 100% travel credit with Snow Leopard Tours Pty Ltd, valid for travel until 30th April 2023.
You can also opt to transfer this travel credit to a friend or family member looking to book a group tour or tailor-made holiday with us also valid until 30th April 2023.
We thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time and look forward to welcoming you to our trip of a lifetime in the near future.

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Tour operates: May till October
No. of days: 17 nights 18 days
Destinations: Baku-Absheron Peninsula-Gobustan-Lagodeki-Sheki-Sighnaghi-Tsinandali-Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Gori- Uplistsikhe-Kutaisi-Tskaltubo-Mestia-Ushguli-Mestia-Gelati-Kutaisi-Sapara-Akhaltsikhe-Vardzia-Bavra-Gyumri-Talin-Aruch-Yerevan-Echmiadzin-Zvartnots- Khor Virap-Areni-Noravank-Ashtarak-Fortress fo Amberd-Saghmossavank -Garni-Geghard-Lake Sevan.
Transport: Private air conditioned transport
Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities
Guides: Fully escorted by our experienced local English speaking guide
Tour starting point: Baku Ending point: Yerevan
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required
Day by day itinerary
Day 1: Baku Arrival (Azerbaijan)
Arrive in Baku. Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Baku. (-/-/D)
Day 2: Baku-Absheron-Baku
In the morning we start Baku city tour: we visit the old City: Shemakha gate, Shirvanshakhs’ Palace, Maiden Tower, caravan saray, old market square, Carpet museum. Afterward, we tour the Absheron Peninsula and visit Ateshgah fire temple, Mardakan medieval fortress, Yanardagh Fire Mountain. We return to Baku for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at a hotel. (B/-/D)
Day 3: Baku-Gobustan-Baku
Drive to Gobustan. Visit Gobustan rock paintings museum in the open air (UNESCO) & onsite archaeological museum. En-route photo-stop at the old oil rigs.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Baku. (B/-/D)
Day 4: Baku-Sheki
Breakfast at a hotel. Leaving Baku, depart for the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan. The dry landscape gives way to a densely forested mountain area. En-route visit to active mud volcanoes site, Diri Baba shrine in Maraza; Yeddi Gumbez tomb and Juma mosque in Shemakha. Arrive in Sheki, visit local craft workshop where famous “Shebeke” handmade vitrages are produced and well-known Sheki Khans Palace with its magnificent frescoes and stained glass. Dinner and overnight in Sheki.(B/-/D)
Day 5: Sheki-Lagodekhi (border)- Sighnaghi-Tsinandali-Tbilisi
Breakfast at a hotel. We visit traditional bazaar and then drive to the border with Georgia. Change guide and transport. Start exploring Georgia from Kakheti region. We drive to visit fortified town of Sighnaghi (18th century), a town preserved in its original image and offering visitors stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. Continue to Tsinandali and visit a local Duke Alexander Chavchavadze`s estate and the garden formed in the 19th century. The park and the house used to be the gathering place of all poets and artists of the 19th century. Arrive in Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi. (B/-/D)
Day 6: Tbilisi
Today you’ll have Tbilisi sightseeing tour. During the tour we take you to the places that will show you old city. The city offers a great variety of sights, most of them very ancient. All the places of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church (13th century), and then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Church (6th century). Then we drive up to Mother Georgia statue and walk down to Narikala Fortress (4th century) and Sulphur Baths, en route enjoying views of the Old Town. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National Museum of History (closed on Mondays), before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue – the main street in Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi. (B/-/D)
Day 7: Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Gori- Uplistsikhe-Kutaisi
We drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then drive to visit the town of Gori and its historical places: Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) and Stalin’s museum. Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Arrive in Kutaisi (antique town more than 3000 years old). Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Kutaisi. (B/-/D)
Day 8: Kutaisi-Tskaltubo-Mestia
In the morning we visit Bagrati Cathedral (11th century), UNESCO World Heritage site and a Natural grotto (closed on Mondays), amazing with its stalagmites and stalactites. Then we get ready for the most exciting part of your trip – a journey to Svaneti, the region of the highest mountains and glaciers and the most abiding ancient traditions. Arrive in Mestia – the center of Upper Svaneti. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Mestia. (B/-/D)
Day 9: Mestia-Ushguli-Mestia
A three-hour drive will take us to the highest permanent village in Europe – Ushguli (2200m). Ushguli, and generally the whole Upper Svaneti region, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is most famous for its abundance of watchtowers and this is where you get the view of the highest mountain in Georgia – Mt. Shkhara (5068m). Walk around the village and visit Lamaria Church (12th century). Afterwards we drive back to Mestia. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Mestia. (B/-/D)
Day 10: Mestia-Gelati-Kutaisi
In the morning we drive back to Kutaisi. We visit Gelati Cathedral (12th century) – one of the earliest academies in Europe an an UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner at a local restauarnt. Overnight at a hotel in Kutaisi. (B/-/D)
Day 11: Kutaisi-Sapara-Akhaltsikhe
In the morning we visit local farmers’ market. Then drive towards South-Western part of Georgia. Visit beautiful Sapara Monastery (9th century). Arrive in Akhaltsikhe and visit multicultural complex of Rabat (closed on Mondays). Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Akhaltsikhe. (B/-/D)
Day 12: Akhaltsikhe-Vardzia-Bavra( border)-Gyumri
In the morning we travel to Vardzia. On the way visit Khertvisi fortress (10th century). The magnificent cave town – Vardzia (12th century) is one of the highlights of the trip. It stretches over half a kilometer along the river Mtkvari and has 19 tiers. There used to be about 3000 caves. It’s church is hewn out in rock with amazing 12th century frescos.
The complex also includes dwellings quarters, small hall-type churches, refectories, wine cellars, pharmacy, etc. Afterwards drive to Georgia-Armenia border (Bavra). Change guide and transportation. Start your acquaintance with Armenia. Drive to Gyumri. Dinner and overnight in Gyumri. (B/-/D)
Day 13: Gyumri-Talin-Aruch-Yerevan
After breakfast start tour in Gyumri – the second largest city of Armenia. Drive back to Yerevan. The road leads toward an excellent early church called Talin village in which there are the impressive remains of an important cathedral church of the 7th century. The village of Aruch is one of the oldest settlements of Armenia. Aruch and its environs are rich with historical- architectural monuments; burial-vaults from Bronze Age, temples, palaces, fortresses, khachkars, etc. The temple of Aruch (7th century A.D) is one of the most important medieval Armenian architectural constructions. Drive to Yerevan.
Welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 14: Yerevan-Echmiadzin-Zvartnots- Yerevan
In  the  morning  after  breakfast  start  city  tour  around  Yerevan  visiting  Mother  Armenia  Monument.  Visit Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and the Museum of Victims of Genocide. Proceed to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is known as the center of the Armenian Church and appears to be one of the world`s first Christian State churches. Legend has it that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from heaven to show where he wanted a church built. So Echmiadzin means “The only-begotten descended”. The Church was built between the years 301 – 303 AD under the Armenian king Tiridates III and the first Armenian Catholics, St. Gregory the Illuminator.
**Opportunity to have lunch in a local community tasting homemade dishes and a visit to the local Art School. 
Drive to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th c.). Optional visit to Brandy Factory* (12USD p/p). Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 15: Yerevan-Khor Virap-Areni-Noravank-Yerevan
Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery (4-17th century). 45 km from Yerevan, the monastery of Khor-Virap has a very rich history, both religious and secular. It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah`s Ark cast anchor. Continue tour to Noravank monastery – a great religious and cultural centre of 12th c. On the way visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. Noravank (“New Monastery”) is 122 km away from Yerevan and is located in a remote location surrounded by stunning nature. The oldest structure of the monastery is the church of St. Karapet (9-10th century) has not survived. The principal church is known as St. Karapet as well, which was built in the 13th c. The church has an atrium, which was rebuilt by the famous architect and sculptor Momik and is decorated with bas-reliefs of religious themes. **Opportunity to have lunch in a local cave cafe. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 16: Yerevan-Ashtarak-Fortress fo Amberd-Saghmossavank -Yerevan
As the first Christian nation, Armenia is home to countless ancient churches and monasteries, all in locations of of positive and mysterious energy. The smallest pan-Armenian church of Karmravour (7th c) in Ashtarak, one of Aremenia’s most ancient cities, will be the first stop of the day. Drive to the Fortress of Amberd* (9th century) located halfway up Mt. Aragats, at the height of 2300m. The fortress stands on a rocky cape. There are also vestiges of a fortified three storied palace, a church built in 1026, a palace bathhouse with two domes, a central heating system, water tanks, a water-supply system, and a secret passage to a nearby cleft, and other buildings. Drive to the village of Saghmossavank. Visit Saghmosavank medieval monastery, situated in the breathtaking site, at the deep canyon of Ashtarak. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 17: Yerevan-Garni-Geghard-Lake Sevan-Yerevan
After breakfast, depart for Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. **Opportunity to have lunch at a local house in Garni where you will have opportunity to watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. 
Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat River, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Drive to Lake Sevan. Lake Sevan is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. Here we will visit Sevanavank. Sevanavank is a monastic complex located on a peninsula at the north western shore of Lake Sevan. Sevanavank is an amazing monastic complex of 9th century.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with live Armenian Folk music.
Overnight at a hotel in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 18: Depart Yerevan
Our service will end with airport transfer. (B/-/-)
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Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

Tour cost comfort class accomodation

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4185 $3500 $3000 $2770 $985

 

Tour cost tourists class accommodations

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3500 $3000  $2400 $2150 $550

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Baku Shah Palace or Fairmont Hotel Antolia or Nur hotel
Sheki Sheiki Palace hotel Sheiki Palace hotel
Tbilisi Ambasadori or Biltmore hotel KMM or Sharden
Kutaisi Tskalbu Plaza hotel Bagrati 1003 hotel
Mestia Kala, Chuba Chubu hotel Lomsia hotel
Akhaltsikhe Lomsia hotel Lomsia hotel
Gyumri Nane or Viktoria hotel Araks hotel
Yerevan Historic or Opera Suit Hotel  Silachi or Minotel Hotel

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures 2021 – 2022

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TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation with private transfers,mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
• Meals: For included meals please follow the key above (B) Breakfasts (L) Lunches (D) Dinners
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• Experienced local English speaking Guide
• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals Lunches
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers
If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request.

Tour operates: May till October
No. of days:24 nights 25 days
Destinations: Shiraz – Persepolis-Yazd -Maybod-Nain-Isfahan-Abyaneh-Kashan-Tehran-Tabriz-Meghri-Goris-Tatev-Noravanq-Khor Virap-Yerevan-Matenadaran-Garni-Gueghard-Lake Sevan-Haghpat-Sanahin-Sadakhlon-Tbilisi- Mtskheta-Stepantsminda-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Kutaisi-Gelati-Chiatura-Sachkhere-Sighnakhi-Lagodekhi-Sheki-Kish-Lahij-Baku- Absheron Peninsula
Transport: Private air conditioned transport
Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities
Guides:Fully escorted by our experienced local English speaking guide
Tour starting point: Shiraz Ending point: Baku
Guaranteed departure:Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Day by day itinerary

Day 1:Shiraz
On arrival at Shiraz airport you will be greeted by our local guide and transferred to your hotel. Later, we take a city tour of Shiraz, the city of nightingales, poetry and roses. We visit Narenjestan Garden built in 1879-1886 as a reception hall for visitors and which was also used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. Also included is Khan theological school and Bazaar, then enjoy tea and ice cream while listening to recitals in traditional teahouse of the mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez. Overnight at hotel in Shiraz. (D)
Day 2:Day trip to Persepolis – Necropolis
Fars province is greatly indebted to the settlement of the Achaemenid and Sassanian dynasties for its glorious cultural heritage. Scattered all over the territory of Fars are monuments representing its rapid progress in both pre-Islamic and Islamic era.
Morning excursion to Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Necropolis. A visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ruined cities and the finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC.  The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces on the site and provide a rich treasure house of ancient history.At Necropolis you will find the tomb of the four powerful Achaemenian kings carved into huge rocks. Later return to Shiraz. Overnight at hotel in Shiraz. (BLD)
Day 03: Pasargadae – Yazd
On the way to Yazd we visit Pasargadae, the site of the tomb and remains of palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, all located in the magnificent Dasht-e-Morghab. Driving through the typical desert town of Abarkuh we stop and and have tea under the shade of a 4,000-year old Cypress tree before arriving into Yazd and checking into our hotel. Overnight at hotel in Yazd. (BLD)
Day 4:Yazd
Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD.  Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind. The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city.  Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb.  This city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. Dolat Abad Garden, Water Museum and a traditional house are among the other visits. The stunning three-storey façade of the Tekiyeh in the Amir Chakhmaq Complex at sunset is one of the most spectacular features of Yazd. Overnight at hotel in Yazd. (BLD).
Day 5:Yazd – Maybod – Na’in – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan, en-route we will visit the old town of Maybod, established in the Medes Era. Later, drive to Na’in. Na’in is located in the geographic centre of Iran and is a famous carpet making centre. Na’in is also noted for its very old Masjid-e-Jame, which dates from the early Islamic period and contains some features from the 10th century. Overnight at hotel in Isfahan. (BLD)
Day 6: Isfahan Visit
Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewels of Historical Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world.  The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, it’s expansive bazaar and gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century.
Full day tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh and Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace plus free time for the Bazaar (spans 5 km).  In the evening an optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master .
Overnight at hotel in Isfahan. (BLD)
Day 7:Isfahan Visit
City tour of Isfahan – A visit to the Armenian quarter to tour the Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 and 1655 and the Zayandehrud River. Chehel Sotun Palace with its beautiful frescos located in a pretty garden is our next stop.  Shah Abbas II originally built it as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall. On to Jame Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, displaying styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges. Overnight at hotel in Isfahan hotel (BLD)
Day 8:Isfahan – Abyaneh – Kashan
Drive to Tehran en-route stop in Abyaneh and Kashan. Abyaneh is a small picturesque village dating back 1600 years.
Later continue driving to Kashan. Kashan is attractive oasis city which was once a favorite of Shah Abbas I. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses including the Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Overnight at hotel in Kashan. (BLD)
Day 9: Tehran
Free morning, afternoon drive to Tehran.
Tehran is a diverse and beautiful city combining the ancient civilization of Iran with modern developments and living. It is positioned at the base of the Alborz mountain range in Northern Iran.  Tehran with its numerous museums houses the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture. Overnight at hotel in Tehran. (BLD)
Day 10: Tehran Visit
Full day city tour of Tehran. A visit to the prehistoric National Museum of Iran. This museum houses a marvelous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures, and carvings dating from around the 7th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic Glassware Museum (Abgineh Museum) followed by the Carpet Museum.  Here you will have access to many of the masterpieces woven in the important carpet-weaving centers of Iran. The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resembles a carpet-weaving loom.
***Please note: our schedule to visit museums may vary depending on museum hours/days and when they are open to the public.
Overnight at hotel in Tehran. (BLD)
Day 11: Tehran flight to Tabriz
Depending on flight schedule transfer to the airport for flight to Tabriz.
City tour of Tabriz includes a visit to the city’s Historic Bazaar Complex (WHS), which consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions. Tabriz and its bazaars were already prosperous and famous in the 13th century, when the town, in the province of Eastern Azerbaijan, became the capital city of the Safavid kingdom. The city lost its status as capital in the 16th century but remained important as a commercial hub until the end of the 18th century, with the expansion of Ottoman power. It is one of the most complete examples of the traditional commercial and cultural system of Iran. The rest of the day is to visit other sites in the city like St. Mary Church, Qajar Museum etc. Evening is free before we are treated with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Tabriz. (BD)
Day 12: Iran-Armenia border-Meghri-Goris (Armenia)
Meeting at the Iran – Armenia border. Visa formalities, change in guide and transportation. Start exploring the Armenia from the South. Then Continue to the town of Goris which is one of the main cities of Syunik region. Nestled in a bowl of green hills and mountains, with interesting formations and many previously inhabited caves, Goris has some of the best architecture in Armenia. This park-city, despite the natural cuts, has a well-organized ground plan. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Goris. (B/-/D)
Day 13: Goris-Tatev-Noravanq-Khor Virap-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. Continue tour to Noravank monastery – a great religious and cultural centre of the 12th century. On the way visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. Noravank (“New Monastery”) is 122 km away from Yerevan and is located in a stunning location. Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery 4- 17th cc. 45 km. from Yerevan the monastery of Khor-Virap has a very rich history, both religious and secular. Khor Virap was built in Artashat during the reign of the Arshakids dynasty. At that time, it was used as a pit dungeon for convicts. In the 60s of the 4th century Artashat was ruined by Persian invaders. It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah`s arch cast anchor. The importance of it is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia and is considered to be the first Armenian catholicos.
Drive to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. Welcome dinner in a traditional Armenian restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 14: Yerevan-History Museum-Etchmiatsin-Zvartnots-Yerevan
After breakfast start city tour around Yerevan. The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC. A little part of the capital city`s 3,000-year history has survived: Central Yerevan was once dominated by huge Soviet-style buildings, but now, due to the nowadays active constructions, many modern-style buildings are starting to appear. On tour, you will see the Republic Square which is designed in the traditional Armenian architectural style and includes the Government House Republic square, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Post Office, and the National Art Gallery. You will also see the Opera house, Victory Park with Mother Armenia statue. We visit the Armenian History Museum, housing an important archaeological collection from Stone Age through Medieval periods is dark and almost unlabeled, but should not be missed (Closed on Monday).
Proceed to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is known as the center of the Armenian Church and appears to be one of the world`s first Christian State churches. Legend has it that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from heaven to show where he wanted a church built. So Echmiadzin means “The only-begotten descended”. The Church was built between the years 301 – 303 AD under the Armenian king Tiridates III and the first Armenian Catholic, St. Gregory the Illuminator. Return to Yerevan with stop at the ruins of Zvartnots temple – the pearl of the 7th c. architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 15: Yerevan-Matenadaran-Garni-Gueghard-Yerevan
Visit to the depositary of ancient manuscripts the Matenadaran which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia for many centuries. There is also the first copy of the Bible in Armenian and the Gospels that fascinate with their beautiful miniatures. Departure to Garni Temple. The pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and it is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. After proclaiming Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301, the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Geghard is another incredible ancient Armenian monastery, partly carved out of a mountain. The meaning “the Monastery of the Spear”, originates from the spear which had wounded Jesus during his crucifixion, allegedly brought to Armenia by Apostle Thaddeus, and stored amongst many other relics. Though the monastery of Geghard was around before the 4th century, the main cathedral was built in 1215. The entrance of the compound is surrounded by high walls on three sides and mountain on the other. Outside the monastery complex there are caves which lead into interesting little ‘cave rooms’.
Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel in Yerevan. (B/-/D)
Day 16: Yerevan-Lake Sevan-Haghpat-Sanahin-Sadakhlon (border)-Tbilisi (Georgia)
After breakfast early departure to 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. Sightseeing on the peninsula visiting the monasteries. Continue tour and visit to the monastic complexes of Haghpat (976 AD) and Sanahin (966 AD), listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The architectural complexes are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture. Drive to Sadakhlo border. Meeting at the border between 15:30-16:00. Border formalities. Change the transportation and guide. Transfer to Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi. (B/-/D)
Day 17: Tbilisi visit
Today you`ll have Tbilisi sightseeing tour. During the tour we take you to the places that will show you old city. All the places of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes` walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church (13th century), and then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral (6th-7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Church (6th century). Then we drive up to Mother Georgia statue and walk down to Narikala Fortress (4th century) and Sulphur Baths, en route enjoying views of the Old Town. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National Museum of History (if not Monday), before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue – the main street in Tbilisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi. (B/-/D)
Day 18: Tbilisi-Mtskheta-Stepantsminda
In the morning we drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Return to Tbilisi. Afterwards we drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian-Russian border). On the way visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. The carvings on the churches are one of the best samples of the Georgian art. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus Mountains. Arrive in Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi a leisurely 2 hours walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). Dinner and overnight at guesthouse in Kazbegi with private facilities. (B/-/D) *NOTE: If you prefer not to walk up to Gergeti church, you can hire local 4X4 and pay on spot.
Day 19: Stepantsminda-Gori-Uplistsikhe-Kutaisi
In the morning we will visit the town of Gori and its historical places: Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) and Stalin’s museum. Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Afterwards drive to West Georgia. Arrive in Kutaisi. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Kutaisi. (B/-/D)
Day 20: Kutaisi-Gelati-Chiatura-Sachkhere-Tbilisi
In the morning we will visit local farmers` market and historical places of the city: Gelati Cathedral (12th century) – one of the earliest academies in Europe, UNESCO site and the splendid Bagrati Cathedral (11th century). Afterwards drive to Tbilisi. On the way to Tbilisi we will visit Chiatura and Sachkhere, small town from Soviet Union where we will see the west Georgian wine-cellar and taste West Georgian wine. Different from east Georgia. Dinner at a local restaurant with folk show. Overnight at hotel in Tbilisi. (B/-/D)
Day 21: Tbilisi- Sighnakhi – Lagodekhi – Sheki (Georgia and Azerbaijan border)
Today we travel in Kakheti region famous for being wine making area, as well as associated with welcoming hospitality. Here we can see both snowy Caucasus Mountains and fertile valleys. Firstly we visit 18th century beautiful, small town of Sighnaghi which will impress us with its old fence and small houses with tile roofs and decorated balconies. From here we can see the picturesque views of Alazani valley and Great Caucasus Mountains. Afterwards drive to Georgian-Azerbaijan border lagodekhi change transport and guide. Drive to Ilisu village which is a municipality in the Qakh district of Azerbaijan and has a wonderful panoramic view. It has a population of 1,370. The village was settled in XIII century. A distance of 3 km for the first Ilisu village existed in the past has been people living in the area now known as Kendtala. The area of the ancient tombs on examples of epigraphic written in Kufic line proves it once again. Then continue to Sheki. Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. Situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above sea level like an amphitheatre surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famed as a silk centre and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. There is an assumption that the name of the town goes back to the ethnonym of the Saks, who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC. We’ll start our Sheki tour from visiting the 18th century Khan’s summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work. Sheki History museum is famous with artifacts from several periods. Overnight at hotel in Sheki (BD)
Day 22: Sheki – Kish – Lahij – Baku
After breakfast visit the Albanian church located in Kish village. Legend says that the church was built in 78 AD, but the researchers place it a few centuries later. Then drive to famous Lahij village in Ismayilly district. Many of the 2,000 people living in Lahij are involved in ancient crafts such as engraved copper work and carpet weaving. In the mid-19th century, there were more than 200 workshops in Lahij. Traders discovered Lahij crafts many centuries ago, and sold them for high prices at bazaars in Baghdad [now Iraq], Shiraz [now Iran] and other Middle Eastern cities. Stop by a copper workshop for a impromptu lesson in ancient craftsmanship you’ll get to see coppersmiths use small mallets to decorate plates, trays, jugs, goblets and pitchers, just as their ancestors have done for centuries. Drive to Baku. Overnight at hotel in Baku.(BD)
Day 23: Baku city tour
Start exploring Baku. The city is shaped like an amphitheatre, descending down to the Caspian Sea. Tour covers the central part of the city showing the most interesting historical and architectural sites. Visiting of “Old Town” or “Inner City”. The territory of”Inner City” – 22 hectares, which represents a small fraction of the total area of Baku (44,000 hectares). However, the concentration of architectural and historical monuments, dictates the need for this excursion into a separate and make this part of Baku, perhaps the most interesting to explore. Maiden Tower (XII century), Palace of Shirvanshahs (XV century), Castle Synyk Gala, Caravan Saray, Juma Mosque – this is not a complete list of attractions of the old Baku. Overnight at hotel in Baku.(BD)
Day 24: Baku Absheron Peninsula tour
Excursion to art- historical reserve Gobustan, where the petroglyphic drawings, barrows and housing objects are dated from X – VIII centuries B.C. The certificates of the Stone Age citizens and other periods, petroglyphic drawings, the human parking and the gravestone monuments are concentrated in Gobustan. Not far from there is *gavan chalan dash* is original tambourine-stone, like a huge flat wise plate. Rhythmical accurate motives could be taken from it by the percussion. It is considered that ritual dancing’s and ceremonies were accompanied by these sounds. The visiting of Gobustan will transfer you to another world, the world of the past mankind and will let you to feel the atmosphere of the thousand-year history of this place. Visiting the temple of the fire worshippers Atasgah and burning mountain *Yanar dag*. Atashgah means the House of Fire, place of fire. The territory of this temple is known for unique nature phenomenon as the burning exits of the natural gas. The temple of fire is of the main places where the ancient supporters of Zoroaster religion worshipped there to the fire. In The museum complex Atashgah you will be told about the life way Zaraustra worshippers and also about the traditions and the customs which they adhered. Excursion to Yanar Dag. You can see here nature phenomenon, incessant burning nature gas on the rock which named to the Yanar Dag reserve the burning rock. As the historians say, maybe this place gave the name *the fire country* to Azerbaijan. Overnight at hotel in Baku (BD)
Day 25: Onward flight
Our service will end with airport transfer. (B)

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Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost comfort class accomodation

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $7225 $6360  $5525 $5185 $1650

 

Tour cost tourists class accommodations

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5890  $5245  $4585 $4250 $920

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Shiraz Zandiye, Homa or Chamran Hotel Elysee, Karim khan or Park Sa’adi , Elizeh , Royal , Ario barzan hotel
Yazd Arg, Dad or Moshir Hotel Firoozeh , Fazeli , Morshed or Malek Tojir
Isfahan Abbasi or Kosar Hotel Setareh, Safir, Firuzi Hotel
Kashan Ameri, Raheb Hotel Manuchehri or Ehsan Hotel
Tehran Espinas, Parsian, or Homa Hotel Malik, Evin or Mashhad Hotel, Engelab
Tabriz Shahryar Hotel  Gostaresh Hotel
Goris Mirhav Hotel  Mirhav Hotel 
Yerevan Historic or Opera Suit Hotel  Ani Plaza Hotel 
Tbilisi Ambasadori or Biltmore Hotel  KMM or Metekhi Line Hotel 
Kazbegi Rooms Kazbegi  Guest House 
Kutaisi Tskaltubo Plaza Bagrati 1003 (New Part)
Sheki Sheki Palace Hotel  Issam Hotel 
Baku Shah Palace or Fairmont Hotel  Anatolia Hotel 

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

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TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation with private transfers,mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
• Meals, For included meals please follow the key above (B) Breakfasts (L) Lunches (D) Dinners
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• Experienced local English speaking Guide
• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals Lunches
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers

If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request

 

Tour operates:Around the year
No. of days:10 nights 11 days
Destinations: Shiraz – Persepolis-Yazd – Maybod- Nain -Isfahan – Abyaneh-Kashan – Tehran
Transport:Private air conditioned transport
Accommodations:All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities
Guides:Fully escorted by our experienced local English speaking guide
Tour starting point: Shiraz Ending point:Tehran

Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Shiraz
On arrival at Shiraz airport you will be greeted by our local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Later, city tour of Shiraz; the city of nightingales, poetry and roses. We visit Narenjestan Garden built-in 1879-1886 as a reception hall for visitors and was also used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. Also included is Khan theological school and Bazaar, then enjoy tea and ice cream while listening to recitals in traditional teahouse of the mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez. Overnight in Shiraz at hotel (D)
Day 2: Day trip to Persepolis – Necropolis
Fars province is greatly indebted to the settlement of the Achaemenid and Sassanian dynasties for its glorious cultural heritage. Scattered all over the territory of Fars are monuments representing its rapid progress in both pre-Islamic and Islamic era.
Morning excursion to Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Necropolis.
A visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ruined cities and the finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC. The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces on the site and provide a rich treasure house of ancient history.
At Necropolis you will find the tomb of the four powerful Achaemenian kings carved into huge rocks.
Later return to Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz at hotel (BLD)
Day 03: Pasargadae – Yazd
On the way to Yazd we visit Pasargadae, the site of the tomb and remains of palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, all located in the magnificent Dasht-e-Morghab. Driving through the typical desert town of Abarkuh we stop and and have tea under the shade of a 4,000-year old Cypress tree before arriving into Yazd and checking into our hotel. Overnight in Yazd at hotel. (BLD)
Day 4: Yazd
Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD.  Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind.  The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city.  Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb.  This city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. Dolat Abad Garden, Water Museum and a traditional house are among the other visits. The stunning three-storey façade of the Tekiyeh in the Amir Chakhmaq Complex at sunset is one of the most spectacular features of Yazd. Overnight in Yazd at hotel (BLD).
Day 5: Yazd – Maybod – Na’in – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan, en-route we will visit the old town of Maybod, established in the Medes Era. Later, drive to Na’in. Na’in is located in the geographic centre of Iran and is a famous carpet making centre. Na’in is also noted for its very old Masjid-e-Jame, which dates from the early Islamic period and contains some features from the 10th century. Overnight in Isfahan at hotel (BLD)
Day 6: Isfahan Visit
Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewels of Historical Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, it’s expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century.
Full day tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh and Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace plus free time for the Bazaar (spans 5 km).  In the evening an optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master. Overnight in Isfahan at hotel (BLD)
Day 7: Isfahan Visit
City tour of Isfahan – A visit to the Armenian quarter to tour the Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 and 1655 and the Zayandehrud River. Chehel Sotun Palace with its beautiful frescos located in a pretty garden is our next stop.  Shah Abbas II originally built it as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall.  On to Jame Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, displaying styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges. Overnight in Isfahan at hotel (BLD)
Day 8: Isfahan – Abyaneh – Kashan
Drive to Tehran en-route stop in Abyaneh and Kashan. Abyaneh is a small picturesque reddish village dating back 1600 years.
Later continue driving to Kashan. Kashan is attractive oasis city which was once a favourite of Shah Abbas I. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses including the Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Overnight in Kashan at hotel (BLD)
Day 9: Tehran
Easy morning later in the afternoon drive to Tehran.
Tehran is a diverse and beautiful city combining the ancient civilisation of Iran with modern developments and living. It is positioned at the base of the Alborz mountain range in Northern Iran.  Tehran with its numerous museums houses the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture. Overnight in Tehran at hotel (BLD)
Day 10: Tehran Visit
Full day city tour of Tehran. A visit to the prehistoric National Museum of Iran. This museum houses a marvellous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures and carvings dating from around the 7th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic & Glassware Museum (Abgineh Museum) followed by the Carpet Museum.  Here you will have access to many of the masterpieces woven in the important carpet-weaving centres of Iran. The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resemble a carpet-weaving loom.
***Please note: our schedule to visit museums may vary depending on museum hours/days and when they are open to the public.
Overnight in Tehran at hotel (BLD)
Day 11:Tehran departure
Our service will end with airport transfer.(B)

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Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost comfort class accomodation

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3535 $2890  $2580 $2400 $445

Tour cost tourists class accomodation

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3070  $2590  $2235  $2100  $375

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Shiraz Zandiye, Homa or Chamran Hotel Ario Barzan or Park Sa’adi hotel
Yazd Arg, Dad or Moshir Hotel Mehr, Labe Khandaq or Malek Tojir
Isfahan Abbasi or Kosar Hotel Setareh, Safir, Firuzi Hotel
Kashan Ameri, Raheb Hotel Manuchehri or Ehsan Hotel
Tehran Espinas, Parsian, or Homa Hotel Malik, Evin or Mashhad Hotel

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

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TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation with private transfers,mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities 
• Meals Full Board Please follow the key above (B) Breakfasts (L) Lunches (D) Dinners
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• Experienced local English speaking Guide
• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals Lunches
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers
If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request

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Tour operates: March until November
No of days: 10 nights 11 days
Tour cost from: 820 US Dollar
Route: Islamabad-Besham-Gilgit-Hunza Karimabad-Gulmit-Borith Lake-Passu-Sost-Khunjerab pass
Transport: All private Transfers by 4×4 Jeeps, Car, Van depending on the group size
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guide
Tour starting and ending point: Islamabad
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required (For confirmed group departures please write to us)

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Islamabad
On arrival at Islamabad International airport, you will be greeted by our guide later transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Islamabad followed by the Damn-E-Koh (viewpoint), which gives us a panoramic view of Islamabad before driving past various modern streets and buildings graceful with a touch of Islamic Architecture & Folk Heritage Museum. Our tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque. Overnight in Islamabad at Ambassador Hotel (BD)
Day 2: Islamabad-Taxila- Besham
In the morning we drive to Naran en-route we will stop at Taxila, Taxila has a well-planned museum and many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the Sixth Century B.C until the Fifth Century A.D. Later continue driving to Besham.
Overnight in Besham at PTDC Motel (BD)
** During the summer month this trip can be done via Naran Kaghan valley.
Day 3: Besham-Gilgit
Drive along the Karakorum highway to Gilgit, En-route we will have few stops, our first stop will be at Chilas, rock carving which is dated back between 5000 and 1000 BC, showing single animals, triangular men and hunting scenes in which the animals sometimes are larger than the hunters. These carvings were packed into the rocks with stone tools and are covered with a thick patina that proves their age. Our next stop is the The Junction Point of 3 Greatest Mountain Ranges of the World, Pakistan.
This place of interest is the unique venue where three great mountain ranges of world make a knot. HimalayasKarakoram and HinduKush, with their famous highest peaks [in Pakistan, and top 2, 3, & 4th in the entire world], Nanga Parbat, K-2 and Tirich Mir, meet here and at almost on same place River Indus, flowing down from lofty mountains of Skardu, joins with river Gilgit, one its main tributaries.
Continue driving to capital city of Gilgit Baltistan.
Gilgit the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan and, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas – meet. The whole of Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the area have remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir.
Overnight in Gilgit at PTDC or Riveria Hotel (BLD)
Day 4: Gilgit-Karimabad-Duiker
In the morning visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD.Later continue along the Karakorum highway toward Hunza, en-route we will stop at Raka Poshi Peak (7788m) view point, with stunning view of the Mountain while enjoying your lunch.
Later proceed to Duiker village which is just above Karimabad village with stunning view over Karimabad and surrounding peaks
Overnight in Duiker at Hard Rock or Eagles Nest hotel (BD)
Day 5: Duiker-Karimabad
In the morning and enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m).. Later in the afternoon drive down to Karimabad en-route visit Altit village.
Later visit Baltit Fort which is 700 years, but there have been rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the Mir (King) married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Tibetan influence in Baltistan at the time.
The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.
Overnight in Karimabad at Hill Top or Hunza Embassy Hotel (BD)
Day 6: Karimabad – Gojal – Borith Lake
In the morning we drive to upper Hunza Gojal, en-route we do a side trip to Hoper Nagar valley, which can be seen from Duiker is on the opposite, eastern side of the Hunza River. This is another fertile valley and is predominantly Shia Muslim. This is one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers at Hoper. Our next stop will be Atta-Abad Lake after photography continue driving to Borith Lake.  Afternoon walk toward passu glacier view point. Overnight at Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)
Day 7: Ghulkin village – Borith Lake – Passu and Ghulkin glacier
In the morning visit Gulmit old house where you visit to see the local women’s handicraft centre, drive to Ghulkin village where you will visit some local houses, have some light snack, those who are energetic optional hike via Ghulkin glacier to borith Lake, those who do not wish to hike they can drive to the Lake. Overnight at Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)
Day 8: Day trip to Pak China border Khunjerab (4700 m) 
Today you will be driving to the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway Khunjerab pass (4750 M). Along the way you will be able to see some wildlife at Khunjerab national park. Return back to Passu village, walk around the village, later visit Hussaini village, where we try to cross the hanging bridge, here you have chance to test our fear of heights and wobbly wooden plank walks while be mesmerized by the fast flowing waters below. Overnight Borith Lake hotel and Resort. (BD)
Day 9: Borith Lake – Naran 
In the morning we drive along the Karakorum highway toward Chilas, from here we take a scenic route via Babu Sar pass to Naran Kaghan valley.
Overnight at Fire Crest hotel in Naran. (BD)

Day 10: Naran – Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad. Afternoon city tour of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Farewell dinner at one of the local restaurant.
Overnight at Redison hotel in Islamabad. (BD)

Day 11: Onward flight
Our service will end with the airport transfer.

*** This tour is customizable based on your intrest  and budget***
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

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Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost 

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $POA $POA $POA $POA $POA

TOUR COST INCLUDES
All private transfers by Jeep, Car, Van, Busses depend on the group size
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES
Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals, not mentioned above
Personal expenses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout

** This tour is customizable based on your interest and budget**
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

Tour operates: May until November
No of days: 12 nights 13 days
Tour cost from: 960 US Dollar
Route: Islamabad-Besham-Fairy Meadow-Gilgit-Hunza Karimabad-Gulmit-Borith Lake-Passu-Sost-Khunjerab pass
Transport: All private Transfers by 4×4 Jeeps, Car, Van depending on the group size
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guide
Tour starting and ending point: Islamabad
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required (For confirmed group departures please write to us)

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Islamabad
On arrival at Islamabad International airport, you will be greeted by our guide later transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Islamabad followed by the Damn-E-Koh (view point), which gives us a panoramic view of Islamabad before driving past various modern streets and buildings graceful with a touch of Islamic Architecture & Folk Heritage Museum. Our tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque.
Overnight in Islamabad at Ambassador Hotel (BD)
Day 2: Islamabad-Taxila- Besham
In the morning we drive to Naran en-route we will stop at Taxila, Taxila has a well-planned museum and many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the Sixth Century B.C until the Fifth Century A.D. Later continue driving to Besham. Overnight in Besham at PTDC Motel (BD)
Day 3: Besham-Gilgit
Drive along the Karakorum highway to Gilgit, En-route we will have few stops, our first stop will be at Chilas, rock carving which is dated back between 5000 and 1000 BC, showing single animals, triangular men and hunting scenes in which the animals sometimes are larger than the hunters. These carvings were packed into the rocks with stone tools and are covered with a thick patina that proves their age. Our next stop is the The Junction Point of 3 Greatest Mountain Ranges of the World, Pakistan.
This place of interest is the unique venue where three great mountain ranges of world make a knot. HimalayasKarakoram and HinduKush, with their famous highest peaks [in Pakistan, and top 2, 3, & 4th in the entire world], Nanga Parbat, K-2 and Tirich Mir, meet here and at almost on same place River Indus, flowing down from lofty mountains of Skardu, joins with river Gilgit, one its main tributaries. Continue driving to capital city of Gilgit Baltistan.
Gilgit the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan and, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas – meet. The whole of Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the area have remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir.Overnight in Gilgit at PTDC or Riveria Hotel (BLD)

Day 4: Gilgit-Karimabad-Duiker
In the morning visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD. Later continue along the Karakorum highway toward Hunza, en-route we will stop at Raka Poshi Peak (7788m) view point, with stunning view of the Mountain while enjoying your lunch. Later proceed to Duiker village which is just above Karimabad village with stunning view over Karimabad and surrounding peaks. Overnight in Duiker at Eagles Nest hotel (BD)
Day 5: Duiker-Karimabad
In the morning and enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m).. Later in the afternoon drive down to Karimabad en-route visit Altit village. Later visit Baltit Fort which is 700 years, but there have been rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the Mir (King) married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Tibetan influence in Baltistan at the time.
The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.
Overnight in Karimabad at Hill Top or Hunza Embassy Hotel (BD)
Day 6: Karimabad-Gulmit Gojal
In the morning we drive to Gulmit, en-route we do a site trip to Hoper Nagar valley, which can be seen from Duiker is on the opposite, eastern side of the Hunza River. This is another fertile valley and is predominantly Shia Muslim. This is one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers at Hoper. Later drive to upper Hunza Gojal Gulmit.
In the afternoon visit around the village meet the locals and learn about their cultures. In the evening you will be invited to local family for dinner.Overnight in Gulmit at Marco Polo Inn (BD)
Day 7: Day trip Ghulkin village – Borith Lake – Passu and Ghulkin glacier
In the morning visit Gulmit old house where you visit to see the local women’s handicraft centre, drive to Ghulkin village where you will visit some local houses, have some light snack, those who are energetic optional hike via Ghulkin glacier to borith Lake, those who do not wish to hike they can drive to the Lake.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery. After lunch for those of you who are energetic we will hike to the Passu glacier. Later continue driving to Passu village. Later return to Gulmit. Overnight in Marco Polo Inn (BD)

Day 8: Day trip to Pak China border Khunjerab (4700 m) – Passu
Today you will be driving to the highest paved international border crossing in the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway Khunjerab pass (4750 M). Along the way you will be able to see some wildlife at Khunjerab national park.
Return back to Passu village. Overnight in Passu at Ambassador hotel (BD)

Day 9: Passu – Fairy Meadow
In the morning we drive on the Karakorum highway to Raikot Bridge where we change into local 4×4 wheel drives and carry on driving to Tato. From there we will start short trek to the lush green area of Fairy Meadows. Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 10: Fairy Meadow
Today we have an opportunity to hike through the pine forest toward Bayal base camp or you can just relax at Fair Meadow and enjoy the beautiful view of Nanga Parbat mountain rage.
Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 11: Fairy Meadow to Besham
In the morning trek down to Tato where we catch jeeps to Raikot Bridge. Continue driving back to Besham. Overnight in Besham at PTDC Motel (BD)

Day 12: Chilas – Islamabad
Drive to Islamabad. Farewell dinner at one of the local restaurant.
Overnight in Islamabad at Ambassador hotel. (BD)

Day 13: Onward flight
Our service will end with airport transfer.

*** This tour is customizable based on your intrest  and budget***
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

Notes will be coming soon.
 
Map will be coming soon.

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost 

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $POA $POA $POA $POA $POA

TOUR COST INCLUDES
All private transfers by Jeep, Car, Van, Busses depend on the group size
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities, Two nights at Raikot Sarai in Huts with communal facilities.
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES
Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals, not mentioned above
Personal expanses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout

** This tour is customizable based on your interest and budget**
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

Tour operates:  June until November
No of days: 13 nights 14 days
Tour cost from:  1100 US Dollar
Route: Islamabad-Skardu-Shigar valley-Khaplu valley-Deosai National Park – Rama Lake-Gilgit-Hunza Karimabad-Gulmit-Borith Lake-Passu-Sost-Khunjerab pass-Besham
Transport: All private Transfers by 4×4 Jeeps, Car, Van depending on the group size
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guide
Tour starting and ending point:  Islamabad
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Islamabad
On arrival at Islamabad International airport, you will be greeted by our guide
transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Islamabad followed by
the Damn-E-Koh (view point), for a panoramic view of Islamabad before. Our tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque.
Overnight in Islamabad at Ambassador hotel (D).

Day 02: Islamabad flight to Skardu
In the morning transfer to Islamabad airport for domestic flight to Skardu. On the flight you may enjoy stunning views over thePakistani Himalayas. Note, fllights are subject to weather; in the case of bad weather we will depart for Skardu by road with an overnight stay at Chilas. Free afternoon an easy day around Skardu.
Overnight in Skardu at Concordia hotel. (BD)

Day 03: Day trip to Shigar valley
In the morning drive to Shigar valley, which is the gateway to the great Karakorum Mountain Peaks and glaciers. Our visit includes Shigar fort; the palace is stands on the
bank of the Shigar stream and is built upon a massive rock. This 350 years old fort has been renovated by the Agha Khan Trust for Culture and is the only one of its kind in Pakistan. Later visit 400 years old Wooden Mosque. Return to Skardu, afternoon walk around the town. Overnight in Skardu at Concordia
hotel. (BD)

Day 04: Day trip to Khaplu valley
In the morning we drive to another beautiful valley of Khaplu, beautiful town on the bank of Indus River. Visit the old Fort and Mosque built by in Tibetan architectural style. Overnight in Skardu at Concordia hotel. (BD)

Day 05: Deosai National Park – Rama Lake
In the morning we set off to Deosai National Park; one of the highest plateaus in the world, with height over 4,000 metres above the sea level,covering an area of about 3,000 square kilometres, the plateau is covered in snow from November to May. This pass is only accessible from June to September. It is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion. In spring, ithe plateau is covered with wildflowers and a wide variety of migrating butterflies. Continue driving to Rama Lake. Afternoon walk around Rama. Overnight in Rama at PTDC Motel (BD)

Day 06: Rama Lake – Gilgit
In the morning we drive to the capital city of Gilgit Baltistan. Gilgit the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan and, perhaps, the most spectacular region of Pakistan in terms of its geography and scenic beauty. Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas –meet. The Gilgit Baltistan region is a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the area have remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir. In the afternoon visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD. Depending on the season you may be able to see Polo match which is a very popular game in north Pakistan.
Overnight in Reveria or PTDC hotel (BD)

Day 07: Gilgit – Karimabad
In the morning we drive along the Karakorum highway toward Hunza, en-route we will stop at Raka Poshi Peak (7788m) view point, with stunning view of the Mountain while enjoying your lunch. Later proceed to Karimabad.
Overnight in Karimabad at Hilltop or Hunza Embassy hotel (BD)

Day 08: Karimabad visit
Early morning we go for a short jeep ride to Duiker village to enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m). After breakfast drive down to Karimabad via Altit village and Altit fort which was built around 11 years ago. Later visit Baltit Fort built 700 years ago. The fort has been re-buillt and remodelled over the centuries. In the 16th century the Mir (King) married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Tibetan influence in Baltistan at the time. The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.
Overnight in Karimabad at Hill Top or Hunza Embassy Hotel (BD)

Day 09: Karimabad-Gulmit Gojal
In the morning we drive to Hoper Nagar valley, which can be seen from Duiker is on the opposite, eastern side of the Hunza River. This is another fertile valley and is predominantly Shia Muslim. This is one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers at Hoper. Afterwards, we drive to upper Hunza Gojal Gulmit. In the afternoon visit around the village meet the locals and learn about their cultures. In the evening you will be invited to local family for dinner. Overnight in Gulmit at Marco Polo Inn (BD)

Day 10: Day trip Ghulkin village – Borith Lake
Borith Lake – Passu and Ghulkin glacier In the morning we visit the local women’s handicraft centre and continue onto to Ghulkin village where you will visit some local houses and enjoy a light snack. Those who are energetic there will have time to hike via Ghulkin Glacier to Borith Lake; alternatively, the car could be used instead. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. After lunch optional hike to the Passu glacier. Later continue driving to Passu village. Later return to Gulmit.
Overnight in Marco Polo Inn (BD)

Day 11: Day trip to Pak China border Khunjerab (4750 m) -Passu
Today you will be driving to the highest paved international border crossing in
the world and the highest point on the Karakoram Highway, the Khunjerab pass (4750 M) via the Khunjerab national park. Return back to Passu village.
Overnight in Passu at Ambassador hotel (BD)

Day 12: Passu – Besham
Return journey along the Karakorum highway to Besham.
Overnight in PTDC Motel (BD)

Day 13: Besham – Taxila – Islamabad
In the morning we drive to Islamabad en-route we will stop at Taxila, Taxila has a well-planned museum and many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the Sixth Century B.C until the Fifth Century A.D. after visit continue driving to Islamabad.
Overnight in Islamabad at Ambassador hotel (BD)

Day 14: Onward flight
Our service will end with airport transfer. (B)

*** This tour is customizable based on your intrest and budget***

** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

Notes will be coming soon.
 
Map will be coming soon.

Tour costs and Dates

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost 

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $POA $POA $POA $POA $POA

TOUR COST INCLUDES
All private transfers by Jeep, Car, Van, Busses depend on the group size
One way Economy class flight Islamabad to Skardu
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES
Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals, not mentioned above
Personal expanses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout

** This tour is customizable based on your interest and budget**
** For guaranteed group departures please write to us for more information**

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Jewels of Persia Tashkent to Shiraz Tour

25 March: Arrival Tashkent
Upon arrival at Tashkent international airport, on Air Astana flight KC127
ETA into Tashkent at 10:50 am. You will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel, later in the afternoon city tour of Tashkent, visiting mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) housing craft workshops and dating from the 14th century. We visit the Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th century academy undergoing restoration and the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts. Overnight in Lotte City Tashkent Palace Hotel (-)
26 March: Samarkand
In the morning transfer to Tashkent train station for Bullet train to Samarkand. For most people Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Timbouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we’ll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous for.
Overnight in Hotel (B)
27 March: Samarkand Visit
Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane and the Observatory of Ulughbek; the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century. We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, and the adjacent colourful market. You can purchase Samarkand’s famous bread which Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient.
Overnight in Hotel (B)
28 March: Bukhara via Shakhrisabz
Travel to Bukhara via Shakrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. We visit Tamerlane’s palace Ak Sarai, the Kok Gumbaz mosque, Mausoleum of Jehangir (Tamerlane’s grandson) and Tamerlane’s Mausoleum. Bukhara is one of the center of the Russian/British Intelligence Services in the 19th Century.
Overnight in Hotel (B)
29 March: Bukhara Visit
Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling “trade domes,” active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; the resulting restoration of some of the mosques, constructed in the 11th to 15th centuries, to make them appear as if they were built yesterday. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zorastrian times 2,500 years ago.
We also visit The Ark, a large fortress with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of an ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local.
Overnight in Hotel (B)
30 March: Bukhara Free day
Full free day in Bukhara at leisure.
Overnight in hotel (B)
31 March: Mary (Turkmenistan)
In the morning, drive to the Uzbek Turkmen border and continue to ancient Merv. Today we visit a historically important site; one of the most significant in Turkmenistan. The site consists of a series of towns each succeeded by another throughout the course of history and contains, amongst other things, the remains of Erk Kala and it’s citadel and the Musoleum of Sultan Sanjar.
Overnight in Hotel (B)
01 April: Ashgabad Flight
In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabad, later half day sightseeing of Ashgabad including visit of Tolkuchka Bazaar. We continue to Old Nisa, an ancient Parthian settlement and the spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi.
Overnight in Hotel (B)
02 April: Ashgabad – Darwaza Gas Crater
Today we visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan.
In the afternoon drive to Darwaza Gas Crater, en-route we visit a Nomad village, Karakum desert and continue driving to Darwaza flaming gas crater or the ‘mouth of hell’. The crater is about 60 meters wide and 20 meters deep. Later return to Ashgabad Overnight in Hotel (B)
03 April: Ashgabad – Mashhad (Iran)
In the morning transfer to Iran Turkmen border at Gaudan, where you will be met by your Iranian guide and transferred to Mashhad. Depending on the schedule, possible half day city tour of Mashhad including the local Bazaar.
Overnight in hotel (B)
04 April: Mashhad City Tour
Mashhad lies on the site where Emam Reza, a direct descendant of the
Prophet Mohammed and the 8th Shiite Imam, died in 817AD. Heir to the
Abbasid caliphate, Emam Reza was poisoned by the then ruling caliph,
Ma’mun. His shrine survived the onslaughts of Mongols and Uzbeks; it was not until the 16th century, under the rule of the Safavids, that the city became a centre of pilgrimage for the Shia faithful. We will visit Goharshad mosque and Imam Reza Shrine. Overnight in hotel (B)
05 April: Mashhad – Nishapur excursion
In the morning we take an excursion to visit the ancient town of Nishapur, an important stop on the Silk Road. The town was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th-century. Today it is famous for its ceramics and pottery. On the way visit the lovely Safavid shrine and gardens at Qadamgah, an important pilgrimage site, with beautiful decoration. We will learn about Omar Khayyám, mathematician, astronomer and poet whose 1000 quatrains came to be known as the Rubáiyát; Kamal-al-Molk, Iran’s greatest contemporary painter whose works include “The Fortune Teller of Baghdad”; and Farid al-Din Attar, the 12th century Sufi poet and mystic are also buried in Nishapur. Return to Mashhad.
Overnight at hotel (B)
06 April: Flight to Tehran
Depending on the flight schedule transfer to the airport for flight to Tehran.
On arrival you will be met by our guide and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in hotel (B)
07 April: Tehran City tour
Tehran is the capital city of Iran, Tehran is a diverse and beautiful city combining the ancient civilisation of Iran with modern developments and living. It is positioned at the base of the Alborz mountain range in Northern Iran and is home to the usual tourist attractions such as museums, shopping centres. Tehran with its numerous museums houses the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture.
Full day city tour of Tehran. A visit to the prehistoric National Museum of Iran. This museum houses a marvellous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures and carvings dating from around the 7th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic & Glassware Museum (Abgineh Museum) followed by the Carpet Museum. Here you will have access to many of the masterpieces woven in the important carpet-weaving centres of Iran. The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resembles a carpet-weaving loom.
***Please note: our schedule to visit museums may vary depending on museum hours/days and when they are open to the public.
Overnight at hotel (B)
08 April: Tehran – Mount Tochal
After breakfast we drive to Mount Tochal, afternoon hike around the Mountain. Later return to Tehran.
Overnight in hotel (B)
09 April: Tehran – Kashan
Free morning later in the afternoon drive to Kashan. Kashan is attractive oasis city which was once a favourite of Shah Abbas I. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses including the Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Overnight in hotel (B)
10 April: Kashan – Abyaneh village – Isfahan
In the morning drive to Isfahan en-route you will be stopping at Abyaneh and Qamsar village. Abyaneh is a small picturesque reddish village dating back 1600 years. Later continue driving to Isfahan. Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewels of Historical Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, it’s expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century.
City tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh and Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace plus free time for the Bazaar (spans 5 km). In the evening an optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master .
Overnight in hotel (B)
11 April: Isfahan Visit
City tour of Isfahan – A visit to the Armenian quarter to tour the Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 and 1655 and the Zayandehrud River. Chehel Sotun Palace with its beautiful frescos located in a pretty garden is our next stop. Shah Abbas II originally built it as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall. On to Jame Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, displaying styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges Overnight in hotel (B)
12 April: Isfahan – Yazd
Drive to Yazd, en-route visit Na’in. Na’in is located in the geographic centre of Iran and is a famous carpet making centre. Na’in is also noted for its very old Masjid-e-Jame, which dates from the early Islamic period and contains some features from the 10th century. Later we will visit the old town of Maybod, established in the Medes Era. Continue driving to Yazd. Overnight in hotel (B)
13 April: Yazd visit
Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind. The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city. Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb. This city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. Dolat Abad Garden, Water Museum and a traditional house are among the other visits. The stunning three-storey façade of the Tekiyeh in the Amir Chakhmaq Complex at sunset is one of the most spectacular features of Yazd.
Optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master during our visit of Amir Chakhmaq complex. Overnight in hotel (B)
14 April: Yazd – Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz en-route we will stop at Pasargadae, Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in the 6th century BC. It’s palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the early royal Achaemenid art and are exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization. Later drive to Shiraz. Overnight at hotel (B)
15 April: Shiraz City tour
Shiraz, the city of nightingales, poetry and roses;. City tour of Shiraz including a visit to Narenjestan or Orange Garden built in 1879-1886 as a reception hall for visitors and was also used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. Also included is Khan theological school and Bazaar, then enjoy tea and ice cream while listening to recitals in traditional teahouse of the mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez.
Overnight at hotel (B)
16 April: Day trip to Persepolis – Necropolis
Fars province is greatly indebted to the settlement of the Achaemenid and Sassanian dynasties for its glorious cultural heritage. Scattered all over the territory of Fars are monuments materializing the rapid progress of the province in both pre-Islamic and Islamic era.
Morning excursion to Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Necropolis
(Naghsh-e-Rostam) and Naqsh-e Rajab (about 70 km per way).
A visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ruined cities and the finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC. The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces on the site and provide a rich treasure house of ancient history.
At Necropolis you will find the tomb of the four powerful Achaemenian
Kings carved into huge rocks. Later return to Shiraz. Overnight in Hotel (BD)
17 April: Departure
Transfer to Shiraz airport for Air Arabia flight G9214
Depart Shiraz 14:45 (B)

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You will be picked up from your hotel around 8:30 AM and start city tour of Samarkand.
Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient,’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full-day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Tamerlane, and the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym. We’ll stop at the ancient colorful market, “Siab,” where you can purchase the famous Samarkand bread that Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient Afrosiab and finally, the Observatory of Ulughbek, the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of pre-telescope-era astronomy in the 15th century.
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We have updated our new fixed departure tour to Armenia and Georgia.

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Tour operates: May until October
No of days: 13 nights 14 days
Route: Tbilisi-Mtskheta – Gudauri-Kazbegi – Sno Valley-Gori – Akhaltsikhe-Vardzia-Georgia-Armenia Border (Bavra) – Gyumri-Haghpat – Sanahin – Dilijan-Dilijan – Lake Sevan – Noratous – Selim Pass – Karahunge – Goris-Tatev Monastery – Khndzoresk – Yeghegnadzor-Noravank – Areni winery – Khor Virap – Yerevan.
Transport: All private transfer in air conditioned transport
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guides: English speaking local Guides
Tour Start point: Tbilisi
End point: Yerevan (Or this tour can be done in reverse as well)
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival in Tbilisi. Meet at the airport and transfer to Tbilisi.
Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.
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Day 2: Tbilisi
Today you’ll have Tbilisi sightseeing tour. During the tour we take you to the places that will show you old city. The city offers a great variety of sights, most of them very ancient.  All the places of interest in the Old Town are very close to each other, within a few minutes’ walk. We start our visit to Old Tbilisi from Metekhi Church (13th century), and then walk to the Synagogue, Sioni Cathedral (6th -7th centuries) and Anchiskhati Church (6th century). Then we drive up to Mother Georgia statue and walk down to Narikala Fortress (4th century) and Sulphur Baths, en route enjoying views of the Old Town. Afterwards we visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National Museum of History (if not Monday), before taking a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue – the main street in Tbilisi.
Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.
(B/-/D)
Day 3: Tbilisi – Wine Trip – Tbilisi
In the morning we start exploring Kakheti region well known for its wine producing. We enjoy superb views of Great Caucasus Mountains and valleys of Kakheti, acknowledge traditions and culture of the country and region, taste wines and delicious food. First we drive to a local Duke Alexander Chavchavadze’s estate and visit the garden formed in the 19th century by Duke’s father. The park and the house used to be the gathering place of all poets and artists of the 19th century. Here we visit an old wine factory and taste manufactured Kakhetian wine. For lunch we take you at a local family, where you’ll try homemade delicious food and wine. Here you’ll see how Georgian “Shashlik” is made. Honey will be served as dessert. Then drive to visit a farmer’s house to see a unique 300 year-old wine-cellar. You get acquainted with the Georgian way of wine-making, quite different from the European one and drink typical Georgian wine straight from the clay jars. Afterwards we visit fortified town of Sighnaghi (18th century). The town preserved its original image and now offers visitors stunning views of the surrounding Caucasus Mountains. Return to Tbilisi. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at a hotel in Tbilisi.(B/L/D)
Day 4: Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Gudauri
We drive to visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta (3000 years old) and see its historical places: Jvari church (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Today we also visit antique ruins of the city and then drive up the famous Georgian Military Highway (leading to the Georgian-Russian border). On the way visit Ananuri architectural complex (17th century), the two churches and the fortress overlook the Zhinvali water reservoir. The drive is very scenic through high Caucasus Mountains.Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Gudauri ski resort (2200 m.).(B/-/D)
Day 5: Gudauri – Kazbegi – Sno Valley – Gudauri
A stunning drive from Gudauri along the Tergi River will bring us to Kazbegi – the main town in the region. From Kazbegi a leisurely 2 hours walk up through beautiful valleys and woodland leads us to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2170m. Weather permitting you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt Kazbegi (5047m). We walk back to the town and drive to visit Sno Valley. Today we also visit a local family, where we’ll see how traditional felt is made and try delicious homemade jam. Return to Gudauri.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Gudauri ski resort (2200 m.).*Note: In case anyone mind walking, there is possibility to hire a local 4X4WD transport.(B/-/D)
Day 6: Gudauri – Gori – Akhaltsikhe
In the morning we will visit the town of Gori and its historical places: Uplistsikhe Cave Town (1st millennium BC) and Stalin’s museum. Uplistsikhe is the place where the Great Silk Road used to pass. This is an old and interesting complex with dwelling quarters, wine-cellars, bakeries, a three-nave basilica church hewn out in rock and even an antic theatre. Then we drive towards South-Western part of Georgia. Arrive in Akhaltsikhe.Dinner and overnight in Akhaltsikhe.(B/-/D)
Day 7: Akhaltsikhe – Vardzia – Georgia-Armenia Border (Bavra) – Gyumri
In the morning we travel to Vardzia. On the way visit Khertvisi fortress (10th century). The magnificent cave town – Vardzia (12th century) is one of the highlights of the trip. It stretches over half a kilometer along the river Mtkvari and has 19 tiers. There used to be about 3000 caves. It’s got a church hewn out in rock with amazing 12th-century frescos. The complex also includes dwellings quarters, small hall-type churches, refectories, wine cellars, pharmacy, etc. Afterward, drive to the Georgia-Armenia border (Bavra). Change guide and transportation. Start your acquaintance with Armenia. Drive to Gyumri.Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Gyumri(B/-/D)
Day 8: Gyumri – Haghpat – Sanahin – Dilijan
After breakfast start walking city tour around Gyumri. Departure to monastic complexes of Sanahin (966 AD) and Haghpat (976 AD) which are among the outstanding works of medieval Armenian architecture and are inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. The architectural details and decoration of the monuments, which belong to the same epoch, have much in common and are even exactly alike in some cases, which gives us ground to presume that they were created by craftsmen of the same school. Drive to the resort town of Dilijan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dilijan.(B/-/D)
Day 9: Dilijan – Lake Sevan – Noratous – Selim Pass – Karahunge – Goris
In the morning after breakfast drive to Lake Sevan visiting also to Noraduz, ancient cemetery with medieval khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to 6th c.  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. Departure to Syunik region through Selim Pass visiting the caravanserai (XIV c.). The Selim caravanseray was built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian, according to an inscription in Armenian and Arabic, this used to be an important trade point in the famous Silk Road. Visit Karahunge (Stonehenge), ancient observatory 6mil B.C.  It is located at 1770 m. above sea level and occupies 7 hectares of territory. The monument consists of about 223 basalt slabs of which 84 have 4-5cm long openings in them (which, for Stone Age, have been rendered with incredible smoothness). In 2001 in the vicinity of Karahoonge many rock – paintings were discovered consisting of drawings that represent themselves a great astronomic interest. Drive to Goris for dinner and overnight.(B/-/D)
Day 10: Goris – Tatev Monastery – Khndzoresk – Yeghegnadzor
Start the tour from Goris to explore the city, visiting the exciting Dig Dig stones – natural monument. Nestled in a bowl of green hills and mountains, with interesting formations and many previously inhabited caves in them, Goris has some of the nicest overall Armenian architecture in Armenia. Excursion tour to Khndzoresk, which is a cave village, and there are many signs of past settlement throughout the valley which are just waiting for discovery. You will see that man has carved many of the caves out and they served as houses for people. Continue to explore a 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. Departure to Yeghegnadzor for dinner and overnight.(B/-/D)
Day 11: Yeghegnadzor – Noravank – Areni winery – Khor Virap – Yerevan
After breakfast tour to Noravank monastery – a great religious and cultural centre of 12th c.. Noravank (“New Monastery”) is 122 km away from Yerevan and is located in an inaccessible location throughout the stunning nature. The oldest structure of the monastery is the church of St. Karapet (9-10 c) that has not survived. The principal church is known as St. Karapet as well, which was built in the 13th c. The church has an atrium, which was rebuilt by the famous architect and sculptor Momik and is decorated with bas-relives on religious themes. Visit Areni winery for wine degustation made of special sorts of vines. Sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery 4- 17th cc. 45 km. from Yerevan the monastery of Khor-Virap has a very rich history, both religious and secular. Khor Virap was built in Artashat during the reign of the Arshakids dynasty. At that time it was used as a pit- dungeon for convicts. In the 60s of the 4th century Artashat was ruined by Persian invaders. It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah’s arch cast anchor. The importance of it is connected with Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia and is considered to be the first Armenian catholicos. Here you will also have an opportunity to take a lit candle from the pit like His holiness Paul II did while his visit to Khor Virap. Drive to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.(B/-/D)
Day 12: Yerevan City Tour – Etchmiadzin – Zvartnots – Yerevan
In the morning after breakfast start city tour around Yerevan visiting Mother Armenia Monument. Proceed to Echmiadzin which is mere 20 km from Yerevan. Etchmiadzin Cathedral is known as the center of the Armenian Church and appears to be one of the world’s first Christian State churches. Legend has it that it was here that Jesus Christ descended from heaven to show where he wanted a church built. So Echmiadzin means “The only-begotten descended”. The Church was built between the years 301 – 303 AD under the Armenian king Tiridates III and the first Armenian Catholicos, St. Gregory the Illuminator. **Opportunity to have lunch in a local community tasting homemade dishes and communication with local children of Art School. Drive to the capital of Armenia – Yerevan with a stop at the ruins of Zvartnots Temple (7th c.). Optional visit to Brandy Factory*. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.(B/-/D)
* Brandy Factory entrance fee ~ 12 USD per person
Day 13: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Matenadaran – Yerevan
After breakfast depart to Garni Temple. The citadel and pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates and it is dedicated to a heathen god, probably to Mithra, the god of the sun whose figure stood in the depth of the sanctuary. After proclaiming Christianity as a state religion in Armenia in 301, the temple was probably used as a summer residence of the kings. **Opportunity to have lunch at a local house in Garni where you can watch Armenian national bread “lavash” baking and barbeque making process in the underground stove called “tonir”. Northeast of Garni, higher up the gorge of the Azat river, there is a magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Continue tour to Matenadaran** which contains historical documents from all over Europe and Asia throughout many centuries. There is also the first copy of the Bible in Armenian and the Gospels that fascinate with their beautiful miniatures.
Farewell dinner in a local restaurant with live Armenian folk music. Overnight the hotel in Yerevan.(B/-/D)
*NOTE: Matenadaran is closed on Sundays and Mondays
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Departure home!

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Map will be coming soon.

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

Tour cost comfort class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3350 $2900 $2675 $2430 $620

Tour cost tourists class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $2770 $2445 $2045 $1770 $325

Hotels

Places Premium class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Tbilisi Marriott Hotel Hotel Sharden or New Kopala
Gudauri Marco Polo Hotel Carpe Diem
Akhaltsikhe Lomisa Hotel Lomisa Hotel
Gymri Nane Hotel Araks Hotel
Dilijan Best Western Paradise Hotel Haghartsin Hotel
Goris Mirhav Hotel Mirhav Hotel
Yeghegnadzor Amrots Hotel Amrots Hotel
Yerevan Paris Hotel or Republica Silachi or Minotel Hotel

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures 2022 – 2023

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15-May 28-May AVAILABLE Enquire Now
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10-Jun 23-Jun AVAILABLE Enquire Now
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15-Oct 28-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation and transfers, mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotel mentioned above
• Meals indicated above: Key (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• English speaking local guides
• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals not mention above
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers
If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request

Tour operates:  May until November
No of days: 19 nights 20 days
Tour cost from: TBA US Dollar
Route: Kashgar-Tashkurgan-Sost-Passu-Borith Lake-Gulmit-Gilgit-Fairy Meadow-Rama Lake-Desai Plain-Skardu-Shigar Valley-Khaplu valley-Duiker-Karimabad
Transport: Private Transfer, Except one way Tashkurgan to Sost Public
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities. one night basic accomodation at Borith Lake
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guides in each country
Tour starting and ending point:  Kashgar China
Guaranteed departure: Every Saturday- Minimum 2 people required

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Kashgar Arrival (Saturday)

Upon arrival at Kashgar airport you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Qini Bagh Hotel new building (BD)

Day 02: Kashgar Sunday Market

This day is planned to coincide with the famous Sunday market in Kashgar where everything from carpets, blankets, foods, horses, donkeys, sheep and even camels are for sale. The population of the town swells by 100,000 and is truly one of the most incredible bazaars in Asia; and a photographer’s paradise! After the market, we visit the Eidgah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb and the old town.

Overnight in Qini Bagh Hotel new building (BD)

Day 03: Tashkurgan

Today we drive to Karakul Lake along the famous Karakorum highway. The scenery along the way is breath taking. We will be stopping at the lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata mountains. Optional camel ride or walk around the lake. Later we continue to Tashkurgan the last Tajik Chinese town between China and Pakistan.

Overnight in Kay 2 Hotel (BD)

Day 04: Khunjerab pass- Passu (Pakistan)

After border formalities, we drive to the world’s highest paved border crossing, the Khunjerab pass (4750 m) between Pakistan and China. On the way, you will view the awesome mountain ranges of the Karakorum and Kunlun mountains. Upon arrival at Sost you will be met by our local Hunza guide and transfer to Passu Village. Welcome dinner at a local family home.

Overnight in the Ambassador hotel (BD)

Day 05: Gulmit- Borith Lake – Passu Glacier hike

This morning we visit Passu village and later drive Borith Lake where we enjoy the beautiful scenery. After lunch enjoy a hike to the Passu glacier.

Overnight Borith Lake Guest house (BD)
Day 06: Gulmit

A morning drive to Gulmit or hike over Ghulkin glacier to Gulmit.

Afternoon visit to the local community school, an opportunity to observe local ladies making handicraft and carpets.

Overnight in Hunza Marco Polo inn (BD) 

Day 07: Gulmit – Gilgit

In the morning, we board on boats with our jeep toward Karimabad. Midway we drive to Gilgit.

Gilgit is the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan. Here the world’s three mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakoram, Hindu Kush and the Himalayas meet. The Gilgit Baltistan region is a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The area has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the region was a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir.

After lunch visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD.

Overnight in Riveria Hotel (BD)

Day 08: Gilgit-Fairy Meadow

Drive along the Karakorum to Raikot bridge where we transfer into 4×4 wheel and continue to Tato. From there we will start short trek to the lush green area of Fairy Meadows.

Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 09: Fairy Meadow

Today you have an opportunity to hike through the pine forest toward Bayal base camp or you can just relax at Fair Meadow and enjoy the beautiful view of Nanga Parbat mountain rage.

Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 10: Rama Astore valley

In the morning hike down to Tato where you board our jeeps and drive to Rama lake; a scenic afternoon walk around the area.

Overnight at PTDC Motel. (BD)

Day 11: Rama – Deosai National Park – Skardu – Shigar

In the morning we set off to Deosai National Park. It is one of the highest plateaus in the world with height over 4,000 metres above the sea level, covering an area of about 3,000 square kilo meters. It is snow-bound from November to May. This pass is only accessible from June to September. It is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe ecoregion. In the spring season it is covered by sweeps wildflowers and a wide variety of butterflies.

Later continue driving to Shigar valley; the gateway to the world’s highest mountains including K2’s 8611 peak, the world’s second highest.

The highlight of tonight is a stay at the Shigar fort residence. This fort palace is standing on the bank of the Shigar stream, built upon a massive rock. This 350 years old fort has been renovated by the Agha Khan Trust for Culture and is the only one of its kind in Pakistan.

Overnight in Shigar Fort Residence (BD)

Day 12: Shigar – Khaplu

In the morning we drive to another beautiful valley of Khaplu, beautiful town on the bank of Indus river. Visit the old Fort and Mosque built by in Tibetan architectural style.

Overnight in PTDC Motel. (BD) 

Day 13: Skardu

In the morning drive to Skardu. Skardu is the capital of Baltistan is perched 2,438 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the great peaks of the Karakoram’s. Balti people are a mixture of Tibetan and Caucasian stock and speak Balti, an ancient form of Tibetan. Due to the similarity of its culture, lifestyle and architecture with Tibet, Baltistan is also known as the “Tibet-e-Khurd” (Little Tibet).

Today you will visit Kharpocho Fort: Kharpocho Fort (King of Forts) situated on a hill overlooking the town. It was constructed by Ali Sher Khan Anchan, who ruled over Baltistan till the end of the 16th century. The mighty Indus snaking along just a few yards beneath your feet among the silvery white sands is an awesome sight. Afternoon walk through the local market.

Overnight in Concordia Hotel (BD)

Day 14: Skardu – Karimabad-Duiker (Hunza)

In the morning we drive along the Indus River and join the Karakorum highway, continue driving to Duiker.

Duiker village,  just above Karimabad village, has a stunning view of Karimabad and surrounding peaks

Overnight in Eagles Nest hotel (BD)

Day 15: Duiker Free day or Hike toward Ultar glacier

Early morning wake up enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m) and other peaks.

Afternoon free at leisure or if you are energetic hike up toward Ular glacier.

Overnight in Eagles Nest hotel (BD)

Day 16: Karimabad

In the morning drive down to Karimabad en-route visit Altit village and Altilt fort. Later visit Baltit Fort which is 700 years, but there have been rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the Mir (king) married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Tibetan influence in Baltistan at the time. The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.

Overnight in Hill Top Hotel (BD)

Day 17: Karimabad-Gulmit Gojal

Free morning for shopping and visit, later in the afternoon transfer to Attabad Lake, where we board on boat to Gulmit.

Overnight in Marco Polo Inn (BD)

Day 18: Tashkurgan (China)

In the morning we drive to Sost which is the last border village with China, after border formalities, we will drive by private transport to Tashkurgan where you will meet our Chinese guide and transfer to you hotel

Overnight in Kay 2 Hotel (BD)

Day 19: Tashkurgan – Kashgar

In the morning, we visit Tashkurgan Fort, dating back to the 14th century. You can enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding fields, mountains, and military complexes from the old walls. Afterwards we continue driving to Kashgar.

Overnight in Qini Bagh Hotel new building (BD)

Day 20: Kashgar

In the morning transfer to the airport for China Southern Air flight CZ6885 EDT 11:15 am. (B)

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Map will be coming soon.

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost 

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $TBA $TBA $TBA $TBA $TBA

Tour departures 2018 – 2019

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11-May 29-May AVAILABLE Enquire Now
25-May 13-Jun AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1 -JUne 20-Jun AVAILABLE Enquire Now
13-Jun 02-Jul AVAILABLE Enquire Now
04-Jul 23-July AVAILABLE Enquire Now
18-Jul 06-Aug AVAILABLE Enquire Now
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10-Oct 29-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
17-Oct 05-Nov AVAILABLE Enquire Now
24-Oct 12-Nov AVAILABLE Enquire Now
07-Nov 26-Nov AVAILABLE Enquire Now
 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers by Cars, Van, Busses depend on the group size except one way public bus from Tashkurgan to Sost..
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals, not mentioned above
Personal expanses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout
Khunjerab national Park entrance fees

New Year special deal 5% off on all our fix departure tours valid until 31st of Jan 2015.

Tour operates: Apriluntil September
No of days: 21 nights 20 days
Tour cost from: 2230 US Dollar
Route: Tashkent-Khiva-Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent-Ferghana valley-Osh-Chyckan-Bishkek-Chong Kemin-Issyk Kul Lake-Karakol- Altyn Arshan valley-Djety Oguz-Bishkek
Transport: Air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flight
Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities 1 night in Yurt with basic communal facilities
Guide: Fully Escorted by our English speaking guides in each country
Tour starting point: Tashkent
Tour Ending point: Bishkek
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Upon arrival at Tashkent International Airport, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.Overnight in hotel (D)
Day 02: Tashkent – Nukus
In the morning we fly to Nukus, the capital of the Autonomous Karakalpak Republic within Uzbekistan, home of a Turkic people more closely related to Kazakhs than to Uzbeks. The city is the gateway to the fast-disappearing Aral Sea; the surrounding cotton fields testify to the monoculture that stole the water from the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, the rivers that fed the Aral Sea. Nukus is also home to the remarkable Savitsky Art Museum, founded by Igor Savitsky. Thanks to him, many of the early 20th century Russian paintings that were banned by Moscow found protection here. The story of this collection has been told in the award-winning documentary, Desert of Forbidden Art. We will see the collection – the second-largest gathering of Russian avant-garde art after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
Overnight in Hotel (BD)
Day 03: Nukus – Khiva
Today we drive through a barren desert area littered with the ruins of ancient fortresses and cities long abandoned. En route, we stop at Ayaz Kala, a fortress dating as far back as the 4th century BC. Later, we continue driving to Khiva City before taking an afternoon walking tour of the old city. Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 04: Khiva City Tour
Legend has it that Khiva was founded when Shem, son of Noah, discovered a well here. The town certainly existed by the 8th century, as a minor fort and trading post on a Silk Road branch to the Caspian Sea and the Volga. In the early 16th century, Khiva was made capital of the Timurid Empire, becoming a busy slave market and the pivot of the khanate for the next three centuries. Until Russia finally wrested the region from Timurid grasp in the 19th century, even the boldest hearts feared encounters with the area’s fierce tribesmen. Khiva is an ancient walled city and looks much like it did in centuries past. It is one of the few sites in Central Asia where one can easily imagine life during the time of the emirates. We will spend the morning wandering its maze of ruins and great mosques. Later, we’ll take a tour of this living museum, including the Ichon-Qala gates, Muhammad Amin and Rakhim Khan’s medressas (Islamic schools), Tosh-Khovli Palace, Islom-Huja Medressa, a woodcarving workshop, a UNESCO workshop, and the applied arts museum. Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 05: Bukhara Drive
Our drive to Bukhara is through the arid setting of the Kyzyl Kum Desert. Along the way we stop for some refreshments and see how humans have survived over the centuries in this unforgiving landscape. With buildings spanning 1,000 years of history and a thoroughly lived-in city centre that hasn’t changed much in two centuries, Bukhara is one of the best places in Central Asia to catch a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan. Most of the city centre is an architectural preserve and includes a massive royal fortress, plenty of former Madrassas, a number of ancient public baths and the remnants of a once-vast market complex. There are over 140 protected buildings in the city.
Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 06: Bukhara City Tour
Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling “trade domes,” active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town centre where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; some of the mosques, constructed in the 11th to 15th centuries, have been restored and appear as if they were built yesterday. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zoroastrian times 2,500 years ago. We also visit the massive fortress, The Ark, with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. Our tour of the Uzbek capital includes the Barak Khan Seminary, Kukeldash and Abul Khassim Medressas, and the Uzbek Museum of Applied Arts. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar, with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, the gate of a long-gone madrassa. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local. Its name comes from Tajik, although the towers you can see are not actually minarets but simply decorative towers.
Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 07: Bukhara
Bukhara is the centre for local artisans, and we will be able to watch many at work on a variety of handicrafts at the Bukhara Artisan Development Centre. We will spend the day visiting some colorful local markets, where the Karavan Saray (trade domes) and former madrassahs offer splendid, colorful handmade `Suzani’ production and gold embroidery, as well as other forms of textiles, clothing, jewellery, carpets and costumes. Suzani means “needlework” in the Tajik language. You will also have some time at leisure to explore the town and its rich, colorful shops on your own. In the evening we’ll have the pleasure of dining in a former caravanserai and be entertained by Bukhara’s local musicians and dancers in local costumes.
Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 08: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand
We take a morning drive to Samarkand via Gijduvan, where we will visit the most important ceramic center of Bukhara region. If we’re lucky we’ll have the opportunity to see the centuries-old tradition of using a donkey for spinning the millstones during the process of grinding natural dyes. We’ll lunch at the local potter’s home before proceeding to Samarkand; on the way, we’ll visit the remains of old Caravan Sarai Rabbat Malik.
Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 09: Samarkand: City Tour
Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient,’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full-day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Tamerlane, and the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym. We’ll stop at the ancient colorful market, “Siab,” where you can purchase the famous Samarkand bread that Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient Afrosiab and finally, the Observatory of Ulughbek, the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of pre-telescope-era astronomy in the 15th century.
Overnight in Samarkand at hotel (BD)
Day 10: Samarkand
Today we will visit the Samarkand-Bukhara Silk Carpet factory, opened to revive the culture of weaving silk carpets with old Central Asian patterns, and we’ll also visit an old silk paper workshop where you will get acquainted with the production of silk paper. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for leisure. Overnight in hotel (BD) 
Day 11: Samarkand – Tashkent
In the morning we drive along the scenic road as it winds along the eastern spurs of the Pamir Ranges to Tashkent. We continue on a city tour of Tashkent, visiting mosques and madrassas housing craft workshops and dating from the 14th century. We visit the Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th-century academy undergoing restoration, as well as the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 12: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Margilan
We depart in the morning depart by road to Fergana and en route, visit Kokand, capital of the Kokand Khanate in the 18th and 19th centuries. We’ll visit the Khan’s Palace Museum and Rishtan, one of the most important ceramic centers in Central Asia. We’ll also visit a potter’s home: Rustam Usmanov and his family make the traditional Uzbekistan ceramics of the region. At the studio, you’ll watch as skilled craftsmen make and decorate plates, bowls, pitchers.
Overnight in Hotel (BD)
Day 13: Margilan – Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
After breakfast, we drive to Margilan, visit the silk ikat weaving centre and Margilan craft centre, supported by UNESCO and housed in a historic madrassa. Of special interest here is the velvet ikat weaving workshop of Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov (some years ago Oscar de la Renta made a collection of Rasuljon’s fabrics). Next,we visit the Yodgorlik silk weaving factory in Margilan. This factory produces silk and cotton/silk ikat using traditional hand techniques and processes. We will get to see every aspect of the process, including reeling the silk from the cocoons, winding skeins and warps, natural dyeing, loom preparation and weaving. There is a lovely small shop here where you can purchase many exquisite examples of traditional Central Asian ikat. After the silk factory, transfer to the Dostlik border.
Upon arrival we are met by our Kyrgyz guide for our transfer to Osh town. We’ll enjoy an afternoon city tour of Osh including a visit to Suleyman Mountain, Babur’s house, the history museum, Rabat Abdullah Khan Mosque and Mausoleum, and Osh Bazaar. Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 14: Osh – Chyckan
In the morning drive to Chyckan, stopping along the way at the Ozgen minarets. Our journey takes us through the hydro-power stations, Toktogul Water Reservoir, Marble Pyramid and the Chychkan Canyon.
Overnight in hotel (BD)
Day 15: Chyckan – Chong Kemin Valley
In the morning, we drive to Chong Kemin Valley via Ala-Bel Pass, Susamyr Valley and Teo-Ashu.
Chon-Kemin Valley, which lies within the Tian Shan mountain range separating Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with lush green valleys and snow-capped peaks.
Exploring around the valley, hiking up to the forest to see the panoramic view of Kalmak-Ashuu Valley.
We spend a night in one of the local guesthouses, fully decorated with antique embroidery, handicrafts and felts, with modern facilities.
Overnight at Hotel (BD)
Day 16: Chong Kemin – Kochkor village – Cholpon-Ata Issyk Kul Lake
Today we drive to Kochkor village where you will visit the Altyn Kol Women’s Handicraft Co-operative Centre.
Here, you will learn how nomadic Kyrgyz women made Shyrdak, and Ala-Kiyiz – a floor covering made by pressing felt of various naturally dyed colors. You will see the process of felt carpet-making and wool-dying. Kochkor is famous for farming and felt-makers.
Later, we continue driving to Cholpon-Ata, Issyk-Kul. Visit Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs Saimalu-Tash, which covers 42 hectares and contains prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall) and petroglyphs dating from 500 BC up to 600 AD.
Overnight at Hotel(BD)
Day 17:  Karakol
Drive to Karakol, one of the first towns of the Russian Cossak settlements in the late 19th century. En route we visit Przevalski’s Memorial Museum, named for a great Russian explorer from the late 19th century. After lunch, we sightsee in Karakol. We visit the museum, Dungan (a pagoda type of mosque) and an Orthodox wooden whurch. You will enjoy walking along streets with blue-framed windows and gingerbread-style houses. Later, we have dinner at Uighur family house while enjoying an interesting Kyrgyz folk concert.
Overnight at Hotel (BD)
 Day 18: Day trip to Altyn Arshan Valley
If today is Sunday, at 7:30 a.m. we will go to the Sunday Animal Market of Karakol. Later, we take a full-day exploration of Altyn-Arashan valley on a Russian 4×4 Truck with bumpy road, where you can have a nice warm bath at one of the hot springs or hike around the area. Later, we return to Karakul.Overnight at Hotel (BD)
 Day 19: Karakol – Djety Oguz – Bokonbaeva village
In the morning, we drive to Jety Oguz Canyon, a lush green valley with striking red sandstone rock formations – the ‘Seven Bulls’ from which the valley takes its name. Here you have chance for some short hiking or an optional horseback ride through the beautiful scenery before a picnic lunch. Later in the afternoon, we drive to Bokonbaeva village where you will have chance to watch eagles hunting rabbits. Later, visit the Women’s Craft Centre which makes shyrdaks (felt rugs) and other colored felt products.
Overnight in typical Kyrgz yurt in Bokonbaeva village (BD)
Day 20: Bishkek
In the morning we drive to Kyzyl-Tuu village where a member of a Kyrgyz family will show you how to make traditional yurt tents.
Continue driving to Bishkek en route we will stop in Burana Tower of 11th century.
Upon arrival in Bishkek, a city tour which includes Central Square Alatoo, White House, Parliament House, Manas on Horse Statue, Lenin Statue, and Oak Park.
We will also visit some handicraft studios of Aidai, a leading and well-known young felt-maker and designer based in Kyrgyzstan. She is an owner of Kyal Handicraft and Yurt Maker’s Non-Profitable Organizations.http://www.christensenfund.org/2013/04/26/looking-at-the-world-through-felt-eye-glasses/ Overnight at Hotel in Bishkek (BD)
Day 21: Onward Flight
Trip will end with airport transfer (B)

Notes will be coming soon.
 
Map will be coming soon.
Tour costs and Dates
We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.
Tour cost comfort class  

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4355 $3900 $3195 $3035 $565

Tour cost tourists class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4080 $3600 $2845 $2720 $425

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Tashkent Lotte City Tashkent Palace Uzbekistan hotel
Khiva Asia hotel or Malika Khivek, Orient Star Malika classic
Bukhara Zaragron Plaza or Asia, Grand Emir Residence Zargaron Hotel or Malika Classic
Samarkand Asia or Emirhan hotel  Malika Prime
Ferghana Valley Asia Hotel Club 777
Osh Sunrise Hotel  CBT Guest House
Chychkan Gorge Osn Hotel Oson
Chong Kemin Ashuu Guest House Ashuu Guest House
Issyk Kul Lake Three Crown Deluxe  Three Crow
Karakol Green Yard Hotel Green Yard Hotel
Djety Oguz Local Kyrgyz Yurt Local Kyrgz Yurt
Bishkek Smart or Golden Tulip Hotel  Discovery Hotel

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures  2022 – 2023

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Tour cost includes

• All domestic transportation and transfers, domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotel mentioned above
• Meals Breakfast and Dinners Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinners
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• Fully escorted by our experienced English speaking local guides in each country
• Visa support letter if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals Lunches
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers

If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request.

 

We have added a new Silk Road China tours which cover both Southern and Northern route
for more information please visit the tour link below.

http://www.snowleopardtours.com/silk-road-xinjiang-china/


Overview


Tour operates:  April until October
No of days: 21 nights 22 days
Route: : Xian-Tianshui- Lanzhuo-Xiahe-Labrang-Zhangye-Jiyuguan-Dunhuang-Urumqi-Heavenly Lake-Turfan-Korla-Kuqa- Hotan- Yarkand – Kashgar-Karakul Lake- Tashkurgan-Karakorum Highway
Transport: Air conditioned transport, Bullet trains 
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guide: English speaking Guides
Tour starting point: Xian
Ending point: Kashgar
Guaranteed departure: Every Monday- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary
Day 01: Xian 
On arrival at Xian airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure on your own. Overnight at hotel in Xian (D)
Day 02: Xian
Today we visit the exquisite Terracotta Warriors, considered the greatest archaeological discovery of the last century. The figures vary in height from 182cm to 195cm, according to their role; the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. It is estimated that 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses exist in the 3 pits of the excavation site, with the majority still buried in the pit 1. We return to the city and visit big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian Great Mosque and Muslim quarter. Overnight at hotel in Xian. (BLD)
Day 03: Xian – Tianshui
In the morning transfer to the train station for bullet seat train D2671(0742-0924) to Tianshui. On arrival you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit Maiji shan grottoes. The Maiji shan grottoes are a series of 194 caves cut in the side of the hill of Maiji shan in Tianshui. This example of rock cut architecture contains over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures and over 1,000 square meters of murals. Construction began in the Qin era (384-417 CE). The mountain, which is shaped like a haystack, gets its name from the Chinese for haystack, Although the area has experienced many earthquakes, it still contiains194 caves, 7200 sculptures and 1000 square M frescos which are excavated on the cliff at 30-80m above ground level. Then visit Fuxi Temple. The temple was initially built in the year 1483 to commemorate Fuxi, who was the earliest ancestors of ancient China. In particular, he first used Ba-gua in divination, a great contribution to human civilization. Overnight at hotel in Tianshui (BLD)
Day 04: Tianshui – Lanzhou
In the morning we take bullet seat train D8961 0822-0959 to Lanzhou. After lunch city tour of Lanzhou includes visit to the water wheel, Yellow River, Mother Statue and White Pagoda Hill. Overnight at hotel in Lanzhou (BLD)
Day 05: Bing Ling Grottoes – Xiahe
In the morning we drive to Linxia country to visit Bing Ling Cave which is located on the north bank of the Yellow River, Binglingsi Grottoes is one of the six famous Buddhist Caves started by some Buddhist monks from as early as the year of 265-316. After many years’ work, there are 183 caves with 694 stone statues, 82 earth statues and 900 square meters of murals. Later we drive to Xiahe. Xiahe is referred to a “Little Tibet”, a stunning town surrounded by mountains and bustling with pilgrims. It is a key passage on the ancient Silk Road between East and West.Overnight at hotel in Xiahe (BLD)
Day 06: Xiahe visit – Lanzhou 
In the morning visit Labrang monastery-built in 1709, it now has 1000 monks. It is one of the six most important Gelukpa (Yellow Sect) monasteries in all of Tibet. You will also able to see many Tibetan nomads who come here on pilgrimage. Later return to Lanzhou city. Overnight at hotel in Lanzhou (BLD)
Day 07: Lanzhou – Zhangye Danxia Landforms
In the morning transfer to train station for bullet seat train D2701(0750-0755) to Zhangye.  Afternoon visit Giant Buddha Temple Built in 1098 AD, and extended and renovated during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Zhangye’s Giant Buddha Temple houses the largest indoor reclining Buddha in China—nearly 35 metres from head to toe. The reclining pose signifies entry into nirvana. We’ll also see a variety of architectural styles in the temple, with the Ming and Qing Dynasties represented, amongst others. Later visit Horse Hoof Temple and Caves.
The site of the Horse Hoof Temple has been in use since at least the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317–420 AD), and the snowy Qilian Mountain range makes a beautiful backdrop. It’s best known for its Hanging Temple and grottoes, and is a little similar to the famous Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, although less-visited. Some caves and relics were damaged by treasure-hunters, and damage was also done during the Cultural Revolution.
Later in the evening before sunset we visit the Danxia landforms which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Danxia landforms are sandstone formations, known for being very dramatic and colorful. The landform near Zhangye City has colourful and magnificent cliffs in a hilly and mountainous land. Danxia refers to isolated peaks, steep pillars, ravines, mountains and hills that have formed after a long period of erosion by wind and running water. Unlike limestone karst, Danxia landforms are composed of red sandstone, which gives them their characteristic crimson colouration. Several Danxia Landforms are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites because of their profound natural and aesthetic value. The area we’re visiting boasts majestic, multi-coloured slopes that give you the sensation of walking into a painting.
The Zhangye Danxia Landform is characterized by magnificently multi-coloured sandstone hills and mountains that ripple away towards the horizon. Overnight at hotel in Zhangye. (BLD)
 Day 8: Jiayuguan 

In the morning we take bullet seat train D2741 1038-1200 to Jiayuguan. Jiayuguan is the westernmost end of the Great Wall built in Ming Dynasty. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later, we visit Jiayuguan Fortress, set between snow-capped Mountains of Qilian in south and the Mazong Mountain in North. Take a short climb on the western end of the Great Wall for some spectacular views over this wild and magnificent region. Overnight in hotel (BLD)
Day 09: Dunhuang
In the morning drive to the oasis town of Dunhuang surrounded by rolling sand dunes and home to countless camels. Overnight at hotel (BLD)
Day 10: Dunhuang
Today we visit the spectacular Mogao Grottos-home to the world acclaimed Buddhist murals and sculptures dating back to 386AD. In the afternoon visit Crescent Moon Spring and camel ride or climb one of the sand dunes to enjoy the sunset. Overnight at hotel in Dunhuang. (BLD)
Day 11: Dunhuang high speed train to Urumqi
Morning in Dunhuang,transfer by high speed bullet train D2701(1433-1911) to  Urumqi (in summer time there is train from Dunhuang to Urumqi but in other seasons we will have to take train from Liuyuan Station). Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer to your hotel. (BLD)
Day 12: Urumqi – Tianche Lake
In the morning drive to Tianchi. Tianchi (Heavenly lake in english) is a high-mountain (1980m above sea level) lake located in the central part of Tianshan Mountains, which was inscribed on the list of World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013. Optional boat trip on the lake. There is a picturesque Lesser Tianchi hidden in the forest, where there is waterfall running from the mountain with a fantastic scenery. Moreover, there are plenty of Kazakh yurts on the bank of the Tianchi, where is the home for the nomad Kazakhs.  After lunch return to Urumqi, visit Xinjiang Ethnic museum and Grand Bazar. Overnight at hotel in Urumqi. (BLD)
Day 13: Urumqi – Turfan
Morning drive to Turfan the oasis city in the province of Xinjiang. Turfan is inhabited mainly by Uighur people. We visit the ancient ruined city of Jiaohe, richly coloured Flaming Mountains and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and grape Valley. In the evening, enjoy the local Uyghur dance. Overnight at hotel in Turfan. (BLD)
Day 14: Turfan – Korla
In the morning, we drive to Korla, an oasis town on Peacock River, at the northern edge on the Taklamakan Desert. En-route we stop to visit the Iron Tianmen Pass (Iron Gate pass) It used to be the most important strategic pass from southern to northern parts of Xinjiang along the ancient Silk Road. Later continue driving to Korla upon arrival short boat trip on the Bosten Lake. Overnight at hotel in Korla. (BLD)
Day 15: Korla – Kuqa
Today we drive to Kuqa, Later visit the Grand Kuqa Mosque: It is the second biggest mosque in Xinjiang, first built in the 17th century, but after it was burnt down it was rebuilt in 1931. The great praying hall, which can accommodate 1000 prayers, is supported by 88 pillars, embellished with carved designs and in many colors, a fine example of Uygur architecture. Later we visit Subashi ruins which reflects the temple’s brilliance in the past. We also visit Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves is situated at the Kizil Township which is 67 kilometers southeast of Baicheng County and 73 kilometers west of Kuqa city. It has the most grottoes located in the west part of China. Overnight at hotel in Kuqa. (BLD)
Day 16: Kuqa- Hotan (Hetian)
A long but rewarding full day’s drive (700km) across the Taklamakan desert and along the Hotan River to the oasis town of Hotan Overnight in Hotel (BLD)
Day 17: Hotan Visit
Visit the local museum, the jade carving factory, the ruins of the old town and stroll along the Hotan River, where jade was found on the river bed. Today the locals are still trying their luck there! Overnight at hotel in Hotan. (BLD)
Day 18: Hotan-Kashgar
Today we drive to Kashgar, en-route we stop in Yarkent. During Han Dynasty, Yarkand had been one of the key positions in the Western Regions (a Han Dynasty term for the area west of Yumenguan, including what is now Xinjiang and parts of Central Asia) with the opening up of the Silk Road. In Tang Dynasty, the famous Italian traveller and merchant Marco Polo (1254-1324) made light of traveling thousands of kilometers to Yarkand, taking notes on what he had experienced and enjoyed there. We visit the ancient tombs of Yarkand Kings and the tomb of the originator of the Uigur classical opera “The Twelve Muqams”. Along the way we also stop at knife town Yingisar see the Yingisar Uighur Knife Making. Overnight at hotel in Kashgar (BLD)
Day 19: Tashkurgan
Today we drive to Karakul Lake along the famous Karakorum highway. The scenery along the way is breath-taking. We will be stopping at the lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata Mountains. Optional camel ride or walk around the lake. Later we continue to Tashkurgan the last Tajik Chinese town between China and Pakistan. Overnight at hotel in Tashkurgan. (BLD)
Day 20: Tashkurgan – Kashgar
In the morning explore around Tashkurgan, an important hub on the ancient Silk Road. The name Tashkurgan means ‘Stone Fort.’ This whole area around this Tajik town borders Pakistan and Afghanistan and is connected to them via the Khunjerab Pass. On the way into Tashkurgan there are many Tajik villages and nomadic herdsman. In Tashkurgan, we explore the town’s ancient stone fort – still standing after 1800 years! We also visit the Tashkurgan Historical and Cultural Museum and walk around this historic town. Later return to Kashgar.
Overnight at hotel in Kashgar. (BLD)
Day 21: Kashgar Sunday market
This day is planned to coincide with the famous Sunday market in Kashgar where everything from carpets, blankets, foods, horses, donkeys, sheep and even camels are for sale! Wonderful assortments of people come from all over the region, and the population of the town swells by 100,000! This is truly one of the most incredible bazaars in Asia, and a photographer’s paradise. Later visit Ed-Gah Mosque, and Apak Khoja’s tomb.
Overnight at hotel in Kashgar (BLD)
Day 22: Depart Kashgar
Our service will end with airport transfer (B)
 

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Dates/Prices

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost comfort class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5600 $5100 $4100 $3120 $1050

 

Tour cost tourists class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5150 $4800 $3575 $2800  $595

 

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Xian Sofitel On Renmin Square Grand Nobel Hotel 
Tianshui Huatian Hotel Huatian Hotel
Lanzhou Sunshine Plaza Hotel International Hotel
Xiahe Aviation hotel  Royal Hotel
Zhangye Huachen Jiaheng hotel 
Jiyayuguan Jiyayuguan Hotel Gotai Hotel
Dunhuang Silk Road Hotel Dunhuang Hotel
Urumqi Universal Hotel Hoitak Hotel
Turfan Shuancheng Hotel Mexilap Hotel
Korla Garden Hotel Tianhong Hotel
Kuqa International Hotel Kuqa Hotel
Hotan Hua Yue Hotel Muztagata Hotel
Kashgar Radisson Blu Hotel Qini Bagh 5* Building or Sultan Hotel
Tashkurgan Crown Hotel Grassland hotel 

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures 2019 – 2020

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06-April 20 27-April 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
11- May 20 01-Jun 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
18-May 20 08- Jun 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
25-May 20 15-Jun 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-Jun 20 22-Jun 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-Jun 20 06-Jul 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
29-Jun 20 20-Jul 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
13-Jul 20 03-Aug 20 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
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TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers in air-conditioned cars bus depends on the group size,
High speed bullet trains
Twin sharing standard room at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals full board: Key (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
English speaking guides

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals not mention above
Personal expenses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout

***If you would like to customize this trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request, onward trip from Kashgar can be arranged on request

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Overview

Tour operates: March until November

No. of days: 18 nights 19 days

Destinations: Tehran – Qazvin  – Hamedan – Kermanshah – Ahvaz – Susa – Chogha Zanbil – Shushtar – Bishapour – Shiraz – Persepolis- Naghsh-e-Rostam – Bavanat – Yazd – Maybod- Na’in -Isfahan – Abyaneh- Qom

Transport: Private air conditioned transport

Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities

Guides: Fully escorted by our experienced local English speaking guide

Tour starting and Ending point: Tehran

Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Tehran

Upon arrival at Tehran international airport you will be met by our Guide and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hotel (D)

Day 02: Tehran Visit

Full day city tour of Tehran. A visit to the prehistoric National Museum of Iran. This museum houses a marvellous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures and carvings dating from around the 7th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic & Glassware Museum (Abgineh Museum) followed by the Carpet Museum.  Here you will have access to many of the masterpieces woven in the important carpet-weaving centres of Iran.  The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resembles a carpet-weaving loom. ***Please note: our schedule to visit museums may vary depending on museum hours/days and when they are open to the public. Overnight Hotel (BD)

Day 3: Tehran – Qazvin – Hamadan

Today we drive to Hamadan, En-route we stop at Qazvin. Qazvin was an ancient capital in the Persian Empire and nowadays is known as calligraphy capital of Iran. In Qazvin we visit Jame Mosque and Qazvin Chehel Sotun palace later we continue to Hamadan. Hamadan is one of the oldest continually inhabited towns in the world. At one time it was the summer capital of the Achaemenians when Susa (Shush) was their winter capital. The afternoon sightseeing in Hamadan will include Tepe Ecbatana (an archaeological site dating back to 700-500 B.C.), Avicenna tomb, Stone Lion, the Tombs of Esther and Mordecai, a major Jewish pilgrimage center; the 12th-century Alavyan Tomb Tower, Treasure Valley and the Ganj-Nameh inscriptions by Darius and his son Xerxes. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 4: Hamedan-Kermanshah

Today we drive to Kermanshah. Visit the Temple of Anahita, built in 200 B.C. during the Hellenistic occupation of western Iran, at Kangavar. Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility, was worshipped in ancient Persia along with Zoroastrian Ahura-Mazda; also visit the site of the relief and inscriptions of Darius the Great at Bisotoun, which depicts Darius facing the nine rebel kings whom the Achaemenid ruler suppressed when he came to power. On to Kermanshah to visit the several important Sassanian reliefs at Tagh-e-Bostan (some inside a grotto), depicting royal hunting scenes and the investiture of the Sassanian kings, including the gigantic equestrian statue of Khosrow II (AD 591-628), mounted on this favourite charger Shabdiz. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 5: Kermanshah-Ahvaz

In the morning drive to Ahvaz via Pol-e-Dokhtar, and visit remains of Sassanian Bridge over Kashkan River; continue to Ahvaz. In the afternoon we visit the local Arabic bazaar. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 6: Excursion to Susa-Chogha Zanbil- Shushtar

Day excursion to Chogha-Zanbil UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the ziggurat built around 1250 B.C. by the Elamite king Untash-Gal. Also visit Haft-Tappeh (Elamite Necropolis), Susa and the remains of the Achaemenian palaces (plus the nearby Tomb of Biblical Prophet Daniel). The Apadana Palace at Susa dates to Achaemenian time, and Shushtar to the 3rd century AD. Susa (Soush or Shush) is one of the oldest cities in the world. Excavations have established that people were living at the Acropolis in 5000 B.C., and have shown the existence of urban structures about the year 4000 B.C. It is reasonable that the town, situated on a strip of land between the rivers Karkheh (Choaspes) and Dez (Eulaeus), was already the political center of Elam in the fourth millennium B.C. Susa was the favourite residence of the Persian king Darius. The scene of the Biblical book of Esther is set in Susa, where king Ahasuerus (Xerxes) resided. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 7: Ahvaz- Bishapour- Shiraz

In the morning we drive to Shiraz, en-route visit the single Sassanian Relief at Sarab-e-Bahram above a spring, and on to Bishapour (built in honor of “Ardevisur Anahita,” the female guardian angel of waters and fertility). See remains of the Sassanian city built by Shapur 1st (241-273 A.D.), the second Sassanian king. The building complex includes a central chamber, a large courtyard which had been covered with impressive mosaics, plus the remains of a temple also dedicated to Anahita. On either side of a narrow gorge, there are also six Sassanian rock-reliefs at Tang-e-Chogan, commemorating Shapur’s victories over the Romans and other adversaries. After lunch continue to Shiraz. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 08: Shiraz- Persepolis- Naghsh-e-Rostam

Today we visit Persepolis, one of the world’s most magnificent archaeological sites. Known as Parsa to the ancient Persians, this site was the ceremonial capital of Iran’s Achaemenian kings from the time of Darius the Great (reign 522 to 485) for more than 200 years until its destruction by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. This afternoon visit Naghsh-e-Rajab, the site of four fine Sassanian rock reliefs, then continue to Naghsh-e-Rostam where four giant rock-cut tombs house the remains of Darius the Great and three of his successors. Later return to Shiraz. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 09: Shiraz

Shiraz, the city of nightingales, poetry and roses is the center of Fars Province. City tour of Shiraz including a visit to Narenjestan or Orange Garden built in 1879-1886 as a reception hall for visitors and was also used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. Also included is Khan theological school and Bazaar, then enjoy tea and ice cream while listening to recitals in traditional teahouse of the mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 10: Shiraz- Bavanat

Today we drive to Bavanat in the heart of the Zagrus Mountain. Overnight in a local traditional house in Bazm village (BD)

Day 11: Bavanat

An easy day around Bavanat village, optional hike around the village and Walnut forest you will have a chance to learn about the local customs and way of living. Overnight in a local traditional house in Bazm village (BD)

Day 12: Bavanat – Yazd

Today we drive to Yazd, after lunch city tour of Yazd. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 13: Yazd Visit

Full day city tour of Yazd. Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD.  Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind.  The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city.  Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb.  This city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. Dolat Abad Garden, Water Museum and a traditional house are among the other visits. The stunning three-storey façade of the Tekiyeh in the Amir Chakhmaq Complex at sunset is one of the most spectacular features of Yazd. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 14: Yazd- Maybod- Na’in -Isfahan

Morning drive to Isfahan, en-route we will be visiting the small desert towns of Na’in and Maybod. At Maybod visit the ancient ruined citadel and well preserved caravanserai, then continue to Na’in a town that is located in the geographic centre of Iran and is a famous carpet making centre. Na’in is also noted for its very old Masjid-e-Jame, which dates from the early Islamic period and contains some features from the 10th century. Later continue driving to Isfahan. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 15: Isfahan

Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewels of Historical Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world.  The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, its expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare.  The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century.  Isfahan with numerous monuments for which it is world-famous has the greatest attractions for tourists.  It is really a museum in the open air. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 16: Isfahan

Full day tour of Isfahan magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh mosque & Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace & free time for Bazaar spanning 5 km.  In the evening an optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master . Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 17: Isfahan- Abyaneh

In the morning drive to Abyaneh. En-route we stop at the charming town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex of Friday Mosque, Monastery and Tomb of Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani. Later we drive to the historical village of Abyaneh, one of the oldest in Iran. The town is set on a steep hillside and has a distinctive reddish hue. The narrow lanes show a reverence for nature, and the roofs of some houses serve as a courtyard for houses higher up the slope. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 18: Kashan-Qom-Tehran

In the morning drive to Tehran on the way we stop at the oasis city of Kashan, Kashan is a home to some of the best traditional houses such as Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Later drive to Tehran, en-route we stop at the religious city of Qom, considered one of the most important theological academic centers, and host to the holy shrine of Hazrat-e-Masoumeh. Later continue to Tehran. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 19:Tehran Onward Flight

Our service will end with airport transfer. (B)

Notes

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Dates/Prices

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

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 Tour cost comfort class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5230 $5050 $4474 $4175 $985

Tour cost tourists class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4480 $4290 $3715 $3415 $745

Hotels

Places Premium class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Tehran Parsian Azadi Grand Hotel Parsian Engilab Hotel
Hamadan Parsian Azadi Hamadan Parsian Azadi Hamadan
Kermanshah Parsian Kermanshah  Parsian Kermanshah
Ahvaz Pars Hotel Pars Hotel
Shiraz Pars or Chamran Grand Hotel Ario Barzan or Park Saadi Hotel
Bavanat Home Stay Home Stay
Yazd Safaieh Hotel Safaieh Hotel
Isfahan Abbasi Hotel Parsian Aliqapu Hotel
Abyaneh Abyaneh Hotel  Abyaneh Hotel

Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures 2018

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TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation with private transfers,mentioned in the itinerary.

• Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities (2 nights home stay with communal facilities)

• Meals half Board Please follow the key above (B) Breakfasts (L) Lunches (D) Dinners

• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees

• Fully escorted by our Experienced local English speaking Guide

• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.

• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.

• Optional activities

• Meals Lunches

• Personal expanses

• Single supplements

• Tips for Guides and drivers

If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request  

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