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Asia Orient Tour 21 Days Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan - Iran

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TOUR DATES 2015
26 Sep - 16 Oct
09 Oct  - 29 Oct
23 Oct  - 12 Nov
TOUR DATES 2016
01 Apr - 21 Apr
22 Apr - 12 May
29 Apr - 19 May
12 Aug - 01 Sep
09 Sep - 29 Sep
24 Sep - 14 Oct
07 Oct  - 27 Oct
21 Oct  - 10 Nov

CODE                     :  TOUR 3

PRICES                  : Per Person 4.360 EURO   -    Single Suplement  980  EURO

CHILD               : Child Non available till 12 years old.


TOUR ROUTE

UZBEKISTAN         : Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara

TURKMENISTAN    : Mary – Askhabad

IRAN                     : Mashad - Shiraz  –Yazd –  Persepolis – Yazd – Isfahan – Tehran
 
 
 
DAY 1 –UZBEKISTAN – TASHKENT

On arrival in Tashkent, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your centrally located hotel. Tashkent is a modern city of three million people and is the arts centre of the region. Museums and the opera house are perhaps its best known attractions. It has a relaxed pace and charming street side cafes. Trams amble beside green parks and the wide tree-lined roads give a sense of space.Overnight in Tashkent

DAY 2 –UZBEKISTAN – TASHKENT  - SAMARKAND

This morning at 09:00 we will have a tour briefing before visiting the Tashkent underground, where each station displays a specific architectural and artistic decoration. In the afternoon we follow the Silk Road past old caravanserai to the ancient city of Samarkand. Over the centuries this road has been travelled by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane as they travelled the route to extend their knowledge and influence. We overnight in Samarkand.

DAY 3 /DAY 4 - UZBEKISTAN –SAMARKAND

Samarkand is a wondrous city showcasing the legacies of the great ruler.Tamerlane was the most influential military leader of the middle ages. He set about making it the richest city on earth by pillaging and destroying all other cities and removing their wealth and skills to Samarkand. Covering the tomb where he lies in the city today is a large single slab of green jade, said to be the largest such stone in the world and symbolic of the extravagance of the ruler and the city he built as his capital. A visit to the tomb reveals an impressive piece of work, but his legacy, the Registan, the market place of ancient Samarkand, is his greatest achievement. It is enclosed by spectacular medressas (Islamic centres of learning) on three sides. These huge buildings with domes and minarets covered in a mosaic of azure tiles were built from the 1400s. The Registan is deserving of its title as one of the wonders of the ancient world. We will also visit the huge mosque, bazaar and observatory during our two days of exploration in and around Samarkand.
Overnight in Samarkant.

DAY 5 – UZBEKISTAN – BUKHARA

Our Silk Road journey continues as we travel between Samarkand and Bukhara in our private vehicle, passing through the desert along the ancient trade route. The road trip takes about four hours which allows the afternoon to be free for exploring Bukhara or to relax at the hotel overnight in Bukhara.
 
DAY 6 / DAY  7 - UZBEKISTAN – BUKHARA

Bukhara boasts 2500 years of vibrant history. Capital of the Samanid state in the 9th and 10th Century’s, Bukhara became the centre of an intellectual, religious and commercial renaissance of Central Asia until the city succumbed in 1220 to Genghis Khan and then to Tamerlane in 1370, after which Samarkand became the regions most important city. Bukhara had a second lease of life in the 16th century when it became the capital of what we now know as Bukhara Khanate during which time it had more than 300 mosques, 100 medrasses with over 10,000 students. In 1868 it became the protectorate of the Tsar and later became incorporated into the Russian and then Soviet Empires. Over two days we’ll immerse ourselves in the tapestry of this uncomplicated city with its rich history, taking in sights such as The Ark, the former royal city and fortress that was the focus of the city for 2000 years, the Summer Palace of the last emir, mausoleums and mosques and of course the exotic bazaars and markets that make Bukhara famous amongst shoppers. It is in these enclaves where bold rugs and intricate carpets, gold and an assortment of jewelry, tapestries, musical instruments, carved boxes, hats from provinces all over Central Asia and embroidered garments provide endless interest,overnight in Bukhara.
 
DAY 8 –TURKMENISTAN – MARY

The road journey from Bukhara to Mary takes around 8-9 hours, depending on the border crossing times. We will have to cross the border on foot, the walk is about 2 km and is without vehicle support so please ensure you are able to carry or wheel your luggage along a dusty road. Once border formalities are complete, we will pass through the industrial city of Turkmenabat and arrivel and overnight in Mary.
 
DAY 9 – TURKMENISTAN – MARY – MERV – ASHGABAT 

We commence the day with a short distance drive out of Mary to Merv, an ancient Silk Road staging post. Its origins date back more than 8000 years; the city was at its height during the 11th and 12th centuries when it was considered to be the second most important city in the Islamic world (after Baghdad), being the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Under their domination of the region stretching from Afghanistan to Egypt, the Seljuk’s created a city full of treasures and palaces, irrigation channels and fertile gardens. The Mongols all but destroyed the city under the rule of Genghis Khan in the 13th century and it lay dormant for a century. Whilst parts of the city were resettled over the next few centuries it was not until the 18th century that the dam and some of the former riches were restored. Again, this did not last long, as the Emir of Bukhara opened the dam and his army reduced the city to rubble in 1795. The remains of the city are spread over an area of 100 square kilometres, and the site contains five walled cities from different periods. We spend a few hours exploring the remains of these cities, before returning to Mary for our evening flight to Ashgabat;Turkmenistan’s modest capital. Overnigjt in Ashgabat.
 
DAY 10 – TURKMENISTAN – ASHGABAT 

Today we visit the main city sights of Ashgabat including the Palace of Turkmenbashi, the National Museum which houses a rich collection of ancient artifacts from Turkmenistan, and the Archaeological site of Nissa including the remains of Old and New Nissa. The city was an important centre of the Parthian State, which existed from the 3rd century BC up to the 3rd century AD. As the archaeological research shows, the township of New Nissa was the centre of the Parthian City. It was inhabited up to the 16th - 17th centuries. Old Nissa was a royal residence of the Parthian kings with the palace and temple, the depositories and the treasury. During the archaeological excavations about 2700 texts inscribed with black paint on the clay vessels fragments were discovered. The written language used in Nissa was of the Aramaic origin, which dates back to the 2nd century BC. We also take in the sights of the Presidential Palace, Lenin Square, Ertogrul Ghazy, and Turkmenbashynyn Ruhy Metjidi which is largest mosque in Central Asia.Overnight in Ashgabat.
 
 
DAY 11 – IRAN – MASHAD  

Iran, winding our way through the Kopet Dag Mountains to the border. The scenery en route is dramatic and changes frequently providing scenic splendours for the entire journey. Following potentially lengthy border formalities (border crossing is the Bajgiran check point) we will meet with our Iranian guide and change buses. All females in our group will now be required to wear a headscarf and loose clothing that covers all parts of the body in public places for the remainder of the trip, and a chador will be provided at any mosques or shrines where necessary. We continue on to Quchan which meets with National Highway 22 to Mashad. The city, whose name translates to ‘place of martyrdom’, is extremely sacred to Shiite Muslims as it was here that the descendent of Mohamed, Emam Reza, died nearly 1200 years ago.Overnight in Mashad.
 
DAY 12 – IRAN – MASHAD   - SHIRAZ
This is the homeland of Orthodox Iranians. The Holy Shrine of Emam Reza is highly revered. For women travellers, a chador is required to visit the Holy Shrine. The chador is the all encompassing black robe, covering you from head to foot. It is possible to rent one and your guide will advise. Non-Muslims are able to visit most of the site with the exception of the actual shrine. Each year thousands of pilgrims visit to touch or kiss the cage which houses the tomb box. Due to the flights between Mashad and Shiraz being overbooked regularly, we will fly via Tehran to Shiraz and depending on flight schedules we may have some time in the afternoon for relaxing in the fabulous city of Shiraz which was once the capital of Iran, and synonymous with learning, nightingales, poetry, roses and at one time, wine. Overnight in Shiraz.
 
DAY 13 – IRAN – SHIRAZ

Shiraz is known as the poetic capital of Persia, because two of the greatest poets of the world, Hafez (1324-1391) and Sa'di (1209-1291), originated from this city. Simple mausoleums were constructed for them after their deaths but later became celebrated pilgrimage destinations in the 14th century when the pious and art-loving Queen Tashi Khatun erected a mosque and theological school by the tombs. They are now remarkable monuments, one dedicated to Hafez, the master of Persian lyrical poetry. The other is dedicated to Sa'di , the author of the famous Golestan and a book of sonnets called the Garden of Roses. There are many other striking Islamic buildings in Shiraz, namely the Safavid mosque but more notably the shrine of Syed Amir Ahmed, also referred to locally as the Shah Cheragh or the ‘King of Light’. This exquisite shrine boasts a dazzling interior of mirror tiles, display of fine china and glassware and exquisitely inscribed old and modern Korans. The Eram Gardens, famous for its rose garden and avenues of cypress trees is also on our schedule, time permitting. Overnight in Shiraz.
 
DAY 14 – IRAN – SHIRAZ - PERSEPOLIS

We visit Persepolis in the morning when the temperature is mild and the site relatively uncrowded. A comprehensive tour is provided bringing to life the history of this magnificent ruin. Ruler of the largest empire the world had ever seen, Darius I started constructing the great metropolis to serve as a summer capital in around 512BC. Subsequent Achaemenian kings, including Xerxes I, added their own palaces over the next 150 years. Sited on a vast platform above the plains, Persepolis is not a subtle monument. The Great Porch of Xerxes, flanked by winged bulls of stone, leads you into a massive ruined complex of royal palaces, halls, courts and apartments covered with inscriptions and carvings. A stunning wall of detailed bas-reliefs represents thousands of envoys from as far away as Ethiopia and Armenia, India and Cappadocia, bearing gifts to their almighty ruler. A good three hours is needed to explore Persepolis. A short drive away is the four impressive burial tombs of Darius and his successors, Naghsh-e Rostam, which have been hewn from the rock. There is also a fire temple at the site (or so they believe) – that dates back to Achaemenian times. Returning to Shiraz, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Shiraz.
 
DAY 15 – IRAN – YAZD

We embark on the 425km drive from Shiraz to Yazd, where we cross over the mountains and descend into the vast desert expanse. En route Pasargadae reveals the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty in 500 AD. We continue on to Abarku to witness traditional cisterns, ice-stories and a 4500 year old cypress tree. This is one of several trees in Iran that is sacred, and a popular pilgrimage spot where devotees fasten pieces to its branches. Arrivel and overnight in Yazd.
 
DAY 16 – IRAN – YAZD

Yazd is situated at an oasis where the Dasht-e Kavir Desert and the Dasht-e Lut Deserts meet, and is circled by a mountain range, the tallest being 4075m. During its long history, Yazd adapted to the desert surrounds gracing the city with great Islamic architecture and culture, despite it being a full Zoroastrian society. When exploring the city one gains a sense that time has stopped as there are plenty of old traditions and buildings that retain the character of the bygone era. The chimney like structures on the roofs of Yazdies’ houses is just one example; in fact they are not chimneys but the ancient ventilation systems. They gather even the faintest breezes of the desert and channel them into the building below. Yazd is famous for its handicrafts and in the markets there will be plenty of opportunity to shop for rugs, small but intricate carpets, Kilim, Termeh (a lovely hand-made silk tapestry) pottery and ceramics. Yazd is the holiest city for Zoroastrians who travel from all over the world to see the sacred fire in Yazd that has been burning without interruption for 1500 years. In the outlying southern suburbs of town are the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, where the bodies of believers were once left to the vultures after death. overnight in Yazd.
 
DAY 17 – 18 - IRAN – ISFAHAN

Morning drive to Isfahan (300km), considered to be one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. Our sightseeing will include visits to the Shaking Minarets and the ancient bridges over the Zayande River, some dating back to the 12th century. Many of the bridges have teahouses beneath them and tend to be the Iranian equivalent of the local pub (strictly tea of course). A visit to Isfahan would not be complete without going to Imam Khomeini Square. It is surrounded by two mosques, a palace and the entrance to the Bazaar. In the middle of the square is a lake with a fountain and still in place are polo goal posts at either end. The Masjed-e Imam (or Imam Khomeini Mosque) is the most exquisite example of Mosaic tile work and the most stunning building in Iran. It is completely covered inside and out with the pale blue tiles for which Isfahan is famous. Other sights we plan to visit include Chehel Sotun Museum & Park – this was built in the 17th Century as a reception hall, and has lovely columns made of plane tree with a 110m pool in the front. The Vank Cathedral – built in the 17th century, has an interesting museum attached, and shows the history of the Armenians in the area. Finally, our evenings may be spent at the Abbassi Hotel - a great place to sip on a Farsi Cola and watch the world go by. Alternatively, we may stroll along the banks of the Zayande River, stopping at the many tea houses along the way. Overnight in Isfahan.
 
DAY 19 – IRAN – ISFAHAN - TEHRAN

There is a full morning of free time in Isfahan. Afternoon fly and overnight in Tehran.


DAY 20 – IRAN – TEHRAN

There are many great museums in Tehran. This morning we plan to head to the National Jewels Museum (please note this is only open on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesdays) which will shock you with its ostentatious display of precious jewels, many of which are the largest of their kind, namely the Darya-ye-Nur which at 182 carats is the largest uncut diamond in the world. We will also view the jewelled globe which is covered in 51,363 precious stones. We will spend time visiting the Carpet Museum, which will illustrate the history of Iran, its poets and its myths and the National Museum (or Archaeological Museum) which begins with exhibits dating back to the 5th and 4th Millennium BC and provides a fascinating insight into Persian History. Later in the afternoon, we plan to visit Darband, a delightful mountain area in North Tehran. Darband is accessed by chairlift, by foot or by donkey and time permitting you can climb further up to the flanks of Mount Tochal (3933m). The view, whilst often quite hazy, will nevertheless show the vastness of the Tehran sprawl and the culinary delights waiting at the many cafes will make the hike up well worth it. *Please note that our itinerary in Tehran will depend on current opening times (and days) of the museums and therefore the order of sights and the sights visited may vary accordingly.
Overnight in Tehran.
 
DAY 21 – IRAN – TEHRAN

Free on board in Tehran depent of the fligt transfer to Airport back to home.
Hope to meet agan ther Alsero Travel organisation.
 
TOUR DATES

2015

26 Sep - 16 Oct
09 Oct - 29 Oct
23 Oct - 12 Nov

2016

01 Apr - 21 Apr
22 Apr - 12 May
29 Apr - 19 May
12 Aug - 01 Sep
09 Sep - 29 Sep
24 Sep - 14 Oct
07 Oct - 27 Oct
21 Oct - 10 Nov



   


Terms and Conditions



PRICES                  : Per Person   4.360 EURO  / Single Suplement   980  EURO

CHILD              : Child Non available till 12 years old.

PAYMENT POLICY :

·         Advance payment minimum % 80 non refundable. Rest Payment  90 Days befor tour date.

CANCELLATION POLICY :

·         You have first major justification, to declare with official document ( Healt problem, accident and smilar ) we refund 
          % 20. Payment back date, 90 days  after your request .
·         Non justification cansellation non refundable. As a contract.
·         After the total payment cansellation 61 days befor  tour date. % 80 No Show  penalty. Refund  % 20
·         Cansellation 60 days befor % 100 no Showpenalty . Not refund.


PRICES INCLUDED

·         20 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 2 dinners
·         English speaking tour guide in uzbekistan, turkmenistan and iran and local city guides
·         All internal airfares valued at us$210
·         Accompdation 3 to 5 star hotels on a twinshare basis or best available hotels in more remote towns
·         Internal transport by private bus, jeep or car
·         Arrival – Departure  transfer on day
·         Local sightseeing, including entrance fees to monuments
·         Emergency medical kit
·         Assistance in arranging visas


PRICES NOT INCLUDE   
  

·         Meals not indicated in the itinerary
·         Bottled water
·         Beverages and alcoholic drinks
·         Personel expances such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
·         Tips, gratuities priavate requests.
·         International flights
·         Airport and departure taxes
·         Visas Travel Insurance
 

   


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IRAN TO TURKEY via GEORGIA - ARMENIA

COUNTRY INFORMATION

Central Asia is a land of ancient civilisations. It was in this region that the ancient states of Bactria and Khoresm, Sogd and Parthia thrived. Through these states the famous Great Silk Road passed, linking Europe and Asia. Majestic cities with beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and medressas were erected over thousands of years. Many of them were ruined, but several withstood the conquerors and passing of time, and today stand as monuments, reflecting their former glory. Many of the artistic delights found in Central Asia are comparable with the architectural masterpieces of Egypt, India, China and ancient Greece and Rome. Central Asia makes up over 2% of the world’s land mass. After the collapse of the USSR, five independent states were proclaimed: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The largest deserts and desert-steppes in all of Asia, the mountain massifs of the Tian Shan and the Pamir, caves and rivers are all found here. It is a land of diverse landscapes. Hot deserts give way to oases, valleys of cotton plants, pomegranates, grapes and melons. Immense steppes change smoothly into foothills and rise beyond the clouds to the eternal snows of its highest peaks. Emerald steppes merge into dark-green juniper forests and then, high in the mountains, into the many coloured grasslands of alpine meadows. Iran Seventy million people inhabit this country which is nearly the size of Queensland or a fifth of the United States. It is dominated by three mountain ranges – the fertile and volcanic Sabalan and Talesh ranges, the Zagros range which the runs along the western border and the Alborz range, to the North of Tehran and home to the highest mountain – Damavand (5670m). The Alborz range also has the largest area of vegetation in Iran and the northern slopes are densely covered with deciduous trees. These ranges are also home to many mammals including wolf, jackal, wild boar, hyena, black bear and lynx. The lowlands are inhabited by Persian squirrels, mongoose, Persian gazelle, porcupine, badger and Iranian wild ass. However perhaps the most famous of creatures is the Alborz red sheep with its long black beard and spiralling horns. Ninety percent of the population practice Iran’s brand of fundamentalist Shi’ite Islam and this will be noticed by travellers by the modest dress code and the behaviour at mosques. All Iranian and foreign females appearing in public should cover their head and wear a dress that covers the bodyexcept the face, toes and hands. Men are advised not to wear short sleeves and short pants are strictly forbidden – refer pre-departure notes for full details on dress requirements. Iran has a long history of almost 7000 years since the Aryans emigrated here and gave their name to the land and called it “land of Aryans” or Iran. Achaemenid appeared in 550BC and was the first unified dynasty and until it was conquered by Alexander of Macedonia in 330BC, Iran prospered as the “Great Persian Empire” for more than 2 centuries. There are many landmarks left from the Achaemenian period, most notably in Persepolis. Many other dynasties and monarchies succeeded the country until the Pahlavi, which was demolished in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution, changing Iran from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. There is an enormous diversity of ethnic types in Iran, the majority are descendants of the Aryan tribes.
 
ACCAMODATION

Hotels  are 3 - 4  - 5 stars depend of the tour rute availablety . We have to accomodation treditional
Guest Hauses  ,Ozbek tend , village house , Kervansaray etc. On the route.
 
TOUR ROUTE CLIMATE

The trip operates in April - October when the climate is at its best. Daytime temperatures are
mild to warm and range from 0° to 23° C (32° to 73° F).
In the summer you can expect temperatures from 20° to 35° C (68° to 95° F) in Uzbekistan. The
heat in Uzbekistan is very dry, and much of the sightseeing will be planned in the morning and
late afternoon to account for this.
In Ashgabat, the Kopet-Dag mountain range is about 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the south, and the
northern boundary touches the Kara-Kum desert. Because of this location, Ashgabat has an arid
climate with hot and dry summers and mild and short winters. The average high temperature in
July is 38.2 ° C (100.8 ° F).
Much of Iran has a very harsh climate with great extremes of heat and cold between summer
and winter. With the exception of the northern slopes of the Elburz Mountains and the Caspian
coastlands, rainfall is confined to the winter and spring months. Summers are warm to hot with
almost continuous sunshine.

WHAT YOU CARY

You will be required to carry all your luggage between hotels and transportation. On sightseeing
days you will be required to carry a day pack with your camera, water proof clothing and any
other personal items you may require during the day.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is
provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

VEHICLE SAFETY

During the course of your trip, we will use a variety of vehicles, all which are fit for purpose
and the conditions encountered. It should be noted that laws governing transportation safety
may differ from those in your home country and on occasion some vehicles may not have seat
belts fitted. While game viewing within a national park could be one example. Whilst we do
not include animal rides on most of our trips, there are occasions where it may be possible to
undertake them optionally and to do so is at your own risk. Note that helmets and professional
riding equipment are not available in all circumstances.

   


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IRAN TO TURKEY via GEORGIA - ARMENIA

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booking form and deposit  us. We can also help you with any additional arrangements that you require, such as competitive airfares to get you to your destination, stopovers, pre or post trip accommodation or any additional tours that you wish to take in conjunction with the main Alsero Travel trip.
 
 

   


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