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Central Asia Tour 26 Days Iran - Armenia - Georgia - Turkey

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            TOUR DATES

                 2016

             11 Apr  -  06 May
             27 Apr  -  22 May
             09 May -  03 Jun
             12 Sep  - 07 Oct
             30 Sep  - 25 Oct

CHILD NON AVAILABLE TILL 11 YEARS OLD

CENTRAL ASIA TOUR (26 Days) IRAN - ARMENIA - GEORGIA- TURKEY

CODE           : TOUR 4
PRICES        : Per Person 4.900 EURO/   Single Suplement :  1080 EURO
CHILD          : 
Child Non available till 11 years old.

TOUR ROUTE

IRAN            : Tehran - Tabriz - Urmieh
ARMENIA     : Kapan – Jermuk – Yerevan – Garni – Gakhard     
GEORGIA     : Tibilisi - Mtskhta – Bakuriana
TURKIYE      : Kars – Dogubeyazit – Van –Diyarbakir – Urfa – Adiyaman – Nemrut - Kahramanmaras - Cappadocia – Istanbul                                            


 
DAY 1 – TEHRAN
Meeting at the airport transfer to hotel. Arrange a briefing for group and given all information about  grand tour during the meal time . The afternoon visiting the former Shah’s palace, and onto Darband, a mountain area North of Tehran. Darband is accessed by chairlift, by foot or by horse or dankey. Climb further up to the flanks of Mount Tochal (3933m). The view, generally quite hazy, will nevertheless show the vastness of the Tehran sprawl and the culinary delights awaiting at the many cafes will make the hike up well worth it.
**Please not that tour itinerary in Tehran will depend on current opening days and times can be changed depend of the of the museums. We have other wariant for itinarary .
 
DAY 2 – TEHRAN
After breakfast stard to visit the best museums of Tehran. The National Jewels Museum will impress 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). Also the jewelled globe which is covered in 51,363 precious stones. After  visit the Carpet Museum, essential for those planning to purchase a carpet during their visit, but also to illustrate the history of Iran, its poets and its myths. After lunch we plan to visit the National Museum or Archaeological Museum which begins with exhibits dating back to the 5th and 4th Millenium BC and provides a fascinating insight into Persian History.
 
DAY 3 – TEHRAN – ALBROZ MONTAINS – ASSASINS CASTLE
After breakfast we drive via the city of Qazvin to the Alborz mountains. Quazvin is one of the oldest city of Iran, itwas the capital of the Safevi goverment. Once we reach the picturesque cherry growing village of Gazor Khan we walk to the Alamut Castle. Alamut Castle is a famous fortress site and the views from the top are unmissable.. Overnight  in the Zarabad village in a local house where we have  experience the warmth of the Iranian hospitality.
 
DAY 4 –  MASULEH- QUAL’EH RUDKHAN VILLAGE 
After the treditional breakfast  we drive to Rudkhan village it takes 4 hour hike to "Roodkhan Castle". It was building by Seljuk Sultans.  The surrounds are certainly picturesque as we make our way up through pebble studded stairs and on to a trail head to access the castle. You can take a many  architectural photo attractive towers and arches. After our hiking we drive to Masuleh for overnight accommodation. Masuleh is one of Iran's most beautiful villages. Set into a steep hillside it is surrounded by forests and a favourite pass time is to take tea and nargile on the tea terraces.
 
DAY 5  –  LAKE URUMIYEH LAKE – CASPIAN SEA
We drive to Urumiyeh via the Caspian Sea. We will overnight close by in Sareyn, it is a small thermal resort which is the to consist solely of earthquiakeat 1990.  which attracts Iranians during the summer for the healing properties of the mineral waters in Sareyn. Also Sayen is anaunce with famoos soup 'Ashe Doogh’  and locak honeys. Sabalan Mountainis (4811m) high sits on the plains above the village. Overnight in Sareyn.
 
DAY 6  –  TABRIZ  
Tabriz is a large, sprawling city with a population of over 1 million. Once Persia's national capital, Tabriz came into its own in the mid 1400's when the city saw a remarkable growth in arts and architecture, culminating in the beautiful and impressive Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). Afternoon is at leisure to wander the fascinating bazaar which covers 7 square kms with 24 separate caravanserais and 22 timches (domed halls).
 
DAY 7  –  TABRIZ  - KANDOVAN ROCKY VILLAGE
Today you will  make unfogetable tour. visit Kandovan in East Azarbaijan – a volcanic region where rocks were formed from lava, known as Troglodyte. It is believed that wind over time formed the cylindrical shaped cones of rock that the area is well known for. Kandovan is also well known for it's cliff dwellings, some as old as 700 years and ore, many of them are still inhabited by village people.After lunch visit the Azarbaijan museum, Jame mosque,  Blue mosque, and Bazar. Overnight in Tabriz.

DAY 8  –  ARMENIA - KAPAN 
After breakfast drive to Armenia İranian – Armenian border 70 km from Tabriz it take approximately 1,5 hour .via Meghri-Nordoz. Drive  via Jolfa – a town which is split into 2 parts.
one part is in Iran and the other part is in Azebaijan. Visit St. Stephen’s church of 14 C – which has been listed as by UNESCO  since 2008. On arrival to the border we made official formalities and meeti with  our Armenian guide and driver. The end of the custom formalities continue to Armenia Kapan city.  Arrivel and overnighjt in Kapan
Remarks :( Iran – Armenia border around  1km stretch and no any porter. You have to carry your luggage  we advice to take roll-on luggage.)
 
DAY 9  –  ARMENIA – JERMUK
After breakfast continiu to Jermuk distance  from Kapan 261 Km it takes around 5 hours.We arrive  to Tatev village, en-route and we drive through Vorotan canyon - the deepest canyon in Armenia  almost 1000 meters depth. At the bottom of the canyon we will see the Devil’s Bridge – an amazing geological monument located on the Vorotan river. We then visit Tatev Monastery located on the edge of Vorotan Canyon. This was one of the most prominent religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. visit Karahunge – local Stone Henge, believed to be an ancient observatory (around 7500 yrs old) and a worship site for ancient people. Overnight in Jermuk.
 
DAY 10  –  ARMENIA – JERMUK -  YEREVAN
Today we will go to Yerevan  distence from Jermuk 232 Km it takes 4 hours. But befor the departure we have explore the famous spa and resort town of Jermuk, located at an altitude of approximately 2200m above sea level. Tehere are rich forests Surrounded on the mountains Jermuk attracts numerous tourists and holiday makers from abroad also  from different citiesfrom Armenia. Jermuk considered  place to relaxing and improve health, peoples take tharmal treatment with  thermal wather and drik  the  special mineral waters here. We also visit waterfall in Jermuk canyon and the Mineral Water Gallery . We arrive to Noravank monastery with its intricate carvings. The gorge of Noravank is a place of natural beauty, rich with beautiful multi-colored rocks. We take a beak time  in Areni village,anounced the wine capital of Armenia.  visit a farmer family  winery to sample the local wine. We continue to  Ararat and  visit Khor Virap Monatery   it is located at the foot of biblical Montain Ararat. Arrivel and overnight in Yerevan
 
DAY 11  –  ARMENIA – YEREVAN
Today we will visit all the major sights in Armenian capital. We will explore Erebuni fortress it was buld by Urartu Kings , visit the museum of Urartu, Manuscript Museum, which hosts one of the biggest depositories of ancient manuscripts in the world. Nive panorama view of the city from the Victory Park, where Mother Armenia statue is located. You will have missing to test organic fruits and vegetables in the bazaar. we will take a trip to the religious capital of Armenia, the town of Echmiadzin after noon. Visit archeological site of Zvartnots Cathedral, which is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture of the 7th century. This area is world heritage site by UNESCO. come to visit main Cathedral of Echmiadzin – the residence of the Armenian Catholicos overnight in Yerevan.

DAY 12  –  ARMENIA – YEREVAN – GARNI – GAGHARD
Today drive to Garni distence from Yerevan 80 Km , visit Garni pagan temple, the only pagan temple remaining from the pre-Christian period.  It was a summer residence of the Armenian kings located in a picturesque place overlooking a deep canyon. Visit medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard Cave Monastery, this monastery were carved out of solid rock and possess exceptional acoustics. The monastic complex received its name after the Holy Lance. After daily tpur return beck and  overnight in Yerevan.

DAY 13  –  ARMENIA – SEVAN LAKE & MONASTERY – GEORGIA
Today we complate Armenia tours and arrivel to Georgia Tibilisi. Distence 20 km it takes approximately 5 hour.
In the morning we will head towards Lake Sevan - the “Pearl of Armenia”, which is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world located at 1900m. 940 QM.  78 km X 56 km .There is fresh-water and lake is surrounded with snow-covered mountains. Here we visit a 9th century
Sevan monastery, perched on a cliff above the lake. There is  is a wonderful view and panaroma  of the lake. We continue to the beautiful rolling valley framed by the mountains of the Lesser Caucasus. We explore the resort town of Dilijan National Park. Visit the old town, which still preserves 19-century housing, shopping time at thr ceramicist’s studios. Driving via the deep gorge of the Debed River, we reach the monastery of Haghpat. İt was bulid 991 AC. By king Smbat. Halghpat Monater is a typical sample of ten’ th century Armenian architecture.
Afternoon Driving to Armenian-Georgian border at Sadakhlo .  we meet our new guide for Georgian tour. continue to Tbilisi by bus with new guide . Overnight in Tbilisi.

DAY 14  –  GEORGIA – TIBILISI
Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, population is around 1.5 million. Located two part of the Kura River.  We stard to explore the city in the morning. Visit old city with its narrow streets and religious and secular architecture. There are  a mix of buildings – Kashveti, churches, anchiskhati basilica, synagogues, mosques, as well as famous 19th century houses with wooden full -colored balconies, visit the stunning treasury of the Georgian National Historical Museum. Narikala Fortres, and catle,  Free time and  overnight in Tbilisi.
 
DAY 15  –  GEORGIA – MTSKHTA – BAKURIANA.
Today we will visit the ancient capital and religious centre of Georgia – Mtskheta destince from Tbilis 270 Km approx. 5,5 hours.Mtskheta locates East part of Georgia and builded intersectrion of two rivers,  which is 3000 years old we will see Svetitskhoveli Cathedral where the Robe of Christ is buried and Jvari church. Mtskheta center of the Georgia Ortodoks because Georgian çivil accept to Christianty 317 AC in the Mtskhite city. We continue to Kartli region, visit Uplistsikhe – the ancient cave town,( 1st millennium BC), located on the legendary Silk Road. En-route to Bakuriani we visit the fascinating Stalin museum. Overnight in Bakuriana..
 
DAY 16  –  GEORGIA – BAKURIANI – TURKEY -  KARS
Today we arrive other counry to Turkey distence from Bakuriani snf Turkish Border 245 Km. Visit on the route ,monastery complex of Vardzia, carved out of a cliff-face. Vardzia was the main seminary for South-West Georgia from the 12th centr..Queen Tamar was liwing here. Continue to the Georgian – Turkish border – Vale ( Posof Custom  at Turkish side). After passport control and custom mofficial formalities we meet our new guide and bus than continue to Kars. Distence from  Posof Border to Kars 150 Km  it takes 2,20 hours. Arrivel and overight in Kars.

DAY 17  – TURKEY – DOGUBEYAZIT
We explore tos side of Ani. Kars was capital of the Armanian Kingdom ( Pakradinu Kings ) in the middle  10 th centry. Many difference etnihsites  lived togather they are differnce culture and religions.
The remains of the ruined city include several churches as well as the shell of the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque. There are also some exciting remains of frescoes in the Church of St Gregory (Tigran Honentz) despite having been exposed to the elements for centuries. We spend the afternoon touring Kars with visits to the Twelve Apostles Church and Kars Castle. We then transfer to Dogubeyazit via Igdir Distance Kars – Dogıbeyazit 178 Km aarivel and overnight in Dogubeyazit.

DAY 18  – TURKEY –VAN
Dogubeyazit – Van distance 190 Km . After breakfast visit the Ishak Pasha Palace, an Ottoman Palace which dates back to the 18th century. Continue to Van, stopping at Muradiye Waterfalls. Drive to Van Lake panaroma. Van lake is the biggest lake in Turkey.  3.755 Mq. 170 m. Deep. In the afternoon visit the Castle of TuspaTuspa  means Tu-us-pa by Urartu language and it was capital of the Urartu King, untill the end of the Urartu Kings 9 Centry BC. Visit Akdamar Manastery in Van lake. This Monastert renoveted by Turkish Goverment and open to worship.. overnightin in Van.

DAY 19  – TURKEY – DIYARBAKIR
Next stop on our tour is Diyarbakir, distence from Van 380 Km  drive approx. 6 hours. Diyarbakir, known in ancient times as Amida, has been a cradle of 26 civilizations during its 5000-year history. The city is spread across a basalt plateau close to the banks of the Tigris River. The black basalt triple walls, which encircle the old town, give the city a rather ominous appearance. Overnight in Diyarbakır.
 
DAY 20  – TURKEY – URFA
After breakfastvisit Ulu Camii (the Great Mosque). This piece of history, which was built in 1179 by Melik Nasreddin Mehmet, is an Ottoman piece from the second half of 14th century, visit Diyarbakir Castle, the Virgin Mary Church and Keldani Church. After lunch we will drive to Urfa Distence from Diyarbakir 190 Km Arrivel Urfa and stard to short city tour. Urfa is idendified as the bithplace of the proohet Abraham which is commemorated by a mosque in the city, and as the birthplace of Job.  According to the traditional, Nimrod had Abraham immolated on a funeral pyre, but God turned the fire into water and the burning coals into fish. You lievd from  Urfa with unfogetable memorise.
Urfa was conquered repeatedly throughout history, and many civilizations, lived till now. the Ebla, Akkadians, Babylonians, Hittites  Sumerians, , Hurris, Armenians, Mittannis, Assyrians, Persians,  Chaldeans, Medes, Macedonians, Seleucids, Arameans, Osrhoenes, Romans, Sassanids, Byzantines, Crusaders. Seljuks, Ottomans and today Turkish. Urfa treditional nights wery famous ( Sira Gecesi ) Never forget to test Urfa treditional kebas and other meals. Overnight in Urfa

DAY 21   – TURKEY – URFA – ADIYAMAN – NEMRUT
After breakfast short visit in Urfa than  drive to Harran. Harran is the ancient city mentioned in the Old Testament, legends surrounding the city go back to the beginning of man and it is said that Adam and Eve set foot here when they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Nowadays it is famous for its “beehive houses”. Afterwards we will drive to Nemrut Mountain. Hike to the summit of the Mt. Nemrut (one of the most popular UNESCO world cultural heritage sites), watching the sunrise, be amazed by the colossal heads and statues of ancient deities, as you step into mythology. There we will hire small mini-buses to drive up the mountain. This extraordinary landmark rests at an elevation of 8000 ft. The mountain top complex is composed of two flattened areas strewn with statues and separated by a false peak of crushed rock. Antiouchus built the entire complex approximately 2000 years ago as a monument to his divine ancestry. Also definitely take time to visit the old castle, Arsemeia, cross over the still functioning Cendere Bridge (Septimius Severus bridge) dating all the way back to the 3rd century and Tumulus Tomb of Karakus. Then drive back to the hotel overnight in Kahta.
 
DAY 22   – TURKEY – KAHTA- KAHRAMAN MARAS – CAPPADOCIA.
Today we  drive to Cappadocia it distence from Kahta to Cappadocia 520 Km approximately 9 hours by bus . Via Kahramanmaras city which is known for quality of their ice cream and for its Salep, a hot drink made with flour from the tubers of the orchid. Afterwards we continue to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is undeniably a nature fantasy and it almost feels like another planet with its exceptional geological formations. In this creation of Nature, the curiosity of the landscapes is added to the historical richness. Wind, rain and frost have sculpted this superb scenery in the volcanic rock during millions of years. The region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes. The rocks of Cappadocia eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and forms. We spend the next two nights in Cappadocia and explore the landscape of this wonder of nature. Arrivel and overnight in Cappadocia.
 
DAY 23   – TURKEY – CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia means beatiful Horses cauntry. Cappadocia is an extraordinary geological area of central Turkey - reminiscent of a lunar landscape pitted with small volcanic craters, vast barren plateaus and steep jagged cliffs. Only an occasional oasis laying low in semi fertile valleys fed by mineral laden volcanic soil breaks its moonlike landscape. In the morning we start today’s first activity and walk out to explore one of the most beautiful valleys in Cappadocia. The Christian people at the heart of the Cappadocia realized that the soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches and monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post iconoclastic period. The frescoes inside the Goreme Open Air Museum are a unique artistic achievement from this period. After visiting the Goreme open air Museum we start our walking in the Meskendir Valley. We follow the path which is full with old Cave houses and complexes from the old Christian civilization. From the Meskendir Valley we cross over to the Red Valley, the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia with its spectacular formations and colours. In Red Valley it is possible, depending on walking pace and time, to visit some hidden churches like the Uzumlu church (Grape church / Red Valley), the hidden Cross Church and the Church of the Three Crosses (Rose Valley). These churches have been carved out of the cliff face, although it is not definite, the common believe is that these churches date back to the 8/9th century. The decorative reliefs and frescoes are added in the 10/11th Century. After walking through the Red and Rose valleys we will arrive in Cavusin, where our vehicle is waiting to drive us to Avanos. Cavusin itself is one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia Area; a small village made up of rock cut dwellings and elegantly carved stone houses. Walking time: 3/4 h; Walking Distance: 8 km; Ascent: 82m; Descent: 134m; (Meskendir Valley & Red Valley) (NOTE: it is possible very early this morning, weather permitting and subject to availability, to take a hot air balloon flight over the Cappadocia region. Additional cost applies; book locally) Optional Activity: Pottery shaping The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery; it is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kizilirmak has always been used. We will take time to visit one of the Pottery studios and you will try to shape by your own. Optional Activity: Turkish bath (Hamam) In the late afternoon or in the evening it is optional possible to try a traditional Turkish bath, better known as Hamam. The Hamam combines the functionality and the structural elements of its predecessors in Anatolia, the Roman thermal and Eastern Roman baths, with the central Asian Turkish tradition of steam bathing, ritual cleansing and respect of water. Overnight in Cappadocia.
 
DAY 24   – TURKEY – CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
This morning we explore one of the most beautiful valleys in Cappadocia on foot. The soft rocks of the region have been carved out to form houses, churches and monasteries. These sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art and are displayed throughout the Goreme Open Air Museum. After visiting the Museum we start walking in the Meskendir Valley, crossing over to the beautiful Red Valley with its spectacular formations and colours. In the Red Valley it is possible, depending on walking pace and time, to visit some hidden churches that have been carved out of the cliff face and are thought to have originated in the 8/9th century. We continue walking via the Rose Valley back to Cavusin, where our vehicle will be waiting for us. We will drive to Avanos, well known for ts production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district dates back several centuries. We will visit one of the pottery studios and if time permits we can try to shape our own sample. In the late afternoon we will drive to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for our flight to Istanbul (schedule subject to change and availability). On arrival in Istanbul we will transfer to our hotel for overnight. After having breakfast we drive to the trailhead point at the beginning of the Akvadi (The White Valley). We will walk along this valley following an old river bed, used today for vineyards. Especially a special section at the beginning of the valley is worth seeing. At noon we will arrive in Uchisar village to visit the high viewpoint known as “The fortress”. Many rooms hollowed out into the Rock, are connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. The top of the Citadel provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. Afterwards we continue to Urgup where the afternoon is at leisure. Urgup is one of the most important centres in Cappadocia. Urgup was a bishopric of the rock cut churches and monasteries found in the villages, valleys and towns around Urgup. In the 11th century Urgup was an important citadel connection with Nigde and Konya, important towns of Seljuks. Today Urgup is known for its famous wines and cafes. In Urgup we will take time to relax a while and to taste traditional cup of Turkish tea. The afternoon is free to explore Urgup with its small shops and pleasant cafes on your own way. Walking time: 2 h; Walking Distance: 6 km; Ascent: 280m; Descent: 0m; (Akvadi White Valley) In the late afternoon we drive to the Kayseri airport and fly to Istanbul (approx. 1 hour, 80kms, Cappadocia – Kayseri). A transfer representative will welcome us at the airport and drive us to our hotel in Istanbul. (Transfer time approx. 30 min.; 18 kms, Istanbul Ataturk International airport - hotel.)Overnight in Istanbul.
 
 DAY 25   – TURKEY –ISTANBUL
Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was the hub of the Ottoman Empire, and many of the grand buildings of this period are present today. The markets too, have changed little from early times - a chaotic mix of goods and wares brought by people near and far to trade. Visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, hippodrome square (obelisks), Basilica Cistern all are located in the old part of town. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4000 shops. It is humming with activity and is definitely worth a visit . Overnight in Istanbul.
 
DAY 26   – TURKEY –ISTANBUL
Today visit Dolmabakve Palas, Egyp Bazaar, Pier loti , Eyup Sultan Mosque. And Bosphorus tour by boat. Overnight in Istanbul
 
DAY 27   – RETURN BACK TO HOME
Free on board depend of thr fligt time. Transfer to Airport back to home.
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TOUR DATES
2015
04 Sep - 09 Oct

2016
11 Apr - 06 May
27 Apr - 22 May
09 May – 03 Jun
12 Sep - 07 Oct
30Sep - 25 Oct

   


Terms and Conditions


CENTRAL ASIA TOUR (26 Days) IRAN - ARMENIA - GEORGIA- TURKEY


PRICES                  : Per Person   4.900 EURO   /  Single Suplement   1080  EURO

                                Child non available till 11 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 just  
          % 20. Payment back date, 90 days  after your request .
·         Non justification cansellation non refundable. As a contract.
·         After the total payment cancellation 61 days befor  tour date. % 80 No Show  penalty. Refund  % 20
·         Cancellation 60 days befor % 100 no Show penalty . Not refund.


PRICES INCLUDED

·         25 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 2 dinners
·         English speaking tour guide in uzbekistan, turkmenistan and iran and local city guides
·         All internal airfares valued at usd $210
·         Accompdation 3 to 5 star  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


PRICES NOT INCLUDE
     

·         Meals not indicated in the itinerary
·         Bottle 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
 

   


Terms and Conditions


CENTRAL ASIA TOUR (26 Days) IRAN - ARMENIA - GEORGIA- TURKEY

COUNTRY INFORMATIONS

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 body except 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. Turkey - Turkey is a natural bridge between the two worlds of the West and the Orient. It displays an amazing diversity in its geography, geology and climate, varying from extremes such as the subtropical forest of the Black Sea coast to the evergreen pine forests of the Mediterranean, snow capped mountains, rolling steppe and rich agricultural valleys.
Cappadocia is a surreal landscape of conical shaped, limestone formations. Its contrasting moonscapes and valleys filled with rock-hewn churches and dwellings and fairy chimneys are nestled under the snow-capped mountains of Mount Aergius. It is primarily an agricultural region due to its rich, mineral laden soil; however, much wealth is generated from its famous carpet weaving and tourism. Turkey’s population is nearing 70 million. More than 95% of the population is Islamic. The original nomadic people, the Yoruk, or Black Tent Dwellers, still keep their original culture and way of life, alternating between the summer and winter pastures of the Taurus Mountains. Their Mongolian faces can distinguish them and they commonly wear loose baggy trousers, as they do in other regions of Central Asia. Bordered by the Caucasus to the north and the Black Sea to the west, Georgia has always been somewhat of a cultural crossroads. Regaining independence with the break up of the USSR in 1991, followed by turbulent times in the early 90’s, Georgia has now emerged as a much more stable, independent state. Georgia has much to offer in terms of natural beauty, history and culture. Situated in the Mtkvari River valley, Tbilisi is the capital with a population of approx. 1.5 million, and is a vibrant and interesting city. Highlights of a visit to Tbilisi include a stroll around the charming old town, a visit to the sulphur baths, the superb artistry of the gold and silver work in the treasuries of the Janashia and art museums, and of course the delicious Georgian cuisine found in the many restaurants. Armenia’s borders once stretched as far as the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea, and many of its significant monuments including the Christian city of Ani in Turkey and many Christian churches in Iran now lie beyond Armenia’s present day borders. Existing and maintaining its identity in a hostile environment for much of its colourful and tragic history, Armenians value education and books above everything else. In the early 1900’s Young Turks of the Ottoman Empire committed genocide when they killed approximately 1.5 million Armenians, in 1988 an earthquake in the north killed an estimated 50,000 people. Despite its small size Armenia has natural resources including gold, copper and precious stones. The capital of Yerevan sits on the Ararat Plain with uninterrupted and stunning views of Mt Ararat in Turkey. The centre of Yerevan is a delightful place to take an evening stroll whilst deciding which of the many barbecue restaurants to eat in.

ACCAMODATION

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

TOUR ROUTE CLIMATE

The trip operates in April and May and between August and November when the climate is at its best. Daytime temperatures are mild to warm and range from zero to 23 degrees Celsius during this time.

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.

   


Terms and Conditions


CENTRAL ASIA TOUR (26 Days) IRAN - ARMENIA - GEORGIA- TURKEY

HOW TO BOOK

To book a Alsero Travel  trip, you will need to complete a booking form and pay a non
refundable deposit which you can do by using our online booking function for most trips, or
if you prefer, download a booking form from the website and return to us by fax, or mail your
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.




   


Terms and Conditions



Central Asia Tour 26 Days Iran - Armenia - Georgia - Turkey


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