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Ashgabat to Tbilisi Overview
- 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31
Travel overland through Asia and Europe. Visit Georgia and the stans.
Get up close and personal with some of Europe and Asia's most off the beaten track adventures on this overland odyssey through Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. From underground lakes, futuristic cities and ancient desert landscapes to rolling green hills and cobblestone streets, no journey through this unique part of the world is the same.With barely any tourists in site, cross the Capsian Sea in a ferry and head toward the cosmopolitan city of Baku, the quaint villages of Georgia and the regal architecture of Tbilisi. When it comes to one-of-a-kind adventures, they don't come much weirder, or more wonderful than this mind-challengeing, eye opening adventure.
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Begin the adventure in the fantastic, futuristic, and slightly outrageous city of Ashgabat. Learn about how a giant earthquake forever altered both the the psyche of the city's inhabitants and the landscape itself, before browsing the Sunday Market for carpets, jewellery or ex-soviet artefacts.
Travel to the spectacular Kow Ata underground lake. Take a walk around - and perhaps dip a foot into - the incongruously warm waters before continuing on and making camp for the night.
Continue the adventure by boarding an overnight freight ferry and travelling across the Caspian sea toward Azerbaijan. Rusty, rugged but full of memorable moments, this intrepid experience is grassroots adventuring at it's finest
Explore Azerbaijan's rapidly evolving capital. Stroll the Old Town for a hint of the regions medieval past, check out the cosmopolitan cafe culture and be romanced by the leafy parks on the seaside promenade.
Drop by the geologically themed town of Gobustan, known for it's rock art and mud volcanoes.
Continue to the cobblestone streets and forested hills of Sheki. Explore the exquisite Khan's Palace and the Museum of History for a solid dose of Silk Rd heritage.
Cross the border into Georgia and get acquainted by the lush surrounds of the Alazani valley.
Enter into Georgia's famed wine country and spend two days exploring the vineyard clad town of Talavi. Sample unique local drops, and keep an eye out for local traditions such as grape harvests and the keipi (banquet). Then, work off all that wine-tasting by taking a walk to the sixth century Shaumta Monastery, which is beautifully located on an isolated forest hilltop.
End the adventure in Tsbilisi, one of Europe's most regal, yet largely under appreciated cities. Spend free time perusing the fine architecture, and perhaps climb to the top of Narikala Fortress for a view over the surrounding hills.
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