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.

Start
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Finish
Tbilisi, Georgia
Countries
Azerbaijan,
Georgia,
Turkmenistan
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
KDVB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 22
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

Border Information: Welcome to the amazing city of Ashgabat. If joining in Ashgabat, enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat Airport.

There will be a group meeting at 10.00 hrs followed by a trip to Ashgabat's infamous Sunday market.

This wonderful market stretches for hundreds of acres into the desert. Carpets, camels, clothes, pigs, jewelry, goats, cars, chickens, hats and ex soviet military paraphernalia are all readily available. The rest of the afternoon if free to explore this unique modern city. Whilst here we stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Hotel for the night: Ak Altyn

Today is free to explore Ashgabat.

We spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
This morning we have some time to explore Ashgabat. This afternoon we drive (approx 100kms) to the spectacular Kow Ata underground Lake. We will have some time this afternoon to explore this superb lake of clear water naturally heated to about 36°C.

Tonight we will wild camp in this area.
This morning we set off for our drive to Turkmenbashi (approx 470kms). Our itinerary in Turkmenbashi and the Caspian Sea must be flexible as it is very much determined by the sailing times of the local ferries. These are notoriously unpredictable and we must adjust our times both in Turkmenbashi and Baku if the ferry is delayed.

We overnight in a comfortable hotel
From Turkmenbashi we take the ferry across the Caspian Sea to the Azeri Capital, Baku. The boat docks at the city of Baku. Ferry is perhaps a rather misleading word for those used to comfortable holiday boats. Rusty, old and tub are words that might spring to your lips, but there is only one way across the Caspian Sea and beggars can't be choosers.

Overnight in a local hotel.

Please note that if the ferry is delayed we will spend tonight camping near Turkmenbashi.
Free days in Baku to explore the city.

Overnight in a comfortable hotel

Please note that this nightstop may change depending on when the ferry from Turkmenistan departs to Baku port.
Today we have a short drive to Gobuston. Whilst here we visit the Rock art and mud volcanoes that this area is known for. This afternoon we will continue driving visiting local villages along the way.

Tonight we will wild camp overnight.
Today we continue our drive to Sheki (approx 2010kms). Whilst here we will visit the exquisite Khan's Palace and the Museum of History.

Overnight in a hotel.
Border information: Exit Azerbaijan at Balakan, Enter Georgia at Ladodekhi.

Today we cross the border into Georgia. Once the border formalities are over we continue our drive into the lush Alazani valley.

We will wild camp tonight.
Today we head for the beautiful town of Telavi. The afternoon is free to explore this beautiful region famous for it's local white wine.

Overnight in a home stay.

Today we visit the Sixth Century Shaumta Monastery, which is beautifully located on an isolated forested hilltop. There are hundreds of different grapes grown here, and every village has its own particular variety. We will hopefully see some of the local traditions, including grape harvest, wine making, and most importantly, the keipi (banquet), and also visit some of the local vineyards.

Second night in a comfortable homestay.
A short drive brings us to Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. This afternooon is free to explore.

Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Today we will have a guided tour of Tbilisi’s old town, sites include the National Museum, Metekhi Temple and the Sioni Catherdral.

Second night in comfortable local hotel.

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle, Overnight ferry
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Overnight ferry (1 night)

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Important notes

1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend that travellers from these countries book the WESTBOUND itinerary of this trip where some visas can be obtained en route.
2. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
3. Combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details.

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Ashgabat to Tbilisi , October 2015