Best Luxury Rail Tours
Jul 22, 2020 · By Vacations By Rail
Tune in as we discuss the lovingly restored rail cars, their well-appointed private cabins, and some of the unforgettable experiences which highlight a luxury rail tour.Read more
2021 Tour code: GE-CODE-21
About the tour
A place where modern culture and some of he world's most ancient architecture meet, the countries surrounding the Caspian Sea are full of wonder. This glimpse at the eastern and western shores of the Sea begins in Armenia in the city of Yerevan. It is here that our tour group meets and the adventure of a lifetime begins.
After an overnight in a comfortable hotel, we journey to the Geghard Monastery, which dates back to the 4th century, and a 1st century Pagan temple. The Golden Eagle awaits for our scenic journey through Armenia, including a look at the gorgeous blue waters of Lake Sevan. There is one final stop in Armenia - Dilijan - before our train crosses the border of Georgia and arrives in Tbilisi. Deep history abounds in this city, and we take the time to explore here and in Telavi, Gori, Uplistsikhe Cave City and Mtskheta before crossing into Azerbaijan. Baku is the first stop once we cross the border, and here, we spend two days exploring the city and its ancient structures, some of which date back to the 11th century. Ashgabat - the "Las Vegas of Kara Kum" - is next on the itinerary, then from here, we pass further into Turkmenistan to Darvaza. The final leg of this amazing journey is spent touring the counties of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Stops at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cities that date back as far as the 6th century, religious sites and other interesting expeditions highlight our time in Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent and Almaty, the final destination of the Caspian Odyssey tour.
Upon arrival at Yerevan International Airport you will be met and transferred to the centrally-located Armenia Marriott Hotel (or similar), where we stay for one night. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at our hotel, whilst you meet your fellow travellers and look forward to the journey across six countries of the South Caucasus region and Central Asia. Why not extend your stay in Yerevan with additional nights before the tour to explore more of the city and region at your leisure?
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