Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
Baku to Samarkand (2 weeks)
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*31. AUGUST: BAKU (LEG 7 FINISH/LEG 8 START)

 

Today is the end of yet another leg. As soon as you have your flight booked let us know so that we can pick you up/drop you off at the airport.

 


  1. SEPTEMBER: BAKU - ALAT

 

For the newcomers on this trip we will have a day to explore Baku and the places of interest around. In the evening we will drive to the port of Alat where we will camp and wait for the ferry that will take us across the Caspian Sea. 

 

Accommodation: We will most likely pitch our tents at the port while we wait for our unscheduled ferry to arrive, unload and then take us over to Turkmenistan.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER ALAT - TURKMENBASHI

 

Today (fingers crossed), we will go on a 10-18 hour boat ride from Alat to Turkmenbashi. Once on the boat you will be assigned to your sleeping cabins. There is also a restaurant (and most vessels will have meals included) but we will make sure to stock up on food beforehand to be on the safe side.

 

Accommodation: Included sleeper cabin in the cargo ferry

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: TURKMENBASHI/ YANGIKALA

 

There are no schedules, but most likely we will arrive early morning and the program for the day will be depending on how long the border formalities take. 

If customs and immigrations are cleared quickly then we will drive to Yangikala Canyon and then continue towards Ashgabat, and if not then we will just spend the night by the crater. If time permits we will also visit Kemal Ata where desert erosion and dried up lava have created lots of "stone balls".

Accommodation: You will either have an included stay at a simple guesthouse in Turkmenbashi or we will drive towards Ashgabat and find a place to make camp in the desert.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: YANGIKALA-ASHGABAT (500km/6hrs)

 

We will wake up with the sun and start our long journey towards Ashgabat. We will break up the journey with a visit to the Kow Ata Underground Lake, about one hour from Ashgabat where we can escape the heat and have a swim. 

Accommodation: You will either have an included stay in town (Hotel Aziya or similar) or you can opt to camp at the Alaja Farm 30kilometers away where you can go horse riding.

  1. SEPTEMBER: ASHGABAT

 

After breakfast we will do some sightseeing including a visit of the Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Earthquake Memorial and the Turkmenbashi Mosque Mausoleum.

Accommodation: You will either have an included stay in town (Hotel Aziya or similar) or you can opt to camp at the Alaja Farm 30kilometers away where you can go horse riding.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: ASHGABAT - DARAVAZA

 

We will have the morning to do some more exploring in Ashgabat before we drive on some rough roads to Daravaza where we will set up camp before dark. We will bring some marshmellows and try to use some spare tent poles to roast them over this massive gas crater.

 

Accommodation: Bushcamping next to the gas crater

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: DARAVAZA - NUKUS

 

Early morning we will sett of to Khojeyli where we will clear customs and immigration on the Turkmenistan, before crossing into Uzbekistan. We will arrive in Nukus, which is the sixth largest city in Uzbekistan and an interesting place to spend some time, particularly at the Igor Savitzky museum, which houses 82,000 items, ranging from antiquities from Khorezm to Karakalpak folk art, Uzbek fine art, and, uniquely, the second largest collection of Soviet and Russian art in the world after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

Accommodation: There will be lots of cheap places to stay in Nukus, and also the possibility to camp for free along the river.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: NUKUS - MOYNAQ/ARAL SEA

 

After a nights rest in Nukus, we will drive 200kilometers north to Moynaq, where there is a monument at the place where the fourth largest lake in the World used to be, but where there today is just a ship graveyard in the desert. We will have a couple of hours to walk around and take pictures with the shipwrecks before continuing to an old caravan town called Khivah (after Khi Vagh which means 'what a delight'). The town is famous for its good water and its beautiful minaret tower.

Accommodation: We will stay in a guest house in Urgench, which is a lot cheaper than staying in Khiva. 

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: URGENCH - KIR KIZ QALA

 

Today we will take our time in the morning to go shopping and prepare for the bush camping ahead. We will drive through and take some pictures at Toprak Kala fortress and camp either near Fort Ayaz Qala or Kir Kiz Qala.

 

Accommodation: Bush camping with beautiful star sky.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: KIR KIZ QALA - BUKHARA

 

In the morning after we have packed up our tents, we will set off to Bukhara where the city center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its a lovely town with a good market for souvenir shopping.

 

Accommodation: We will stay in a guest house or drive to Tudakul Lake where we can clean some trash to make it a nice campsite by the lake.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: BUKHARA - TERMEZ 

 

Today will be a long day driving almost 500km down to Termez where we can see an old Buddhist stupa, a mausoleum right at a place overlooking Afghanistan. 

 

Accommodation: We will stay in a guest house which should cost around 15$ per night.

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: TERMEZ - SAMARKAND

 

After a relaxed morning, we will set off to the final destination of this trip leg. The city of Samarkand used to be the seat of the Timur Empire and there are mosques and madrassas with lots of beautiful mosaic tiles. 

 

Accommodation: We will stay in a very friendly guest house where we will be welcomed with tea and snacks. In the morning, you will get breakfast which is packed with fresh fruits and delights. 

 

  1. SEPTEMBER: SAMARKAND

 

Today we will have time to explore Registan together. In the evening we can go to a local club to celebrate the end of yet another trip leg.

 

Accommodation: We will stay in the same guesthouse as the night before.



  1. SEPTEMBER: SAMARKAND (LEG 8 FINISH/LEG 9 START)

 

Today is the last day of the eighth VA trip leg. As soon as you have your flight booked let us know so that we can pick you up/drop you off at the airport.

 

Accommodation: We will stay in the same guesthouse as the night before.