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Persian Caravan

Departing: Muscat, Oman - 26 days
Countries visited: UAE, Oman, Iran, Armenia & Georgia

Set off aboard our Persian Caravan from Muscat into the heart of a region rich in fable and legend, its many-faceted travel pleasures will be revealed one country at a time.

  

 

Itinerary

Note: This journey is also available in the opposite direction, Tbilisi to Muscat. Please contact one of our Travel Advisors for dates and more information.

Days 1-5. Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman
From the moment this journey unfolds in Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman we know that we are in for a treat. The sultanate occupies a desert region on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula at the confluence of Arabic, Asian and African trade routes. In the capital you uncover ancient watchtowers guarding the bustling port where dhows go about their business, and in the bazaar the distinctive aroma of frankincense conjures up images of slave markets and exotic spice trading from long ago. 

Following the coast, past inviting wadi oases which offer a welcome break from the inhospitable terrain, you veer inland for Wahiba Sands, a seemingly impenetrable mountain range of sand dunes to locate a Bedouin camp. Farther on, there are mountain villages around Nizwa and Jebel Akhdar where life goes on much as it has for centuries. Afterwards, travel through the desert to Dubai, with its futuristic towers of silver and glass glistening in the bright sunlight. 

 
Days 6-16. Across the Persian Gulf for Persia's ancient cities
From Dubai you sail across the Persian Gulf to Iran, and travel to Yazd, one of the world's oldest cities. Once important for the Zoroastrian faith the old town retains much of its original character, and is noted for its fine confectionary and woven silks. Striking mountain scenery leads to the ruins of the 6th century city of Pasargadae, which are later surpassed by Persepolis - originally constructed by Darius the Great and destroyed by Alexander the Great. Its ruins still tell the story of the glory and power of the Achaemenid Empire. 

The road leads on to Shiraz - the city of poets, before you feast your eyes on the glittering domes, astonishing mosaics and intricate bridges in the magical city of Isfahan. In Tehran, discover a bustling modern metropolis and excellent museums. Near Tabriz, see the remarkable bee-hive type dwellings and unique handicrafts of Kandovan village. 

Days 17-26. Unforgettable Caucasus Nations
Across the Armenian border you will be treated to magnificent mountain views. At Goris you have the opportunity to inspect troglodyte dwellings in the surrounding peaks, then seek out ancient cliff top monasteries and quaint villages before discovering a stout stone caravanserai which once sheltered silk traders and their livestock as they traversed the high mountain passes. Winding through the Ararat Valley to Yerevan, the national capital, there's time to try 'dolma' - Armenia's famous dish of stuffed vine leaves. A visit to Echmiadzin - Armenia's first church and cathedral - is a must! A reminder that this is the first country in the world to embrace Christianity as its official religion. 

In Georgia, you find Mtskheta its ancient capital and the site of the first Georgian Orthodox church. By contrast you visit Gori, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin, the revered or feared former head of the Soviet Union - depending on your outlook. Uplistsikhe offers a splendid rock-hewn settlement well known to travellers on the Silk Road, while the fortified city of Sighnaghi, now the country's wine centre, has been restored to its original glory, and offers panoramic views of the Caucasus Mountains. 

Back in the elegant, atmospheric capital of Tbilisi you have the opportunity to reflect on the unique cuisines, amazing culture, and fascinating history of this amazing country on your final night. 

Note: Please see our Journey Itinerary for important information on dress standards for female travellers. Iranian law, enforced at border crossings requires all female travellers to comply with minimum standards during their stay.

 

Essentials

Transfers
Arrival transfers are included once you have begun your journey. Please refer to the Journey Itinerary for more information.

Accommodation
Hotels - 22 nights (twin share)
Desert Camp - 1 night (twin share)
Train - 2 nights


Meals
Many breakfasts (22) are included.

Travel by
Train: There are 3 rail sectors on this journey;
- Bandar-e-Abbas to Yazd (Day train)  
- Tehran to Tabriz (1 night)
- Yerevan to Tbilisi (1 night)
Ferry: From Dubai to Iran.


Sightseeing
The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included in the prices shown.

Visas
Are required for Oman, Iran, Armenia and Georgia. Sundowners Overland will provide full visa support including detailed visa guidelines. Some exemptions apply for Armenia and Georgia.