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Kingdoms and Cultures of Eurasia by Private Jet tour
Basque Country Berat Kingdoms and Cultures of Eurasia by Private Jet Trip

Kingdoms and Cultures of Eurasia by Private Jet

TCS World Travel
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
23 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Fly direct in our private jet so you can make the most of every destination
  • Explore Lisbon
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Merv Oasis
  • Explore the splendid Masjed e-Shah
  • Enjoy tour to the Fin Garden, a 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage
  • Experience 4x4 safari to mountain landscapes of Wadi Khab Al Shamsi
  • Enjoy scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Berat
  • Discover the spectacular painted monasteries of Bucovina
  • Visit the San Telmo Museum
  • Embark on a cruise along the clear waters of the Douro River

Short Description

Leave the beaten path behind on this extraordinary journey across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Discover nine emerging destinations where storied pasts mingle with intriguing futures. Bask in the shadows of lost empires in the Silk Road oasis of Merv, Turkmenistan, which connected Europe and Africa to the Far East, and marvel at the Persian-Islamic architecture in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Explore Spain’s Basque heritage, experience the Douro Valley’s acclaimed wine culture and discover the hidden gems of Eastern Europe.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lisbon
End City Lisbon
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Itinerary

Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Begin your journey in Lisbon. Once the heart of the world’s largest seafaring empire, contemporary Lisbon is a spirited city of Gothic cathedrals, palaces and monasteries. Take in the ebullient character of the Lisbonites as you stroll around the historic city center, or visit one of the many independent art galleries. If rest and relaxation are your preference, spend the day as the locals do, passing the time at a café with a good book and bica (strong black coffee). In the evening, meet your fellow guests and expedition leaders at a welcome dinner.

Days 2-3: Vilnius, Lithuania

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square

Join your expert local guide for a fascinating discovery of the Old Town, including the Gothic splendor of 15th-century St. Anne's Church and the breathtaking frescoes at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Delve into a somber side of the country's history at the fascinating KGB Museum. Pay a visit to the only one of Vilnius' 16th-century fortified gates still standing: the beautiful Gate of Dawn. Stroll through the Republic of Uzupis, a vibrant neighborhood of artists, and the Stikliai area, the former Jewish quarter of the city. Head west from Vilnius to Lake Galvé and the 14th-century Trakai Island Castle, which was built to defend the Grand Duchy of Lithuania against the Teutonic Knights.

Days 6-7: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Accommodation: Oguzkent Hotel

This isolated Central Asian nation was once an important stop on the Silk Road. Visit the National Museum to see the riches of the Silk Road trade that ran between the Middle Kingdom of China and the western markets of Rome. Explore the urban landscape by night, including magnificent vistas of lavish, Las Vegas-style fountains, the golden-domed Turkmenbashi Palace, Soviet-era monoliths and the extravagant Wedding Palace. Spend a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Merv Oasis. Settled in prehistory, Merv grew to become the world's largest city in the 12th century and was occupied until the late 1700s.

Days 8-10: Isfahan, Iran

Accommodation: Abbasi Hotel

Touch down in Iran and spend three days exploring a city rarely seen by Western eyes. Walk the expansive Naqsh-e Jahan Square, taking in the tea shops, merchants' stalls and manicured lawns of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the splendid Masjed e-Shah, which is covered inside and out with Isfahan's famous pale blue tiles. On the top floor of the 18th-century Ali Qapu Palace, admire lovely chiseled fretwork and enjoy panoramic views of the city square. Take a day trip to the oasis city of Kashan, which lies on the edge of the Great Salt Desert in the center of the Iranian plateau. Tour the Fin Garden, a 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage site built during the reign of Abbas I. Visit a 500 year-old hammam, or bathhouse, that has been restored to its original condition.

Days 11-12: Zighy Bay And The Musandam Peninsula, Oman

Accommodation: Six Senses Zighy Bay

Land in the United Arab Emirates and take 4x4 vehicles to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Take in the view of the Strait of Hormuz from a world-class resort. Choose from a variety of activities and customize your time to your own pleasure. Take a snorkeling excursion to swim among the tropical fish that live and feed in the vibrant coral gardens. Learn the secrets of Arabic cuisine during a culinary demonstration. Spend some quality time in the spa, which was rated as one of the world’s best in 2015. Take a 4x4 safari through the striking mountain landscapes of Wadi Khab Al Shamsi and see ancient petroglyphs and extraordinary rock formations. In the evening, cruise the bay on a traditional dhow as you watch the sunset gild the placid waters.

Days 13-14: Tirana, Albania

Accommodation: Sheraton Tirana Hotel

On a guided tour of Tirana, see the Fountain of Mother Teresa and Skanderbeg Square, which was named for a 15th-century Albanian nobleman venerated as the father of the country. Traveling on the Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, stop to visit the National Gallery. This state-run gallery is home to more than 5,000 works, including an impressive collection of communist-era pieces from Albania’s school of socialist realism. Take in the artwork of Onufri, a celebrated 16th-century artist and priest who devoted his career to painting religious icons. Depart Tirana for the scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Berat, one of the best-preserved Ottoman cities in the world. Discover a majestic 13th-century castle, admire the icons at the Onufri Icon Museum and enjoy a traditional Albanian lunch.

Days 15-17: Bucharest, Romania

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Continental

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Bucharest, taking in the grand Triumphal Arch, the fashionable Victoria Boulevard and the historic Cantacuzino Palace. Stop to explore Revolution Square, where the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu spoke to condemn the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and later made his escape by helicopter in the face of a popular revolt. Spend the day in the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains visiting Peles Castle, a stunningly beautiful neo-Renaissance palace built in the 19th century by King Carol I. Alternatively, delve into Romanian culture at an open-air ethnographic museum that showcases traditional village life. Travel to northeastern Romania to discover the spectacular painted monasteries of Bucovina. Walk the halls of the world-famous Humor Monastery, taking in frescoed murals from the 14th century.

Days 18-19: Basque Country, Spain

Accommodation: Hotel Maria Cristina

Choose your own adventure along the shores of the Bay of Biscay. Explore the gastronomic heritage of San Sebastian on a tasty guided tour through the city’s best pinxto spots and acclaimed restaurants. Then visit the San Telmo Museum, which is an archive of Basque culture and art. You may also opt to drive along the Spanish coast to see the magnificent Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Bilbao. Cross over to the French side of the border and delve into the daily life of Biarritz, including a visit to the Rock of the Virgin and the charming Fisherman Port, before indulging in a tasting of local wine and cheese at the vibrant market.

Days 20-21: The Douro Valley, Portugal

Accommodation: Six Senses Douro Valley

Visit local vineyards to meet the expert winemakers and sample the rich ports and unfortified reds that are produced here. Absorb the unique terroir of the Douro Valley, sampling the rich soils of the valley’s hallmark terraced vineyards. Embark on a cruise along the clear waters of the Douro River, which cut the rugged slopes of this valley and created ideal growing conditions for a variety of grape vines. If you like, spend some time pampering yourself at the hotel’s blissful spa, which offers several treatments inspired by grapes and wine.

Days 22-23: Lisbon, Portugal // Home

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Return to Lisbon and enjoy a night of peaceful rest before connecting to your independent flight home the next day. 

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Accomodations

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Located in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is the city's premier luxury hotel. The hotel boasts striking views over St. George's Moorish Castle and the Tagus River; an excellent collection of art; a soothing spa and acclaimed dining, including Varanda–the only restaurant in the city with a view of Eduardo VII Park.

Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and just a few steps from the Presidential Palace, the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square boasts spectacular views of Vilnius Cathedral and the Bell

Hyatt Regency Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The Hyatt Regency Bishkek occupies a privileged position in the city center. Its modern rooms feature splendid views, a spa and fitness center offer opportunities for relaxation, and the elegant lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening drink.

Oguzkent Hotel, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The white marble Oguzkent Hotel offers sweeping views of Ashgabat’s skyline from its modern and luxurious guest rooms. Enjoy the pool and sauna, and don’t miss the panoramic vistas from the top-floor restaurant.

Abbasi Hotel, Isfahan, Iran

Built during the Safavid dynasty as a caravanserai, the Abbasi Hotel has hosted travelers for nearly 300 years. Today, the property is an ideal base for our exploration of Isfahan, with rooms decorated in traditional Persian style and a romantic garden illuminated at night.

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Built in traditional Omani village style, the Six Senses Zighy Bay’s meticulously designed suites offer private pools, stonewalled gardens and comfortable living areas. The resort also has its own private beach, a holistic spa and a hilltop restaurant with glorious views of the sea.

Sheraton Tirana Hotel, Albania

Located next to the largest park in Tirana and just a short stroll away from the Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, the Sheraton Tirana Hotel offers comfortable guest rooms with modern décor, a fitness center and several dining options.

Grand Hotel Continental, Bucharest, Romania

Occupying a grand 17th-century building in the heart of Bucharest, the Grand Hotel Continental offers an enthralling combination of refined European sophistication and personalized service in a beautiful historic setting.

Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastian, Spain

Located in the heart of San Sebastian, Hotel Maria Cristina has been an elegant icon on the banks of the Urumea River since it was built in 1912. With a classic sandstone facade and a glamorous interior inspired by the Belle Époque, the hotel features spacious guest rooms with the finest modern conveniences and historic flourishes.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Set high on a hill overlooking vineyards and the winding river, Six Senses Douro Valley offers luxurious and tranquil guest rooms, an award-winning spa, two swimming pools, an organic garden and a wine bar that also serves a selection of delectable tapas.

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Located in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is the city's premier luxury hotel. The hotel boasts striking views over St. George's Moorish Castle and the Tagus River; an excellent collection of art; a soothing spa and acclaimed dining, including Varanda–the only restaurant in the city with a view of Eduardo VII Park.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation & Refunds: All requests for refunds must be sent to us in writing via mail, fax or email. Cancellations will become effective as of the date of the postmark or email receipt. Deposits and any payments are fully refundable, less a cancellation fee, as set forth in the following schedule:

  • If your notice is received… On or before Aug. 11, 2014 You will receive a refund of all deposits less a…$2,500 per-person cancellation fee.
  • If your notice is received… You will receive a refund of all deposits less a…$5,000 per-person cancellation fee.
  • If your notice is received…After Nov. 11, 2014, You will receive a refund of all deposits less a…No refund.

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