Silk Road Travel Tours

Do you love to travel and experience the sights and sounds of interesting places and cultures? At Silk Road Travel Tours we have an eclectic collection of tours which are sure to suit almost any intrepid traveller.
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Silk Road Travel Tours – What Are They?

Whether you’ve always wanted to travel to India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Istanbul or maybe even see more of what Australia has to offer, Silk Road Tours has the adventure for you. We currently have 5 different tours in our itinerary but there may be more to come.

Taking one of our tours by Silk Road will give you the experience of a lifetime. Our guides know these areas very well and will take you to all the places that simply must be seen and experienced.

Here’s a sample of the tours that we have on offer:

Silk Road Tour

This 60 day road trip will take you along the beautiful Silk Road through India, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. We’ll be travelling along the silk route that was established many thousands of years ago by traders taking there wares and selling them along the route.

On the Silk Road Tour, you’ll be able to see the magnificent Himalayas and travel along the Karakorum highway which connects China to Pakistan across the Karakorum mountain ranges. The length of the highway is 1300 km and it was constructed in 1966.

Along The Volga River

Silk Road travel tours are a different way to see Russia, travelling along the Volga river from Astrakhan to St. Petersburgh. You’ll visit cities such as Saratov, Samara, Cheboksary, Kostroma, Kazan, Moscow and St. Petersburg. A highlight of the trip is a visit to the magnificent palace of Catherine the Great and the State Hermitage Museum which are both in St. Peterburg.

Istanbul To Vienna

Another 60 day tour which will take you through some amazing cities and show you sights which we’re sure you’ve always wanted to see. Spend some time in Istanbul with a local guide to show you all the city has to offer.

This amazing tour will take you through cities such as Antalya, the tourist capital of Turkey, Rhodos in Greece, Athens, Vienna, Budapest and Prague.  You’ll get to see many interesting attractions along the way including museums, castles, Roman ruins, the black sea and the spice market in Istanbul.

Melbourne To Cooktown

Take a trip from the bottom of mainland Australia to the top via the red centre with visits to Uluru and Katherine Gorge. This tour encompasses a long road trip through some of most beautiful and varied landscapes that Australia has to offer.

There’s also an add on tour to this one which takes you from Cairns back down to Melbourne exploring the beautiful east coast of Australia and visiting both Sydney and Canberra along the way.

Have Questions? Give The Silk Road Travel Tour Experts a Call

If you have any questions about our fascinating and inspiring Silk Road travel tours, please give us a call on (03)9489 1313 or send an email to  info@silkroadrugsandtours.com.au.

We look forward to having you join us on one of our tours and guarantee it will be the trip of a lifetime.

Silk Road Rugs & Tours is Melbourne’s leading supplier of handmade, oriental rugs. We specialise in Persian rugs, Persian carpets, antique rugs, Kilim rugs and Turkish rugs. We also facilitate tours including India tours, Pakistan tours, Uzbekistan tours and Kyrgyzstan tours.
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Jewels of Persia Tashkent to Tehran

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Tashkent

Upon arrival at Tashkent international airport, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel, free morning later in the afternoon city tour of Tashkent, visiting mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) housing craft workshops and dating from the 14th century. We visit the Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th century academy undergoing restoration and the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Overnight in Hotel (D)

Day 02: Samarkand 

In the morning we drive to Samarkand. For most people Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Timbouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we’ll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous for.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 03: Samarkand Visit

Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane and the Observatory of Ulughbek; the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century. We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, and the adjacent colourful market. You can purchase Samarkand’s famous bread which Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 04: Bukhara via Shakhrisabz  

Travel to Bukhara via Shakrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. We visit Tamerlane’s palace Ak Sarai, the Kok Gumbaz mosque, Mausoleum of Jehangir (Tamerlane’s grandson) and Tamerlane’s Mausoleum. Bukhara is one of the center of the Russian/British Intelligence Services in the 19th Century.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 05: Bukhara Visit

Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling “trade domes,” active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; the resulting restoration of some of the mosques, constructed in the 11th to 15th centuries, to make them appear as if they were built yesterday. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zorastrian times 2,500 years ago.

We also visit The Ark, a large fortress with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of an ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 06: Bukhara Free day

Full free day in Bukhara at leisure.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 07: Mary (Turkmenistan)

In the morning, drive to the Uzbek Turkmen border and continue to ancient Merv. Today we visit a historically important site; one of the most significant in Turkmenistan. The site consists of a series of towns each succeeded by another throughout the course of history and contains, amongst other things, the remains of Erk Kala and it’s citadel and the Musoleum of Sultan Sanjar.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 08: Ashgabad Flight

In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabad, later half day sightseeing of Ashgabad including visit of Tolkuchka Bazaar. We continue to Old Nisa, an ancient Parthian settlement and the spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 09: Ashgabad – Darwaza Gas Crater

Today we visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan.

In the afternoon drive to Darwaza Gas Crater, en-route we visit a Nomad village, Karakum desert and continue driving to Darwaza flaming gas crater or the ‘mouth of hell’. The crater is about 60 meters wide and 20 meters deep. Later return to Ashgabad Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 10: Ashgabad – Mashhad (Iran)

In the morning transfer to Iran Turkmen border at Gaudan, where you will be met by your Iranian guide and transferred to Mashhad. Depending on the schedule, possible half day city tour of Mashhad including the local Bazaar.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 11: Mashhad -Shiraz

Mashhad lies on the site where Emam Reza, a direct descendant of the

Prophet Mohammed and the 8th Shiite Imam, died in 817AD. Heir to the

Abbasid caliphate, Emam Reza was poisoned by the then ruling caliph,

Ma’mun. His shrine survived the onslaughts of Mongols and Uzbeks;  it was not until the 16th century, under the rule of the Safavids, that the city became a centre of pilgrimage for the Shia faithful.

We will visit Goharshad mosque and Imam Reza Shrine. Afternoon Domestic flight to Shiraz. Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 12: Shiraz

Shiraz, the city of nightingales, poetry and roses;. City tour of Shiraz including a visit to Narenjestan or Orange Garden built in 1879-1886 as a reception hall for visitors and was also used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. Also included is Khan theological school and Bazaar, then enjoy tea and ice cream while listening to recitals in traditional teahouse of the mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez.

Overnight at hotel (BLD)

Day 13: Day trip to Persepolis – Necropolis

Fars province is greatly indebted to the settlement of the Achaemenid and Sassanian dynasties for its glorious cultural heritage. Scattered all over the territory of Fars are monuments materializing the rapid progress of the province in both pre-Islamic and Islamic era.

Morning excursion to Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Necropolis

(Naghsh-e-Rostam) and Naqsh-e Rajab (about 70 km per way).

A visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran.  Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ruined cities and the finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC.  The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces on the site and provide a rich treasure house of ancient history.

At Necropolis you will find the tomb of the four powerful Achaemenian

Kings carved into huge rocks. Later return to Shiraz. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 14: Shiraz-Pasargadae-Yazd

Drive to Yazd en-route we will stop at Pasargadae, Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in the 6th century BC. It’s palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the early royal Achaemenid art and are exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization. Later drive to Yazd

Overnight in hotel (BLD).

Day 15: Yazd

Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD.  Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind.  The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city.  Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb.  This city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. Dolat Abad Garden, Water Museum and a traditional house are among the other visits. The stunning three-storey façade of the Tekiyeh in the Amir Chakhmaq Complex at sunset is one of the most spectacular features of Yazd. Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 16: Yazd – Maybod – Na’in – Isfahan

Drive to Isfahan, en-route we will visit the old town of Maybod, established in the Medes Era. Later, drive to Na’in. Na’in is located in the geographic centre of Iran and is a famous carpet making centre. Na’in is also noted for its very old Masjid-e-Jame, which dates from the early Islamic period and contains some features from the 10th century

Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 17: Isfahan Visit

Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewels of Historical Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world.  The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, it’s expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century.

Full day tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh and Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace plus free time for the Bazaar (spans 5 km).  In the evening an optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master .

Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 18: Isfahan Visit

City tour of Isfahan – A visit to the Armenian quarter to tour the Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 and 1655 and the Zayandehrud River. Chehel Sotun Palace with its beautiful frescos located in a pretty garden is our next stop.  Shah Abbas II originally built it as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall.  On to Jame Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, displaying styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 19: Isfahan – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran

Drive to Tehran en-route stop in Abyaneh and Kashan. Abyaneh is a small picturesque reddish village dating back 1600 years.

Later continue driving to Kashan. Kashan is attractive oasis city which was once a favourite of Shah Abbas I. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses including the Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Later drive to Tehran.

Overnight at hotel (BLD)

Day 20: Tehran Visit

Tehran is the capital city of Iran, Tehran is a diverse and beautiful city combining the ancient civilisation of Iran with modern developments and living. It is positioned at the base of the Alborz mountain range in Northern Iran and is home to the usual tourist attractions such as museums, shopping centres.  Tehran with its numerous museums houses the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture.

Full day city tour of Tehran. A visit to the prehistoric National Museum of Iran. This museum houses a marvellous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures and carvings dating from around the 7th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic & Glassware Museum (Abgineh Museum) followed by the Carpet Museum.  Here you will have access to many of the masterpieces woven in the important carpet-weaving centres of Iran.  The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resembles a carpet-weaving loom.

***Please note: our schedule to visit museums may vary depending on museum hours/days and when they are open to the public.

Overnight at hotel (BLD)

Day 21: Tehran departure

Depending on International flight schedule; our service will end with airport transfer. (B)

 

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 

Tour cost based on tourists class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5320 $4500 $3880 $3280 $570

 

Hotels

Places Tourist Class hotels
Tashkent  Uzbekistan Hotel
Samarkand Malika Prime
Bukhara Zargaron hotel or Amelia
Mary Margosh hotel
Ashgabad Grand hotel
Mashhad Tehran hotel
Shiraz Ario Barzan or Park Sa’adi hotel
Yazd Parsian Safaieh
Isfahan Parsian Aliqapu Hotel
Tehran Parsian Enghelab

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers in air-conditioned cars, van and busses depends on the group size, day trip by 4×4 Darvaza Crater, domestic flights.
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals: Lunches
Personal expanses
Single supplement
Tipping for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout
Camera and Video fees at sites

 

***If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request

SILK ROAD TOUR

Join us on a Silk Road experience, through India, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

Don’t miss the wonders of Samarkand,
Bukhara and Isfahan and the magnificence of
the Himalayas and the Karakorum highway.
Fully inclusive 6o day road trip, with car,
driver and guide.

For more information please download the detailed guides below :

 Grand-Silk-Road-Delhi-to-Ashgabad   
 Iran Journey brochure-2017

 

ALONG THE VOLGA RIVER

ASTRAKHAN TO ST. PETERSBURGH

 

The most beautiful way to see Russia.

Nina and I went on this tour in 2013. Nina, being a Russian speaker, absolutely loved this return to her homeland.
Astrakhan is a city on the Caspian Sea which has a mostly Muslim history, having being part of the Persian Empire.
This is the starting point: the ship leaves from Astrakhan on its way to Volgograd, the city best known as Stalingrad,
the place where the second world war turned around. It is here that the German Army was defeated.
The war memorial absolutely needs to be seen. It is fantastic!

 

From here the ship travels north, docking for a day at each of a host of Volga Towns. The next stop is at Saratov.
Here lived two million Germans who were imported by Catherine the Great to shore up her empire, bolster the
Russian economy and protect the city from Persian military attack from the South.

 

The next stop is Samara where Yuri Gagarin landed in a field and surprised a farmer by walking down the road in a space suit.
Samara is also the location of Stalin’s Bunker: well worth a visit!

From Samara, the ship moves further north to Cheboksary and Kostroma, ending up at Kazan. Kazan is the location where
the Muslim armies from the south were defeated by Peter the Great who saved Russia from Muslim domination.
Four hundred years later, Kazan still has a 60% Muslim population. These people are now called Tartars within Russia.
In Kazan, you will find an impressive mosque built by the Soviets to appease the Tartar population.
This has turned out to be a white elephant and is only used a few times a year for official ceremonies.

From Kazan we go to Nizhny Novgorod, a major port on the Volga and the third largest city in Russia.

 

We then head up the canal to Moscow. Moscow’s Red Square is worth a visit on its own featuring the
Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s tomb.

 

From there it’s on to St. Petersburg and the magnificent Palace of Catherine the Great. This is one of the most imposing
palaces in the world, rivalling the Austrian Hapsburg Palace of Schoenbrunn in Vienna, the subject of one of our other
favourite tours. The State Hermitage Museum, founded by Catherine the Great, is another landmark not to be missed.

 

The tour ends here.

ISTANBUL TO VIENNA

TOUR 3: 60 DAYS FROM ISTANBUL TO PRAGUE

From the best tourist city in the world to my favourite city of all time.
If you want to hang out in the sun, meander through countless restaurants and
absorb a bit of architecture and culture, then Istanbul is the place to come.
We have a guide for the whole period in Istanbul so that you can fully appreciate the city; moreover, there are a host of locations, a stone’s throw from Istanbul, to satisfy every possible tourist demand. Nina and I have both been to Istanbul and surrounds at least five times and know the city well.

In Istanbul, a trip from Kalamata along the Bosporus to the mouth of the Black Sea is a must. A few days walk around Taksim Square, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market and the Sultanahmet area are essential, as is a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the former home of the Ottoman emperors.
In the evenings, there is a wonderful little theatre in Sultanahmet which hosts folkloric shows and Sufi dancers.

 

We recommend a minimum stay of seven days in Istanbul to fully appreciate the sights and enjoy leisure time. An evening meal at Galata Tower or at the Galatasaray Football Club is also a good option.

This tour allows an extensive stay in Istanbul, takes you through the Dardanelles, includes an overnight stay at Bursa, and takes you on towards Seljuk and the historical ruins of Ephesus: the great city of Greek and Roman times. Side trips to Pamukkale and Cappadocia are highly recommended.

 

We move on to Bodrum, the playground of the rich and famous. In Bodrum there is a fabulous castle once belonging to the Knights of St. John: a must see. This town has a beautiful harbour and is a favourite place for day and longer cruises into the Aegean Sea.

 

From there we take a day long bus trip to Antalya, the tourist capital of Turkey. Antalya has a lovely old precinct where you will spend three days.
From Antalya, we travel by local bus to Olympia where we will stay overnight and then board a Turkish timber boat bound for Fetiye.
Fetiye is a pleasant backpacker resort with thousands of international backpackers. There are a number of local day trips of interest: we have included the Jeep Safari in your tour and highly recommend a night at the Turkish baths.

Your Fetiye stay is planned for three nights, after which it’s off to Rhodos, Greece, on a fast Catamaran. Rhodos is a fabulous ancient city with people still living amongst the ruins. We suggest a three night stay there, doing little else apart from eating and strolling the streets. A day boat trip to Lindos should be taken: be sure to take your swim suits.
Now it’s off to Athens, aboard a Greek ferry. This is a full day or overnight ride.
Arriving at Piraeus you take a train to Monastiraki Station, where there are a host of hotels within walking distance. Your hotel will be one of them.
In Athens, there is much to see. We recommend that you purchase a ticket for the Hop On, Hop Off bus which takes you to all places of significance. A night at the Plaka is a wonderful experience. An evening walk up to the Acropolis is essential. For something else to do, we suggest a day trip to Delphi.

Our stay in Athens is over and we head off to Dubrovnik on a short aeroplane trip to the Dalmatian coast.

Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best known destinations. It has been its own island state for many centuries. The key to Dubrovnik is the massive Castle. It is absolutely essential to experience the rooftop walk along the Castle walls. Besides the Castle, there is shopping and eating to keep you smiling.

From Dubrovnik we take a short ferry ride to Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. This is a tiny most beautiful island, with nothing to do, other than eat, swim and relax.

 

The next day, we move by ferry to Hvar, a large island featuring nude swimming with a host of locations catering to the Free Body Culture (FKK) market. This is a party island with nightclubs and discos opening at midnight.

When the party is over it’s off to Split by ferry. Split is a coastal harbour with fantastic Roman ruins lining the town square. Dining out and walking the promenade, often to entertainment, is the thing to do.

From Split it’s off to Zagreb by bullet train. This is a very pleasant city for walking and shopping. A two-night stay and we move on to Vienna.

Vienna, in my opinion, is literally the best city in the world, both for tourists and as a place in which to live. We will stay seven days in Vienna and see literally everything there is to see.
Our tour through Vienna is on foot, by tram and underground train.

Day 1: Travel from accommodation on Tram 62 to the Opera House. Visit the Albertina, Leopold Art gallery and Sisi Museum, have dinner nearby and return home on the U4 and Tram 60.

Day 2: Travel on Tram 60 to Hietzing Station. Change to U4 and travel to Schwedensplatz. Walk from Schwedensplatz to Stephansplatz.

Have a Viennese ice concoction on the way; walk to the Hofburg Palace; see the emperor’s Treasure Chest; have lunch.

Day trip is over, return via any U Bahn and then the U4. Return to Hietzing and take Tram 60 home.

Day 3: Trip to Melk

Take day trip, via Donau River Ship to the Monastery in Melk. It’s a full day with catering included. Visit the Monastery and return by train to Vienna. Exit at Westbahnhof and catch Tram 58 to Hietzing and then Tram 60 home.

Day 4: Museum Day

Take Trams 60 and 58 to Westbahnhof. Alight and walk down Mariahilfer Strasse to the Museum Quarter. There are two museums of interest: the Museum of Natural History and the Architectural Museum. It will take all day to visit these two museums.

Have a bite to eat and go home.

Day 5: A casual day of sightseeing
Visits can be made to lesser known museums such as the Jewish Museum, Sigmund Freud Museum, Hundertwasser House, the cemetery of Vienna etc.

Day 6:
Have a morning rest, travel to the city and catch Tram 37 to Grinzing. Take a walk along the road of many winery outlets, find one with music and enjoy a good lunch with plenty of wine.
After lunch, return to the city and take a tram to the Prater, Vienna’s Luna Park. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and adventure, and finish with Pigs Trotters at the famous Prater restaurant.

 

Take Train home to Meidling Station, alight, turn right and walk 200 metres to your home.

Day 7: Schoenbrunn Palace and Technical Museum
The Palace is absolutely magnificent, matched only by the Hermitage and St Peter’s Place in St Petersburg, Russia. Have lunch at the Schoenbrunn Cafe. Head off to the Technical Museum, just a short tram distance away. Enjoy a Strauss/Mozart concert in the evening.

Day 8: Train trip to Budapest

Budapest is a very pleasant city. It is essential for you to go on a guided walking tour to the castle. In the evening, you must attend the Budapest folkloric concert. Stay overnight.

Day 9: Prague

Take a train trip to Prague, meander around the city, enjoy a pleasant meal with plenty of beer: Czechs are the biggest beer drinkers in the world.

Stay overnight and return to Vienna.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour of Istanbul to Prague is bone crushing and only suited to the very fit. Most people will need to schedule rest days in between.

MELBOURNE TO COOKTOWN

 

Nina and I have travelled to many asian, european and American locations.
None of them come close to the Mother Country, Australia is the best tourist country in the world.
When you come to Ausatralia, you must see Sydney Melbourne and the bush. A visit to Sydney is
described in Tour 5 Sydney Extension.
This is primarily designed for International travellers but is also of interest for people from the bush
that have  not yet been to Sydney.

We will now describe Tour 4, starting from Melbourbe. a similar tour can be taken from Sydney.

We start from Melbourne, go down the Great Ocean Rd to Warnambool and then on to Adelaide.
On the way we will stay overnight either at Pt Fairy
or the  National Park. Next day it is on to Adelaide. A day and night in Adelaiide and
we headoff to the SA Wine district. We will visit a bunch of wineries and go off to sleep drunk.

Next day we drive to Whyall, SA steel City. We will attempt to go on an organised steel city tour.

OFF to bed, up early and on to the middle of nowhere. Here you can experience sleeping in a swag.
Traditional Australian overnight out door sleeeping accommodation. One more day and we are at Uluru.
Here our overnight quartes are in a Tent in the Uluru Camping Ground.

A 3 day stay at Uluru, visiting the rock and katatuya. Then its off to Katherine George enjoying a 3 hour walk.
From there we go to Alice Springs.
At Alice Springs we stay in a friendly backpackers, staying 2 nights before departure.

Now we go to Tennant reek and Katherine and visit the Hot Springs. From there its onwards to Darwin.

At Darwin we stay 4 nights in Darwin before flying to Cairns. We stay 1 night in Cairns and then motor on to Port Douglas.
A 3night rest in Port, Douglas, a visit to the reef… and then on to Point Cook with a new tour group. We travel around the area visiting local aboriginal settlements. On colpetiom we head back to Cairns and our flight to Sydney.

 

SYDNEY EXTENSION (Cairns to Melbourne)

 

This tour is designed particularly for International tourists but others as well, who would like to extend the Melbourne to Cooktown Tour.

Tour details are as follows.

Days 1, 2, 3: Cairns to Magnetic Island (Townsville)

Travel 400 kilometres from Cairns to Magnetic Island and enjoy a three day holiday
Days 4, 5, 6, 7: Airley Beach and Islands

Travel to Airley beach and visit most of the islands
Day 8: Rockhampton
Travel to Rockhampton

 

Days 9 &10: Noosa
Travel to Noosa

Days 11, 12: Fraser Island
Days 13, 14, 15: Brisbane
Day 16, 17: Gold Coast
Free day. Sydney by Night Tour.
Days 18, 19: Byron Bay

Four Wheel Drive tour of Katoomba region
Day 20: Port Macquarie
Tour to Manly Beach and Luna Park
Day 22, 23, 24, 25, 26: Sydney
A free day to explore the city

Day 27: Wollongong

 

Day 28, 29, 30: Canberra

 

Day 31, 32: Thredbo

 

Day 33: Bright

 

Day 34: Travel to Melbourne

 

Days 35, 36, 37: Melbourne

SYDNEY EXTENSION (Cairns to Melbourne)

 

This tour is designed particularly for International tourists but others as well, who would like to extend the Melbourne to Cooktown Tour.

Tour details are as follows.

Days 1, 2, 3: Cairns to Magnetic Island (Townsville)

Travel 400 kilometres from Cairns to Magnetic Island and enjoy a three day holiday
Days 4, 5, 6, 7: Airley Beach and Islands

Travel to Airley beach and visit most of the islands
Day 8: Rockhampton
Travel to Rockhampton

 

Days 9 &10: Noosa
Travel to Noosa

Days 11, 12: Fraser Island
Days 13, 14, 15: Brisbane
Day 16, 17: Gold Coast
Free day. Sydney by Night Tour.
Days 18, 19: Byron Bay

Four Wheel Drive tour of Katoomba region
Day 20: Port Macquarie
Tour to Manly Beach and Luna Park
Day 22, 23, 24, 25, 26: Sydney
A free day to explore the city

Day 27: Wollongong

 

Day 28, 29, 30: Canberra

 

Day 31, 32: Thredbo

 

Day 33: Bright

 

Day 34: Travel to Melbourne

 

Days 35, 36, 37: Melbourne

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