Ashgabat To Istanbul (44 Days) Turkmenistan, Iran & Turkey

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 246

From: £1595.00

Join this fascinating journey along ancient middle east trading routes. Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend from Troy in Turkey to Esfahan in Iran. You start your journey in the bizarre city of Ashgabat, before a fascinating journey through Iran and Turkey unfolds. A real treat for your senses!

Days 1 to 19

Turkmenistan

Ashgabat - take in some museums or wander round the local markets in this slightly eccentric ’White City’.

Iran

Mashhad - home to the stunning Imam Reza Mosque

Dasht e Kavir Desert - in search of the Asiatic Cheetah

Shiraz & Yazd

Persepolis - ancient ruins partly destroyed by Alexander the Great

Tehran

Esfahan - explore this historic and beautiful city

Tabriz - explore the 35km labyrinthine bazaar and the Blue (Kabud) Mosque.

Follow the Zagros Mountain Range north to the Turkish border.

Days 20 to 27

Turkey

Dogubeyazit - overlooked by Mt. Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah’s Ark.

Lake Van - relax on the lake shore, visit Akdamar Island, or take in the history of Van Castle.

Nemrut Dagi - see the huge statues scattered at the summit of this mountain

Days 28 to 37

Cappadoccia - explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape.

Olympos - relax on the beach & hike up to view the eternal flames.

Turquoise Coast - relax along the beautiful beaches of this stunning coastline.

Days 38 to 44

Ephesus - built by the Greeks 1000 years BC, then rebuilt by the Romans.

Troy - thought to be the location of the legendary city.

Gallipoli - visit the battlegrounds and war graves of the forces that fought here in WWI.

Istanbul - celebrate our arrival at the end of this amazing journey!

44 Days - Central Asia - Overland Adventures

Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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