Trip reference number: 233
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes. Visit the legendary ’Stan’s’ taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan. Experience a shorter section of the Silk Road. Days 1 to 5 Please note: our 2nd Aug and 18th Aug 2019 departures do not visit Osh, Fergana Valley, Khujand or Tajikistan. Please contact us for an itinerary for these departures.
Stunning mountains and lakes
Osh – home to oldest Bazaar in Central Asia
Fergana Valley – the home of silk and where the great route started from
Khujand – an important city on the old Silk Road
Iskanderkul Lake and Tajikistan’s highest waterfall
Fann Mountains – 5000 mtr+ peaks
Days 6 to 15 Dushanbe – Tajikistan’s Capital
Drive west towards Uzbekstan border
Stop off in the Unesco town of Shahrisabz (time allowing)
Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.
Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.
Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.
Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.
Aral Sea - ships marooned in the desert
Days 16 to 18 Turkmenistan
Kunye Ugench - see the 60mtr high minaret!
Darvaza Gas Craters - a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.
Kara-Kum Desert - arduous days are rewarded by camping out in this barren terrain.
Ashgabat - the fascinating and slightly bizarre ’White City’, fashioned out of marble.
Day 19 Turkmenistan
Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Day 20 Ashgabat – Trip ends and transfer to airport. 20 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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