Trip reference number: 302
Trip Operator: Oasis Overland
Join this Ultimate Expedition and follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes. Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, from Troy in Turkey to Esfahan in Iran. Visit the legendary ’Stan’s’ taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan. 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
Days 20 to 33 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
Esfahan - explore this historic and beautiful city
Tabriz - explore the 35km labyrinthine bazaar and the Blue (Kabud) Mosque
Days 34 to 38 Armenia
Yerevan – World-famous brandy distillery
Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan
Days 39 to 41 Georgia
Telavi - ancient wine-growing region
We continue to Tbilisi
Days 42 to 49 Georgia
Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital city
Gori – birthplace of Stalin
Kutaisi - Georgia’s second largest city
Foothills of the Caucasus - bush camps in rural Georgia
Batumi - on the Black Sea Coast
Days 50 to 60 Turkey
Cappadoccia - explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape
Pamukkale - hot springs and stunning waterways
Ephesus - built by the Greeks 1000 years BC, then rebuilt by the Romans
Gallipoli - visit the battlegrounds and war graves of the forces that fought here in WWI.
Days 61 to 62 We have a free day to enjoy the sights of Istanbul
Our trip ends after breakfast 62 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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