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, the mountains of Tajikistan and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan. Experience a night in a Yurt and camp in the epic wilderness of Kyrgyzstan. Days 1 to 13 Please note: Our 2nd August 2019 departure does not visit Almaty. Please contact us for an itinerary for this departure.
Almaty - Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis
Lake Issyk-Kul - a massive mountain lake with magnificent scenery & loads of€tivities to choose from.
Karakol/Jeti Orguz Region - hiking into the surrounding Terskay Ala-Too Mountains.
Lake Song Kol - Traditional yurt stay, horseback riding and trekking the surrounding areas.
Tash Rabat - visit this ancient caravanserai.
Days 14 to 15 Scenic camping spots
Bishkek - capital city
Days 16 to 17 Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital. Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks. A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!
Days 18 to 22 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 23 to 32 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 33 to 35 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 36 Turkmenistan
Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Day 37 Ashgabat – Trip ends and transfer to airport. 37 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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