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. Experience a night in a Yurt and camp in the epic wilderness of Kyrgyzstan. Days 1 to 13 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.
Day 14 Bishkek
Days 15 to 18 Kazakhstan
Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve – green valleys, wildlife and snow capped peaks!
Time to explore this southern corner of Kazakhstan.
Days 19 to 29 Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital
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 - see ships marooned in the desert
Days 30 to 32 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 33 Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Days 34 to 48 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 49 to 52 Armenia
Yerevan – World-famous brandy distillery
Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan
Days 53 to 56 Georgia
Telavi - ancient wine-growing region
Days 57 to 64 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 65 to 75 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.
Day 76 Istanbul - trip ends after breakfast 11 Weeks - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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