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 15 Ala-Archa Nature Reserve - an option to go trekking to the edge of glaciers, in spectacular scenery.
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.
Bishkek - Capital City.
Day 16 Bishkek
Days 17 to 20 Kazakhstan
Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve – green valleys, wildlife and snow capped peaks!
Time to explore this southern corner of Kazakhstan.
Days 21 to 31 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 32 to 34 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 35 Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Days 36 to 50 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 51 to 54 Armenia
Yerevan – World-famous brandy distillery
Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan
Days 55 to 58 Georgia
Telavi - ancient wine-growing region
Days 59 to 66 Georgia
Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital city
Gori – birthplace of Stalin
Kutaisi - Georgi’a second largest city
Foothills of the Caucasus - bush camps in rural Georgia
Batumi - on the Black Sea Coast
Days 67 to 77 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 78 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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