Bishkek To Istanbul (11 Weeks) Kyrgyzstan, Iran,The 'Stans & Turkey

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 313

From: £3125.00

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.

Altyn Arashan

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

Free day

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

Tehran

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

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
02/08/2019 18/10/2019 Places Availabl £3285.00
24/08/2019 09/11/2019 Sold Out £3125.00
31/07/2020 16/10/2020 Places Availabl £3285.00
19/08/2020 04/11/2020 Places Availabl £3285.00

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