Bishkek To Istanbul (9 Weeks) The 'Stans, Iran & Turkey

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 302

From: £2845.00

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. Days 1 to 4 Kazakhstan

Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve – green valleys, wildlife and snow capped peaks!

Time to explore this southern corner of Kazakhstan.

Days 5 to 15 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 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 Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour

Days 20 to 34 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 35 to 38 Armenia

Yerevan – World-famous brandy distillery

Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan

Days 39 to 42 Georgia

Telavi - ancient wine-growing region

Days 43 to 50 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 51 to 61 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 62 Istanbul - 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

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
18/08/2019 18/10/2019 Places Availabl £2845.00
09/09/2019 09/11/2019 Places Availabl £2845.00
04/09/2020 04/11/2020 Places Availabl £2845.00

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