Journey overland from the snow-capped peaks of High Asia and follow the path beaten by centuries of traders along the Silk Road through the heart of Central Asia to the edge of Europe and the foothills of the Caucasus. This varied adventure offers something for everyone with stunning alpine landscapes, vast deserts, countless historic sites and modern cosmopolitan cities, and throughout you can’t avoid the cultural diversity that shows this region’s importance as a global crossroads since time immemorial. 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 58 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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