Istanbul To Beijing (14 Weeks) Turkey, Iran, The 'Stans & China

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 322

From: £4950.00

Join this Ultimate Expedition and follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking and challenging expedition along ancient trading routes. Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, vast and varied landscapes, and unique cultures on an unforgettable journey following the Silk Road. Day 1 Istanbul

Our first day is free in Istanbul

Days 2 to 12 Turkey

Gallipoli - visit the battlegrounds and war graves of the forces that fought here in WWI.

Ephesus - built by the Greeks 1000 years BC, then rebuilt by the Romans

Pamukkale - hot springs and stunning waterways

Cappadoccia - explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape

Days 13 to 20 Georgia

Batumi - on the Black Sea Coast

Foothills of the Caucasus - bush camps in rural Georgia

Kutaisi - Georgi’a second largest city

Gori – birthplace of Stalin

Tbilisi – Georgia’s capital

Days 21 to 22 Georgia

Telavi – ancient wine-growing region

Days 23 to 27 Armenia

Savanavank – monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan

Yerevan – Capital of Armenia, cafes, museums and world-famous brandy

Days 28 to 43 Iran

Tabriz - explore the bazaar and the Blue Mosque

Tehran - Iran’s non-stop capital

Esfahan - discover this historic and beautiful city

Persepolis - ancient ruins partly destroyed by Alexander the Great

Shiraz & Yazd

Dasht e Kavir Desert - desert crossing with an overnight Oasis stop

Mashhad - home to the stunning Imam Reza Mosque

Turkmenistan

Ashgabat - Capital of Turkmenistan

Day 44 Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour

Days 45 to 46 Turkmenistan

Kara-Kum Desert – drive€ross the barren desert

Darvaza Gas Craters – the ‘Door to Hell’, a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.

Kunye Ugench - see the 60mtr high minaret

Days 47 to 56 Uzbekistan

Aral Sea - see ships marooned in the desert

Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.

Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.

Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.

Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.

Tajikistan

Drive south towards Tajikistan border.

Stop off in the unesco Town of Shahrisabz (time allowing).

Dushanbe – Tajikistan’s Capital.

Days 57 to 61 Fann Mountains – 5000 mtr + peaks.

Iskanderkul Lake and Tajikistan’s highest waterfall.

Khujand – an important city on the old Silk Road.

Kyrgyzstan

Fergana Valley – the home of silk and where the great route started from.

Osh – home to oldest bazaar in Central Asia.

Stunning mountains and lakes

Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital.  Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks.  A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!

Days 62 to 63 Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital.  Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks.  A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!

Days 64 to 76 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 77 Transfer over the Torugat Pass into China.

Day 78 Full day guided tour in Kashgar, using local transport.

Time to relax or explore further.

Days 79 to 83 Overnight train to Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China

Train to Dunhuang, a city on the edge of the Gobi desert.

Visit Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas).

Visit to Ming Sha Hill and the Crescent Moon Pool.

Board the night train to Lanzhou.

Days 84 to 88 Overnight train to Lhasa – one of the highest cities in the world.

Explore the city with our Tibetan guide.  Must see sights include Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, the stunning Potala Palace and time allowing, the Sera Monastery.

Private bus to Shigatse, crossing the Gampala Pass (4790 mtrs).

Visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery.

Days 89 to 91 Rongbuk – the highest Monastery in the world.

Visit to Everest Base Camp.

Tingri – on the Friendship Highway

Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. 

Days 92 to 95 Yamdrok Tso Lake

High altitude train to Chengdu (2 days)

Chengdu (2 nights) – visit the Giant Panda Sanctuary

Xi’an – visit the famous Terracotta Warriors

Days 96 to 98 Overnight train to Beijing

Beijing - day trip to visit the Great Wall of China; stay a few extra days to take in all the sights including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven. 14 Weeks - Central Asia & South East Asia - Ultimate Overland Expeditions Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
15/04/2020 21/07/2020 Places Availabl £4950.00
14/04/2021 20/07/2021 Places Availabl £4950.00

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