Istanbul To Beijing (15 Weeks) Turkey, Iran, The 'Stans & China

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 322

From: £4750.00

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.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital

Days 57 to 61 Kazakhstan

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

Time to explore this southern corner of Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan

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 64 Bishkek

Free time to enjoy the many sights and attractions.

Days 65 to 78 Kyrgyzstan

We welcome travellers joining in Bishkek

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

Torugat Pass - travel through the Tien Shan Mountains & cross the border into China

Days 79 to 86 China

Kashgar - a major trading point on the old Silk Road.

Taklamakan Desert - 272,000 sq km of slowly moving sand.

Kuqa and the Thousand Buddha Caves.

Turpan - visit nearby ruins of Jiaohe City.

Days 87 to 99 Gobi Desert - one of the hottest places on earth.

Dunhuang - the famous Mogao Grottoes & the Crescent Moon Pool.

Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China

Xiahe - Labrang Buddhist Monastery.

Huanglong National Park - savour some of the spectacular scenery and hiking trails.

Chengdu - visit the nearby Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

Days 100 to 101 Xi’an - visit the famous Terracotta Warriors

Days 102 to 105 Overnight train to the capital.

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. 15 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
17/04/2019 30/07/2019 Places Availabl £4750.00
15/04/2020 28/07/2020 Places Availabl £4750.00

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