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
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.
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
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