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.
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.
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 64 Bishkek
Free time to enjoy the many sights and attractions.
Days 65 to 76 Kyrgyzstan
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
Day 77 China
Kashgar - a major trading point on the old Silk Road.
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
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