Join this Ultimate Expedition and follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes. Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, from Troy in Turkey to Esfahan in Iran. Visit the legendary ’Stan’s’ taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan. 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 42 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
Day 43 Turkmenistan
Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Days 44 to 45 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 46 to 55 Uzbekistan
Aral Sea - 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 56 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 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 Please note: Our 2nd August 2019 departure does not visit Almaty. Please contact us for an itinerary for this departure.
Almaty - Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis
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.
Days 77 to 78 Scenic camping spots
Bishkek - capital city
Day 79 Your trip ends after breakfast. 11 Weeks - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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