Istanbul To Singapore (25 Weeks) Trans Asia

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Run by: Oasis Overland

Reference number: 321

From: £6275.00

An epic overland adventure€ross 14 countries, starting in Istanbul on the edge of Europe, along the ancient Silk Road to China and then through the tropics of South East Asia, ending in in the ultra-modern metropolis of Singapore. Experience diverse cultures, discover unkown and often-turbulent history, explore varied landscapes and surroundings from wide verdant grasslands and barren deserts to towering snow-capped mountains and dense rainforest, and get lost in some of the world’s most vibrant and chaotic cities. 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 106 China

Chengdu - visit the nearby Giant Panda Breeding Centre.

Mount Emeishan

Kunming - capital of Yunna Province

Jinghong - city that sits aside the Mekong River

Days 107 to 120 Laos

The ’Land of a Million Elephants’

Luang Namtha - jungle hikes, rafting

Luang Prabagn - visit the Buddhist Temples, learn to cook Lao food, walking and outdoor options

Vientiane -relaxed colonial capital city with a disinctly French feel

Phu Hin Bun National Park - longtail boats up the Mekong River and riverside bush lodge

Days 121 to 131 Vietnam

Hue - visit the Citadel in one of Vietnam’s cultural and religious centres, or take a day trip to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)

Hoi An - unspolit beaches and cheap suits, beach lodge

Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam’s fast and frenetic capital, visit the floating markets on the Mekong Delta, check out the War Remnants Museum, dodge the motorbikes!

Days 132 to 140 Cambodia

Phnom Penh - a bustling city on the up after the years of the Khmer Rouge. Visit the chilling Tuol Sleng Prison, or Killing Fields. Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda

Boat trip up the Tonle Sap to Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat

Days 141 to 152 Thailand

The ’Land of a Thousand Smiles’

Bangkok - Thailand’s cosmopolitan and chaotic capital. Grand Palace and Reclining Buddha, Khlong (Canal) Tours, modern shopping malls, the infamous Khao San Road

Kanchanburi - Home to the Bridge on the River Kwai

Ko Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan - islands of tropical paradise with scuba diving and a free week (accommodation not included)

Days 153 to 172 Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore

Sumatra - relax on Lake Danau Toba and home of the Batak people

Gunung Leuser National Park - Get up close to the majestic orang-utan at the Bukit Lawang Feeding Station, hike through the national park

Medan -  bustling capital of Sumatra

Penang and Georgetown - colonial town with fantastic food

Pula Perhenthian Besar - tropical paradise and Malaysia’s showpiece island, undeveloped and unspoilt beaces

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia’s modern and relatively relaxed capital Petronas Towers bargain on Jalan Petaling

Malaka - unique multiculturual city with a rich history

Singapore - our final stop, an ultra-modern and diverse city 25 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 05/10/2019 Places Availabl £6275.00
15/04/2020 03/10/2020 Places Availabl £6275.00

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