Caravanserais of Caucasus & Central Asia

Bishkek - Istanbul

63 days through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey
FROM: $8075 USD + 2,050 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus, Overnight Boat, Private Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 18 nights
Wild Camp 10 nights
Basic Hotel 10 nights
Homestay 4 nights
Yurt Camp 3 nights
Camping without facilities 6 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Guesthouse 5 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 40, Lunches x 15, Dinners x 26
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
IKY
Deposit:
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

The ancient Silk Road crossed the lands of the Turkey and central Anatolia, and then divided. We follow the route that headed north, crossing the Caucasus through Georgia, Azerbaijan taking us into Central Asia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

It's a wonderful 54 day trip exploring the great civilisations, fabulous ever-changing scenery and diverse cultures. If you have the time and would like an in depth experience of this incredible part of the world, then this is the journey for you.

Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport
See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley
Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song Köl Lake
Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds
See a demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor
Learn how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made
Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge
Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley
Relax in the picturesque city of Bishkek

An easy trip, with a good relaxed pace, that really gives an insight into the region. A mixture of camping to allow us to get right off the beaten track, home stays, for local interaction as well as local and comfortable hotels, make this a trip that can be done by most folk with the time and an open mind but be aware crossing the Caspian Sea on the local ferry is quite an experience!

Day 1 - Bishkek (24th August 2020)

Border Information: if joining in Bishkek, you will most likely enter Kyrgyzstan at Bishkek Manas International Airport (IATA code: FRU).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore this relaxed and atmospheric city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Bishkek before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Bishkek.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

*Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Chong Kemin Valley (25th August 2020)
Day 3 - Chong Kemin Valley (26th August 2020)
Day 4 - Karakol (27th August 2020)
Day 5 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (28th August 2020)
Day 6 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (29th August 2020)
Day 7 - Kochkor (30th August 2020)
Day 8 - Son-Kol Lake (31st August 2020)
Day 9 - Son-Kol Lake (1st September 2020)
Day 10 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (2nd September 2020)
Day 11 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (3rd September 2020)
Day 12 - Arslanbob (4th September 2020)
Day 13 - Arslanbob (5th September 2020)
Day 14 - Fergana Valley (6th September 2020)
Day 15 - Tashkent (7th September 2020)
Day 16 - Tashkent (8th September 2020)
Day 17 - Samarkand (9th September 2020)
Day 18 - Samarkand (10th September 2020)
Day 19 - Samarkand (11th September 2020)
Day 20 - Kyzylkhum Desert (12th September 2020)
Day 21 - Bukhara (13th September 2020)
Day 22 - Bukhara (14th September 2020)
Day 23 - Bukhara (15th September 2020)
Day 24 - Khiva (16th September 2020)
Day 25 - Khiva (17th September 2020)
Day 26 - Kunye Urgench (18th September 2020)
Day 27 - Darvaza (19th September 2020)
Day 28 - Ashgabat (20th September 2020)
Day 29 - Ashgabat (21st September 2020)
Day 30 - Turkmenbashi (22nd September 2020)
Day 31 - Caspian Sea (23rd September 2020)
Day 32 - Baku (24th September 2020)
Day 33 - Baku (25th September 2020)
Day 34 - Baku (26th September 2020)
Day 35 - Baku (27th September 2020)
Day 36 - Lahij Village (28th September 2020)
Day 37 - Sheki (29th September 2020)
Day 38 - Lagodekhi (30th September 2020)
Day 39 - Telavi (1st October 2020)
Day 40 - Telavi (2nd October 2020)
Day 41 - Stepantsminda (3rd October 2020)
Day 42 - Mtskheta (4th October 2020)
Day 43 - Borjomi-Kharagauli NP (5th October 2020)
Day 44 - Armenian Highlands (6th October 2020)
Day 45 - Yerevan (7th October 2020)
Day 46 - Yerevan (8th October 2020)
Day 47 - Lake Sevan (9th October 2020)
Day 48 - Tbilisi (10th October 2020)
Day 49 - Kutaisi (11th October 2020)
Day 50 - Batumi (12th October 2020)
Day 51 - Sumela (13th October 2020)
Day 52 - Zara (14th October 2020)
Day 53 - Goreme (15th October 2020)
Day 54 - Goreme (16th October 2020)
Day 55 - Egirdir (17th October 2020)
Day 56 - Olympos (18th October 2020)
Day 57 - Olympos (19th October 2020)
Day 58 - Pamukkale (20th October 2020)
Day 59 - Selcuk (21st October 2020)
Day 60 - Selcuk (22nd October 2020)
Day 61 - Gallipoli (23rd October 2020)
Day 62 - Istanbul (24th October 2020)
Day 63 - Istanbul (25th October 2020)

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23 Jun 20 Istanbul
24 Aug 20 Bishkek
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