Central Asian Explorer

Istanbul - Xi'an

89 days through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China
FROM: $11315 USD + 2,880 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Overnight Boat, Jeep, Russian Bus, Local Bus, Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas, One Local Crew Member
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 21 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Camping without facilities 8 nights
Basic Hotel 26 nights
Guesthouse 8 nights
Wild Camp 7 nights
Homestay 8 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Yurt Camp 4 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 53, Lunches x 17, Dinners x 30
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
EUX
Deposit:
$580 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

Overlanding started along the Silk Route back in the 60s, the famed Hippy Trail. Our route takes us along the northern Silk Route, across the heart of Central Asia. From the legendary city of Istanbul crossing the wild mountains and lush valleys of the Caucasus, through Georgia and Azerbaijan; both countries renowned for their food, home stays and hospitality.

The Caspian Sea is the divide between true Central Asia, the deserts and nomads of Turkmenistan and the infamous city of Ashgabat. In the north of the Karakum deserts, lies the country's most bizarre attraction, the Darvaza Crater. Crossing the Oxus River is the heart of the route, Uzbekistan's fabulous cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Towering above the deserts are the Tian Shan Mountains and the lands of Kyrgyzstan; home to shepherds and horseman; this is our opportunity to really get to grips with the local life.

Crossing the Torugart Pass, the lands of Western China open up at Kashgar; ahead lies the vast bowl of the Taklimakan Desert and then it's onto the edge of the Tibet Plateau and the Tibetan town of Xi'ahe. But no trip to China can be complete without a visit to the seminal city of Xi'an, home of the terracotta army.

Explore the amazing sights of Istanbul
Guided tour of Ancient Troy
Visit the Gallipoli Peninsular and the battlefields
Ancient ruins of Ephesus
Olympos Beach and Fire mountain
Ancient Mountain City of Termessos
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Guided tour of the valley & underground cities of Cappadocia
Visit the Black Sea at Batumi
Visit the Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi

This great road journey through Asia, crosses different cultures and religions. It is ideal for lovers of history and culture. A great trip to meet different peoples and for lovers of stunning scenery, from deserts, river valleys.

Day 1 - Istanbul (27th April 2021)

Border Information: If joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IATA code: IST).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting. If you are travelling beyond Tbilisi, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip.

The afternoon will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus River, Hagia Sophia and the phenomenal Blue Mosque!

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

* 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. *


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Gallipoli (28th April 2021)
Day 3 - Selcuk (29th April 2021)
Day 4 - Selcuk (30th April 2021)
Day 5 - Pamukkale (1st May 2021)
Day 6 - Olympos (2nd May 2021)
Day 7 - Olympos (3rd May 2021)
Day 8 - Egirdir (4th May 2021)
Day 9 - Goreme (5th May 2021)
Day 10 - Goreme (6th May 2021)
Day 11 - Zara (7th May 2021)
Day 12 - Sumela (8th May 2021)
Day 13 - Batumi (9th May 2021)
Day 14 - Kutaisi (10th May 2021)
Day 15 - Tbilisi (11th May 2021)
Day 16 - Tbilisi (12th May 2021)
Day 17 - Lake Sevan (13th May 2021)
Day 18 - Yerevan (14th May 2021)
Day 19 - Yerevan (15th May 2021)
Day 20 - Armenian Highlands (16th May 2021)
Day 21 - Borjomi-Kharagauli NP (17th May 2021)
Day 22 - Mtskheta (18th May 2021)
Day 23 - Stepantsminda (19th May 2021)
Day 24 - Telavi (20th May 2021)
Day 25 - Telavi (21st May 2021)
Day 26 - Lagodekhi (22nd May 2021)
Day 27 - Sheki (23rd May 2021)
Day 28 - Lahij Village (24th May 2021)
Day 29 - Baku (25th May 2021)
Day 30 - Baku (26th May 2021)
Day 31 - Caspian Sea (27th May 2021)
Day 32 - Turkmenbashi (28th May 2021)
Day 33 - Ashgabat (29th May 2021)
Day 34 - Ashgabat (30th May 2021)
Day 35 - Darvaza (31st May 2021)
Day 36 - Kunye Urgench (1st June 2021)
Day 37 - Khiva (2nd June 2021)
Day 38 - Khiva (3rd June 2021)
Day 39 - Bukhara (4th June 2021)
Day 40 - Bukhara (5th June 2021)
Day 41 - Bukhara (6th June 2021)
Day 42 - Kyzylkhum Desert (7th June 2021)
Day 43 - Samarkand (8th June 2021)
Day 44 - Samarkand (9th June 2021)
Day 45 - Samarkand (10th June 2021)
Day 46 - Tashkent (11th June 2021)
Day 47 - Tashkent (12th June 2021)
Day 48 - Tashkent (13th June 2021)
Day 49 - Fergana Valley (14th June 2021)
Day 50 - Arslanbob (15th June 2021)
Day 51 - Arslanbob (16th June 2021)
Day 52 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (17th June 2021)
Day 53 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (18th June 2021)
Day 54 - Son-Kol Lake (19th June 2021)
Day 55 - Son-Kol Lake (20th June 2021)
Day 56 - Kochkor (21st June 2021)
Day 57 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (22nd June 2021)
Day 58 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (23rd June 2021)
Day 59 - Karakol (24th June 2021)
Day 60 - Chong Kemin Valley (25th June 2021)
Day 61 - Chong Kemin Valley (26th June 2021)
Day 62 - Bishkek (27th June 2021)
Day 63 - Bishkek (28th June 2021)
Day 64 - Kochkor (29th June 2021)
Day 65 - Tash Rabat (30th June 2021)
Day 66 - Kashgar (1st July 2021)
Day 67 - Kashgar (2nd July 2021)
Day 68 - Kashgar (3rd July 2021)
Day 69 - Kashgar (4th July 2021)
Day 70 - Kashgar (5th July 2021)
Day 71 - Aksu (6th July 2021)
Day 72 - Korle (7th July 2021)
Day 73 - Urumqi (8th July 2021)
Day 74 - Urumqi (9th July 2021)
Day 75 - Turpan (10th July 2021)
Day 76 - Turpan (11th July 2021)
Day 77 - Dunhuang (12th July 2021)
Day 78 - Dunhuang (13th July 2021)
Day 79 - Jiayuguan (14th July 2021)
Day 80 - Zhangye (15th July 2021)
Day 81 - Liujiaxia (16th July 2021)
Day 82 - Xiahe (17th July 2021)
Day 83 - Xiahe (18th July 2021)
Day 84 - Xiahe (19th July 2021)
Day 85 - Lanzhou (20th July 2021)
Day 86 - Pingliang (21st July 2021)
Day 87 - Pingliang (22nd July 2021)
Day 88 - Xi'an (23rd July 2021)
Day 89 - Xi'an (24th July 2021)

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