Central Asian Explorer

Xi'an - Istanbul

89 days through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey
FROM: $11020 USD + 2,880 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat, Jeep, Russian Bus, Overnight Boat, Private Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 20 nights
Basic Hotel 25 nights
Guesthouse 8 nights
Camping without facilities 8 nights
Yurt Camp 5 nights
Homestay 5 nights
Wild Camp 10 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 49, Lunches x 19, Dinners x 31
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 Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market
Cross the Taklamakan Desert
Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
Camp near an adobe section of the Great Wall near Jiayuguan
Explore the colourful natural phenomenon of the Rainbow Mountains
Cross the northern end of the Tibetan Plateau
Explore Xiahe - one of Tibets most historic cities
See Bingling Si's vast Buddha statue and outstanding cave sculptures
Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples

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 - Xi'an (19th August 2020)
Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! We will have a free day to explore the city, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the optional activities listed will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an 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 Xi'an.


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Xi'an (20th August 2020)
Day 3 - Pingliang (21st August 2020)
Day 4 - Pingliang (22nd August 2020)
Day 5 - Xiahe (23rd August 2020)
Day 6 - Xiahe (24th August 2020)
Day 7 - Xiahe (25th August 2020)
Day 8 - Liujiaxia (26th August 2020)
Day 9 - Zhangye (27th August 2020)
Day 10 - Jiayuguan (28th August 2020)
Day 11 - Dunhuang (29th August 2020)
Day 12 - Dunhuang (30th August 2020)
Day 13 - Turpan (31st August 2020)
Day 14 - Turpan (1st September 2020)
Day 15 - Urumqi (2nd September 2020)
Day 16 - Urumqi (3rd September 2020)
Day 17 - Korle (4th September 2020)
Day 18 - Aksu (5th September 2020)
Day 19 - Kashgar (6th September 2020)
Day 20 - Kashgar (7th September 2020)
Day 21 - Kashgar (8th September 2020)
Day 22 - Kashgar (9th September 2020)
Day 23 - Tash Rabat (10th September 2020)
Day 24 - Tash Rabat (11th September 2020)
Day 25 - Kochkor (12th September 2020)
Day 26 - Bishkek (13th September 2020)
Day 27 - Bishkek (14th September 2020)
Day 28 - Chong Kemin Valley (15th September 2020)
Day 29 - Chong Kemin Valley (16th September 2020)
Day 30 - Karakol (17th September 2020)
Day 31 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (18th September 2020)
Day 32 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (19th September 2020)
Day 33 - Kochkor (20th September 2020)
Day 34 - Son-Kol Lake (21st September 2020)
Day 35 - Son-Kol Lake (22nd September 2020)
Day 36 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (23rd September 2020)
Day 37 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (24th September 2020)
Day 38 - Arslanbob (25th September 2020)
Day 39 - Arslanbob (26th September 2020)
Day 40 - Fergana Valley (27th September 2020)
Day 41 - Tashkent (28th September 2020)
Day 42 - Tashkent (29th September 2020)
Day 43 - Samarkand (30th September 2020)
Day 44 - Samarkand (1st October 2020)
Day 45 - Samarkand (2nd October 2020)
Day 46 - Kyzylkhum Desert (3rd October 2020)
Day 47 - Bukhara (4th October 2020)
Day 48 - Bukhara (5th October 2020)
Day 49 - Bukhara (6th October 2020)
Day 50 - Khiva (7th October 2020)
Day 51 - Khiva (8th October 2020)
Day 52 - Kunye Urgench (9th October 2020)
Day 53 - Darvaza (10th October 2020)
Day 54 - Ashgabat (11th October 2020)
Day 55 - Ashgabat (12th October 2020)
Day 56 - Turkmenbashi (13th October 2020)
Day 57 - Caspian Sea (14th October 2020)
Day 58 - Baku (15th October 2020)
Day 59 - Baku (16th October 2020)
Day 60 - Baku (17th October 2020)
Day 61 - Baku (18th October 2020)
Day 62 - Lahij Village (19th October 2020)
Day 63 - Sheki (20th October 2020)
Day 64 - Lagodekhi (21st October 2020)
Day 65 - Telavi (22nd October 2020)
Day 66 - Telavi (23rd October 2020)
Day 67 - Stepantsminda (24th October 2020)
Day 68 - Mtskheta (25th October 2020)
Day 69 - Borjomi-Kharagauli NP (26th October 2020)
Day 70 - Armenian Highlands (27th October 2020)
Day 71 - Yerevan (28th October 2020)
Day 72 - Yerevan (29th October 2020)
Day 73 - Lake Sevan (30th October 2020)
Day 74 - Tbilisi (31st October 2020)
Day 75 - Kutaisi (1st November 2020)
Day 76 - Batumi (2nd November 2020)
Day 77 - Sumela (3rd November 2020)
Day 78 - Zara (4th November 2020)
Day 79 - Goreme (5th November 2020)
Day 80 - Goreme (6th November 2020)
Day 81 - Egirdir (7th November 2020)
Day 82 - Olympos (8th November 2020)
Day 83 - Olympos (9th November 2020)
Day 84 - Pamukkale (10th November 2020)
Day 85 - Selcuk (11th November 2020)
Day 86 - Selcuk (12th November 2020)
Day 87 - Gallipoli (13th November 2020)
Day 88 - Istanbul (14th November 2020)
Day 89 - Istanbul (15th November 2020)

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