Ottoman & Persian Wonders

Ashgabat - Istanbul

31 days through Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey
FROM: $5690 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Comfortable Hotel 8 nights
Basic Hotel 12 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Camping 1 night
Breakfasts x 14, Lunches x 3, Dinners x 3
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This overland tour connects Turkey, Iran & Turkmenistan, three incredible countries on the ancient Silk Road. Turkey has been invaded from nearly every direction in the course of its history which makes it a melting pot of influences; Iran is one of the world's best kept travel secrets, which never fails to surprise its visitors; and Turkmenistan has some of the most remote scenery on earth, where the people still live largely nomadic lives. Between them they have no shortage of incredible places to explore, including the Blue Mosque, the battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Dome of Soltaniyeh, the historic Bazaar of Tabriz, the colourful Prometheus Caves, the unworldy geological wonder of Cappadocia and the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat.


Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Visit the sufi complex in Bastam, Iran
Walking tour of ancient Damghan
Explore the ancient desert town of Khoor and its beautiful palm trees
Discover the winding streets and adobe architecure of Yazd's Old Town
Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and witness its ancient fire
Overnight at traditional caravanserai at Zein-o-Din
Guided tour of the incredible ruins of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis
Walking tour of some of the highlights of the old city of Shiraz
Relax in the city square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Esfahan

A great trip for history buffs, this tour takes in more than its fair share of historic sites. Comfortable hotels and a couple of nights wild camping. A fairly fast pace, but some 2 or 3 night stays to really give you time to explore.


Day 1 - Ashgabat (13th September 2021)
Border Information:

if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

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.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Ashgabat Sunday Market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat 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 Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please 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.*

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Ashgabat (14th September 2021)
Day 3 - Shirvan (15th September 2021)
Day 4 - Damghan (16th September 2021)
Day 5 - Khoor (17th September 2021)
Day 6 - Yazd (18th September 2021)
Day 7 - Yazd (19th September 2021)
Day 8 - Zein-o-din (20th September 2021)
Day 9 - Shiraz (21st September 2021)
Day 10 - Shiraz (22nd September 2021)
Day 11 - Esfahan (23rd September 2021)
Day 12 - Esfahan (24th September 2021)
Day 13 - Esfahan (25th September 2021)
Day 14 - Tehran (26th September 2021)
Day 15 - Tehran (27th September 2021)
Day 16 - Zanjan (28th September 2021)
Day 17 - Tabriz (29th September 2021)
Day 18 - Dogubayazit (30th September 2021)
Day 19 - Lake Nemrut (1st October 2021)
Day 20 - Mount Nemrut (2nd October 2021)
Day 21 - Goreme (3rd October 2021)
Day 22 - Goreme (4th October 2021)
Day 23 - Egirdir (5th October 2021)
Day 24 - Olympos (6th October 2021)
Day 25 - Olympos (7th October 2021)
Day 26 - Pamukkale (8th October 2021)
Day 27 - Selcuk (9th October 2021)
Day 28 - Selcuk (10th October 2021)
Day 29 - Gallipoli (11th October 2021)
Day 30 - Istanbul (12th October 2021)
Day 31 - Istanbul (13th October 2021)

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13 Sep 21 Ashgabat
13 Oct 21 Istanbul

$5,690 USD

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12 Sep 22 Ashgabat
12 Oct 22 Istanbul

$5,915 USD

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