Turkey and Tehran Trails

Istanbul - Tehran

17 days through Turkey, Iran
FROM: $2225 USD + 460 USD Kitty
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Camping 1 night
Basic Hotel 6 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Breakfasts x 3, Lunches x 3, Dinners x 3
$260 USD per person
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This tour connects Turkey and Iran, two fascinating and deeply historic countries on the crossroads between the East and West. Turkey has been invaded from nearly every direction in the course of its history which makes it a melting pot of influences, a captivating mix of familiar and strange; meanwhile Iran is one of the world's best kept travel secrets, an incredibly hospitable land of striking natural beauty, its varied landscape comprising mountains, salt-plains, steppes, beaches, forests and deserts, as well as beautiful tiled mosques and other wonderful architecture.

Between them they have no shortage of wonderful places to explore, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the ruins of the lost city of Troy, the Dome of Soltaniyeh, the historic Bazaar of Tabriz and the colourful Prometheus Caves. We also take a guided tour of the unworldy geological wonder of Cappadocia with its magical hoodoos and undulating valleys of pink and white rock.

Guided tour of Golestan Palace in Tehran
Learn about Iran's fascinating history at the National Museum
See the spectacular Dome of Soltaniyeh
Wander through the ancient bazaar of Tabriz, the largest covered market in the world
Overnight in the Kurdish town of Do?ubayaz?t
Overland Eastern Turkey and wild camp en-route
Guided tour of the valley of Cappadocia
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Visit the incredible Blue Mosque
Explore the many amazing sites of Istanbul

A perfect trip for lovers of culture and history, this tour takes in more than its fair share of wonderful ruins and monuments. The Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all made their mark on Turkey, while the aesthetic beauty of Islamic architecture can be found all over Iran. This is a comfortable trip, mostly staying in hotels and hostels, with some wild camping.

Day 1 - Istanbul (5th 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 optional activities will only be possible for those with extra time in Istanbul before the start of your trip with us - please contact 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 (6th April 2021)
Day 3 - Selcuk (7th April 2021)
Day 4 - Selcuk (8th April 2021)
Day 5 - Pamukkale (9th April 2021)
Day 6 - Olympos (10th April 2021)
Day 7 - Olympos (11th April 2021)
Day 8 - Egirdir (12th April 2021)
Day 9 - Goreme (13th April 2021)
Day 10 - Goreme (14th April 2021)
Day 11 - Mount Nemrut (15th April 2021)
Day 12 - Lake Nemrut (16th April 2021)
Day 13 - Dogubayazit (17th April 2021)
Day 14 - Tabriz (18th April 2021)
Day 15 - Zanjan (19th April 2021)
Day 16 - Tehran (20th April 2021)
Day 17 - Tehran - End Date (21st April 2021)

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05 Apr 21 Istanbul
21 Apr 21 Tehran

$2,225 USD + 460 USD Kitty

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27 Sep 21 Tehran
13 Oct 21 Istanbul

$2,225 USD + 480 USD Kitty

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