Central Asian Explorer

Istanbul - Xi'an

89 days through Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia
FROM: $11020 USD + 2,850 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:
Basic Hotel, Multishare Hostel, Guesthouse, Comfortable Hotel, Camping without facilities, Wild Camp, Homestay, Overnight Boat, Yurt Camp
Meals:
Breakfasts x 53, Lunches x 17, Dinners x 30
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
EUX
Deposit:
$290 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 countrys most bizarre attraction, the Darvaza Crater. Crossing the Oxus River is the heart of the route, Uzbekistans 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 its onto the edge of the Tibet Plateau and the Tibetan town of Xiahe. But no trip to China can be complete without a visit to the seminal city of Xian, 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
Stay in the fascinating city of Tbilisi

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 (28th April 2020)

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. *

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

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28 Apr 20 Istanbul
25 Jul 20 Xi'an
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03 Jun 20 Xi'an
30 Aug 20 Istanbul
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23 Jun 20 Istanbul
19 Sep 20 Xi'an
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29 Jul 20 Xi'an
25 Oct 20 Istanbul
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19 Aug 20 Xi'an
15 Nov 20 Istanbul
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27 Apr 21 Istanbul
24 Jul 21 Xi'an
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29 Aug 21 Istanbul
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22 Jun 21 Istanbul
18 Sep 21 Xi'an
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28 Jul 21 Xi'an
24 Oct 21 Istanbul
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18 Aug 21 Xi'an
14 Nov 21 Istanbul
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