Join our exploratory Trans Asia Istanbul to Beijing overland trip over 15 exciting weeks through twelve countries; taking in such wonderfully evocative place names as Cappadocia, Mt Ararat, Isfahan, Shiraz, Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent and the Karakum & Gobi Deserts.

Included
Turkey
– Gallipoli,  Turquoise Coast Tour, Cappadocia Region
Georgia – Batumi, Gori, Tbilisi
Armenia – Yerevan
Iran – Esfahan, Tehran, Persepolis, Shiraz, Yazd, Dasht e Kavir Desert, Mashhad
Turkmenistan – Letter of Introduction support and fees, Ashgabat, Darvaza Gas Craters
Uzbekistan – Historic cities; Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand
Kazakhstan – Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve
Kyrgyzstan – Ala-Archa Nature Reserve, Lakes Issyk-Kul, Semenovskre Gorge, Yurt Stay by Lake Song Kol, Tash Rabat Caravanserai
China – Chinese guide, Letter of Introduction & fees, Jiaohe Ruins, Maogao Caves, Boat Buddha Caves at Bingling Si, Labrang Tibetan Monastery, Huanglong National Park, Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Centre, Terracotta Army 

Included

  • Transport in expedition truck
  • Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs & cooking gear
  • All road tolls and ferry crossings
  • All accommodation approx 20% camping, 80% simple hotels/hostels
  • Crew – Driver & Tour Leader from start to Xi’an, Tour Leader Xi’an onwards
  • Accommodation – 50% camping in tents, 50% basic hotels & hostels
  • Fully equipped Expedition Truck from Istanbul to Xi’an

Excluded

  • Flights (in case of flyover)
  • Visas from $600- $750, depends on nationality
  • Optional Excursions
  • Flights, transfers, travel insurance, drinks, tips, visas, meals out
  • Meals out or taken while in hotels or hostels – allow $20 day

Side trips / Optional extras

Trip/extra Cost
Turkey – WWI memorial – ANZAC Cove $10, Troy entrance and guide $15, Ephesus $10, Hamam $5, Pamukkale limestone terraces $15, Ephesus 5 hour tour $40, Ephesus entry $10 USD $10
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 USD $20
Turkey – Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme USD $50
Iran – Esfahan, Shiraz, Hashed, Tabriz, Yadz – mosques, palaces, ruins – free to $10 USD $10
Iran – Mashaad – Day trip (average) transport, guided walk, lunch and hammam USD $35
Iran – Tehran – Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry USD $6
Uzbekistan – Bukhara – Ark USD $5
Uzbekistan – Kiva City sights pass USD $13
Uzbekistan – Samarkand – entry $10, Ave of Mausoleums $5, Registan $7, Bibi Khanym Mosque $5, Afrasiab ruins & museum $4 USD $10
Krygystan – overnight yurt stay at Song Kol USD $10
Krygystan – Horse riding at Song Kol per day USD $15
Turkmenistan – Ashgabat – Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 USD $21
China – Museum entrances from $2 USD $10
Georgia – Tbilisi – Museums free to $5, wine tasting $15, Folk Music lunch $15 USD $5
Georgia – Gori – Stalin Museum $8, Gori Castle free, Uplistsikhe ancient cave city built into the mountains $2, Telavi wine tour $40 USD $8
Kazakhstan – Entry to Aksu National Park USD $10
Kazakhstan – Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve USD $30
China – Oasis Mingsha Shan Sand Dunes & Crescent Lake; entry $20 camel ride $18, microlite $50, sandboarding $30 USD $118
China – Huanglong Park; Cable Car USD $20
China – Gaochang, Bizeklik Caves & Astana Graves USD $30
China – Turpan; Irrigation Channel $10, Grape Valley $10 USD $20
China – Jiayuguan – Last Fort – Great Wall of China USD $20

Departure Dates

View all the dates for this tour on the departure dates page.

Map

Map of Istanbul to Peking