Duration: 11 Weeks
From: GBP £3,150
Plus local payment: USD $2,100 (What’s this?)

Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes.  Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, from Troy in Turkey to Esfahan in Iran.  Visit the legendary ‘Stan’s’ taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan.

Included
Turkey
 – Gallipoli,  Turquoise Coast Tour, Cappadocia Region
Georgia – Tbilisi
Armenia – little visited country
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

Included

  • Transport on expedition truck with crew
  • Accommodation – 50% camping in tents, 50% basic hotels & hostels
  • Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs & cooking gear

Excluded

  • Flights, visas, transfers, personal insurance, drinks, meals out, tips
  • Optional excursions/side trips
  • 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
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
Iran – Tehran – Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry USD $6
Iran – Esfahan, Shiraz, Hashed, Tabriz, Yadz – mosques, palaces, ruins – free to $10 USD $10
Turkmenistan – Ashgabat – Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 USD $21
Uzbekistan – Samarkand – entry $10, Ave of Mausoleums $5, Registan $7, Bibi Khanym Mosque $5, Afrasiab ruins & museum $4 USD $10
Iran – Mashaad – Day trip (average) transport, guided walk, lunch and hammam USD $35
Uzbekistan – Bukhara – Ark USD $5
Uzbekistan – Kiva City sights pass USD $13
Kazakhstan – Entry to Aksu National Park USD $10
Kazakhstan – Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve USD $30
Kyrgyzstan – Museum Entrances from $2 to $10 USD $10
Krygystan – overnight yurt stay at Song Kol USD $10
Krygystan – Horse riding at Song Kol per day USD $15

Departure Dates

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Map

Map of Istanbul to Bishkek