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Istanbul to Bishkek

11 Weeks from GBP £2,950 plus local payment US$1,930 (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

Turkey - Troy $10/15 incl entrance & guide US$ 10
Turkey - Hammam US$ 5
Turkey - Ephesus US$ 10
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 US$ 20
Turkey - Pamukkale limestone terraces - $5-$15 US$ 10
Turkey - Efes 5 hours - guide and transport US$ 40
Turkey - Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme US$ 50
Georgia – Tbilisi - Many Museums from free to $5, wine tasting $15 US$ 5
Georgia – Gori - Stalin Museum $8, Gori Castle free US$ 8
Georgia - Prometheus Caves US$ 7
Georgia - Kazbegi Trinity Cathedral - transport, entrance free US$ 5
Georgia - Gremi Monastery US$ 5
Iran - Tehran - Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry US$ 6
Iran - Esfahan, Shiraz, Hashed, Tabriz, Yadz - mosques, palaces, ruins - free to $10 US$ 10
Turkmenistan - Ashgabat - Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 US$ 21
Uzbekistan - Samarkand – entry $10, Ave of Mausoleums $5, Registan $7, Bibi Khanym Mosque $5, Afrasiab ruins & museum $4 US$ 10
Iran - Mashaad - Day trip (average) transport, guided walk, lunch and hammam US$ 35
Uzbekistan - Bukhara - Ark US$ 5
Uzbekistan - Kiva City sights pass US$ 13
Kazakhstan - Entry to Aksu National Park US$ 10
Kazakhstan - Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve US$ 30
Kyrgyzstan - Museum Entrances from $2 to $10 US$ 10
Krygystan - overnight yurt stay at Song Kol US$ 10
Krygystan - Horse riding at Song Kol per day US$ 15

Departure Dates

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Map

Map of Istanbul to Bishkek

 

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