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Istanbul to Singapore

25 Weeks from GBP £5,650 plus local payment US$3,760 (What’s this?)

Epic overland adventure across 14 countries. Istanbul, Europe, along the ancient Silk Road to China and then through the tropics of South East Asia, to the metropolis of Singapore. Experience diverse cultures, discover unknown and often turbulent history, explore varied landscapes and surroundings from wide verdant grasslands and barren deserts to towering snow-capped mountains and dense rainforest, and get lost in some of the world's most vibrant cities.

- 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
Laos - Longtail boat trip in Phu Hin Bun National Park, Vientiane - Great Sacred Stupa of Pha That Luang, Imperial City Hue, War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City
Cambodia - Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Killing Fields, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Boat trip from Siem Reap to Battambang with Tonle Sap Lake
Thailand – Bangkok - Wat Phra Kaew & Grand Palace
Indonesia - Sumatra Jungle trek, Orangutan feeding station & inner tube river trip
Malaysia - Speed boat trip to Perhentian Islands
Singapore Sling at Raffles


All accom approx 20% camping, 80% hostels; except Beach Week Thailand
Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs & cooking gear
All road tolls and ferry crossings
Crew - Driver and Tour Leader from Istanbul to Xi’an, Tour Leader from Xi’an to Singapore
Fully equipped Expedition Truck from Istanbul to Xi’an
Meals prepared by group approx 30%


Optional excursions/side trips
Optional Excursions
Flights, transfers, travel insurance, drinks, tips, vsas, meals out
Hotel & food during the ‘Beach Week’ in Thailand
Meals out or taken while in hotels or hostels - allow $20 day

Side trips / Optional extras

Turkey - Ephesus US$ 10
Turkey - Hammam US$ 5
Turkey - Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme US$ 50
Turkey - Pamukkale limestone terraces - $5-$15 US$ 10
Turkey - Troy $10/15 incl entrance & guide US$ 10
Turkey - Efes 5 hours - guide and transport US$ 40
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 US$ 20
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
Iran - Mashaad - Day trip (average) transport, guided walk, lunch and hammam US$ 35
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
Uzbekistan - Bukhara - Ark US$ 5
Uzbekistan - Kiva City sights pass US$ 13
Krygystan - overnight yurt stay at Song Kol US$ 10
Krygystan - Horse riding at Song Kol per day US$ 15
Kazakhstan - Entry to Aksu National Park US$ 10
Kazakhstan - Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve US$ 30
China - Museum entrances from $2 US$ 10
China - Oasis Mingsha Shan Sand Dunes & Crescent Lake; entry $20 camel ride $18, microlite $50, sandboarding $30 US$ 118
China - Gaochang, Bizeklik Caves & Astana Graves US$ 30
China - Jiayuguan - Last Fort - Great Wall of China US$ 20
China - Turpan; Irrigation Channel $10, Grape Valley $10 US$ 20
China - Huanglong Park; Cable Car US$ 20
Vietnam - HCMC, Reunification Palace or Independence Palace US$ 2
Vietnam - Mekong Delta Day Excursion US$ 60
Vietnam - Hue Royal Tombs and Perfume River Cruise US$ 15
Vietnam - Hue, DMZ Tour US$ 10
Thailand - Bangkok; Floating Markets Day Tour US$ 60
Cambodia - Guide for Angkor Wat US$ 40
Vietnam - HCMC, Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple day excursion US$ 10
Thailand - Bangkok, Temple and Palace Entrance Fees US$ 10
Thailand - Khlong (Canal) Tour Bangkok (Half Day $40 ) Full Day US$ 80
Malaysia - Petronas Towers Entry US$ 20
Malaysia - Barjaya Times Square Mall and Theme Park, Kuala Lumpur US$ 10
Indonesia - Bat Cave Tour Bukit Lawang & Tube Hire US$ 3
Singapore - Singapore Flyer US$ 30
Indonesia - Photo Fee at Orangutan Feeding Station US$ 5
Singapore - Cinema US$ 5
Singapore - Hawkers Market meals US$ 5
Kyrgyzstan - Museum Entrances from $2 to $10 US$ 10
Malaysia - Penang – Medan Return Flights US$ 200
Thailand - accommodation ‘Beach Week’ from $200 to $300 US$ 300

Departure Dates

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