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Istanbul to Singapore

25 Weeks from GBP £6,300 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, visas, 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 - 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 $10 US$ 10
Turkey - Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme US$ 50
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 US$ 20
Georgia – Tbilisi - Museums free to $5, wine tasting $15, Folk Music lunch $15 US$ 5
Georgia – Gori - Stalin Museum $8, Gori Castle free, Uplistsikhe ancient cave city built into the mountains $2, Telavi wine tour $40 US$ 8
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/Saigon, Reunification/ Independence Palace $2, Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple day trip $10 US$ 2
Vietnam - Mekong Delta Day Excursion US$ 60
Hue - Royal Tombs & Perfume River Cruise $15, DMZ tour $10 US$ 15
Cambodia - Guide for Angkor Wat US$ 40
Thailand - Bangkok; Floating Markets tour $60, Temple and Palace entry $10, Khlong (Canal) Tour Bangkok full/half Day $40/80 US$ 80
Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Barjaya Times Square Theme Park 800 meter long Supersonic Odyssey roller coaster $10, Petronas Towers $20 US$ 10
Indonesia - Bat Cave Tour Bukit Lawang & Tube Hire US$ 3
Singapore – Singapore Flyer giant Ferris wheel $25, Cinema visit $5, Market meals $5 US$ 24
Indonesia - Photo Fee at Orangutan Feeding Station 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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