A 9 week trip from Istanbul to Bishkek through 8 countries. We see the best sites in Turkey, to Iran, with the friendliest people of the region and little visited sites. On to the deserts of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan and to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

Included
Turkey
– Gallipoli,  Turquoise Coast Tour, Cappadocia Region
Georgia –  Tbilisi
Armenia – See Mt Ararat
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

Included

  • Transport in expedition truck
  • All road tolls and ferry crossings
  • Accommodation – 50% camping in tents, 50% basic hotels & hostels
  • Meals prepared by group or provided – approx 50%
  • Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs & cooking gear

Excluded

  • Optional Excursions
  • Flights, transfers, travel insurance, drinks, tips, visas, meals out
  • Meals while in hotels

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 – Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme USD $50
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 USD $20
Iran – Tehran – Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry USD $6
Turkmenistan – Ashgabat – Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 USD $21
Iran – Mashaad – Day trip (average) transport, guided walk, lunch and hammam USD $35
Iran – Esfahan, Shiraz, Hashed, Tabriz, Yadz – mosques, palaces, ruins – free to $10 USD $10
Uzbekistan – Bukhara – Ark USD $5
Uzbekistan – Samarkand – entry $10, Ave of Mausoleums $5, Registan $7, Bibi Khanym Mosque $5, Afrasiab ruins & museum $4 USD $10
Uzbekistan – Kiva City sights pass USD $13
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

Departure Dates

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Map

Map of Istanbul, Turkey to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan