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Kyrgyzstan Mountains to Istanbul

11 weeks from GBP £3,200 plus local payment US$2,100 (What’s this?)

An 11 week trip from Bishkek to Istanbul to trip through 6 countries. We see the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, to Uzbekistan, to the deserts of Turkmenistan. Iran, with the friendliest people of the region and little visited sites. And the best of Turkey, to Istanbul

Kyrgyzstan - Ala-Archa Nature Reserve, Lakes Issyk-Kul, Semenovskre Gorge, Yurt Stay by Lake Song Kol, Tash Rabat Caravanserai
Kazakhstan - Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve
- Historic cities; Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand
Turkmenistan - Letter of Introduction support and fees, Ashgabat, Darvaza Gas Craters
- Esfahan, Tehran, Persepolis, Shiraz, Yazd, Dasht e Kavir Desert, Mashhad
Georgia -  Tbilisi
Armenia -
See Mt Ararat
- Gallipoli, Turquoise Coast Tour, Cappadocia Region.


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


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

Side trips / Optional extras

Turkmenistan - Ashgabat - Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 US$ 21
Krygystan - Horse riding at Song Kol per day US$ 15
Krygystan - overnight yurt stay at Song Kol US$ 10
Uzbekistan - Samarkand – entry $10, Ave of Mausoleums $5, Registan $7, Bibi Khanym Mosque $5, Afrasiab ruins & museum $4 US$ 10
Uzbekistan - Kiva City sights pass US$ 13
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 US$ 20
Uzbekistan - Bukhara - Ark US$ 5
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
Iran - Tehran - Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry US$ 6
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
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
Kazakhstan - Entry to Aksu National Park US$ 10
Kazakhstan - Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve US$ 30

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Map of Kyrgyzstan Mountains to Istanbul


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