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

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

Included

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

Excluded

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

Side trips / Optional extras

Trip/extra Cost
Turkmenistan – Ashgabat – Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 USD $21
Krygystan – Horse riding at Song Kol per day USD $15
Krygystan – overnight yurt stay at Song Kol USD $10
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
Turkey, Goreme; Ballooning hour $180, Day tour $25, Belly dancing $30 USD $20
Uzbekistan – Bukhara – Ark USD $5
Iran – Esfahan, Shiraz, Hashed, Tabriz, Yadz – mosques, palaces, ruins – free to $10 USD $10
Iran – Mashaad – Day trip (average) transport, guided walk, lunch and hammam USD $35
Iran – Tehran – Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry USD $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 USD $10
Turkey – Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme USD $50
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 Kyrgyzstan Mountains to Istanbul