Istanbul to Beijing Overland (15 weeks)

Company : Oasis Overland
Activity: Tours
Countries: China / Iran / Turkey
Duration: 3 months to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes.

You will get to discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, from Troy in Turkey and Esfahan in Iran, to the Terracotta Army and Great Wall in China. 

 

Trip Specifics

  • Start: Istanbul
  • End: Beijing
  • Duration: 15 Weeks

 

Itinerary

Days 1 to 7 - Turkey

  • Istanbul - Free day to enjoy the many sights and attractions.
  • Our overland truck journey begins
  • Gallipoli - visit the battlegrounds and war graves of the forces that fought here in WWI.
  • Troy - thought to be the location of the legendary city.
  • Ephesus - built by the Greeks 1000 years BC, then rebuilt by the Romans.

 

Days 8 to 17

  • Turquoise Coast - relax along the beautiful beaches of this stunning coastline.
  • Olympos - relax on the beach & hike up to view the eternal flames.
  • Cappadoccia - explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape.

 

Days 18 to 25

  • Nemrut Dagi - see the huge statues scattered at the summit of this mountain
  • Lake Van - relax on the lake shore, visit Akdamar Island, or take in the history of Van Castle.
  • Eastern Turkey - explore the little visited Kars area close to the Armenian border.
  • Dogubeyazit - overlooked by Mt. Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark.

 

Days 26 to 43 - Iran

  • Follow the Zagros Mountain Range south in to the interior.
  • Tabriz - explore the 35km labyrinthine bazaar and the Blue (Kabud) Mosque.
  • Tehran - cosmopolitan city in the shadow of the Alborz Mountain Range.
  • Esfahan - 3 nights to fully explore this stunning city. Take a guided city tour (optional) around Imam Square (UNESCO site) or just wander, find a local tea house and converse with the incredibly hospitable locals.
  • Persepolis – follow in Alexander the Great’s footsteps – some say this site is equal in grandeur to Ankor Wat and the Pyramids!
  • Shiraz – once famous for its vineyards.  Soak up the atmosphere in the tranquil gardens.
  • Visit one of the remaining Caravanserais that serviced the Silk Road.
  • Yazd – mudbrick old town with winding lanes – one of Iran’s highlights.
  • Damghan and the Dasht e Kavir Desert, in search of the rare Asiatic Cheetah
  • Mashhad - some 20 million pilgrims visit the incredible Imam Reza Shrine every year.

 

Day 44 - Turkmenistan

  • Ashgabat - the fascinating and slightly bizarre 'White City', fashioned out of marble.

 

Days 45 to 48 - Turkmenistan

  • Ashgabat - the fascinating and slightly bizarre 'White City', fashioned out of marble.
  • Kara-Kum Desert - arduous days are rewarded by camping out in this barren terrain.
  • Darvaza Gas Craters - a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.
  • Kunye Ugench - see the 60mtr high minaret!

 

Days 49 to 58 - Uzbekistan

  • Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.
  • Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.
  • Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.
  • Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.
  • Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital.

 

Days 59 to 63 - Kazakhstan

  • Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve – green valleys, wildlife and snow capped peaks!
  • Time to explore this southern corner of Kazakhstan.
  • Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital.  Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks.  A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!

 

Day 64

  • Bishkek - Free day to enjoy the many sights and attractions.

 

Days 65 to 78

  • Lake Issyk-Kul - a massive mountain lake with magnificent scenery & loads of activities to choose from.
  • Karakol / Jeti Orguz Region - hiking into the surrounding Terskay Ala-Too Mountains.
  • Ala-Archa Nature Reserve - an option to go trekking to the edge of glaciers, in spectacular scenery.
  • Lake Song Kol - Traditional yurt stay, horseback riding and trekking the surrounding areas.
  • Tash Rabat - visit this ancient caravanserai.
  • Torugat Pass - travel through the Tien Shan Mountains & cross the border into China.

 

Days 79 to 86 - China

  • Kashgar - a major trading point on the old Silk Road.
  • Taklamakan Desert - 272,000 sq km of slowly moving sand.
  • Kuqa and the Thousand Buddha Caves.
  • Turpan - visit nearby ruins of Jiaohe City.

 

Days 87 to 96

  • Gobi Desert - one of the hottest places on earth.
  • Dunhuang - the famous Mogao Grottoes & the Crescent Moon Pool.
  • Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China
  • Xiahe - Labrang Buddhist Monastery.
  • Huanglong National Park - savour some of the spectacular scenery and hiking trails.

 

Days 97 to 105

  • Chengdu - visit the nearby Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
  • Xi'an - visit the famous Terracotta Warriors.
  • Overnight train to the capital.
  • Beijing - day trip to visit the Great Wall of China; stay a few extra days to take in all the sights including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven.


 

What’s Included

  • Selected day excursions and activities
  • One night's hotel accommodation in Beijing (China)
  • Overnight train from Xi'an to Beijing
  • Accommodation fees (50% camping & 50% in simple hotels & hostels)
  • Meals prepared by group (approx 50%)
  • Fully equipped Oasis Expedition Truck
  • All road tolls and ferry crossings
  • Camping and Cooking gear
  • Services of Oasis Crew

 

What’s Not Included

  • Visas (US $550 - $700, depending on nationality)
  • Meals taken while in hotels / hostels (allow US $20/day)
  • Optional Excursions as listed
  • Airport Taxes & Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Flights 
  • Tips

 

Tour Price

Trip Price From: £3695.00 + Local Payment From: US$2,295.00

Start Dates

23-04-2016
23-04-2017

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