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Istanbul to Bishkek

11 Weeks from GBP £3,300 plus local payment US$2,200 (What’s this?)

Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes.  Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, from Troy in Turkey to Esfahan in Iran.  Visit the legendary 'Stan's' taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan.

 - Gallipoli,  Turquoise Coast Tour, Cappadocia Region.
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


Meals prepared by group or provided - approx 50%
Accommodation; half camping in tents, half simple hotels
Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs, cooking gear


Flights; visas; transfers; personal insurance, drinks, meals out, tips
Optional excursions/side trips
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, Hammam $5, Pamukkale limestone terraces $15 US$ 10
Turkey – Goreme - Ballooning 1 hour $180, Turkish night $20, full day tour $25, Belly dancing night $30 US$ 20
Turkey - Ihlara Valley 2-3 hours tourist card that included many entries for Goreme US$ 50
Georgia - Gremi Monastery US$ 5
Georgia - Kazbegi Trinity Cathedral - transport, entrance free US$ 5
Georgia - Lagodekhi NP hikes US$ 0
Georgia - Prometheus Caves 2 hours US$ 7
Georgia – Gori - Stalin Museum $8, Gori Castle free US$ 8
Georgia – Tbilisi - Many Museums from free to $5, wine tasting $15 US$ 5
Georgia - Batumi bike hire per hour US$ 2
Iran - Tehran - Many other museums in Tehran…. Most cost between $1-6 entry US$ 6
Iran - Esfahan, Shiraz, Hashed, Tabriz, Yadz - many mosques palaces, ruins from 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 - Bukhara - Ark US$ 5
Uzbekistan - Tashkent - Bazaar US$ 0
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$ 20
Krygystan - overnight yurt stay at Song Kol US$ 10
Kazakhstan - Entry to Aksu National Park US$ 10
Kazakhstan - Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve US$ 30
Kyrgyzstan - Museum Entrances from $2 to $10 US$ 10
Krygystan - Horse riding at Song Kol per day US$ 15
Krygystan - Hiking guide for a group US$ 25

Departure Dates

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Map of Istanbul to Bishkek


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