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Istanbul to Peking

15 weeks from GBP £4,150 plus local payment US$2,300 (What’s this?)

Initially, you’ll find your feet in the many compelling if relatively mainstream sites of Turkey – no less fascinating for that – but unlike 99% of its visitors, you’ll carry on eastward to explore the many fascinating but little-known sites in Iran, which will open before you, as will four of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, known as the ‘Stans’–the exotic-sounding Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. These straddle soaring mountains and the steppes, those seemingly endless vast, semi-arid grass-covered plains that nurture nomadic horsemen and their yurts. Then, across the Gobi desert of Mongolia and into China, finishing in style at Beijing. What a trip!

Landscape, history, culture, architecture, peoples or simply the sheer adventure of it all, this journey definitely has something for you…

Included

Transport in expedition truck
Camping fees & equipment: tents, tables, chairs, cooking gear
Crew - Driver & Tour Leader from start to Xi’an, Tour Leader Xi’an onwards
Accommodation; half camping in tents, half simple hotels

Excluded

Flights; visas; transfers; personal insurance, drinks, meals out, tips
Meals out or taken while in hotels or hostels - allow $20 day

Side trips / Optional extras

Turkey - WWI memorial - ANZAC Cove US$ 10
Turkey - Troy $10/15 incl entrance & guide US$ 10
Turkey - Ephesus US$ 10
Turkey - Pamukkale limestone terraces - $5-$15 US$ 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
Uzbekistan - Bukhara - Ark US$ 5
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
Uzbekistan - Tashkent - Bazaar US$ 0
Krygystan - Hiking guide for a group US$ 25
Krygystan - overnight yurt stay at Song Kol US$ 10
Krygystan - Horse riding at Song Kol per day US$ 15
Turkmenistan - Ashgabat - Nat Museum $10, carpet museum $9, Arch of Neutrality $2 US$ 21
Turkey - Hammam US$ 5
Georgia - Batumi bike hire per hour US$ 2
Georgia – Tbilisi - Many Museums from free to $5, wine tasting $15 US$ 5
Georgia – Gori - Stalin Museum $8, Gori Castle free US$ 8
Georgia - Prometheus Caves 2 hours US$ 7
Georgia - Lagodekhi NP hikes US$ 0
Georgia - Kazbegi Trinity Cathedral - transport, entrance free US$ 5
Georgia - Gremi Monastery US$ 5
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
Kazakhstan - Day Hiking, Ranger & Entry in Aksu Nat. Reserve US$ 30
Kazakhstan - Entry to Aksu National Park US$ 10
Kyrgyzstan - Museum Entrances from $2 to $10 US$ 10
China - Oasis Mingsha Shan Sand Dunes & Crescent Lake; entry $20 camel ride $18, microlite $50, sandboarding $30 US$ 118
China - Turpan; Irrigation Channel $10, Grape Valley $10 US$ 20
China - Jiayuguan - Last Fort - Great Wall of China US$ 20
China - Huanglong Park; Cable Car US$ 20
China - Gaochang, Bizeklik Caves & Astana Graves US$ 30
China - Museum entrances from $2 US$ 10

Departure Dates

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Map

Map of Istanbul to Peking

 

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