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Kyrgyzstan Mountains to Istanbul

11 weeks from GBP £2,950 plus local payment US$1,930 (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

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 
Turkey
 - Gallipoli, Turquoise Coast Tour, Cappadocia Region.

Included

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

Excluded

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

Side trips / Optional extras

Krygystan - Hiking guide for a group US$ 25
Krygystan - Horse riding at Song Kol per day US$ 15
Krygystan - overnight yurt stay at Song Kol US$ 10
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
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
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
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

Departure Dates

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Map

Map of Kyrgyzstan Mountains to Istanbul

 

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