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Since the first trip back in 1981, Dragoman has been at the forefront of overland vacations, taking people on unique, off the beaten track adventures in their iconic custom-made orange trucks. Dragoman make it a whole lot easier to get off the tarmac and to take the road less-travelled be it a short trip or an epic journey. It is this ability to go beyond the traditional tourist tails on a life changing overland journey that attracts people from all over the world ranging in age from 18 to 80!. Now as much as we love the highlights of the places we visit, it is often the journey where the real magic happens. Be it the the small village stop in Benin, trying to spot Jaguars in the dense Amazonian jungle of Guyana or staying with the nomadic people of Mongolia. Our balanced itineraries give you the chance to get under the skin of the country and get a true insight into the local culture. Start your overlanding adventure and become part of the family.
  • Explore the amazing sights of Istanbul
  • Guided tour of Ancient Troy
  • Visit the Gallipoli Peninsular and the battlefields
  • Ancient ruins of Ephesus
  • Olympos Beach and Fire mountain
  • Ancient Mountain City of Termessos
  • Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
  • Guided tour of the valley & underground cities of Cappadocia
  • Visit the Black Sea at Batumi
  • Visit the Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi
  • Stay in the fascinating city of Tbilisi
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    Silk Route & South East Asia Overland

    Day 1 Istanbul

    Border Information: If joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IATA code: IST).There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10.00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting. If you are travelling beyond Tbilisi, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip. The afternoon will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus River, Hagia Sophia and the phenomenal Blue Mosque!Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Istanbul before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales Team or your Sales agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Istanbul. * Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details. *

    Day 2 Gallipoli

    This morning following breakfast we will depart Istanbul and begin our journey to the shores of Gallipoli. After lunch we will get an insight into what happened between the ANZAC, Allied and Turkish forces during the first World War and have a guided tour of the Battlefields and Anzac Cove.

    Day 3 Selcuk

    Today we will cross the Dardenelles by ferry and head to Helsik where we will do a short tour of the Troy Ruins. We will then continue onto Selcuk where we will be staying for two nights. In the evening we will have free time to explore the area or simply relax in one of the many cafes or tea bars which are great for people watching.

    Day 4 Selcuk

    Today we will have a full day to be able to explore the Ephesus Ruins and Terraced Houses.

    Day 5 Pamukkale

    Following breakfast we will drive inland towards the small village of Pamukkale. After lunch we will have free time to visit the thermal hot springs and traverse through the travertine pools and terraces.

    Day 6 Olympos

    Today we continue our drive south and aim to reach the popular beach town of Olympos by lunchtime.This evening we will walk up to the Chimera Fire Mountain and toast some marshmallows

    Day 7 Olympos

    Today we will have time to explore and participate in any optional activities if you wish or simply take a dip in the cool turquoise waters on one of the many beaches.

    Day 8 Egirdir

    After breakfast we will leave the beachside town of Olympos and make our way north. We will have an included visit of Termessos on the way before continuing our journey towards Egirdir where we will find a good spot to bush camp for the night. Depending on the time of year we may also stay in a local guesthouse.

    Day 9 Goreme

    We have an early start this morning to reach the small enchanting town of Goreme in the heart of the Cappadocia mountains. In Goreme we will stay in a well-equipped hostel - please note that dorm beds are generally used here.

    Day 10 Goreme

    Today will be a full day to explore Goreme, including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia. There will also be an opportunity for a magical optional balloon ride over the valley during your time here.. Weather permitting.

    Day 11 Zara

    Today we continue our journey east with a full day's drive towards the Sumela monastery.We will break the journey with a wild camp near Zara or the village of Alucra.

    Day 12 Sumela

    Today we will reach the Sumela Monastery near the town of Macka, which we will visit in the afternoon if it is open.We will camp overnight in a campsite near Sumela if conditions allow. Or we may opt to stay in a local hotel in Macka or Trabzon.

    Day 13 Batumi

    Border Information: Exit Turkey at Sarp, enter Georgia at Sarpi.This morning we will continue to the border and cross into Georgia, reaching the port town of Batumi.

    Day 14 Kutaisi

    After a relaxing morning, we leave the port town of Batumi behind us and make our way to the ancient town of Kutaisi. This afternoon we will visit the medieval Bagrati Cathedral and the Gelati monastery.

    Day 15 Tbilisi

    Border Information: if joining in Tbilisi, you will most likely enter Georgia at Tbilisi International Airport (IATA code: TBS).There will be a pre-departure meeting at 6.00pm - please meet at the joining hotel reception at this time. Please do not be alarmed if there is no note from your leader on arrival, as this is often a travelling day for the crew and they will not arrive until about 4.00pm. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tbilisi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales Team or your Sales Agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tbilisi. *Important note - Please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

    Day 16 Tbilisi

    Today we will visit the beautfiful old town of Tbilisi and visit sites including the National Museum, Sioni Cathedral and the Metekhi Temple.

    Day 17 Lake Sevan

    This morning we will have a short drive to the border and cross into the country of Armenia. Once the formalities are over we will continue on through the beautiful Dilijan National Park stopping for a truck lunch along the way. Tonight we will either stay in the National Park or continue on to Lake Sevan where we will camp for the night

    Day 18 Yerevan

    After breakfast we will leave the sparkling waters of Lake Sevan behind and make our way towards the city of Yerevan. On the way we will visit the World Heritage - listed Geghard Monastery which has been carved out of the rock face of the Azat River Gorge. We will also spend some time exploring the Garni Temple before finally arriving at our destination.

    Day 19 Yerevan

    We have a free day today to explore the stunning city of Yerevan. Simply spend the time relaxing and soaking up the city atmosphere or perhaps do a walking tour of the city admiring the soviet architecture.

    Day 20 Armenian Highlands

    Today we leave the city of Yerevan. We will start off with a visit to the Khor Virap Monastery before we begin to make our way north through the beautiful Armenian Highland.Tonight we will wild camp in the Northern Armenian Highlands.

    Day 21 Borjomi-Kharagauli NP

    After packing up camp we continue north and head towards the Georgian border. We aim to arrive after lunch and if time permits have an included visit to the Vardzia Caves. If we arrive too late we will be able to explore the caves tomorrow morning also. Tonight we will find a wild camp in the valley close to the caves.

    Day 22 Mtskheta

    After breakfast we will make our way to Borjome National Park where we will have time to do a small hike through the ancient forest and an optional cable ride up the mountain. We will then continue on to Mtsehketa, the ancient capital of Georgia. Whilst here we will explore the 11th century Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

    Day 23 Stepantsminda

    Today our journey begins with a beautiful drive to the spectacularly located town of Stepantsminda (formerly known as Kazbegi). Either this afternoon or tomorrow morning, we will take a trek up to the Tsminda Sameba Chruch (the church of the Holy Trinity), a beautiful small church nestled in the mountains.

    Day 24 Telavi

    This morning we will drive to the Alazani valley and on to Telavi, where we will base ourselves for 2 days to explore the area.

    Day 25 Telavi

    The area of Telavi is well known for its vineyards and wineries - there are hundreds of different grapes grown here, and every village has its own particular variety. We will visit some of the local vineyards today, where we can hopefully see some of the local traditions including grape harvesting and wine making, and enjoy some famous Georgian hospitality.

    Day 26 Lagodekhi

    Today we leave the wine region behind us as we make our way towards the Azerbaijan border. We will visit the Gremi citadel en route. We will wild camp tonight, most likely in the Lagodekhi National Park close to the Azeri border.

    Day 27 Sheki

    Border information: Exit Georgia at Lagodekhi, enter Azerbaijan at Balakan.Today we cross the border to Azerbaijan and continue to the old town of Sheki, where we can visit the exquisite Khan's Palace.

    Day 28 Lahij Village

    This morning we will continue on to Lahic Village. An old coppersmiths village, nestled in the mountains.

    Day 29 Baku

    We will continue our journey this morning to Gobustan, near the coast of the Caspian Sea where we will have a visit to the ancient petroglyphs and the mud volanoes that this area is famous for. This afternoon we will continue on to the Old City of Baku where we will have free time on arrival to explore.

    Day 30 Baku

    Border Information: For everyone that is continuing with us onto Turkmenistan there will be short group meeting at 10.00am to explain the next few days until Ashgabat. Your leader will also collect the kitty for this linking section.Please note the new ferry port has now moved to Alat a town south of Baku. Depending on ferry departures we may need to stay here the night instead of Baku limiting our time to explore the town of Baku. Our itinerary in Baku and over the Caspian Sea must remain very flexible and is very much determined by sailing times of the local ferries. Please note that there is no regular schedule for the ferries, they are notoriously unpredictable, and information from the ferry operators regarding the sailing times constantly changes (or is non-existent) up until the point of departure. Maximum flexibility, open-mindedness and co-operation with your tour leaders are absolutely essential here!

    Day 31 Caspian Sea

    From Alat/ Baku, we will take the ferry across the Caspian Sea to Turkmenistan. The boat docks at the city of Turkmenbashi.The ferry is a fantastic local experience, but please do not expect any luxury whatsoever! These ferries are budget vessels for the locals and cargo hauliers, and are not designed with tourists in mind. We must be prepared for very basic conditions and limited provisions on board.Please also note that the time that the ferry takes to cross is also very unpredictable, as it is often forced to wait outside of the port in Turkmenbashi while they arrange the unloading of the cargo on the boat.There will be seats on the ferry overnight. Generally cabins are not available for passengers.

    Day 32 Turkmenbashi

    Border information: Exit Azerbaijan at Baku, enter Turkmenistan at Turkmenbashi.Today we hope to disembark the Caspian ferry and enter Turkmenistan.We will be either staying at a local hotel in Turkmenbashi or we will start our journey towards Ashgabat and wild camp en route.Turkemenistan Visa Note - as the timing of the Caspian ferry crossing can be very unpredictable, please get your Turkmenistan visa issued with at least 2 'flexible' days before the entry date listed on these notes. Please see the detailed visa notes below.

    Day 33 Ashgabat

    Today we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local mini buses.

    Day 34 Ashgabat

    Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting.After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book. *Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

    Day 35 Darvaza

    Today we set off north from Ashgabat and head into the Karakum Desert. We will have an included side trip to the amazing flaming Darvaza Gas Crater (also known as the 'Door to Hell'!).We will wild camp in the deserts near Darvaza Crater tonight.

    Day 36 Kunye Urgench

    Today we will continue our overland journey north across the Karakum. We will visit the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day.

    Day 37 Khiva

    Border Information: Exit Turkmenistan at Shovot, enter Uzbekistan at Nijazov.This morning we will visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, before driving across the border into Uzbekistan and continue to the beautiful historic town of Khiva.

    Day 38 Khiva

    After breakfast we have a guided tour of the ancient city of Khiva. In the afternoon we will have plenty of free time to further explore this wonderfully preserved Khanate town.

    Day 39 Bukhara

    Today we will have a full day's drive to the fascinating city of Bukhara, where will spend the next 3 nights.

    Day 40 Bukhara

    Today we will have a guided tour of Bukhara and the surrounding area, including the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the Ark Fortress.

    Day 41 Bukhara

    Spend the day exploring this incredible historic city and its surroundings further and soaking up the atmosphere.

    Day 42 Kyzylkhum Desert

    Today we will drive into the Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to head out on an optional camel ride into the desert!In the Kyzylkhum Desert we will stay in a desert yurt camp.

    Day 43 Samarkand

    This morning we will spend some time exploring the Nurata Hills with the option of taking a dip in Lake Ajdar Kul. After lunch we will drive to Samarkand where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

    Day 44 Samarkand

    Today we will have a guided tour of the incredible historic city of Samarkand and the surrounding area, including the Registan, Ulug Beg Observatory, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda.

    Day 45 Samarkand

    We will have a free day today with the chance to wander the streets and delve into this beautiful city and its history further.

    Day 46 Tashkent

    This morning we will have a little more free time to explore more of Samarkand. After lunch we will drive to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

    Day 47 Tashkent

    Today we will have a free day to explore Tashkent.

    Day 48 Tashkent

    Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.The rest of the day is free to explore the Uzbek capital.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tashkent.*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.**Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*

    Day 49 Fergana Valley

    This morning we travel in local transport over the Kamchik Pass to Kokand, where we will have the opportunity to visit the Khudayar Khan's Palace and the nearby Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey to Fergana. The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Fergana City.

    Day 50 Arslanbob

    Border information: Exit Uzbekistan at Andijon, enter Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik.This morning we leave Uzbekistan behind and make our way into the magical mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan! Once we have crossed the border we continue our journey to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley - if we are delayed at the border we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.

    Day 51 Arslanbob

    Today we have a free day to explore the local area. There will be options to do an all day hike to a big waterfall or alternatively do an optional horseride through the Walnut Forest

    Day 52 Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

    We will spend the next 2 days overlanding through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, stopping often to admire the views and perhaps take some impromptu hikes in the hills and countryside. Tonight we will find a wild camp close to Toktugal Lake. Please note that trips running in low season (May to mid-June and October to November), we may not be able to camp if temperatures are too low, in which case we will stay in local guesthouses along the route instead.

    Day 53 Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

    We will have another day of scenic driving as we make our way to our second wild camp at Karakuchi Gorge

    Day 54 Son-Kol Lake

    Today we complete the drive to the incredible Song Köl Lake, where we will spend the next two nights.We will have free time here to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.Please note that trips during the low season will not be able to visit Song Köl Lake, as temperatures will be below freezing, the road will be snowed over, and there will be no yurts to stay in! Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl.

    Day 55 Son-Kol Lake

    We will have free time in Song Kul Lake today to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.

    Day 56 Kochkor

    Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!

    Day 57 Jeti-Oguz Valley

    Today we drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and up into the mountains to the alpine trekking region of Jeti Oguz. En route we will have an included demonstation from a local 'eagle hunter'.The next day we will have a free day to hike in the incredible scenery here, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!Please note that on trips in the low season we may not be able to camp in Jeti Oguz due to low temperatures. If this is the case, we will stay for 1 night in a local hotel at the base of Jeti Oguz Valley (allowing time for some day walks) and then move via a stunning and incredible drive up a mountain in a Russian 4x4 truck to Altyn Arashan, a hot spring development in a stunning alpine setting, staying in dormitory accommodation.

    Day 58 Jeti-Oguz Valley

    Today is a free day where we will have the chance to hike in the incredible scenery around Jeti Oguz, or take an optional horse ride with some of the local nomads!

    Day 59 Karakol

    Today we will move on from Jeti Oguz or Altyn Arashan to the Russian-style town of Karakol, where we will have a free afternoon to explore and relax!

    Day 60 Chong Kemin Valley

    Today we will drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk Köl and visit the ancient petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata. We will then continue to the beautiful area of Chong Kemin where we will spend 2 nights.In Chong Kemin we will wild camp. If it is too cold or simply preferred by the group, we may choose to camp in the grounds of a guesthouse in Ashu, a village in the Chong Kemin valley, where there could be the possibility to upgrade to rooms.

    Day 61 Chong Kemin Valley

    We will spend another night in Chong Kemin today and will have free time to explore and hike in this stunning area, or to get involved in an optional white water rafting excursion!

    Day 62 Bishkek

    Today we have a short drive to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, with the opportunity to visit the Burana Tower en route. We will have free time to relax and explore the city upon arrival.

    Day 63 Bishkek

    For everyone that is continuing with us to China, there will be quick pre-departure meeting at 10:00am in order to explain the next 6 days until Kashgar, and your leader will collect the kitty for this linking section.The remainder of the day is free to explore the relaxed and atmospheric city of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.Hotel for the night: Hotel Asia MountainsHotel Asia Mountains1a Lineinaja StBishkek 720021KyrgyzstanTel: +996 312 694 075

    Day 64 Kochkor

    Today we drive to the small village of Kochkor, where we stay in local family-run guesthouses and enjoy traditional Kyrgyz hospitality!Whilst here we will visit a small museum and women's felt making cooperative that produces 'shyrdaks', the felt carpets for which Kyrgyzstan is renowned. We may also have the opportunity here to see some excellent local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz folk music and to see how a yurt is put up!Please note that if the group has no new people joining in Bishkek, we may choose to stay instead in a guesthouse in the small town of Naryn (a further 2 hour drive beyond Kochkor). This is so that we don't repeat Kochkor unnecessarily and can have more time to explore the area of Tash Rabat the following day.

    Day 65 Tash Rabat

    Today we continue our journey south to Tash Rabat, once a key staging post on the Silk Road close to the Kyrgyzstan-China border. During our time here we will visit an ancient caravanserai and have some time to explore the surrounding area.In Tash Rabat we will wild camp. In cold weather (or if simply the group prefers and there is availability), we may choose to stay in local nomadic yurts that are set up for guests near the caravanserai, sleeping 8-10 people per yurt.

    Day 66 Kashgar

    Border information: Exit Kyrgyzstan at Torugart, enter China at Torugart.Today we will have a full day drive over the 3752m Torugart Pass, crossing into China and heading down to the Uighur city of Kashgar.

    Day 67 Kashgar

    Today we will have free time to explore the city of Kashgar and partake in any optional activities whilst we wait for our paperwork and documents to be processed with the border formalities

    Day 68 Kashgar

    Border Information: if joining in Kashgar, you will most likely enter China at Kashgar Airport (IATA code: KHG). Welcome to Kashgar, one of the ancient trading posts on the Silk Route! If you are joining in Kashgar, you are free to explore the city, and there will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm. Please do not be alarmed if there is no welcome note at the hotel on your arrival, as this is often a travelling day for the tour leader and they will often arrive in Kashgar mid-afternoon. Please note that many of the optional activities will only be possible for those with extra time in Kashgar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kashgar.

    Day 69 Kashgar

    Today we will visit the animal market just outside of town, and then the famous Kashgar Sunday Bazaar. We will also have an included visit to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world!

    Day 70 Kashgar

    Today we will have a free day to explore the town, the central Id Kah Mosque and its surrounding square, while your crew finalise the customs procedures for our truck to continue further into China.

    Day 71 Aksu

    Our journey through China begins as we leave Kashgar and head east through the Taklamakan Desert! Our crossing of the desert usually takes 3 days/2 nights, and we plan to stay in local hotels en route.Please note that due to political tension in Western China there are many police checkpoints that we must go through to show our passports in the Xinjiang province. Sometimes it may be preferred by the group and the leader to split this drive over 2 days, staying in a local hotel in between - in this case we will have 1 less night in Pingliang towards the end of the trip.

    Day 72 Korle

    We continue our drive through the great Taklamakan Desert.

    Day 73 Urumqi

    Today we will continue on to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province. 

    Day 74 Urumqi

    On the secnd day in Urumqi we will have an included visit to Heavenly Lake to enjoy the incredible scenery in the Tian Shan Mountains and walk around the lake.

    Day 75 Turpan

    Today we will travel to the oasis town of Turpan, where we stay for 2 nights.

    Day 76 Turpan

    On our next day in Turpan there is time for exploring the surrounding sites, including the famous Jiaohe ruins.

    Day 77 Dunhuang

    Today we will have an early start and a big drive to the city of Dunhuang.Please note that due to political tension in Western China there are many police checkpoints that we must go through to show our passports in the Xinjiang province. Sometimes it may be preferred by the group and the leader to split this drive over 2 days, staying in a local hotel in between - in this case we will have 1 less night in Pingliang towards the end of the trip.

    Day 78 Dunhuang

    The following day we will have an included visit to the awe-inspiring Mogao Buddha Caves in the morning. We will then have a free afternoon to explore this amazing town and it's surroundings - there are possibilities for camel rides along the sand dunes and bicycle rides out to the nearby White Goose Pagoda!

    Day 79 Jiayuguan

    Today we continue our journey with a drive to Jiayuguan, where we will have an included visit to the Jiayuguan Fort - the most western point of the Great Wall of China. Please note the Great Wall in this area is adobe, unlike the more famous stone sections further to the east.

    Day 80 Zhangye

    Today we will drive to the incredible Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains - we'll spend some time exploring the region before heading off to find a place to camp.

    Day 81 Liujiaxia

    Today we will drive onto the lower slopes of the remote Tibetan plateau and reach the small city of Liujiaxia. 

    Day 82 Xiahe

    Today we set off to the enchanting Tibetan town of Xiahe where we spend the next 3 nights. We will have an included visit to the incredible Bingling Si Buddha Caves en route.

    Day 83 Xiahe

    The next few days are free to explore this beautiful town and surrounding grasslands. We can take a guided visit to the Labrang Monastery where Tibetan monks can be seen doing their daily rituals and chants. 

    Day 84 Xiahe

    On your second free day there may also be a chance to go trekking, cycling or exploring the surrounding grasslands, visiting Tibetan families and perhaps trying the local Yak butter tea.

    Day 85 Lanzhou

    Today we will leave Xiahe and head to the chaotic capital city of Gansu province, Lanzhou. We will have some free time this evening to explore the city.

    Day 86 Pingliang

    Today we will drive to the town of Pingliang at the base of the Mount Kongtong, one of the holiest mountains in Chinese Taoism.

    Day 87 Pingliang

    The following day we will have an included visit to Mount Kongtong, and will have the full day to explore the temples and walk and explore the pilgrimage routes on the mountain. Please note that if the drive between Turpan and Dunhuang was split over 2 days, there will only be 1 night in Pingliang and a half-day exploration of Mount Kongtong.

    Day 88 Xi'an

    Today we will journey to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! We will have a free afternoon to fully explore the city, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

    Day 89 Xi'an

    Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.The rest of the day will be free to explore the city of Xi'an, its famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.Please note that many of the optional activities listed will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Xi'an.

    Day 90 Xi'an

    This morning we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. We'll return to Xi'an in the afternoon and have some more free time to further explore this incredible city!

    Day 91 Wudang Shan

    Today we begin our journey south of Xi'an with a drive to the beautiful Wudang Shan Mountain Reserve, the birthplace of the martial art of Taichi and the location of the filming of 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'.We will have time this afternoon and the following morning to fully explore the mountain's sights, temples and martial arts schools.

    Day 92 Wudang Shan

    This morning we will spend more time exploring Wudang Shan and the surrounding area, before setting off in the afternoon for a short drive to the pleasant city of Xiang Fan. We will also try to stop at the Purple Cloud Monastery en route.

    Day 93 Yichang

    Today we will drive from Xiang Fan to Yichang, where we will catch our first glimpse of the mighty Yangtze river. Yichang is a pleasant town, and we will stop here for 1 or 2 nights, depending on the ferry schedule - either way we will have time to explore a little.

    Day 94 Yichang

    Today we will have some free time to explore Yichang and the surrounding area, prepare for our 3 day Yangtze River cruise.We will most likely have an included visit to the incredible Three Gorges Dam today, the largest hydroelectric dam in the world, although it is possible this visit may take place tomorrow depending on the ferry schedule.We will most likely stay in our hotel in Yichang tonight, but our ferry may need to depart tonight, in which case we will have a spare day later in the trip that we can use at our discretion.

    Day 95 Yangtze River

    Today we embark on our Yangtze River cruise. We travel on a local ferry boat used by local people, a much more authentic and interesting way of travelling than on a tourist cruise. We stay in shared cabins (4 members of the group to each cabin) with private bathrooms and air conditioning where possible.The journey itself usually takes 3 days/3 nights and heads through some areas of stunning scenery, especially near the Three Gorges - the Qutang, Wu and Xiling Gorges. The boats usually stop at the Fengdu (Ghost City), Shibaozai Tower, home to the Lanruo Dian (Orchid Temple) and at the three Lesser Gorges at various points on the trip. However due to local conditions, stops cannot always be guaranteed.

    Day 96 Yangtze River

    Second day of our Yangtze River Cruise.

    Day 97 Yangtze River

    Third day of our Yangtze River Cruise.

    Day 98 Dazu

    Today we will disembark our ferry when it docks in Chongqing in the early morning, and rejoin the truck and our co-driver!From Chongqing we have a short drive to Dazu, where we visit the Bei Shan and Baoding Shan caves, famous for their brightly-coloured freizes and carvings.

    Day 99 Chengdu

    Today we have another short drive on to the incredible city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, where we will stay for 2 nights. On arrival we will have a free afternoon to explore the city's parks, streets, and museums, and visit the fascinating and incredibly photogenic Jinli Old Town.

    Day 100 Chengdu

    Today we will have an included visit to the fantastic Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. We'll then return to Chengdu for another free afternoon to further explore the city.

    Day 101 Emei Shan

    Today we continue our journey south to the town of Leshan to visit to the Leshan Grand Buddha - at 71m tall, this statue is the largest Buddha rock carving in the world! After our visit we will continue to the small town of Emei Shan.

    Day 102 Emei Shan

    Today we will have a full day to explore Emei Shan Mountain, one of the holiest sites in Chinese Buddhism and the site of hundreds of temples and an incredible golden statue of the deity known as Samantabhadra. It is possible to walk all the way up the stairs from the base of the mountain, joining the many pilgrims in their journey to the temple complex at the mountain summit, or take the cable car up instead!

    Day 103 Panzhihua

    Today we have a long drive south through stunning mountain scenery towards China's Yunnan province. In the evening you can take a stroll on the riverfront and get an insight into local Chinese life. 

    Day 104 Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Today we drive further into Yunnan province to the beautiful 'Old-China'-style town of Lijiang, the base for visiting the world famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

    Day 105 Tiger Leaping Gorge

    These following 2 days we will have free time to explore the town of Lijiang and its surroundings. One very popular excursion here is to go on a 2 day/1 night trek along the high trail above the Tiger Leaping Gorge - this is by far the best way to see the gorge from some truly incredible vantage points, and we will have the opportunity to take this trek during our time here (staying in a local guesthouse on the trail on the first night and returning to Lijiang for the second night). 

    Day 106 Tiger Leaping Gorge

    For those that don't want to do the full trek, your crew will also be able to arrange a trip to the low sections of the gorge, where there is a flat walkway to various viewpoints.

    Day 107 Dali

    Today we will drive through more stunning scenery to the beautiful Naxi town of Dali, where we will stay for 2 nights.

    Day 108 Dali

    Today we will have a free day to fully explore the area and for optional activities such as some short treks in the nearby Cangshan mountains or hiring bicycles to ride around the Dali lake.

    Day 109 Kunming

    There will be a group meeting at 18:00PM. The evening free to explore the city. Overnight in comfortable hotel.

    Day 110 Shilin Stone Forest

    This morning we will drive to the incredible Shilin Stone Forest. We will have a free afternoon exploring the stunning and bizarre rock formations of the Stone Forest.

    Day 111 Xishuangbanna

    Heading south from Shilinzhen we have a full days drive towards the southern region of Xishuangbanna.

    Day 112 Jinghong

    Today we drive to Jinghong. Overnight in a local guesthouse.

    Day 113 Luang Namtha

    Border Information: Exit China at Mohan, enter Laos at Boten.Short morning drive to the border with Laos, cross border and drive on to Luang Namtha, a small laid-back town on the edge of the Nam Ha Protected Area.

    Day 114 Luang Namtha

    We have two full days in Luang Namtha for optional activities. There are many Hiking and trekking options available in the national park, or you could use this time to simply kick back and relax back at our guesthouse.

    Day 115 Luang Namtha

    Today is a free day for activities in and around Luang Namtha.

    Day 116 Luang Prabang

    This morning we drive through the stunning countryside of northern Laos and make our way to Luang Prabang where we stay in a friendly local hotel. This afternoon there will be free time for any optional activities.

    Day 117 Luang Prabang

    Border Information: If joining in Luang Prabang, enter Laos at Luang Prabang Airport.There will be an important group meeting at 10:00 hrs.Your leader will leave a note at the reception telling you where this meeting will take place. Your leader will collect your kitty and check your passport and insurance details at this meeting.

    Day 118 Luang Prabang

    This morning we have a short drive to a small hill tribe village called Ban Long Lao. This Hmong village is where we begin our 4 hour trek to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls. This afternoon you have time to relax and swim in the many warm turquoise pools. We return in the late afternoon to our comfortable hotel for the night.

    Day 119 Vang Vieng

    We leave after breakfast and drive to Vang Vieng (approx. 185 kms). The scenery today is spectacular as we make our way through windy and mountainous roads, passing small Hmong villages along the way so plenty of photo opportunities! We will stop for lunch in one of these villages before continuing our journey to Vang Vieng. The afternoon is free to explore.

    Day 120 Vang Vieng

    Today we have the whole day to explore Vang Vieng. Enjoy the stunning landscapes surrounding the village and take part of the many optional activities available in the area. Popular activities here include trekking, renting a bicycle or rock climbing.

    Day 121 Thakhek

    We set off early this morning for a full days drive from Vang Vieng to Thakhek. We will arrive in the late afternoon and set up camp for the night.

    Day 122 Pakse

    We will have the morning to explore the town before continuing our journey south to Pakse. Once in Pakse we have a short drive to the magnificent Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located at the base of Mt Phu Kao.

    Day 123 Si Phan Don

    From Pakse we Drive South and transfer to a boat to take us over to one of the larger islands in the area

    Day 124 Si Phan Don

    On our 2nd day on Don Khong we will have free time to explore the island which can be easily discovered by bicycles. On the bike you will discover a quiet rural life of the the four thousand Islands.

    Day 125 Kratie

    Border Information: Exit Laos at Voeung Kam, enter Cambodia at Dom Kralor.Today we will be rejoining the truck. We then drive to the Cambodian border, cross and continue on to Kratie.Kratie is situated in the northeast of Cambodia on the banks of the Mekong River, this area is famous for its sunsets! In Kratie we will stay with local families in their homes. The accommodation is fairly basic but this will be a fantastic local experience.

    Day 126 Kratie

    On our 2nd day in Kratie we visit the fresh water dolphins and visit the town of Kratie, including the Pagodas.

    Day 127 Phnom Penh

    Today we drive to Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. The afternoon is free to explore.

    Day 128 Phnom Penh

    This morning we will have a very moving visit to the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields Memorial. We will then return to Phnom Penh and have a free afternoon to explore Cambodia's capital.

    Day 129 Kompong Thom

    This morning we have a fairly short drive to Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia's most impressive group of pre-Angkorian monuments. We will have plenty of time to explore the ruins before driving back to Kompong Thom, where we spend the night in the house of a local family.The accommodation is basic and some bathrooms are outside, but experiencing traditional home-cooked food and spending time with people of the village is truly a special experience. We stay overnight in a local home stay.

    Day 130 Siem Reap

    This morning we drive from Kompong Thom to Siem Reap -We will be in Siem Reap for 3 nights staying in a friendly local hotel.

    Day 131 Angkor Wat

    Today we get up early for our full day guided exploration of the incredible temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. We will also be able to watch the sunset over the temples.

    Day 132 Siem Reap

    Today is a free day for you to do as you please. Return to the temples to spend some more time exploring, or maybe take some time to relax with a massage or local spa treatment. Siem Reap itself is a lively little town and interesting to wander around.

    Day 133 Bangkok

    Border Information: Exit Cambodia at, enter Thailand at Aranyaprathet.This morning we start our journey to the Cambodian border of Poipet where we will say goodbye to our co driver and overland truck. Once we have crossed the border and proceedings through the Thai Immigration office we will then finish our journey on locally chartered transport out of the Aranyaprathet and through the Thai countryside to the bustling city of Bangkok.

    Day 134 Bangkok

    Border Information: Finishing in Bangkok, exit Thailand at Bangkok Airport.Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Bangkok.Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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    Aktiviteter

    Pay your respects to the fallen at Gallipoli on a guided tour through the battlefields Guided tour around the ancient ruins of Troy

    Guided Tour of Ephesus Ruins and the Terraced Houses

    Hike up Chimera Mountain and witness the natural phenomenon of never ending fires emerging from the rocks.

    Stop off for a visit to Termessos the ancient mountain top city

    Guided tour of Cappadocia and underground troglodyte cities and caves

    Explore the colossal and awe-inspiring Prometheus Caves near Kutaisi

    Visit the Medieval Geghard Monastery

    Visit the Garni Temple and learn about its fascinating pre-Christian history

    Explore the beautiful Khor Virap Monastery near the Turkish border. On a clear day you will have stunning views of Mt Ararat in the background.

    Visit the impressive Vardzia Cave Monastery

    Hike to beautiful 14th-century Gergeti Trinity Church set in the stunning mountains above Stepantsminda

    Head out on Telavi's 'Big Day Out' - a tour of the town's monasteries bee-keepers and textile-weavers followed by lunch and wine tasting at a local family-run winery

    Take some short exploratory walks around our wild camp in the beautiful forested Lagodekhi National Park

    Explore the exquisite Palace of the Sheki Khans, built in 1797 Sheki Teze Bazaar Baku Caspian Ferry Ashgabat Sapar Haji Mosque Visit the huge Turkmenbashi Ruhy mosque on the outskirts of Ashgabat built in 2004 as the mausoleum of Saparmurat Niyazov the first president of Turkmenistan after the fall of the Soviet Union Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city

    See the bizarre and incredible burning gas crater at Darvaza popularly known as the 'Door to Hell'

    Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench

    Guided City Tour of Khiva Explore the incredibly photogenic blue palace of Tash Khovli in Khiva

    Discover the ruins of the ancient 5th-century fortress of the Bukhara Ark

    Visit the magnificent 16th-centrury architectural ensemble surrounding the Lyab-i Hauz ponds, once the city\'s principal source of water

    Explore the stunning plaza of The Registan a world-famous and iconic symbol of Central Asia

    Learn about the area's scientific heritage with a visit to the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory once the finest observatory in the Islamic world

    See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

    See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

    See an incredible demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor

    See the traditional felt workshops or Kochkor and learn about how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made here

    Visit the ancient Silk Road caravanserai at Tash Rabat close to the Kyrgyzstan-China border

    Discover the history of the ancient Silk Road at Kashgar\'s Silk Road Museum

    Hike up to Shiptons Arch - the largest natural arch in the world.

    Enjoy a day to walk around Heavenly Lake, or maybe take a boat trip out on the water.

    Learn about the Karez water system the ingenious method of irrigating the area that was developed by the Han Dynasty and allowed Turpan to flourish as an oasis town

    Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan

    See the striking red sandstone landscape of the Flaming Mountains near Turpan Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang

    Journey down the Gansu Corridor to Jiayuguan Fort, our first stop at the Great Wall

    Explore the incredible and colourful natural phenomenon of the Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains

    See the vast Buddha statue and the outstanding Buddhist cave sculptures at the fabulous Bingling Si gorge

    Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples

    Boende

    Comfortable Hotel 28 nights
    Multishare Hostel 7 nights
    Camping without facilities 9 nights
    Basic Hotel 44 nights
    Guesthouse 21 nights
    Wild Camp 7 nights
    Homestay 9 nights
    Overnight Boat 4 nights
    Yurt Camp 4 nights

    Lokal transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Overnight Boat, Jeep, Russian Bus, Local Bus, Boat, Ferry, Tuk Tuk

    Måltider

    Breakfasts x 146, Lunches x 36, Dinners x 64

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