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Silk Route between Istanbul and Bishkek

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  • Tbilisi
  • Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Song Köl Lake
  • Göreme
  • Istanbul
  • Karakol
  • Ashgabat
  • Kunye Urgench
  • Gori
  • Sumela Monastery
  • Stepantsminda
  • Sheki
  • Telavi
  • Baku
  • Tashkent
  • Caspian Sea
  • Bishkek
  • Nurata
  • Fergana City
  • Bukhara
  • Batumi
  • Jeti Oguz Valley
  • Turkmenbashi
  • Khiva
  • Wildcamp Turkey
  • Darvaza
  • Lagodekhi
  • Kochkor Homestay
  • Gobustan
  • Samarkand
  • Arslanbob
  • Chong Kemin Valley
  • Kutaisi
  • Fergana Mountains
  • Geok Tepe
  • Kochkor

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Starting in the magnificent historic city of Istanbul, we overland to the magical land of Cappadocia and to the breathtaking ancient monastery of Sumela. We then head to the wonderful country of Georgia and discover the ancient city of Kutaisi and Stalin's birthplace of Gori before arriving in the delightful capital, Tbilisi. From Tbilisi we journey to the Georgian wine regions of Telavi, before crossing into Azerbaijan and discovering its charming towns and ancient petroglyphs. After an adventurous ferry crossing over the Caspian Sea, we arrive in the reclusive desert land of Turkmenistan, visiting the Kow-Ata underground lake en route to the bizarre capital city of Ashgabat. From Ashgabat we cross the deserts of Turkmenistan via the Darvaza gas crater to reach the phenomenal land of Uzbekistan. We visit the astonishing ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and enjoy a yurt stay in the incredible Kyzylkhum Desert before arriving at the pleasant capital city, Tashkent. From Tashkent we will venture into the truly breathtaking lands of the fertile Fergana Valley, and head into the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan. We will fully explore the breathtaking scenery, stay in local homestays and yurt camps, and take advantage of the phenomenal trekking opportunities in this incredible country on a flexible itinerary, before heading for the beautiful city of Bishkek. Join us on this unforgettable epic overlanding experience on the Silk Road!

  • Day 1 Istanbul

    Border Information: if joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul AtaturkAirport. 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 Brand Bazaar, the Bosphorous River and the phenomenal Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia! In Istanbul we will stay in dorm accommodation in a fantastic hostel with good facilities, which is a 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque. Please note that some of the optional activities listed below will only be possible if you have extra time in Istanbul before the start of the trip.  *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 Goereme

    Today we start our journey with a full day's drive east to Göreme, a small enchanting town in the heart of the Cappadocia mountains. In Göreme, we will stay in a well-equipped hostel - please note that dorm beds are sometimes used here. Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

  • Day 3 to 4 Goereme

    We now have a 2 full days to explore Göreme, including a guided tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia. There will be an opportunity for a magical optional balloon ride over the valley during our time here.

  • Day 5

    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. Estimated Drive Time - 9 hours.

  • Day 6 Sumela

    Today we will reach the awe-inpsiring Sumela Monastery near the town of Macka, which we will visit in the afternoon. We will camp overnight in a campsite near Sumela if conditions allow. In cold weather we may opt to stay in a local hotel in Macka or Trabzon. Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

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