Mountains, Kingdoms & Deserts of Asia

Istanbul - Ashgabat

35 days through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan
FROM: $6550 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Overnight Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 9 nights
Multishare Hostel 5 nights
Camping without facilities 4 nights
Basic Hotel 5 nights
Guesthouse 5 nights
Wild Camp 3 nights
Homestay 2 nights
Overnight Boat 1 night
Meals:
Breakfasts x 17, Lunches x 5, Dinners x 14
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
TCT
Deposit:
$435 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice
This 35 day overland tour journeys from Istanbul to Ashgabat through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan
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

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

Day 1 - Istanbul (22nd June 2021)

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. *


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Explore the atmospheric underground Basilica Cisterns built by the Byzantines in the 6th century

Entrance: 20 TRY

Explore the colossal markets of the Grand Bazaar - once the centre of all trading between Europe and Asia and the most visited tourist attraction in the world

Price: Free

Explore the phenomenal Blue Mosque built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I - a stunning icon of Istanbul

Entrance is free but can give a donation: Free

See the splendour of Istanbul from a boat trip on Bosphorus Strait which marks the boundary of Europe and Asia

Half Day Cruise: 17 USD

Visit the incredible Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia built in the 6th century

Entrance to the gallery: 40 TRY

Explore the majestic Topkapi Palace the huge palace of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years

Entrance & Treasury: 40 TRY

Day 2 - Gallipoli (23rd June 2021)
Day 3 - Selcuk (24th June 2021)
Day 4 - Selcuk (25th June 2021)
Day 5 - Pamukkale (26th June 2021)
Day 6 - Olympos (27th June 2021)
Day 7 - Olympos (28th June 2021)
Day 8 - Egirdir (29th June 2021)
Day 9 - Goreme (30th June 2021)
Day 10 - Goreme (1st July 2021)
Day 11 - Zara (2nd July 2021)
Day 12 - Sumela (3rd July 2021)
Day 13 - Batumi (4th July 2021)
Day 14 - Kutaisi (5th July 2021)
Day 15 - Tbilisi (6th July 2021)
Day 16 - Tbilisi (7th July 2021)
Day 17 - Lake Sevan (8th July 2021)
Day 18 - Yerevan (9th July 2021)
Day 19 - Yerevan (10th July 2021)
Day 20 - Armenian Highlands (11th July 2021)
Day 21 - Borjomi-Kharagauli NP (12th July 2021)
Day 22 - Mtskheta (13th July 2021)
Day 23 - Stepantsminda (14th July 2021)
Day 24 - Telavi (15th July 2021)
Day 25 - Telavi (16th July 2021)
Day 26 - Lagodekhi (17th July 2021)
Day 27 - Sheki (18th July 2021)
Day 28 - Lahij Village (19th July 2021)
Day 29 - Baku (20th July 2021)
Day 30 - Baku (21st July 2021)
Day 31 - Caspian Sea (22nd July 2021)
Day 32 - Turkmenbashi (23rd July 2021)
Day 33 - Ashgabat (24th July 2021)
Day 34 - Ashgabat (25th July 2021)
Day 35 - Ashgabat (26th July 2021)

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22 Jun 21 Istanbul
26 Jul 21 Ashgabat

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26 Jul 21 Ashgabat
29 Aug 21 Istanbul

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20 Sep 21 Ashgabat
24 Oct 21 Istanbul

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11 Oct 21 Ashgabat
14 Nov 21 Istanbul

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15 Mar 22 Istanbul
18 Apr 22 Ashgabat

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02 May 22 Ashgabat

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30 May 22 Ashgabat

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21 Jun 22 Istanbul
25 Jul 22 Ashgabat

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25 Jul 22 Ashgabat
28 Aug 22 Istanbul

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12 Sep 22 Ashgabat
16 Oct 22 Istanbul

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19 Sep 22 Ashgabat
23 Oct 22 Istanbul

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13 Nov 22 Istanbul

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Joshua C

Appreciated being able to plug in our phones for music!

Lenin S

Enjoyed the whole lot as there were so many highlights spread over the whole trip

Kelly A

Goreme accommodation was great. The long drive there was hard BUT worth it for the extra time in Goreme. Loved the Zil Kalesi and the camp location that night on the river. Georgia winery day (I enjoyed it too much). Tblisi and Baku and the ferry across the Caspian. I liked the uncertainty of it.

Edward B

I can afford a more expensive tour but I love the way Dragoman tours operate. They take care of the travelling and accommodations and leave one to do what they like at a destination. You are not herded along in a line like sheep, and if you wander off it's your responsibility to get back.

Caroline M

It's a great way to travel and visit countries in a different way. The staff are great and it's also a good opportunity to meet fellow travellers.