Ottoman & Persian Explorer

Istanbul - Ashgabat

26 days through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan
FROM: $3325 USD + 1,125 USD Kitty
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Comfortable Hotel 9 nights
Basic Hotel 12 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Breakfasts x 18, Lunches x 2, Dinners x 2
$290 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This trip is a story of empires; the Persian's, Alexander the Great's, the Roman Empire, the Byzantium and, finally, the Ottoman. They have all, along with countless other smaller kingdoms and civilisations left their mark and their monuments along this epic route.

It really is a journey back through the history of the regions and some of Asia's most spectacular scenery populated by some of its kindest and most hospitable people. Anyone who has visited Turkey will concur with this, but it is doubly so in Iran and the monuments are staggering. From Istanbul's Blue Mosque or the Aya Sophia, to the blue tiled domes of Esphahan's stunning Persian Islamic architecture, this is a trip for the lover of antiquity and art. There is plenty of it, as we travel through the Roman, Greek and ancient Persian sites that litter our route across this cradle of civilisation.

Guided tour of Golestan Palace in Tehran
Learn about Iran's fascinating history at the National Museum
See the spectacular Dome of Soltaniyeh
Wander through the ancient bazaar of Tabriz, the largest covered market in the world
Overnight in the Kurdish town of Doğubeyazıt
Overland Eastern Turkey and wild camp en-route
Guided tour of the valley of Cappadocia
Take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia
Visit the incredible Blue Mosque
Explore the many amazing sites of Istanbul

A trip for lovers of history and monuments, with an easy pace, a good mix of camping, hostels and hotels. Some long days driving but with a mix of two and three night stops. There is no need to be overly fit, but the climate can be challenging.

Day 1 - Istanbul (9th April 2020)
Border Information: if joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Atatürk 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 Tehran, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip - if anybody that has arranged to apply for an Iranian visa in Istanbul, we will visit the Iranian embassy immediately after our meeting. the rest of the day will be free to explore the incredible city of Istanbul.

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 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 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.*

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Istanbul (10th April 2020)
Day 3 - Goreme (11th April 2020)
Day 4 - Goreme (12th April 2020)
Day 5 - Goreme (13th April 2020)
Day 6 - Mount Nemrut (14th April 2020)
Day 7 - Lake Nemrut (15th April 2020)
Day 8 - Dogubayazit (16th April 2020)
Day 9 - Tabriz (17th April 2020)
Day 10 - Zanjan (18th April 2020)
Day 11 - Tehran (19th April 2020)
Day 12 - Tehran (20th April 2020)
Day 13 - Esfahan (21st April 2020)
Day 14 - Esfahan (22nd April 2020)
Day 15 - Esfahan (23rd April 2020)
Day 16 - Shiraz (24th April 2020)
Day 17 - Shiraz (25th April 2020)
Day 18 - Zein-o-din (26th April 2020)
Day 19 - Yazd (27th April 2020)
Day 20 - Yazd (28th April 2020)
Day 21 - Khoor (29th April 2020)
Day 22 - Damghan (30th April 2020)
Day 23 - Shirvan (1st May 2020)
Day 24 - Ashgabat (2nd May 2020)
Day 25 - Ashgabat (3rd May 2020)
Day 26 - Ashgabat (4th May 2020)

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Total Price (USD)
09 Apr 20 Istanbul
04 May 20 Ashgabat

$3,325 USD + 1,125 USD Kitty

Status: Closed

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Duration: 26 days Booking Closed