Ottoman & Persian Explorer

Istanbul - Ashgabat

26 days through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan
FROM: $9999999999999999 USD + No 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 (1st January 1970)
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 (2nd January 1970)
Day 3 - Goreme (3rd January 1970)
Day 4 - Goreme (4th January 1970)
Day 5 - Goreme (5th January 1970)
Day 6 - Mount Nemrut (6th January 1970)
Day 7 - Lake Nemrut (7th January 1970)
Day 8 - Dogubayazit (8th January 1970)
Day 9 - Tabriz (9th January 1970)
Day 10 - Zanjan (10th January 1970)
Day 11 - Tehran (11th January 1970)
Day 12 - Tehran (12th January 1970)
Day 13 - Esfahan (13th January 1970)
Day 14 - Esfahan (14th January 1970)
Day 15 - Esfahan (15th January 1970)
Day 16 - Shiraz (16th January 1970)
Day 17 - Shiraz (17th January 1970)
Day 18 - Zein-o-din (18th January 1970)
Day 19 - Yazd (19th January 1970)
Day 20 - Yazd (20th January 1970)
Day 21 - Khoor (21st January 1970)
Day 22 - Damghan (22nd January 1970)
Day 23 - Shirvan (23rd January 1970)
Day 24 - Ashgabat (24th January 1970)
Day 25 - Ashgabat (25th January 1970)
Day 26 - Ashgabat (26th January 1970)

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