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Istanbul to Tashkent Overview
Visit Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan travelling from Istanbul to Tashkent.
Embark on the trip of a lifetime through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan on a tour from Istanbul to Tashkent. Beginning in the atmospheric city of Istanbul, travel overland through Turkey’s vast interior, exploring the mysterious landscape of Cappadocia before heading into Iran. One of the most engaging cultural locations on Earth, Iran's convoluted history vies with its warm hospitality for visitors' attention. Experience this friendly country’s stunning Islamic architecture and relics of antiquity in Esfahan and the ancient capital, Persepolis. North of Iran, head back to the Turkic world and enter Turkmenistan, traversing the Karakum Desert, bound for the legendary cities of the Silk Route – Bukhara and Samarkand - a fitting end to this magnificent journey from Istanbul to Tashkent.
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Travel to Turkey and start your adventure in Istanbul. Have your fortune told in the Taksim, bargain up a storm in the Grand Bazaar or admire the imposing Blue Mosque.
Camp beside the salty Tuz Golu lake.
Discover Cappadocia's Goreme Valley and underground troglodyte cities and caves.
Head east before making camp in rural Turkey.
Situated at the foot of Mt Ararat, Dogubeyazit’s Ishak Pasha Palace is well worth a visit.
Cross the border into Iran and explore this bizarre volcanic village.
Shop in Zanjan’s thriving bazaars.
Travel to Tehran and trawl the souqs of this sprawling city.
Visit the blue tiled Mosques of Esfahan.
Admire the incredible ruins of Persepolis, once known as the ‘City of the Persians’.
Stay in traditional silk road accommodation.
Wind through the old city of Yazd and sign up for a scrub in a local hamam.
Travel through stunning desert landscapes to the village of Khoor.
See the ancient Jamrh Mosque.
Explore Shirvan’s tranquil gardens and natural springs.
Leave Iran and travel to Turkmenistan's futuristic-looking city of Ashgabat.
Camp in the Karakum Desert on the way to Darvaza. Perhaps see the breathtaking Darvaza gas crater.
Continue the Overland journey through the Karakum Desert, and take in the parched landscape of Asia's hottest desert.
Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva on the Silk Road.
Get to know the bustling atmosphere of Bukhara, Central Asia's holiest city.
Spend a night in a desert yurt camp among the rolling dunes of the Kyzylkhum Desert.
Larger-than-life monuments and a technicolour bazaar make Samarkand one of Central Asia's most magical destinations.
Check out a risque cabaret show over dinner in one Tashkent’s old Russian bars or shop at the Chorsu Bazaar for some USSR souvenirs.
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