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.

Istanbul, Turkey
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4 Max 19
Carbon offset
1 681kg pp per trip


  • Discover the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Admire Ashgabat´s futuristic architecture
  • Walk through Bukhara's historic Old Town
  • Delve into the sprawl of Tehran
  • Discover Cappadocia's enchanting skyline in Goreme
  • Wander Istanbul's backstreets before starting this tour of Turkey
  • Make camp in the wilds of Iran
  • Explore the ruins of Persepolis
  • Experience the beauty of Esfahan


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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Overland vehicle
Bush camp (no facilities) (7 nights), Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (25 nights), Yurt (1 night)
Included activities
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Ashgabat - Sunday Market
  • Bukhara - Guided walking tour
  • Esfahan walking tour
  • Goreme - Guided Goreme Valley tour
  • Guided tour of ancient ruins of Persepolis
  • Guided walking tour
  • Iman Mosque entrance and guided tour
  • Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Jameh Mosque
  • Khiva - Guided city tour
  • Konye-Urgench - Ancient City ruins
  • Samarkand - Guided city tour
  • Tehran walking tour
  • Visit to Lake Tuz


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Important notes

1. Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.
2. Due to a British government travel warning, from September 2012 this itinerary will no longer be able to visit Iran. It will instead travel from Turkey to Georgia and then through Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan. Passengers already booked to travel in 2012 have been notified. The new itinerary for 2013 will be published by November.

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