Istanbul to Tashkent Itinerary

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Yurts, Kyrgyzstan

Spices

Priest, Iran

Ruins of Persepolis



Cappadocia



Blue mosque, Istanbul

Days 1-2 Istanbul

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.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Day 3 Tuz Golu/Bush Camp

Camp beside the salty Tuz Golu lake.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 4-5 Goreme

Discover Cappadocia's Goreme Valley and underground troglodyte cities and caves.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 6-7 Bush Camp

Head east before making camp in rural Turkey.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 8 Dogubeyazit

Situated at the foot of Mt Ararat, Dogubeyazit’s Ishak Pasha Palace is well worth a visit.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 9 Kandovan

Cross the border into Iran and explore this bizarre volcanic village.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 10 Zanjan

Shop in Zanjan’s thriving bazaars.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 11-12 Tehran

Travel to Tehran and trawl the souqs of this sprawling city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 13-15 Esfahan

Visit the blue tiled Mosques of Esfahan.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 16-17 Persepolis/Shiraz

Admire the incredible ruins of Persepolis, once known as the ‘City of the Persians’.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 18 Zein-o-din Caravanserai

Stay in traditional silk road accommodation.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 19-20 Yazd

Wind through the old city of Yazd and sign up for a scrub in a local hamam.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 21 Dasht-e Kavir Desert/Khoor

Travel through stunning desert landscapes to the village of Khoor.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 22 Damghan

See the ancient Jamrh Mosque.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 23 Shirvan

Explore Shirvan’s tranquil gardens and natural springs.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 24-25 Ashgabat

Leave Iran and travel to Turkmenistan's futuristic-looking city of Ashgabat.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 26 Darvaza

Camp in the Karakum Desert on the way to Darvaza. Perhaps see the breathtaking Darvaza gas crater.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 27 Bush Camp

Continue the Overland journey through the Karakum Desert, and take in the parched landscape of Asia's hottest desert.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 28-29 Khiva

Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva on the Silk Road.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 30-32 Bukhara

Get to know the bustling atmosphere of Bukhara, Central Asia's holiest city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 33 Nurata

Spend a night in a desert yurt camp among the rolling dunes of the Kyzylkhum Desert.
ACCOM: Yurt - 1

Days 34-36 Samarkand

Larger-than-life monuments and a technicolour bazaar make Samarkand one of Central Asia's most magical destinations.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 37-39 Tashkent

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2