Visit Turkey, Turkmenistan and Iran, a fascinating collection of nations joined not only by land but by distinctive cultures and charms. Beginning in Turkey, travel overland through Cappadocia; visit the underground cities of the Goreme Valley and explore the Lake Van region before crossing into Iran - an amazingly friendly country with a great tradition of hospitality. Visit Esfahan and explore the ancient capital Persepolis, following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. Travel to Tehran, then on through the north of the country, crossing into Turkmenistan, a once isolated land that is now proudly accessible to travellers. Your expedition through Turkic and Persian splendours ends in the surreal city of Ashgabat, an oasis of modernity set among a desert of antiquity.

Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Countries
Turkey,
Turkmenistan,
Iran
Themes
Overland
Code
KDOT
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip

Experience Turkic and Persian Splendours on this Middle East trip.


Highlights

  • Visit Istanbul and see the Blue Mosque
  • Take a walk through the Enchanted Valley
  • Search for Noah's Ark in Anatolia
  • Make camp in the wilds of Iran
  • Experience the beauty of Esfahan
  • Experience the beauty of Esfahan
  • Explore the ruins of Persepolis
  • Munch on a kebab in Yazd
  • Travel to Tehran’s exciting urban sprawl
  • Wonder at Ashgabat’s futuristic architecture

Itinerary

Welcome to incredible Istanbul! Have your fortune told in the Taksim, bargain up a storm in the Grand Bazaar or admire the imposing Blue Mosque in this fascinating city.
Visit Turkey's salt lake, Tuz Golo, which provides 63% of Turkey's salt. Bush camp in the evening.
Discover Cappadocia's Goreme Valley and underground troglodyte cities, fairy chimneys and caves. Perhaps also enjoy a traditional Turkish bath or sip tea with locals in the quaint cafes of this fascinating area of Turkey.
Travel overland into Eastern Turkey via ancient trade routes. Camp under skies that have been gazed at for centuries by fellow travellers.
Visit Ishak Pasha Palace near Dogubayazit on the Iranian Border. The town of Dogubayazit is at the foot of Mount Ararat, reportedly where Noah's Ark came to rest after The Flood.
Enjoy the first night in Iran at Kandovan, an ancient village of caves built into the volcanic rock - and where locals still live.
Explore Zanjan's delightful bazaar and check out the beautiful handicrafts on sale here - perhaps answer the question: does a handcrafted rug fit in a backpack?
Travel to Tehran and be awed by this vibrant city where ancient meets modern. There is plenty of time here to explore the incredible Golestan Palace, the city's many fascinating museums and galleries, and to relax and chat with locals while watching this interesting part of the world go by.
Spend three days in this breathtaking city and take time trawling the souqs, bazaars, beautiful squares and blue tiled Mosques of Esfahan.
Visit the stunning Islamic Shiraz - discovering its impressive citadel and mosques.
Explore the ancient ruins of Persepolis, Persia, then feel transported back in time while staying in a traditional caravanserai in the Dasht-e Lut desert.
Wind through the old city of Yazd - reputedly one of the oldest towns in the world. Sign up for a scrub in a local hamam or sample some tasty Iranian cuisine.
Travel through the Dasht-e Kavir Desert, which lies in the middle of the Iranian plateau, to the tranquil oasis of Khoor.
Explore Iran's oldest surviving mosque - dating back to the 1st century - in Damghan.
Relax by Shirvan's Atrak River, which gives this small town a lush and peaceful feel.
Say goodbye to Iran and travel into Turkmenistan. Conclude the adventure among the futuristic architecture of Ashgabat.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (5 nights), Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (15 nights)
Included activites
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Ashgabat - Sunday Market
  • 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
  • Tehran walking tour
  • Visit to Lake Tuz

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