Bishkek to Istanbul Overview

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Take a Silk Road adventure from Bishkek to Istanbul

Get ready for a massive Overland adventure from cosmopolitan Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to the bustling streets of Istanbul city. Travel through some of the planet's most remote, wild and uniquely beautiful wildernesses along the legendary Silk Road. This adventure will take you through the pages of time and introduce you to the friendly and hospitable locals who call these rugged lands home. If you're longing for an epic Overland odyssey, away from the tourist crowds and through some of the world's last wild terrains, then this epic journey is just for you.

  • Purchase Soviet paraphernalia in Bishkek
  • Hike through the incredible canyons of the Djety Oguz Valley
  • Marvel at the evocative architecture of Samarkand
  • Spend the night with Uzbek locals on a homestay in a desert yurt camp
  • Witness a field of fire at the Darvaza Gas Crater
  • Tour the underground houses of Goreme
  • Be mesmerised by Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 21
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (14 nts), Camping (with facilities) (3 nts), Guesthouse (1 nt), Homestay (6 nts), Hostel (1 nt), Hotel (24 nts), Overnight ferry (1 nt), Yurt (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle, Overnight ferry
  • Included activities:

    Ashgabat - Sunday Market, Baku - Guided city tour, Bukhara - Guided city tour, Geok-Depe - Kow Ata Underground Lake, Goreme - Guided Goreme Valley tour, Gori - Stalin Museum, Jeti-Oghuz - Hiking, Kazbegi - Tsminda Sameba Church, Khiva - Guided city tour, Kochkor - Regional Museum, Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op, Kokand - Khan's Palace & Mosque, Konye-Urgench - Ancient City ruins, Qobustan - Mud volcanoes, Qobustan - Petroglyphs, Samarkand - Guided city tour, Sheki - Khan's Palace, Sheki - Museum of History, Sumela - Monastery, Telavi - Shuamta Monastery

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    2214kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. We recommend that travellers from these countries book the WESTBOUND itinerary of this trip where some visas can be obtained en route. 2. 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. 3. Combination trip. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for more details. 4. 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 Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan and then through Georgia to Turkey.

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Day 48 Sumela

Cross the border to Turkey and climb into the incredible Sumela Monastry. Nestled high in the cliffs above the evergreen forests and rushing streams of Altindere National Park, this peaceful sanctuary is the perfect place to take some time out and breathe the fresh air of the Turkish countryside.

Day 49 Bush Camp

Continue to Zara and watch the changing landscapes of rural Turkey pass by.

Days 50-51 Goreme

Admire the otherworldly cone formations of Goreme, a truly unique location in the heart of Cappadocia. Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of the network of honeycombed caves that have formed an underground city, complete with churches and dwellings, or take to the skies on a hot air balloon to see this dramatic landscape from above.

Day 52 Bush Camp

Head west toward Istanbul, stopping to make camp for the night in the Turkish countryside.

Days 53-54 Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul, a city that has for centuries been the crossroads of the East and West. Take in the aromatic smells of the thousands of bazaars that line the streets, browse stunning islamic architecture and see why Istanbul is one of the world's most exotic, invigorating cities.
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