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The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul)

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The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) - Vodkatrain
The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) - Vodkatrain
Julia "Such a free spirited tour but with everything you need arranged so your trip is enjoyed without pre-organizing train tickets and accommodation. Because of the small group, you are free to enjoy the journey and have the comfort of a local to meet you at all major stops with transport to and from your accommodation. The honchos are young and full of energy to show you all the non tourist places to e..."
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Starts
Beijing
Destinations
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Ends
Istanbul
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Highlights

Start in Beijing and end in Istanbul! With the train & rail tour The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul), you have a 25 day tour package taking you through Beijing, China and 12 other destinations. The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Physical Rating
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  • The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) reviewer 1
    Written on June 18, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    This tour is an excellent way to experience these uncommon destinations on a budget. And they are all well worth seeing. The guides are all local and generally want to show you whatever it is you want to see. And it is nice to have a guide because much of the time you will be the only (western) tourists in sight and they have really useful local knowledge. The schedule is a little aggressive at times, so you will be tired at points, but they are good about giving you nice places to rest when the going gets tougher. All around a great ride and a wonderful introduction to an often overlooked part of the world.
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  • K
    Written on August 19, 2015
    3.5 - Good

    This was my second VodkaTrain trip (first being on the Trans-Mongolian). As with the first, it was a truly amazing experience and some of the most unique countries I have ever travelled through. Whilst I appreciated the level of independence on this trip, I felt that some of the guides were often providing the bare minimum level of service and were ill-informed about our itinerary (as I understand they were contracted in by VodkaTrain). The stand-out cities were definitely those where our guide engaged with us socially, took us to local restaurants and hang-outs and we got a more authentic experience. In saying that, I would highly recommend this trip and really love the concept VodkaTrain offers.
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  • I
    Written on March 21, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    I loved, loved, loved this tour! I was nervous about travelling through these countries as a solo female traveller so decided to travel with Vodkatrain to experience these amazing cultures. The tour exceeded my expectation and each honcho took great care of us. I don't generally like guided tours but there was plenty 'time off' for you to do your own thing, you didn't have to join the group for the day if you didn't want to and where we ate our meals was always up for discussion, we weren't herded to the nearest tourist trap. I highly recommend travelling with vodkatrain.
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  • The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) reviewer 4
    Written on August 22, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Such a free spirited tour but with everything you need arranged so your trip is enjoyed without pre-organizing train tickets and accommodation. Because of the small group, you are free to enjoy the journey and have the comfort of a local to meet you at all major stops with transport to and from your accommodation. The honchos are young and full of energy to show you all the non tourist places to eat and visit. They are flexible to take you where you want that also meets your budget. Highly recommended trip to a fantastic part of the world.
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1. Arrive Beijing
  • Day 2. Morning departure to Urumqi
  • Day 3. Arrive in Urumqi
  • Day 4. Urumqi to Almaty
  • Day 5. On board train
  • Day 6. Arrive Almaty and train to Shymkent
  • Day 7. Shymkent to Tashkent
  • Day 8. Morning train to Samarkand
  • Day 9. Samarkand
  • Day 10. Samarkand to Bukhara
  • Day 11-12. Bukhara
  • Day 13. Bukhara to Ashgabat (via Turkmenabat)
  • Day 14. Arrive Ashgabat
  • Day 15. Farewell Turkmenistan – Hello Iran
  • Day 16. Mashhad to Isfahan
  • Day 17-18. Isfahan
  • Day 19. Isfahan to Tehran
  • Day 20. Tehran and onto Ankara
  • Days 21- 22. Arrive Ankara
  • Days 23-24. Ankara to Istanbul
  • Day 25. Depart Istanbul

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • January 12, 2015

    How do we arrange VISAs for this tour?

    Many of the countries on the Marco Polo route require visas to be obtained prior to arriving and in order to obtain the visas, a letter of invitation or confirmation of booked services is required.

  • January 12, 2015

    Can you assist with pre-tour travel from within the region?

    We would be happy to help you arrange your pre tour travel arrangements from Vietnam, Hong Kong & China to help to get you to Beijing overland.

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    About the countries

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    Currencies

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    China
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    Tenge
    Kazakhstan
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    Som
    Uzbekistan
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    Manat
    Turkmenistan
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    Iran
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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Cholera
    Recommended for China and Iran. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for China, Kazakhstan and Iran. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for China and Kazakhstan. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    Location
    Beijing is the starting point and Istanbul is the endpoint.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Vodkatrain booking. The remaining balance is then payable 75 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 6 December 2017 the full payment of $3,900 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 75 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $3900 for The Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul), but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
    Availability
    Some departure dates and prices may vary and Vodkatrain will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
    Credit Cards
    The following cards are accepted for Vodkatrain tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 8,481 km.
    • Beijing (China)
    • 2,428 km
    • Urumqi (China)
    • 848 km
    • Almaty (Kazakhstan)
    • 606 km
    • Shymkent (Kazakhstan)
    • 124 km
    • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
    • 264 km
    • Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
    • 215 km
    • Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
    • 564 km
    • Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
    • 216 km
    • Mashhad (Iran)
    • 831 km
    • Isfahan (Iran)
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