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In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Istanbul to Beijing)

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In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Istanbul to Beijing) - Dragoman
In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Istanbul to Beijing) - Dragoman
Starts
Istanbul
+47 Destinations
Silk Road
Ends
Beijing
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Highlights

  • Travel the ancient Silk Route
  • Wonder at the Terracotta Warriors
  • Overnight in a traditional yurt
  • Discover ancient Ashgabat
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Guesthouse
Transportation
Overland Truck, Ferry
Travel style
Adventure, Overland truck, Discovery, In-depth Cultural
Start in Istanbul and end in Beijing! With the adventure tour In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Istanbul to Beijing), you have a 96 day tour package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey and 45 other destinations. In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Istanbul to Beijing) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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    5.0 - Excellent

    Great trip. Could not fault it. Wonderful memories, would like to do another Dragoman when I have the annual leave (getting enough paid holidays is a problem when working full time).

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    4.5 - Excellent

    Travelling with Dragoman through Nepal and India was a very interesting and worthwhile experience.

  • Jihong Jin's review about another Dragoman tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    It is my good fortune and privilege to travel with a group of fine individuals, to know everyone, and to make friends with everyone. This is a very special trip to me, it is the journey not just the destination, I learned and accomplishd a lot. Tanja,... Read more

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Istanbul
  2. Day 2: Göreme
  3. Days 3 to 4: Göreme
  4. Day 5: Zara
  5. Day 6: Sumela
  6. Day 7: Batumi
  7. Day 8: Kutaisi
  8. Day 9: Gori-Mtskheta
  9. Day 10: Stepantsminda
  10. Day 11: Tbilisi
  11. Day 12: Tbilisi
  12. Day 13: Telavi
  13. Day 14: Telavi
  14. Day 15: Lagodekhi
  15. Day 16: Sheki
  16. Day 17: Gobustan
  17. Days 18 to 20: Baku
  18. Day 21: Caspian Sea
  19. Day 22: Turkmenbashi
  20. Day 23: Geok Tepe
  21. Day 24: Ashgabat
  22. Day 25: Ashgabat
  23. Day 26: Darvaza
  24. Day 27: Kunye Urgench
  25. Days 28 to 29: Khiva
  26. Day 30: Bukhara
  27. Days 31 to 32: Bukhara
  28. Day 33: Nurata
  29. Day 34: Samarkand
  30. Days 35 to 36: Samarkand
  31. Day 37: Tashkent
  32. Day 38: Tashkent
  33. Day 39: Tashkent
  34. Day 40: Fergana Valley
  35. Day 41: Arslanbob
  36. Days 42 to 44: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  37. Days 45 to 46: Song Köl Lake
  38. Day 47: Kochkor
  39. Days 48 to 49: Jeti Oguz Valley
  40. Day 50: Karakol
  41. Days 51 to 52: Chong Kemin Valley-Cholpon Ata
  42. Day 53: Bishkek
  43. Day 54: Bishkek
  44. Day 55: Kochkor
  45. Day 56: Tash Rabat
  46. Day 57: Kashgar
  47. Day 58: Kashgar
  48. Day 59: Kashgar
  49. Days 60 to 61: Kashgar
  50. Days 62 to 63: Aksu-Bayanbulak
  51. Days 64 to 65: Heavenly Lake
  52. Days 66 to 67: Turpan
  53. Days 68 to 69: Dunhuang
  54. Day 70: Jiayuguan
  55. Day 71: Zhangye
  56. Day 72: Liujiaxia
  57. Days 73 to 75: Xiahe-Bingling Si
  58. Day 76: Lanzhou
  59. Days 77 to 78: Pingliang
  60. Day 79: Xi'an
  61. Day 80: Xi'an
  62. Day 81: Xi'an
  63. Day 82: Yan'an
  64. Day 83: Lijiashan
  65. Days 84 to 86: Pingyao-Lijiashan
  66. Days 87 to 88: Wutai Shan
  67. Days 89 to 90: Datong
  68. Day 91: Jinshanling
  69. Days 92 to 93: Chengde
  70. Days 94 to 95: Beijing
  71. Day 96: Beijing

What's included

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

  • Optional Extras

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Additional Services

Videos

  • Main Page Video
  • What Is Overlanding?
  • Overlanding The Silk Road
  • Dragoman - 2017
  • Dragoman in Central Asia and China
  • Overlanding with Dragoman
  • Dragoman Overlanding 2018
  • Overlanding Kyrgyzstan
  • Dragoman Wild Camping
  • Snippet Kyrgyzstan - Russian Truck
  • Snippet Turkmenistan - Darvaza Crater
  • Dragoman - Georgia - Kazbegi Chuch in Mountains
  • Overlanding Istanbul
  • Overlanding Xi'An
  • Dragoman Snippet - Uzbekistan
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Questions & Answers

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

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Silk Route between Istanbul and Beijing (from Istanbul to Beijing) is a group fund for this tour. The group fund pays for camping, hotels, food while camping, activities the group does as a whole (based on the itinerary mentioned above and in the brochure).

    The Kitty allows the group to be flexible as the hotels and campsites are not pre booked and booked by the crew while travelling which makes the whole itinerary more adabtable than the traditional tours. Sometimes you can stay an extra night at one location due to a special activity happening at the location, based on the groups wishes. All of these costs are paid at cost price and Dragoman makes no money out of it. Therefore, if money is left over in the Kitty after the tour, it will be paid back to the group members.

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About the countries

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Currencies

Lira
Turkey
Lari
Georgia
ман
Manat
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan
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Som
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
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China

Plugs & Adapters

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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 Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 6 months before travel.

Policies

Location
Istanbul is the starting point and Beijing is the endpoint.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request Dragoman to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $500 to confirm this Dragoman booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 14 February 2019 the full payment of $9,855 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $9855 for In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Istanbul to Beijing), but the deposit of $500 is non-refundable.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Dragoman tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 11,884 km.
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 565 km
  • Goreme (Turkey)
  • 668 km
  • Batumi (Georgia)
  • 111 km
  • Kutaisi (Georgia)
  • 120 km
  • Gori (Georgia)
  • 52 km
  • Mtskheta (Georgia)
  • 89 km
  • Kazbegi Planned National Park (Georgia)
  • 101 km
  • Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • 61 km
  • Telavi (Georgia)
  • 68 km
  • Lagodekhi (Georgia)
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