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In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) - Dragoman
In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) - Dragoman
Starts
Beijing
+42 Destinations
Silk Road
Ends
Istanbul
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Highlights

  • Explore the Forbidden City in Beijing
  • See the Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde
  • Visit the old town of Pingyao
  • Discover the Great Wall of China
  • Stay at the Datong's Hanging Monastery
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Home-stay, Camping, Guesthouse
Transportation
Overland Truck, Ferry
Travel style
Adventure, Overland truck
Start in Beijing and end in Istanbul! With the adventure tour In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul), you have a 96 day tour package taking you through Beijing, China and 40 other destinations. In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
  • coraldonaldson's review about another Dragoman tour
    4.0 - Good

    great way to see places that have minimal local transport, with transportation to sights with no hassel

  • VictoriaStephenson's review about another Dragoman tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip, full of adventures, laughter, culture and history. Could not recommend it highly enough but be prepared for wild camping and basic facilities - which I think is the best bit!

  • NicandMarceneTesselaar's review about another Dragoman tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    We very much enjoyed the experience and liked it very much and have booked our next trip in Ethiopia in October

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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Beijing
  2. Day 2: Beijing
  3. Days 3 to 4: Chengde
  4. Day 5: Jinshanling
  5. Days 6 to 7: Datong
  6. Days 8 to 9: Wutai Shan
  7. Days 10 to 11: Pingyao
  8. Day 12: Lijiashan
  9. Days 13 to 14: Yan'an
  10. Day 15: Xi'an
  11. Day 16: Xi'an
  12. Day 17: Xi'an
  13. Day 18: Xi'an
  14. Days 19 to 20: Pingliang
  15. Day 21: Lanzhou
  16. Days 22 to 23: Xiahe
  17. Day 24: Liujiaxia-Bingling Si
  18. Day 25: Zhangye
  19. Day 26: Jiayuguan
  20. Days 27 to 28: Dunhuang
  21. Days 29 to 30: Turpan
  22. Days 31 to 32: Heavenly Lake
  23. Days 33 to 34: Bayanbulak-Aksu
  24. Days 35 to 37: Kashgar
  25. Day 38: Kashgar
  26. Days 39 to 40: Tash Rabat
  27. Day 41: Kochkor
  28. Day 42: Bishkek
  29. Day 43: Bishkek
  30. Days 44 to 45: Ala Archa-Chong Kemin Valley
  31. Day 46: Karakol-Cholpon Ata
  32. Days 47 to 48: Jeti Oguz Valley
  33. Day 49: Kochkor
  34. Days 50 to 51: Song Köl Lake
  35. Days 52 to 54: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  36. Day 55: Arslanbob
  37. Day 56: Fergana Valley
  38. Day 57: Tashkent
  39. Day 58: Tashkent
  40. Day 59: Samarkand
  41. Days 60 to 61: Samarkand
  42. Day 62: Nurata
  43. Day 63: Bukhara
  44. Days 64 to 65: Bukhara
  45. Days 66 to 67: Khiva
  46. Day 68: Kunye Urgench
  47. Day 69: Darvaza
  48. Day 70: Ashgabat
  49. Day 71: Ashgabat
  50. Day 72: Ashgabat
  51. Day 73: Ashgabat-Geok Tepe
  52. Days 74 to 75: Turkmenbashi
  53. Day 76: Caspian Sea
  54. Days 77 to 78: Baku
  55. Day 79: Gobustan
  56. Day 80: Sheki
  57. Day 81: Lagodekhi
  58. Day 82: Telavi
  59. Day 83: Telavi
  60. Day 84: Tbilisi
  61. Day 85: Tbilisi
  62. Day 86: Stepantsminda
  63. Day 87: Stepantsminda-Mtskheta
  64. Day 88: Kutaisi-Gori
  65. Day 89: Batumi
  66. Day 90: Sumela
  67. Day 91: Zara
  68. Day 92: Göreme
  69. Days 93 to 94: Göreme
  70. Day 95: Istanbul
  71. Day 96: Istanbul

What's included

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Additional Services

Videos

  • Main Page Video
  • What Is Overlanding?
  • Overlanding The Silk Road
  • Dragoman - 2017
Main Page Video

Questions & Answers

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

  • Is it possible to do just a part of a tour?

    Yes, it is most likely possible to do just a part of the tour. Please contact us to arrange this.

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Silk Route between Istanbul and Beijing (from Beijing to Istanbul) 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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    Amazing, prompt service--even when we are all in different time zones! Could not ask for more! Communication couldn't be better.

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About the countries

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Currencies

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

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 China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. 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 and Kyrgyzstan. Ideally 10 days 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
Beijing is the starting point and Istanbul 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 10% to confirm this Dragoman booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 12 January 2019 the full payment of $9,875 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 $9875 for In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (Beijing to Istanbul), but the deposit of 10% 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 11,690 km.
  • Beijing (China)
  • 177 km
  • Chengde (China)
  • 68 km
  • Jinshanling (China)
  • 341 km
  • Datong (China)
  • 336 km
  • Pingyao (China)
  • 248 km
  • Yan'an (China)
  • 264 km
  • Xian (China)
  • 252 km
  • Pingliang (China)
  • 262 km
  • Lanzhou (China)
  • 152 km
  • Xiahe (China)
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