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Western Silk Route (Istanbul to Ashgabat)

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starts on 23 Nov 2018
Days
26
Our saving
$128
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US $ 2,550
Cost/day $98
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Western Silk Route (Istanbul to Ashgabat) - Dragoman
Western Silk Route (Istanbul to Ashgabat) - Dragoman
Starts
Istanbul
+12 Destinations
Caucasus
Ends
Ashgabat
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Highlights

  • Visit the Lagodekhi National Park
  • Explore the underground cities of Derinkuyu or Kaymaklı
  • Walk through the ancient valley of Ihlara
  • Learn about Joseph Stalin
  • Discover the Black Sea mountain monastery at Sumela
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Camping
Transportation
Overland Truck, Ferry
Travel style
Adventure, Overland truck, Discovery, In-depth Cultural
Start in Istanbul and end in Ashgabat! With the adventure tour Western Silk Route (Istanbul to Ashgabat), you have a 26 day tour package taking you from Istanbul to Ashgabat and through Istanbul, Turkey and 13 other destinations. Western Silk Route (Istanbul to Ashgabat) includes an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
  • A TourRadar Traveller's review about another Dragoman tour
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was such a wonderful experience. I think rating the accommodation does not give a complete picture. Some of the most memorable experiences involved pretty ordinary accommodation. The mix was perfect

  • Fiona Woods's review about another Dragoman tour
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was one of the best holidays we have ever done . Will our Leader and Anita the driver were amazing. The experience was one big adventure from beginning to end . Can highly recommend Dragoman

  • 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

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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: Ashgabat

What's included

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  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • 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.

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Silk Route between Istanbul and Ashgabat (from Istanbul to Ashgabat) 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

Useful things to know before you go

Currencies

Lira
Turkey
Lari
Georgia
ман
Manat
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

Plugs & Adapters

Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and TurkmenistanTurkmenistan

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 and Turkmenistan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Ideally 1 month before travel.

Policies

Location
Istanbul is the starting point and Ashgabat 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 19 January 2019 the full payment of $2,550 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 $2550 for Western Silk Route (Istanbul to Ashgabat), 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 2,817 km.
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 565 km
  • Goreme (Turkey)
  • 668 km
  • Batumi (Georgia)
  • 111 km
  • Kutaisi (Georgia)
  • 120 km
  • Gori (Georgia)
  • 52 km
  • Mtskheta (Georgia)
  • 16 km
  • Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • 61 km
  • Telavi (Georgia)
  • 68 km
  • Lagodekhi (Georgia)
  • 101 km
  • Sheki (Azerbaijan)
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