Silk Road, Pandas & the Yantzse

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Silk Road, Pandas & the Yantzse - Dragoman Overland
Silk Road, Pandas & the Yantzse - Dragoman Overland
+47 Destinations
Silk Road


  • Learn about the old town Baku
  • Explore the mausoleum of Pahlavon Mohammed
  • See the architectural ensemble Lyab-i Hauz ponds
  • Visit the Kalon Mosque and Minaret
  • Discover the Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassa
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
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Travel style
Overland Truck, Adventure, Discovery, In-depth Cultural
Dragoman Overland
Start in Istanbul and end in Kunming! With the overland truck tour Silk Road, Pandas & the Yantzse, you have a 101 day tour package taking you through Istanbul, Turkey and 45 other destinations. Silk Road, Pandas & the Yantzse includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.


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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-Fergana City
  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: Wudang Shan
  64. Day 83: Xiang Fan-Wudang Shan
  65. Day 84: Yichang
  66. Day 85: Yichang-Three Gorges
  67. Days 86 to 88: Three Gorges-Chongqing
  68. Day 89: Dazu-Chongqing
  69. Days 90 to 91: Chengdu
  70. Days 92 to 93: Leshan-Emei Shan
  71. Day 94: Panzhihua
  72. Days 95 to 97: Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge
  73. Days 98 to 99: Dali
  74. Day 100: Kunming

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  • Guide

  • Transport

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  • GrantFeringa's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    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).

  • LeeAnneNewman's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    Such an amazing trip, Mongolia is simply stunning. Drago once again provide the best crew and itinerary to show the best of the country.

  • SallyHill's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic, amazing journey thru Mongolia for 21 days. It snowed a lot which was beautiful, we had lots of sunny days. 3 days at the hot springs was comfortable and beautiful to re charge and the incredible wild camping spots beside rivers or on top of... Read more

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

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Istanbul - Kunming (from Istanbul to Kunming) 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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Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
Yuan Renminbi

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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.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
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.
Recommended for Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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.
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.


Istanbul is the starting point and Kunming is the endpoint.
Your money is safe with TourRadar, as we only pay the tour operator after your tour has departed.
For any tour departing before 15 September 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 15 September 2019, a minimum payment of $99 is required to confirm your booking with Dragoman Overland. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
Cancellation policy
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Some departure dates and prices may vary and Dragoman Overland will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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Covering a total distance of approx 12,736 km.
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • 565 km
  • Goreme (Turkey)
  • 668 km
  • Batumi (Georgia)
  • 111 km
  • Kutaisi (Georgia)
  • 120 km
  • Gori (Georgia)
  • 64 km
  • Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • 61 km
  • Telavi (Georgia)
  • 68 km
  • Lagodekhi (Georgia)
  • 101 km
  • Sheki (Azerbaijan)
  • 215 km
  • Gobustan State Reserve (Azerbaijan)
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