Overview & Map

This 78-day overland tour is operated by Oasis Overland.

Travel either eastbound (from Istanbul to Bishkek) or westbound (from Bishkek to Istanbul) and explore the ancient Silk Road and much more as you travel through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia & Turkey. Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo on this groundbreaking & challenging expedition along ancient trading routes.  Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend, from Troy in Turkey to Esfahan in Iran.  Visit the legendary ‘Stan’s’ taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan.  Experience a night in a Yurt and camp in the epic wilderness of Kyrgyzstan.

Bishkek to Istanbul overland tour route map

Is this trip for me?

If you have decided that overlanding is for you, but just need to know which trip will best suit you, here are some things to think about:

Accommodation – this trip is around 50/50 camping and accommodation, which is relatively high proportion of camping for a trip in Central Asia. Most accommodation is in hotel style accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, however there are also several yurt stays and homestays which are a fantastic way to experience the local ways of life. While staying in yurts you will be sharing with 4-8 people, and in homestays the rooms vary so it is important that you have a flexible approach to this. Dorms are also used on occasion.

Weather– this trip travels through late summer & autumn and so you can expect some cool conditions particularly towards the end of the trip. A good sleeping bag and a warm jacket will be invaluable.

Nature vs Culture – this trip offers a lot on both fronts – if you are interested in history then the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan and the incredible sights of Iran will all impress. If nature and wide-open spaces are more your thing, then Kyrgyzstan will be an absolute highlight (as it is for almost everyone who visits!). Yurt and homestays will give you the opportunity to engage with local people in the ‘Stans and Georgia.

To find out more about overlanding in general, be sure to visit our Overlanding page.

Horses grazing in Kyrgyzstan

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