Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

  • Wander the streets of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital
  • Take a dip in Lake Issyk Kul, and enjoy a spectacular bushcamp on the shores of this alpine lake
  • Visit the ancient Tash Rabat Caravanserai
  • Go hiking or horse riding in the Terskay Ala-Too Mountains
  • Enjoy a traditional yurt stay, horse riding and trekking at the high altitude Lake Song Kul
  • Enjoy the green valleys, wildlife and snow capped peaks of the Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve

Uzbekistan

  • Tashkent – Uzbekistan’s modern capital with its vibrant market and unique metro railway
  • Explore the fantastic Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand with their ancient madrassas (Islamic colleges), mosques, mausoleums and museums as well as the impressive Registan Square, said to be the most impressive sight in Central Asia
  • See ships marooned in the desert at the edge of the old Aral Sea

Turkmenistan

  • See the impressive 60m high minaret at Konye Urgench
  • Camp out in the Karakum Desert, and visit the incredible burning Darvaza Gas Crater, the “Gate to Hell”
  • Ashgabat – the fascinating and slightly bizarre “White City” fashioned out of marble

Iran

  • Mashhad – see the incredible Imam Reza Shrine, visited by 20 million pilgrims a year
  • Yazd – a mudbrick old town with winding lanes, one of Iran’s hidden gems
  • Shiraz – once famous for its vineyards, soak up the atmosphere in the tranquil gardens
  • Persepolis – follow in Alexander the Great’s footsteps – some say this site is equal in grandeur to Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Giza
  • Esfahan – take a guided city tour (optional) around Imam Square (UNESCO site) or just wander, find a local tea house and converse with the incredibly hospitable locals
  • Tehran – Iran’s cosmopolitan capital in the shadow of the Alborz Mountain Range
  • Tabriz – explore the incredible bazaar and the Blue Mosque

Turkey

  • Dogubeyazit – overlooked by Mt Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah’s Ark
  • Eastern Turkey – explore the little-visited Kars area close to the Armenian border
  • Lake Van – relax on the lake shore, visit Akdamar Island or take in the history of Van Castle
  • Nemrut Dagi – see the huge statues scattered at the summit of this mountain
  • Cappadoccia – explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape
  • Olympos – relax on the beach and hike up to view the eternal flames
  • Pamukkale – spectacular white terraces and the chance to take a mud bath
  • Troy & Ephesus – ancient ruins
  • Gallipoli & the Lone Pine Cemetery
  • Istanbul – the meeting place of Asia & Europe with its wealth of sights and attractions

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