Turkey

  • Istanbul, the meeting point of Europe & Asia
  • Tour of the enchanted valley of Cappadocia
  • Optional hot-air balloon ride, Cappadocia
  • Sumela Monastery

Georgia

  • Black Sea coastal town of Batumi
  • Gremi citadel
  • “Big Day Out” in Telavi – a tour of monasteries, bee-keepers and textile-weavers followed by lunch and wine tasting at a local family-run winery
  • Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital
  • Trek to the Tsminda Sameba Church, Kazbegi
  • Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Mtskheta
  • Stalin Museum, Gori
  • Begrathi Cathedral & Gelati monastery, Kutaisi
  • Lagodekhi National Park

Azerbaijan

  • Stay in an old caravanserai, Sheki
  • Mud volcanoes & petroglyphs, Gobustan
  • Maiden’s Tower and Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Baku

Turkmenistan

  • Cross the Caspian Sea by ferry
  • Swim in Kow Ata Underground Lake
  • Guided tour of Ashgabat
  • Darvaza Gas Crater
  • Kunye Urgench ruins

Uzbekistan

  • Explore the restored glory of Khiva
  • Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the Ark Fortress in Bukhara
  • Yurt stay in the Kyzylkhum Desert
  • Registan Square, Ulug Beg Observatory, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda in Samarkand
  • Visit to Margilan Silk Factory
  • Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital city

Kyrgyzstan

  • Drive through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Ferghana Valley
  • Home stay in Kochkor
  • Felt carpet-making demonstration
  • Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital
  • Chong Kemin National Park
  • Drive along the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Hiking and horse riding in the beautiful Jeti-Oghuz gorge
  • Yurt stay at the high altitude Lake Song Kul
  • Goat polo, Lake Song Kul
  • Tash Rabat caravanserai

China

  • Animal & Sunday markets, Kashgar
  • Travel on the legendary Karakoram Highway to Lake Karakol
  • Cross the Taklamakan Desert
  • Yurt stay at Heavenly Lake
  • Jiaohe ruins & karez irrigation system, Turpan
  • Mogao Buddha Caves, Dunhuang
  • Jiayuguan Fort, and adobe section of the Great Wall of China
  • Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains
  • Bingling Si Buddha caves
  • Labrang Monastery, Xiahe
  • Night food market, Lanzhou
  • Day hikes on holy mountain of Kongtong, Pingliang
  • Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an
  • Revolution Museum, Yan’an
  • Overnight stay in a cave house in the ancient village of Lijiashan
  • Old town, Pingyao
  • Temples of Wutai Shan
  • Hanging Monastery & Yungang Buddha Caves, Datong
  • Great Wall of China at Jinshangling
  • Puning Temple & Imperial Summer Resort, Chengde
  • Guided tour of Tian’enmen Square & the Forbidden City, Beijing

Mongolia

  • Overlanding through the wild, untamed lands of Mongolia is a highlight in itself!
  • Stunning wild camps, and hospitable ger (tent) camp stays
  • Guided tour of Ulaanbaatar
  • Bird watching at Ogii Lake
  • Hikes in the Orkhon Valley
  • Tsenkher hot springs
  • Interaction with nomadic herders
  • Hike to the top of the Khorgo Volcano
  • Zuun Lake & Khovsgol Lake
  • Amarbayasgalant Monastery

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