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The Marco Polo

  • 24 Day(s)
  • Trip Code : VTMPIB

Traverse deserts and mountains, exploring the fabled old Silk Road in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and of course Marco Polo. Discover the jewels of ancient Persia and the caravanserai of Old Turkestan where tea, silk and spices have been traded for over a millennia, on this journey well off the beaten track. Traverse deserts and mountains, exploring the fabled old Silk Road in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and of course Marco Polo. Discover the jewels of ancient Persia and the caravanserai of Old Turkestan where tea, silk and spices have been traded for over a millennia, on this journey well off the beaten track.

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Day 1. Istanbul

Meet your new friends and perhaps relax in a hamam before your adventure begins.Day 2. Bus to Ankara - Explore Ankara in the afternoon and catch the sunset over the city from the hilltop castle.Day 3. Board the Trans Asia Express to TehranDay 4. Trans Asia Railway - Take the ferry with the train across Lake Van!Day 5. Early evening arrival into Tehran.Day 6. Explore Iran's modern capital in the morning before transferring to Isfahan.& Day 7. Isfahan - Discover the mosaic clad jewel of ancient Persia.Day 8. Isfahan and afternoon departure for Mashhad.Day 9. Morning arrival in Mashhad - Don't miss the spectacular shrine of Imam Reza.Day 10. Cross the Kopet Dag mountains into Turkmenistan and explore Ashgabat.Day 11. Ashgabat - Discover this city of white marble before an overnight train to Turkmenabat.Day 12. Arrive in Turkmenabat and transfer to Bukhara in Uzbekistan.Day 13. Bukhara - Relax by the leafy ponds and watch centuries of life unfold.Day 14. Morning train to Samarkand - Witness the amazing Registan!Day 15. Samarkand & - Home to breathtaking monuments and glittering minarets, all for you to explore.Day 16. Morning in Samarkand and afternoon in Tashkent.Day 17. Tashkent - Head to the Chorsu Bazaar before departing for Almaty.Day 18. Almaty - Welcome to Kazakhstan!Day 19. Almaty - Stroll the leafy streets this cosmopolitan city.Day 20. Almaty and depart for Urumqi late in the evening.Day 21. Train to Urumqi - Pass through the Dzungarian gate, an ancient Silk Road trade route.Day 22. Morning arrival in Urumqi - Furthest city in the world from the ocean!Day 23. Depart for Beijing.Day 24. Arrive in Beijing - Your epic silk road journey concludes!

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  • Turkey > Iran > Turkmenistan > Uzbekistan > Kazakhstan > China

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  • Trip Style: Small Group Adventures, 18-35s
  • Comfort Level: Standard

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