- A guided tour though the marble city of Ashgabat
- Experience the desert proper on a 4X4 safari in Turkmenistan
- Visit the bubbling and sometimes explosive mud volcanoes found in Azerbaijan
- Head to Savanavank monastery on the shores of Lake Sevan
- Appreciate the ancient winegrowing region of Telavi
- Enjoy the bizarre architecture in Batumi on the Black Sea Coast
- Explore dwellings carved from the eerily eroded landscape in Cappadoccia
- Take a dip in the white travertine terraces of Pamukkale
- Roam around Ephesus built by the Greeks 1000 years BC
- Visit the battlegrounds and war graves of the forces
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Join this overland adventure starting in the isolated desert country of Turkmenistan, travelling across the Caspian Sea to the Caucasus states of Georgia and Armenia before continuing to Turkey. From Ashgabat to Istanbul, this trip is full of fascinating and varied history, demonstrating the contested and often turbulent past of this relatively unknown region. Those who do travel here are rewarded with breathtaking scenery from stunning snowy mountains to seemingly endless desert, ancient and medieval sites that rival and often outdo any found in Europe, and a wide array of eclectic cultures, with consistently friendly and welcoming locals.
Day 1 : Ashgabat
Day 2-4 : Ashgabat To Turkmenbashi
Day 5-7 : Turkmenbashi To Baku
Day 8-12 : Baku To Sheki
Day 13-14 : Sheki To Tatev
Day 15-18 : Tatev To Dilijan
Day 19-23 : Dilijan To Tbilisi
Day 24-25 : Tbilisi
Day 26-31 : Tbilisi To Batumi
Day 32-43 : Batumi To Istanbul
Day 44 : Istanbul
- Accommodation - approx. 65% camping & 35% simple hostels & hotels
- Arrival airport transfer into Ashgabat
- Caspian Ferry
- Turkmenistan Letter of Invitation support and fees
- Ashgabat city tour
- 4X4 Desert Safari in Turkmenistan
- Local Payment (see tour notes & options)
- Optional Excursions as listed in the Pre-Departure Information
- Airport Taxes & Transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Meals - approx. 50%
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ashgabat To Istanbul (44 Days) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 08 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 September 2022, a deposit of 243 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Ashgabat To Istanbul (44 Days) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Ashgabat To Istanbul (44 Days) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed throughout the tour.
- 'Mini-bubbles' will be created on board the truck in Overland Tours for extra hygiene and infection control. Travelers may be required to take regular PCR tests before crossing borders between countries.
- It is highly recommended that all travelers are fully vaccinated before the tour.
Is Asia open for tourists?
Despite the initial fears of the Covid-19 pandemic, most Asian countries have managed to mitigate its effects. As such, many popular destinations throughout the continent are currently open for travelers with precautionary measures like mandatory vaccinations. A few countries, however, require newly arrived travelers to spend a couple of days in quarantine.
As of February 2022, countries like Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia are officially open for vaccinated tourists without the need for quarantine. Meanwhile, India and Indonesia are two of the countries that may require you to quarantine for up to a week on arrival. However, Japan, Vietnam, and Myanmar are yet to open their doors to visitors.
What is the best time of year to go to Turkmenistan?
The best time to visit Turkmenistan is between March and June, when the weather is mild and pleasant, and most areas of the country are open and accessible, or between October and December, when the summer heat tapers off and the fall weather sets in, making it pleasant for outdoor exploration. The weather in Turkmenistan between July and September is often extremely hot, making it difficult to engage in any outdoor activities. The other low season is between December and March, when the winter sets in, but if you don’t mind the winter cold, you can still visit the country during this period.
How to plan an Asia tour?
Asia is a relatively large continent, so there are a wide variety of destinations to explore. Therefore, if you are planning a multi-country trip to Asia, the first thing you need to prepare is the list of countries you are interested in along with your starting and ending points. You would also need to decide on the best time for your trip depending on seasonal variations that affect each country.
After finalizing when and where to travel in Asia, you should make arrangements for all the necessary travel documents. These would include visas, insurances, Covid-19 test reports, vaccine cards, and so on.
Which countries should I visit in Asia?
Asia has more than enough destinations to meet every traveler’s needs and desires. If you are into adventure, look no further than the mighty Himalayas. Go on an exhilarating hike to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, or head for the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh instead. Thailand, with its blend of dazzling nightlife, rich history, and striking monuments, is the perfect destination not just for those who wish to let their hair down but also for travelers looking forward to being part of a memorable cultural experience.
Go on a tour to Cambodia, home to the monumental Angkor Wat, if you are into off-the-beaten-path destinations, or choose a Japan tour if you wish to discover how traditions and modernity can be seamlessly blended. The Maldives, with its numerous islands and beaches, is sure to provide you with countless opportunities to kick back on sandy stretches, swim in turquoise waters, and go island-hopping, while the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.
What country in Asia is fluent in English?
English is a widely spoken language in Asia, which means that you would not have much difficulty conversing with locals during your trip. Singapore ranks the highest in terms of its proficiency in the English language. The Philippines comes second, followed by Malaysia. Other countries where you will not face much trouble if you can speak English are South Korea, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
You will find that English is part of life of a section of the population in all these countries. They have road signs in English (along with those in their native languages) as well as English newspapers. Public announcements are often translated into English in these countries, and it is not difficult to come across store banners and product labels written in the language. In addition to all this, locals are also accustomed to tourists, which means they can at least carry out basic conversations in the language.
However, please keep in mind that it is the urban population in the continent that has had the most exposure to the language and is better at communicating in it. The more you travel to the countryside, the fewer English speakers you will meet.