Ottoman & Persian Wonders

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  • No booking fees
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 31 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 22
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Ends Istanbul, Turkey
  • +18
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
  • Visit the sufi complex in Bastam, Iran
  • Walking tour of ancient Damghan
  • Explore the ancient desert town of Khoor and its beautiful palm trees
Starting in Ashgabat and ending in Istanbul, the Ottoman & Persian Wonders tour is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 31 days. You will be touring through Goreme, Khoor, Shiraz and 17 other destinations in Iran, Turkey and Turkmenistan. Ottoman & Persian Wonders is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

This overland tour connects Turkey, Iran & Turkmenistan, three incredible countries on the ancient Silk Road. Turkey has been invaded from nearly every direction in the course of its history which makes it a melting pot of influences; Iran is one of the world's best kept travel secrets, which never fails to surprise its visitors; and Turkmenistan has some of the most remote scenery on earth, where the people still live largely nomadic lives. Between them they have no shortage of incredible places to explore, including the Blue Mosque, the battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the Dome of Soltaniyeh, the historic Bazaar of Tabriz, the colourful Prometheus Caves, the unworldy geological wonder of Cappadocia and the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat.


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Based on 1,020 reviews
  • Andrew
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
Andrew's review for another Dragoman tour
“The trip was well organised and worthwhile. The entire crew, Tanja, Andy and Samson where all excellent. The places we visited were interesting and the guides used were all helpful and knowledgable. Thank you.”
  • Michael
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
Michael's review for another Dragoman tour
“Pantanal guide, Uli, was excellent.”
  • Gillian
  • On Jun 01 2018
4 - Very Good
Gillian's review for another Dragoman tour
“This was out 6th trip! We keep coming back!”
Select Tour Version:
  • Day 1: Ashgabat
  • Day 2: Ashgabat
  • Day 3: Shirvan
  • Day 4: Damghan
  • Day 5: Khoor
  • Day 6: Yazd
  • Day 7: Yazd
  • Day 8: Zein-o-din
  • Day 9: Shiraz
  • Day 10: Shiraz
  • Day 11: Esfahan
  • Day 12: Esfahan
  • Day 13: Esfahan
  • Day 14: Tehran
  • Day 15: Tehran
  • Day 16: Zanjan
  • Day 17: Tabriz
  • Day 18: Dogubayazit
  • Day 19: Lake Nemrut
  • Day 20: Mount Nemrut
  • Day 21: Goreme
  • Day 22: Goreme
  • Day 23: Egirdir
  • Day 24: Olympos
  • Day 25: Olympos
  • Day 26: Pamukkale
  • Day 27: Selcuk
  • Day 28: Selcuk
  • Day 29: Gallipoli
  • Day 30: Istanbul
  • Day 31: Istanbul
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
  • Comfortable Hotel 8 nights
  • Basic Hotel 12 nights
  • Guesthouse 2 nights
  • Camping without facilities 2 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 5 nights
  • Camping 1 night
  • 30 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Ashgabat and from Istanbul are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Ottoman & Persian Wonders tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ottoman & Persian Wonders tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 11 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ottoman & Persian Wonders 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.


For this Ottoman & Persian Wonders 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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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