THE OLD SILK ROAD
Travel with your own overland vehicle over the Northern Old- and the Southern Old Silk Road!
This is a journey that will let the hearts of true overlanders beat faster. This impressive overland journey in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great over a part of the network of caravan routes, the once important trade route between East and West, is a special experience. As true explorers we travel through the countries of Central Asia and visit many legendary ancient caravan cities such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. In addition, we drive through varied landscapes with ever other decors of deserts, oases and vast mountain ranges. We follow the route of the Old Silk Road back through cities like Isfahan and Ashgabat and Tabaz getting back in Europe, where we eventually return. All ancient cities on the Old Silk Road are full of beautiful oriental architecture with beautiful minarets, mosques and medressas’s, decorated with turquoise mosaics. We visit the colourful bazaars and souks, their location betrayed by the delicious spices that you smell from a distance. Sometimes we cannot believe our eyes and have the feeling that we find ourselves in the middle ages and we experience trading drift of yesteryear. The Old Silk Road is still vivid and the magic is palpable present!
A JOURNEY THAT SPEAKS TO YOUR IMAGINATION!
‘The Old Silk Road’ is an ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey’© which you can make with your own overland vehicle with many highlights through the countries of Central Asia. With a dozen border crossings, a distance of app. 17.000km and the length of nearly 4 months is this one of the most adventurous guided overland expedition tour on the Ancient Silk Road. It is a journey in which we slowly travel and with much non-driving days in the program.
It is certainly going to be an adventurous and unforgettable journey with many beautiful and unusual encounters and impressions. We will travel as true pioneers on unfamiliar roads and often far from the beaten tourist track and visit sights that are not overrun by the general public. Experiences and discoveries of the developers of this journey, make it possible to visit these special places and to experience and encounter with different cultures.
Through this journey, we want to introduce you to the wealth of nations and cultures of the countries where we travel through. You come into contact with so many different ethnic and nomadic groups, each with their own way of life. These people are very friendly, welcoming, and curious and look forward to meet you, both in rural and urban areas. In these countries there are a lot of the areas, which we travel through with mostly little tourism. As a result, the population still responds spontaneously and is really looking forward to the arrival of us as visitors.
• An ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey’© from approx. 96days
• The Northern and Southern Old Silk Road
• Drive around one of world’s largest mountain lakes, Yssyk Köl
• Visit Jeti Ögüz and Song Köl Lake at 3016 m
• Drive several passes above 3.500m
• Caravan cities such as a.o. Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
• Darwaza gas craters and Ashgabat the white marble city
• Visit a.o. Tabaz and Chak Chak, Shiraz and Isfahan.
• Drive via the Caucasus Mountains
• Göreme in Cappadocia
• Journey ends in Turkey
This journey is guided by a professional team of highly experienced overland travellers and various local guides. This international team has been carefully selected to make this journey together with you to an unforgettable adventure.
Price and traveldates
• Per person: € 4.950,- , based on 2 persons per vehicle
• Solo traveller: € 6.950,-
• Traveldates 2018: 27 June to 30 September 2018 | FULL
• Traveldates 2020: 25 June to 28 September 2020
• Amount of days: 96
• Information and meetingday participants: 28 and 29 March 2018
• Start location: Rezenke, Latvia
• End location: Aktras, Turkey
• Amount of kilometers ca. 17.000 km
• Suitable for overland travel vehicle | 4×4 travel vehicle | expedition truck
• Number of participants: maximum 12 vehicles
AN EXPLANATION OF THIS JOURNEY
A journey over the northern and southern ancient Old Silk Road through the countries of the former Soviet Union, Iran and Turkey is not an all day journey you ‘just simply’ make. It is a long journey of 3 months, which requires a thorough preparation from both of us, as well the organisation, as you as a participant.
The main goal of this journey is not to enjoy a relaxing holiday, but to get to know and experience the wealth and treasures of the nations and cultures of the countries where we will travel through. We are above all travellers. You will get in contact with many different ethnic and nomadic groups, who each have their own way of life. These local people are very friendly, welcoming and curious about you, as well in rural as urban areas.
In the countries we will visit and the areas, where we will be travelling through there is little to none tourism, so that the local people respond spontaneously to the arrival of us as visitors.
You drive this journey with your own vehicle at your own risk.
To make this overland journey not only to a beautiful adventure, but also organizational to a good result, we use during this journey the guidance of a good and knowledgeable team of highly experienced overland travellers. The guidance will be assisted by local guides and interpreters where necessary and they will possibly travel along with us for a part of the journey.
This journey is organised by Expedition For Trucks. The terms and conditions of Expedition For Trucks are valid.
OUR WAY OF TRAVELLING
Our Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journeys© goes through countries with very different customs and habits then we are used to. Not often there can be fulfilled to our Western European expectations and standards and there is usually not a luxury campsite available in these countries. Therefore a journey like this demands a flexible altitude of the participants, a good physical and mental condition and health. As well the vehicles have to be in excellent condition.
INDIVIDUALLY AND ALSO GUIDED?
You drive at your own speed and pace. You will receive the Expedition For Trucks Road-book© with detailed information and the necessary information on attractions and sights and the GPS coordinates to be able to arrive at the next overnight location. We don’t drive convoy, unless absolutely necessary or when it is obliged by the local governments. You can leave in the morning, whenever it is the most convenient for you and stop as often as you like, to have as much individual freedom as possible. Plenty of time to fully enjoy and in the evening you don’t need extra time to search a safe overnight spot, very relaxing!
BENEFITS OF A GROUP JOURNEY
An ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey©’ of Expedition For Trucks has many advantages. One of the most important ones is that we only travel in small groups; maximum up to 12 vehicles. Further advantages are; always a back-up from fellow travellers and the journey guidance, the sense of security far away from home, supported by experienced guidance, difficult border crossings we always take as a group together and when necessary, with the help of local guides, a safe overnight place and from special value, cosy spontaneous evenings together, to share our experiences and adventures.
ROUTE AND DAYSCHEDULE
The route and itinerary are designed with the maximum possible interesting touristic highlights and sites are included on our route. Many are included in the program, others are optional. Of course, we also did take into account the overnight places and we have done our best effort to stay at the most beautiful places and locations. The daily distances range from 75 to 400km per day and are so divided that we have enough time to visit the sights and attractions, to take a break, to do some shopping and to relax. Obviously there are many non driving days, so you will be able to organise your own day. You will receive the Expedition For Trucks Road-book© with the day schedule and lots of tips and information, interesting sights and the overnight location related information and the required GPS coordinates.
This journey can be made with an average overland vehicle. It is not necessary to have a 4WD, but of course may be very useful, if you have one. However, you must realise that a journey like this is also very heavy for the vehicle.
Most of the countries which we travel through are both politically and economically rather stable. The crime rate has dropped and the purchasing power of the people is fortunately rising almost everywhere. With our campers we are at no greater risk as when we are travelling through European countries. We travel through 9 countries and we keep informed during our journey about the security situations in the areas we are going to travel through
Most of the roads on our route are asphalted. Only less than 10% of this journey we drive over unpaved roads. Parts of this are sometimes in very bad or poor condition! Often the roads are to be compared with the roads in Europe, sometimes even better. But the asphalt in these countries has often suffered heavily from the high temperatures in the summer and the extreme winter conditions. Large potholes in the roads will not be strange. In the big cities the roads are often crowded and it is just as back home in the traffic jams!
We will barely overnight at campsites at this journey, because in the areas we cross, there are none. We will stay at safe overnight places. As far as possible this will be wild camps in free nature and if not possible at hotels, churches, sport complexes or just a parking spot or something similar. Therefore it is necessary that you can be self-supporting for a few days concerning food, bathroom, shower and electricity.