WWF Escape to the Andes

We visited the Andean school which was built by World Expeditions and presented the children with books, pens, pencils etc which some of us had brought from Australia. The extra weight was worthwhile when we saw the expressions on the children’s faces. I could never imagine children in Australia smiling so broadly at being given an exercise book and pen!

Jean Hampson | Queensland, Australia
 
 

Tashkent to Isfahan

Samarkand was regarded as one of the most important markets on the legendary Silk Road between China and Europe. On our overland journey from Uzbekistan to Iran we trace the western section of the Silk Road, a bustling corridor through which caravans laden with goods would pass enroute to the ancient city of Constantinople. Travelling to the renowned Central Asian cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Merv we gain a rich sense of the intricate history, before crossing the awesome expanses of both the Karakum Desert and the high mountain passes that link Central Asia and Persia. Our trip coincides with the amazing Sunday camel market at Ashgabat before taking the dramatic mountainous drive across the Kopet Dag Mountains to Iran - a land of dramatic contrasts ranging from snow clad mountains, deserts, oasis towns and ancient cities that reveal a deep and rich history. We diverge from the traditional Silk Road itinerary with exciting excursions to Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis - the summer capital of the vast Persian Empire, before concluding this epic journey in the vibrant city of Tehran.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Tashkent
DAY 2 In Tashkent, drive to Samarkand
DAYS 3/4 In Samarkand
DAY 5 Drive to Bukhara
DAYS 6/7 In Bukhara
DAY 8 To Mary (Turkmenistan)
DAY 9 Visit the ancient Silk Road town of Merv, fly to Ashgabat
DAY 10 In Ashgabat
DAY 11 To Mashad (Iran)
DAY 12 In Mashad then fly to Shiraz and visit Persepolis
DAY 13 In Shiraz
DAY 14 Drive to Yazd
DAY 15 In Yazd
DAY 16 Drive to Isfahan
DAY 17 In Isfahan
DAY 18 In Isfahan
DAY 19 Drive to Tehran
DAY 20 In Tehran
DAY 21 In Tehran, trip concludes

traveller reviews

This was a fabulous trip, on which we encountered some of the most beautiful architecture imaginable, as well as some of the friendliest local people. Americans, in particular, should not hesitate to visit this part of the world. Overall, extremely satisfied with the trip from start to finish!

T. Hardee North Garden, VA, USA

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Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  21 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Day Walking
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