Karakum Crossing

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19 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
1520 Km
avg 117 Km
Hosted

From one magical place to another

Leaving Dushanbe we pedal west and cross into Uzbekistan on our first day. From the border its three riding days to legendary Samarqand, where our eyes will feast on the minarets and domes of Uzbekistan's most glorious city, as written about by James Elroy Flecker in The Golden Journey to Samarqand.

From one magical place we cycle towards another; Central Asia's holiest city of Bukkhara. Here you will explore buildings with histories spanning thousands of years and sights seemingly drawn from the medieval tales of flying carpets and 1001 Nights. Departing Bukkhara, we ride south towards the ancient city of Merv, once one of the most important centres of the Islamic world and today a World Heritage site. In the nearby modern city of Mary, we will recuperate from the heat of the Turkmen desert and visit the restored mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, ruler of the Seljuk Empire. Turning west we continue through this unusual and spiritual land, inhabited by people of proud traditions, magnificent Ahal Tekke horses and vast natural beauty.

Before long, we will reach Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan and a spectacle that must be seen to believed.


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Tour Location

Country:
Tajikistan|Turkmenistan|Uzbekistan
From:
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
To:
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Tour Information

Guiding:
Hosted
Duration:
19 Days
Level:
Mod/Advanced
Terrain:
Mixed on/off-road
More Options:
Camping
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 3600

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1520 Km
Riding Days:
13
Month(s):
August
Departure:
8 - 24 Aug 2021

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Booking Conditions:

Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place

Inclusions

10 Nights in hotels - 8 Nights of camping
Most dinners
Most breakfasts
All roadside lunches
Afternoon soup on riding days
Experienced chef
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Sweep rider
Security as needed
Bike mechanic
Medic
Local support
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum

Options

Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).

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