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Trans-Asian 2021 – ON MOTORCYCLE ALONG THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD

from € 6770 THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD BY MOTORCYCLE

CREA IL TUO VIAGGIO TROVA AGENZIA
https://www.gobiker.it/en?p=24464
per informazioni: Go Biker S.r.l.
via Buonarroti ang. via Canale, 22 - 60125 Ancona
Tel. 0712089301 -

The great adventure begins; an incredible journey that will take you to the borders of China from Italy to Kyrgyzstan, the country of the nomads, through the mirage of Samarkand and the mythical Pamir Highway. Let yourself be surprised and breathless in the saddle of your motorcycle… on a journey that has all the flavor of an unrepeatable adventure.  

From 23rd July to 22nd August 2021

Minimum 10 motorcycles

Registration deadline: 20th March  2021 “For centuries, from the gradual abandonment of the Silk Road onwards, the line from the Turkmen Kara Kum desert to the Takla Makan desert in Chinese Turkestan has remained one of the least traveled places on the planet. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, almost suddenly, some of the best – and most visionary – scholars of ancient things decided, all together, to start discovering the civilizations that were said to be buried, and intact, under the sand. “ Peter Hopkirk – Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

1° day

Friday 23rd July, ANCONA - IGOUMENITSA (- / - / -)

Meeting of the participants at Anek Lines box, Maritime Station, Port of Ancona. Handling of port formalities and boarding on the M / N of the Anek Lines company. Accommodation on board in private cabins. Departure for Igoumenitsa. During navigation, it is possible to use all the facilities on the ship (restaurant, self-service, bar, games room with slot machines, TV room, disco, shops). Dinner and overnight stay on board.

2° day

Saturday 24th July, IGOUMENITSA - THESSALONIKI (B / - / -) 320 km

Breakfast on board. Arrival at 09:30 am and beginning of the great adventure that will take you to the borders of the Chinese Empire, along the Great Silk Road.
Departure for Thessaloniki along the E 92. Arrival in the early afternoon and hotel accommodation.
Free dinner. Overnight stay.

3° day

Sunday 25th July, THESSALONIKI - ALESSANDROPOLI (B / - / -) 300 km

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Alexandroupolis, a city on the border with Turkey and the only port to the east of Thessaloniki lying on the Aegean Sea.
Arrival in the early afternoon. Hotel accommodation and free time for relaxation. Free dinner. Overnight stay.

4° day

Monday 26th July, ALESSANDROPOLI - ISTANBUL (B / - / -) 305 km

Breakfast at the hotel. Asia is getting closer and today it will welcome you upon our arrival at its door; reach the cosmopolitan and thousand-year-old Istanbul, a city of incredible charm and history, the gateway between the two continents, Europe and Asia. You will arrive at the hotel in the afternoon and after the accommodation in the rooms you will be able to savor the atmosphere of Ancient Constantinople.
Free dinner. Overnight stay.

5° day

Tuesday 27th July, ISTANBUL (B / L / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Istanbul visit day. Departure from the hotel and visit of the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races took place, the Church of Santa Sofia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, commissioned by Justinian to affirm the greatness of the Roman empire and the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue majolica. Lunch in a tourist restaurant. Visit of the Topkapi Palace (the Harem section is optional), sumptuous residence of the Sultans for almost four centuries, whose architecture with magnificent decorations and furnishings testify to the power and majesty of the Ottoman Empire. Visit of the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, characterized by a domed roof formed by a maze of alleys and streets. Return to the hotel. Free dinner. Overnight stay.

6° day

Wednesday 28th July, ISTANBUL - SAFRANBOLU (B / - / -) 264 km

Breakfast at the hotel. You resume our motorcycles to leave for the south coast of the Black Sea, to arrive in Safranbolu, a city that takes its name from Saffron and a World Heritage Site for the excellent conservation of the architecture of the Ottoman Empire. Hotel accommodation. Free dinner. Overnight stay.

7° day

Thursday 29th July, SAFRANBOLU - AMASYA (B / - / -) 380 km

Breakfast at the hotel. The crossing of Turkey begins with the first stop in Amasya, the Ancient Amasea where traces of the Ancient Roman Empire are still visible. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. Overnight stay.

8° day

Friday 30th July, AMASYA - ERZORUM (B / - / -) 560 km

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer stage that brings us closer and closer to the border with Iran. You will arrive in Erzurum, the capital city of Eastern Anatolia almost on the border with Armenia. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. Overnight stay.

9° day

Saturday 31st July, ERZURUM - DOGUBAYAZIT (B / - / -) 282 km

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are approaching the Iranian border to spend the last night in Turkey before crossing the border. Arrival in Dogubayazit and hotel accommodation. Overnight stay.

10° day

Sunday 1st August, DOGUBAYAZIT - Frontier With Iran - TABRIZ (B / - / D) 311 km

Asphalt road.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the Iranian border between the town of Gurbulak in Turkey and Bazarga in Iran. Meeting at the border with the Iranian assistant who will assist us in handling the formalities of entry into Iran and will continue with you by car to the Turkmen border. Arrival in Tabriz in the afternoon. Hotel accommodation. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay.

11° day

Monday 2nd August, TABRIZ - TEHERAN (B / L / D) 634 km

Asphalt road.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to reach the Iranian capital, Tehran. Lunch in a restaurant along the way. Arrival in the late afternoon. Accommodation and dinner in the hotel. Overnight stay.

12° day

Tuesday 3rd August, TEHERAN: city tour (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the late morning you will visit the city starting from the National Museum (only the Archaeological part), rich of a vast collection of objects and testimonies of the Achaemenid, Sassanid and Islamic civilizations. Visit to the Golestan Palace, the historical residence of the Qajar royal dynasty located in Tehran. It is the oldest monument in the city, part of a complex of buildings once enclosed by the walls of the historic citadel. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit to the National Jewelry Museum which displays one of the most spectacular collections of treasures in the world. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

13° day

Wednesday 4th August, TEHERAN - BABOLSAR (B / L / D) 300 km

Asphalt road.
Breakfast at the hotel. You leave the capital Tehran to head to the north of the country on the shores of the Caspian Sea, where the best caviar in the world is produced. You will arrive in Babolsar after crossing the mountains behind Tehran (with peaks over 5000 meters) in the afternoon. Lunch on the way. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay.

14° day

Thursday 5th August, BABOLSAR - Golestan Ntl Park - BOJNURD (B / L / D) 480 km

Asphalt road.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will cross Golestan National Park today for our final stop in Iran.
The park is one of the best preserved in the world with a very rich biodiversity and it is not uncommon to meet the Caucasian Leopard, the Brown Bear and other protected fauna species.
Arrival in Bojnurd in the afternoon. Hotel accommodation.
Lunch on the way. Dinner in hotel. Overnight stay.

15° day

Friday 6th August, BABOLSAR - Turkmen border - ASHGABAT (B / - / D) 240 km

Asphalt road.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure at dawn to head towards Iran - Turkmenistan border. Beautiful and curvy road until you get to the two borders.
PIC NIC LUNCH AT THE IRANIAN BORDER. IT IS NECESSARY TO ARM YOURSELF OF PATIENCE FOR THE LONG WAIT IN THE DISPUTE OF THE FORMALITIES BETWEEN THE TWO BORDERS. IN THE LATE AFTERNOON YOU WILL EXCEED THE TURKMENA FRONTIER BEYOND THE GUIDE AND THE TURKMEN STAFF.
After the border, you will drive for few kilometers to enter Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

16° day

Saturday 7th August, ASHGABAT - DERWAZA (HELL DOOR) 270 km (B / - / D)

Paved road in bad condition - Maximum attention

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will visit the capital. Free lunch. In the afternoon departure for the first of the two stages through which you will cross the Turkmen desert. Arrival at the famous "Gate of Hell" huge hole in the ground from which gas burns perpetually. Overnight stay in tent in the desert. Dinner at the camp and overnight stay.

17° day

Sunday 8th August, DERWAZA - KHIVA (B / - / D) 440 km

Paved road in bad condition - Maximum attention

Breakfast at the hotel. The journey across the Turkmen desert continues north to Dasoguz, practically the border with Uzbekistan via Kounya Urgench (Turkmenistan). Also in this case the customs formalities will be long and you need to be very patient. Processing of the entry formalities and continuation to Khiva which you will reach shortly. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight stay at the hotel.

18° day

Monday 9th August, KHIVA - BUKHARA (B / - / D) 450 km

300 km of good paved road. 150 km of paved road in bad condition

Breakfast at the hotel. You resume our motorcycles to head towards the south of the country and reach Bukhara. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay.
Bukhara was one of the most important cities of the Islamic Transoxiana for a long time, located east of Khorasan, in the desert of Kyzyl Kum (the Red Desert). During the Mongol invasion it was destroyed by Genghis Khan and then fell under the influence of Tamerlane. Thanks to its strategic position on the Silk Road, its economy developed considerably and it became an important religious center in Asia; numerous mosques were built and madrasas still bear witness to a splendid past. Day dedicated to the visit of the city, you can see: the Poi- Kalon complex, the square separates the Mir-I-Arab madrasa and the KalomJummi mosque. Visit of the Kalon minaret (in Taijk: large) and of the three covered bazaars: TaqiZargaron, TaqiTelpakFurushon and TaqiSarrafon, the Magok-I-Atori mosque, where you can admire in the same space the remains of a Buddhist monastery, a temple and a mosque, the Nadir Divanbegi madrasa, built in 1630 amd the Kukeldash madrasa, one of the largest Islamic schools in Central Asia. Lunch in a restaurant. Continuation of visits with the Ark fortress, a city in the city, as old as Bukhara, home of the rulers of Bukhara for a millennium, the Bolo Hauz mosque, the IsmoilSamani mausoleum, built in 905 is one of the most elegant buildings in all of Central Asia .

19° day

Tuesday 10th August, BUKHARA - SAMARKANDA (B / - / D) 280 km

Asphalt road in medium good condition

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure early in the morning. Samarkand is the third largest city in Uzbekistan; it is one of the oldest cities in the world and was also the richest city in Central Asia for its location in the center of the Silk Road. For most of its history, Samarkand was part of the Persian Empire, later becoming a splendid main city of the Tranxoxiana under Tamerlane and capital of the country for 40 years under Ulugh Beg. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight stay at the hotel.

20° day

Wednesday 11th August, STOPPING IN SAMARCANDA (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to the visit of the city: the Gur Emir (in tajik: tomb of the emir), a mausoleum dedicated to Timur and his descendants (15th century), the Registan square, the Khanym mosque (15th century) and the Siab market , the necropolis of the rulers and nobles of Samarkanda, ShakhiZinda (the living king), the Ulugbek observatory (1420). You can admire the remains of a large astrolabe for observing the position of the stars, and the Afrasiab ruins with the museum. Lunch in a restaurant and tasting of local wines. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

21° day

Thursday 12th August, SAMARCANDA - Taijikistan border - DUSHAMBE (Taijikistan) (B / - / D) 295 km

Paved road in good condition.

Breakfast at the hotel. You will leave towards the east to cross the border near Panjakent to enter Taijikistan !!! Arrival in Dushambe the capital in the afternoon and hotel accommodation. Free time available. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

22° day

Friday 13th August, DUSHAMBE - KALAI HUMB (B / - / D) 355 km

Paved road in bad condition with easy dirt sections.

Breakfast at the hotel. THE ADVENTURE ALONG THE PAMIR HIGHWAY STARTS TODAY !!! Departure for the Pamir plateau following the Highway M41 via Tawildara and Khaburabad Pass ... a variety of languages, cultures and traditions will accompany us to China. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight stay at the hotel.

23° day

Sabato 14th August, KALAI HUMB - KHOROG (B / - / D) 355 km

Paved road in bad condition with easy dirt sections.

Breakfast at the hotel. Following the banks of the Panji River, today's road across the Pamir plateau runs along the Afghan border (the longest border in the world between Afghanistan and Taijikistan) and you will be able to perceive the enormous differences between the two countries. ... You will drive along the military zone called GBAO with a permit issued by Italy.
Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight stay at the hotel.

24° day

Sunday 15th August, KHOROG - MURGHAB (B / - / D) 311 km

Paved road in bad condition with easy dirt sections.

Breakfast at the hotel. You turn east towards the Murghab valley, located at 3000m high, up to the city of Murghab, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan region, located at 3650m in elevation and surrounded by the highest peaks of Pamir. Dinner and overnight stay in Guesthouse.

25° day

Monday 16th August, MURGHAB - LAKE KARAKUL (B / - / D) 150 km

Paved road in bad condition with easy dirt sections.

Breakfast in Guesthouse. Today's stage between the peaks and glaciers will simply leave us breathless and the road will take you through the White Horse Pass (4,655 m) to the spectacular Karakul lake, hidden among the arid plateaus of Pamir. Dinner and overnight stay in Guesthouse.

26° day

Tuesday 17th August, LAKE KARAKUL - SARY TASH (B / - / D) 120 km

Paved road in medium-good conditions.

Breakfast in Guesthouse. The road becomes a little more demanding but you will be rewarded by the splendor of what surrounds us. Today you will pass the Taijiko border at the Kyzyl-Art pass and after 10 km you will cross the Kyrgyzo border to arrive at the village of Sary Tash where you will spend the night before tackling the Chinese border. Dinner and overnight stay in a local home.

27° day

Wednesday 18th August, SARY TASH - OSH (B / - / D) 190 km

Paved road in medium-good conditions with easy dirt sections.

Breakfast in Guesthouse. You leave for the north of the country, the ancient kingdom still inhabited mainly by nomads. The road takes you through the Taldyk Pass (3,620 m.) up to Osh, the ancient capital of Kirgyza where you will arrive in the early afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel.

28° day

Thursday 19th August, OSH - Chychkan Gorges - TOKTOGUL LAKE (B / - / D) 330 km

Paved road in good condition.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards North East to arrive on the shores of Lake Toktogul. Stop at the village of Uzgen, the ancient capital of the Karakhanid Kingdom. You will be able to admire the ancient Minaret and the remains of the caravanserais of the Ancient Silk Road. You will set off again through the central Tien Shan mountain range along the wonderful Chychkan Gorge Canyons. Arrival in the afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay.

29° day

Venerdì 20th August, TOKTOGUL LAKE - BISHKEK (B / - / D) 400 km

Good paved road.

Breakfast at the hotel. Last stop of our incredible adventure along the dream of the Silk Road. Continuing along the roads of the central chain of Tien Shan you will reach the capital Bishkek.
After hotel accommodation, in the afternoon you will visit the capital. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay at Hotel.

30° day

Saturday 21st August, STOP IN BISHKEK (B / - / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will go to the customs warehouse for the delivery of the motorcycles that will be sent back to Italy. (arrival in Italy 15 days after the return approx.). Rest of the day at leisure for relaxation and to savor the adventure ended.
Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay.

31° day

Sunday 22nd August, BISHKEK - ITALY (B / - / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Italy.
Arrival in Italy in the evening. End of services.

Tariff per person, starting from:

DepartureDouble
From 23 July 2021 to 22 August 2021€ 6,770

Notes

TRAVEL NOTES

  • OFF ROAD BASE: To participate in this trip you must have a basic preparation of driving on Off Road and on roads in bad condition: from Turkmenistan onwards the road surface, although asphalted, is reduced in poor conditions and you must pay maximum attention while driving . Along the Pamir Highway you will find sections of easy dirt road, with the presence of fords along the way.
  • BAGGAGE: We will always be followed by local Guides and Support Vehicle following the group for luggage transport and support in case of need. Despite this, it is recommended to travel with little luggage as, in all the borders we will cross, we will have to go through the “neutral zones” where we will have to carry our luggage on our vehicles until we enter the next country. Only there, we will be able to reload the luggage on the support vehicle.
  • HOTELS AND TENT FIELDS: Where possible, the hotels provided are always of 4 or 5 star category. However, overnight stays are provided in a tented camp in Turkemmistan and Guesthouse and Yurts in Taijikistann and Kirgyzstan where you need to have a good spirit of adaptation due to the lack of beds or a bathroom.
  • MOTORCYCLE: Trip not suitable for fully road motorcycle. Maxi Enduro motorcycle required, possibly with tires suitable for mixed road and off road. Recommended to bring with you a basic repair kit for your motorcycle.
  • DOCUMENTS: Valid passport required and International driving license. Go Biker Srl will take care of all the necessary visas and permits. Obtaining the Carnet Du Passage which can be requested from the ACI at a cost of around 250 euros.
  • PASSENGER CREWS: Travel with passengers is possible. In case of difficulty in some sections, the VAN following the group will be able to take the passenger on the most difficult sections.

RETURN FLIGHTS OPERATIONAL IN ITALY

TK 349 22AUG BISHKEK / ISTANBUL 0640/0935

TK1875 22AUG ISTANBUL / MILAN 1625/1815

 

TK 349 22AUG BISHKEK / ISTANBUL 0640/0935

TK1863 22AUG ISTANBUL / ROME 1715/1850

Hotels and tented camps:

Thessaloniki: Capsis Hotel (4 *)

Alexandroupolis: Alexander Beach Hotel (4 *)

Istanbul: Armada Hotel (4 *)

Bolu: Koru Hotel Spa & Convention (4 *)

Amasia: Sarikonak Hotel (4 *)

Erzurum : Polat Erzurum Resort Hotel (4 *)

Dogubayazit : Sim- Er Hotel (3 *)

Tabriz: Parsian Hotel (4 *)

Tehran: Parsian Azadi Hotel (5 *)

Babolsar: Mizban Hotel (4 *)

Bojnurd: Kourush Hotel (3 *)

Ashgabat: Hotel Grand Turkmen (5 *)

Derwaza: tented camp

Khiva: Asia Khiva (4 *)

Bukhara: Asia Bukhara (4 *)

Samarkanda: Asia Samarkand (4 *)

Dushanbe: Taj Palace (4 *)

Kalaikhumb: Karon Palas hotel (4*)

Khorog: Lal Hotel (3 *)

Murgab: Pamir  hotel (2*)

Karakul: Guest House Erkin

Sary Tash: overnight stay in private house

Osh: Classic Hotel(4 *)

Toktogul Lake: Kok Bel Resort(3 *)

Bishkek: Plaza Hotel(4 *)

Or similar

Individual participation fees, starting from:

Price per person, MINIMUM 10 MOTORCYCLES In the indicated hotels
Participation fee, in double room

MOTORCYCLE RIDER

€ 6,770
Participation fee, in double room

MOTORCYCLE PASSENGER

€ 5,350
Entry fee € 65

The tariff includes

  • Ancona – Igoumenitsa ferry with accommodation in double cabin
  • Intercontinental flights from Bishkek to Milan or Rome in economy class operated by Turkish Ariway
  • Return transportation of motorcycles from Bishkek to Milan
  • 25 nights in the indicated hotels
  • 1 night in a tented camp in the desert in Derwaza – “Gate of Hell”
  • 3 nights in Guesthouse Basic and Yurt in Murghab, Lake Karakul and Sary Tas
  • Treatment as per program: Breakfast in Greece and Turkey. Full board in Iran; Half board (breakfast and dinners in local hotels or restaurants) in Uzbekistan, Taijikistan and Kyrgyzstan;
  • Transfers, visits and entrances as described in the program
  • Fuel for the motorcycle in Uzbekistan
  • Motorcycle Tour Leader from Italy
  • Local speaking Italian guides accompanying the group in Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. English speaker in Taijikistan, Kirgyzstan
  • Support vehicles from Iran onwards, following the group for the transport of luggage, spare parts and for the transport of non-pilot passengers and in case of need for temporary impossibility to drive.
  • Entry visa to Iran
  • Permission for motorcycles to enter Uzbekistan
  • Entry visa in Taijikistan
  • Entry permit for the GBAO border area between Taijikistan and Afghanistan
  • Entry permit of motorcycles in Taijikistan
  • Refreshing drinks and snacks during motorcycle journeys
  • Production of all necessary documentation
  • Gadgets, luggage tags and various illustrative documentation
  • Insurance for medical assistance, medical repatriation and damage to baggage

 

The tariff does not include

  • Carnet du passage: € 250 per motorcycle to be obtained at the ACI
  • Guaranty for obtaining Carnet Du Passage
  • Entry visa to Turkmenistan – approximately USD 70 to be paid locally
  • Motorcycle entry permit to Turkmenistan – approximately USD 80 to be paid locally
  • Meals not mentioned, drinks, gratuities, personal extras
  • Fuel and oil supplies for the motorcycle in Greece, Turkey and Iran
  • Optional excursions and all that is not highlighted in the item “the fee includes”

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