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Empires of Central & South East

Empires of Central & South East

Empires of Central & South East Overview

Empires of Central & South East from Dragoman is an exhilarating holiday in Chengdu (China), Chongqing (China), Dali (China), Dunhuang (China), Kashgar (China). Available from 26 Jul 2020 to 2 Nov 2021 this 101 day trip costs from £8,135.00 and has a maximum group size of 22 persons.

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. From the buzzing cultural hub of Bangkok, we journey overland to the truly incredible Cambodian town of Siem Reap and its magnificent world-famous Khmer ruins of Angkor Wat, some of the world's most awe-inspiring ancient temples. We will learn all about the sad history of the 1970s genocide in Phnom Penh and enjoy a homestay near the Mekong in Kratie, before crossing into the beautiful country of Laos. We will travel to the stunning island of Don Khon and the 10th-century temple of Wat Pho near Pakse, before arriving in the exhilirating outdoor-activity capital of Vang Vieng. Next we head to the stunning Buddhist town of Luang Prabang and its famous Kuang Si waterfalls. From here we drive through the beautiful Laotian countryside to Luang Namtha, a wonderfully-located village on the edge of the Nam Tha National Park, then overland across rugged landscape of south China to the natural rock labyrinth of the Shilin Stone Forest. We then head to the delightful city of Kunming. and to the ancient pagodas and Naxi culture of Dali, before travelling through the breathtaking scenery of Yunnan province to arrive in the atmospheric old town of Lijiang, and visit the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge. As we overland through China's southern provinces, we visit the phenomenal sacred mountain and golden temple of Emei Shan, the collosal Great Buddha of Leshan, the giant pandas in Chengdu and the incredible ancient Buddha caves of Dazu! We'll enjoy a ferry journey through the stunning area of the Three Gorges and a visit to the sacred Buddhist mountain of Wudang Shan en route to the fascinating historic city of Xi'an, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. From here we'll head through the the temples of Mount Kongtong and acsend to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, before overlanding to the western end of the Great Wall of China. We'll visit the incredible Buddha caves of Mogao and the oasis of Turpan in China's remote western provinces, then cross the isolated Taklamakan Desert to the arrive at the fascinating city of Kashgar. We continue on to the stunning Lake Karakol in the colossal Karakoram Mountains before ascending to cross the Torugart Pass into the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan. We will overland across the remote and desolate mountains in the south of the country to the stylish capital of Bishkek. From Bishkek we will set off to fully explore the wonderful country of Kyrgyzstan - we will absorb ourselves in the breathtaking scenery, stay in local homestays and yurt camps, and take advantage of the phenomenal trekking opportunities in this incredible country on a flexible itinerary, before heading into the equally-amazing land of Uzbekistan. We will overland through the stunning lands of the fertile Fergana Valley before arriving at the pleasant capital of Tashkent. We will venture across the phenomenal country of Uzbekistan, visiting the astonishing ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and enjoying a yurt stay in the incredible Kyzylkhum Desert before crossing the vast deserts of Turkmenistan. Here we will visit the stunning Darvaza gas crater before arriving in the surreal capital of Ashgabat. Join us on this unforgettable epic Asian overlanding experience!

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