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UNIQUE SUV EXPEDITIONS FROM THE SAHARA TO THE HIMALAYAS

Journeys designed by Dusko M DuSwami

 

TURKEY + IRAQ/KURDISTAN/KRG + IRAN + ARMENIA + GEORGIA

Arrival in Mashad, Iran - then across northern Iran - then Armenia from Iranian to Georgian border, then GEORGIA (Tbilisi, Gori, Akhaltsikhe), then Turkey (Ardahan-Erzurum- Sumela Monastery - Amasya - Safranbolu - Istanbul). 15days - 2900€ - only 4 persons.

See prices below for explanation on how, where, how long... which countries etc.


Arrival in Istanbul, drive to Safranbolu/Kapadokya,  a day of easy trekking, views from Uchisar. We climb Nemrut Dagi, meditate with gods and press on to Iraq-KRG via Silopi. For safety read this:

“The three provinces of Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah form the Kurdistan Region and are administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government which, under the 2005 constitution, has considerable powers of autonomy within a federal Iraq. The Kurdistan Regional Government administered area has significantly greater stability, compared with the rest of Iraq.”


KRG is a para-state with its own police, visa policy (visa not valid in the “other” Iraq), government, etc.


In Turkey we stay in cool little traditional hotels, in KRG in cool but simple modern hotels, there are no traditional hotels in KRG.


We explore the mountains, the waterfalls; everything is so easy and accessible in Northern Iraq; a lot more than on the other side of the border in Turkey where there are numerous checkpoints and a heavy military presence.


After 3 days in Iraqi Kurdistan we continue to Iran if Allah allows us to do so...... And we’ve been doing it since 2009.


Yes, you don’t cross the Iraq-Iran border every day, do you? In mystical NW Iran we stop in Orumiyeh, drive along the banks of the Aras River, climb to Armenia - a 35km climb to the altitude of 2600m, visit the absolutely stunning mountainous monasteries & churches and the mystical Armenian Stonehenge called Zorats, explore Lake Sevan and the remnants of ex-Soviet lake tourism; then we cross into Georgia, eat khachapuri in beautiful Tbilisi, hit the Georgian Military Highway, go deep into its side valleys and canyons and so much more. In the end we go to the cave city of Vardzia and take a wonderful mountainous road back to Turkey. The village of Barhal in NE Turkey offers vistas and treks you WILL write home about! A gorgeous expedition! Expedition ends in Dogubeyazit or Erzurum or Trabzon or Kapadokya or Istanbul.



Prices:


Option A: 15 days.

2 days in Eastern Turkey: Diyarbakir, Nusaybin, Silopi.

2 days in Iraq: Zakho, Dohuk, Lalish, Rawanduz.

3 days in Iran: Piranshahr, Orumiyeh, Gara Qelisa, Jolfa.

3 days in Armenia: Kapan, Goris, Sisian, Khor Virap,  Sevan, Dilijan.

3 days in Georgia: Tbilisi, Gori, Akhaltsikhe.

2 days in Eastern Turkey: Posof, Yusufeli, Trabzon.

From 2800€/person.

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Option B: 21 days.

3 days in Eastern Turkey: Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Nusaybin, Silopi.

3 days in Iraq: Zakho, Dohuk, Lalish, Erbil, Rawanduz.

4 days in Iran: Piranshahr, Orumiyeh, Gara Qelisa, Jolfa.

3 days in Armenia: Kapan, Goris, Sisian, Khor Virap,  Sevan, Dilijan.

5 days in Georgia: Tbilisi, Georgian Military Highway and Kazbegi, Gori, Akhaltsikhe.

3 days in Eastern Turkey: Posof, Yusufeli, Barhal, Trabzon.

From 3200€/person.

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Price includes:

  1. -accommodation in cozy little family-owned hotels, guesthouses - sometimes these can be exclusive establishments... sometimes a little  less exclusive...

  2. -ground transport in sturdy, comfortable, air-conditioned Japan made SUV’s

  3. -brilliant logistics & organization



Prices are based on 4 passengers per vehicle + guide/driver with booking made 6 months in advance. But we still need to hear from you to finalize all the technicalities and the price.

If you want to travel as a couple or as a solo traveler, see the prices below:

1 passenger per vehicle: price above x3

2 passengers per vehicle: price above x2