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Distance Covered: 16,000 Km
Date: 16th April 2017 – 3rd June 2017
Duration: 48 Nights / 49 Days
Terrains: Mountains, Deserts, Forests, Highways, City Driving
Countries: India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, United Kingdom
Time Zones: 8
Cost: INR 16 Lakh Per Person
- All Hotel stays on twin sharing basis
- All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Route Planning and Research.
- Activities to make the experience truly memorable.
- Local guidance and support from experts.
- All inner line permits for restricted areas.
- Limited stock of chocolates, snacks, water and soft beverages for every vehicle.
- All Permits & permissions according to the norms & regulations applicable in all countries en route.
- All Visas and Visa Fees
- Carnet de Passage for your vehicle
- Border crossing assistance
- Lead vehicle in local countries wherever mandatory
- All local permits, government permits, Ministry approvals, custom and immigration clearance
- Adventures Overland merchandise.
- Back up team with a crew vehicle equipped with GPS, oxygen cylinders, emergency food supplies and first – aid kits.
- Road books, maps and wireless radio sets for every vehicle.
- Your own international or domestic passenger flights.
- Meals and drinks not mentioned.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Insurance and documentation costs such as travel insurance
- Vehicle servicing, repairs, traffic fines or parking penalties.
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill- health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from land blocks, bad weather etc.
- Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey.
- Any Medical expenses incurred during the trip
- Any charges for carrying video camera or still camera.
- Any hotel, subsistence or other costs incurred prior to the official start date of an expedition and after the official end date of the expedition.
- Vehicle shipment from UK to India
- Return ticket from UK to India
- 25% of the Tour cost will be charged if the tour cancelled anytime after confirmation till 30 days prior to start date.
- 50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if tour is cancelled in less than 29-15 days prior to start date.
- 100% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation if trip is cancelled in less than 14 days prior to start date.
We will be using 3 star and 4 star hotels in all the countries. The rooms will be on twin sharing basis. All meals will be a part of the package and will be an amalgamation of cuisines offered by the region we are in.
Sit behind the wheel of your car and start driving towards Tamu – Moreh border and cross into Myanmar. Enter a world yet unexplored and visit a country that was closed to foreigners for a long time.
Once we cross the border and enter Myanmar, get ready to eat some dust as you cross 46 iron bridges all within a distance of 100 km to reach Kale. Go for a temple run in the city of Bagan, dotted with 4456 pagodas. Keep driving and join a rare group of travelers by entering China by road.
China, Thailand & Laos
Drive through off- beaten tracks in China. Discover villages & towns that may not be found on maps! Feel like Columbus on this road to re-discovering all that you thought you knew of this great empire. Witness beautiful landscapes, mountain ranges, lakes, and monasteries as you reach the largest stone Buddha in the world.
Are you a wildlife enthusiast? If so, then mingle with the endangered Red Pandas, all in their natural habitat in Chengdu, one of the most important cities of China.
Visit the iconic Great Wall of China! The first and the greatest pass under heaven, Jiayu pass is also a key waypoint to the ancient Silk Road.
Along this prominent route, you will reach caves of the thousand Buddhas in Mogao, also home to tens of thousands of manuscripts and relics of the ancient Oriental culture. Continue driving westwards through the rugged mountains, gorgeous landscapes and remote terrains of China. Cherish every minute of your time in China, you are one of those rare travelers who is taking the road less travelled through a region of China not explored by many.
Cross the border and enter Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Geographically isolated by its high mountainous terrain, it is mystical & exotic with the busy bazaars in the millennia old city of Osh. Scenery on the route from Sary Tash is just spectacular and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful drives of the entire journey.
Expect snow, high altitudes, basic facilities and almost no civilization for hours and hours. Eat a raw leg of lamb, take rest in local Yurts and experience the unique culture of the Kyrgyz people. Continue driving west and enter Uzbekistan where we will spend some time in sprawling Tashkent, a city that takes the crown with its emerald green parks, gardens and crystal imbued fountains. This elegant city is an amalgamation of medieval Oriental architecture and modern skyscrapers.
By now you will be a bit familiar with Central Asia and border crossings! But be prepared to get surprised once again as you cross the border and enter Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world. Get captivated by the sheer vastness of the lake dotted steppes in this Goliath state and drive through long stretches of lonely deserts with terrains that are bare and eroded with sand dunes for miles on end.
You had horses for company in Kyrgyzstan and you will have camels for company in Kazakhstan! Prepare yourself for some tough & terrific driving between the stretches of Aralsk, Aktobe and Samara. And don’t forget to sip a bowl of Horse Milk and Camel Milk!
Next Stop, Russia. Reach the nation that has overwhelmed the imagination of the world for centuries with its traumatic & volatile history. Be careful while driving on the highways especially when you see the highway police who are always on the lookout for foreign vehicles to penalize them for some traffic violation or other! Drive through vast stretches of Russia and reach Moscow, the world famous capital city of Russia. In Moscow, be prepared to be awed as you find yourself standing at the Red Square and staring at the mind boggling architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral. Moscow will delight you with its huge parks, cycling tracks and heritage sites. As you visit the various heritage sites don’t be surprised if you run into beaming brides and grooms visiting to pay respects as per Russia’s unique tradition!
Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Amsterdam, Belgium, France& London
7 Countries in 8 Days, does a road trip get better than this?
In the last week you will literally have breakfast in one country, lunch in the second and dinner in the third! Brace yourself for a rollercoaster ride in which you will be in the driving seat.
First stop –Minsk, the modern capital of Belarus with the monumental headquarters of KGB (Russian Intelligence) looming over the independence square.
Cross the border in Poland and drive on the smooth tarmacs of the legendry German Autobahns. Find romance in the canals of Amsterdam, or explore the city with one of the largest cycle tracks in the world. Zip through France, treat yourself to scrumptious Waffles in Brussels and give yourself a pat on the back as you cross the English Channel and reach the city of dreams, London.
Is the above schedule fixed?
We like to stick to the designed schedule as much as possible. But, all participants must be prepared for changes in route due to uncertain weather conditions, road blockages and any other probabilities.
What kind of Vehicle will I need?
We recommend 4X4 Vehicles as some terrains may have gravel& dirt roads, high altitudes and steep climbing. Such a vehicle will withstand all terrains and give you a comfortable driving experience as well.
Can we go on Motorbikes?
Yes you can. What is important is that you have a reliable and robust bike that you are comfortable riding and has been fully serviced prior to the start and has new tyres.
Can we take our own car or will you arrange one for us?
You have both options available. All vehicles will need paperwork like Carnet de Passage, which is like a passport for your car. We will assist in procuring the same whether the vehicle is owned by you or rented from us.
Will vegetarian meals be an issue?
Most regions offer vegetarian food, though it may not be lavish. We will also be carrying some meal options with us in case of emergencies.
What about medical assistance in case of any emergency?
Our crew vehicle will be equipped with Oxygen Cylinder, first aid kid and basic medical supplies. You must carry any prescribed medications that you take with you in abundance, as those may not be readily available in these countries.
Will you help us procure all documents?
Yes, we will help you get all the relevant documents like Visa, Carnet de Passage, permits and permissions needed for driving across multiple borders. You will also be briefed about rules & regulations applicable in all the countries we will cross.
What all documents will be needed?
A detailed list will be mailed to you well in advance. We will assist you with each and every step with respect to procuring all the relevant documents both for you and the vehicle.
What driving experience do I need?
As long as you have an International Driving Permit and are comfortable with driving, you are welcome to join the team. No particular driving experience across borders or hilly terrains will hinder you, as we will be there throughout to help and guide you.
What is the average group size?
We would like to limit the group size to maximum 20 people
What about Vehicle breakdowns and other maintenance?
The crew vehicle will be always there to help you out.
Will fuel be readily available?
Although fuel will be available throughout, but we still recommend everyone to carry Jerry Cans for extra fuel in case of non-availability in remote terrains.