ROAD TO LONDON 2023

Trip Overview

Turkey is geographically one of the most unique countries in the world lying partly in Asia and Europe respectively. Throughout its history, it has acted as both a barrier and a bridge between the two continents. Embark on an exciting self-drive road trip through Turkey and discover a lot more than meets the eye. Between the beaches, baklavas and bustling markets lie a wealth of history filled with interesting figures, civil war, and a multitude of languages.

Begin in Istanbul – melting pot of East and West which also straddles two continents, and end in the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia. Along the way, cruise down the Bosphorus River, explore the ancient Greek and Roman city of Ephesus, visit the Roman spa town of Pamukkale, pay homage to the tomb of the famed Sufi poet Rumi, and drive along the Lake District of Turkey, a stunning collection of lakes in one of the most beautiful locations of Turkey.

About the trip

Duration

59 Nights / 60 Days

Trip Cost

INR 2500000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)

Trip style

Friends / Family / Solo / Couples

Landscapes

Mountains, Forests, Highway, City Driving

Activities

Boat ride / Trekking / Hot air balloon ride / Cruise / Border crossing / Nightlife / City tour / Ferry crossing

Upcoming Dates

3rd Sep 2023 – 1st Nov 2023

Route Map

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Itinerary

WEEK 01

Iran

The best journey of the rest of your life begins with our arrival to Bandar Abbas, a port city in the Hormozgān Province of Iran, where we will get possession of our vehicles. From here, we will move towards one of the oldest cities of Ancient Persia, Shiraz, which is home to Maharloo Lake. The seasonal salt lake takes on a deep pink/reddish hue and makes for a wondrous sight. Our next destination within Iran will be the city of Isfahan. En route, we will be visiting Persepolis - a UNESCO World Heritage Site which served as the ceremonial capital of the First Persian Empire. A day to tour Isfahan will be followed by driving towards the Iranian capital, Tehran.

WEEK 02

Iran, Turkey

From Tehran, we will be heading to the vintage city of Tabriz, our final destination in Iran, which boasts a historical lineage going back 4,500 years. We’ll also visit Kandovan during our stay in Tabriz, a village with houses carved within the rocks, and the famous Bazaar of Tabriz. Next, we’ll cross the border from Iran into Turkey to Van. History, nature’s artistry, the sun, and the sea - all come together in this gorgeous country that demands devoted exploration. We will cruise through the city of Malatya en route to the beautiful Adiyaman.

WEEK 03

Turkey, Bulgaria (via Greece), Serbia

From Adiyaman, the convoy will drive to Cappadocia, where an unparalleled morning hot balloon ride awaits us amidst other delights. Post this bucket list activity; next up will be Istanbul. Napoleon famously said: “If the world was only one country, Istanbul would be its capital”. Istanbul is a revelation indeed. A tour of Sultanahmet – the old quarter and capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and a luxurious cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, marked by numerous architectural gems, will be the crowning glory of our Turkish extravaganza. Our third week on this sojourn sees us crossing the border from Turkey, into the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia, via Greece. We get a full day to tour this delightfully varied and charmingly laid-back city, Bulgaria’s cultural hub. From Sofia, our convoy will cross the border into Belgrade, Serbia. A treasure trove for history and antiquity enthusiasts, the capital of Serbia is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

WEEK 04

Belgrade, Hungary (via Croatia), Poland (via Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic)

Belgrade will be followed by us making a foray into Hungary via Croatia. We find ourselves in Budapest, Hungary’s capital and financial nerve centre. Urbane, sophisticated, classically rich and boasting an abundance of hot springs and thrilling nightlife - Budapest is sure to impress. Post which we’ll be bidding farewell to Hungary and driving through Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic towards Krakow in Poland. En route, we’ll visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Krakow, Poland. Observe and immerse yourself in the feel of a place that stands today as a testament to the never-ending bid for peace and one’s spirit of survival, even when faced with abject misery. We leave Krakow to drive towards the capital city of Warsaw. A robust regional financial, cultural and political hub, most of Warsaw’s architecture is contemporary owing to its post-WWII origins. After a day of touring Warsaw, we set out for the Baltics.

WEEK 05

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland

In the fifth week, our convoy will cross the border into the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius. Renowned for its art and architecture, Vilnius’ Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The journey further will see us arriving in Riga, Latvia. The capital of Latvia is the largest city amongst the three Baltic nations and plays host to one of the world’s largest collections of Art Nouveau buildings. Get set to tick off some must-visit locations by rolling into the city of Tallinn. The capital of Estonia is located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and is famous for its beautifully preserved specimens of Medieval Architecture. A spectacular cruise across the Baltic Sea beckons as we leave Estonia to take our cars onboard a ferry and set sail towards Helsinki in Finland. Celebrate the Nordic culture of the vibrant seaside capital city of Helsinki.

WEEK 06

Finland, Norway

In the sixth week, we head towards the winter wonderland of Rovaniemi via the resort city of Oulu. Delights galore await us as we tour the tourism hotspot that is the city of Rovaniemi, also widely known to be the official home town of Santa Claus. Traipsing through the picture-perfect Santa Claus Village and a date with some gorgeous furry friends at a Husky farm will ensure that our time in Finland makes for some of the best memories. The convoy will be crossing into the magical country of Norway at Honningsvåg. We will reach the highest point of our journey as we make our way to Nordkapp, the highest point in Europe accessible by road. Here we will be treated to a guided boat tour which, apart from offering breathtaking views, is also the congregation point for thousands of birds like Puffins, Gannets, and Cormorants. Our next stopover in Norway will be at Tromsø, where we will hunt to capture the mesmerising phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

WEEK 07

Norway

Consequently, we will drive through and explore the Norwegian cities of Fauske, Trondheim and Ålesund, along with discovering the sheer joy of cruising along the stunning Atlantic Ocean Road. This approximately 8.3 km stretch of concrete is an engineering marvel and is famed for its scenic beauty, dramatic curves and remarkable bridges. We continue our Norwegian adventure with a signature experience in the city of Bergen, which will take us through some of Norway’s incredible fjord landscape - including the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and the dizzying hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva.

WEEK 08

Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands

Departing from Bergen, our final halt in Norway will be at Oslo, known for its namesake fjord, enchanting woodlands and emerald forests. From here, we will cross the border into Sweden. The capital of Sweden is an art lover’s paradise and is set on an archipelago of 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. After experiencing Sweden, we’ll cross another border to Copenhagen, Denmark. The capital of Denmark is widely celebrated for its regal history, awe-inspiring architecture, dedication to sustainable living and genuinely happening restaurant scene. From here, we will head towards Amsterdam in the Netherlands via Germany. An absolute favourite amongst tourists and popularly referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’, Amsterdam is an addictive combo of finesse and fun.

WEEK 09

Netherlands, France, The United Kingdom

We embark upon the last leg of our trip driving away from the Netherlands, crossing Belgium and entering France to reach the port city of Calais. After a relaxing night, we will board the cruise to Dover, UK. Indulge in a magnificent farewell dinner before our vehicles are shipped back to India. At the same time, you savour the moments and the memories collected during this trip par excellence. Relive the sights, the smells, the spices, and the nuances you have sampled on the Road to London, for this is one journey that is sure to remain forever incomparable.

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Testimonials

A collection of stories and experiences of the Adventures Overland travellers from around the world which portray the exact moments we strive to live for.

Every expedition is loaded with the most memorable sensory experiences.

Rina Bhansali

Product Director - OTO CBD, London

Iceland 2016 | Alaska 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2017 | Jordon 2017 | Spiti 2018 | South America 2018 | Africa 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020 | Ladakh Sep 2021

Someone in convoy rightly said that the road to heaven is bound to be tough. Phenomenal.

Dr Abhijit Deo

Orthopaedic, practises in Nagpur

RTL 2017 | Spiti Valley | Iceland | Alaska 2016 | Jordon 2017 | South America 2018 | Russia 2020

My journey continues with AO to fulfil my quest to explore the world.

Dilpreet Singh Bindra

Director Operations at JW Marriott

Bangkok | Spiti 2016 | RTL 2017 | Russia 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Africa 2019

Fantastic experience and Adventures Overland team made sure everyone had a great time.

Nishita Shalin Sarvaiya

Director, Adam Exports

Russia 2018 | Spiti 2018 | Jordon 2018 | Iceland 2019 | Uttarakhand Drive 2020

I have travelled thrice now - Russia 2018, Jordan 2018 and Lahaul & Spiti 2019 with them. It’s not the destinations but the journeys that matter.

Nainesh Nandu

Director, Krome Realtors LLP

Russia 2018 | Jordan 2018 | Spiti 2019 Iceland 2019

Useful information

Trip Inclusions

All Hotel stays on twin sharing basis

All Meals* (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

All Visas and Normal Visa Fees

Carnet de Passage for your vehicle

India to Iran vehicle shipment (02 vehicle in 01 container)

Vehicle custom clearance in Iran

Border crossing assistance

All permits & permissions according to the norms & regulations applicable in all
countries en route

Back up team with a crew vehicle equipped with GPS, emergency food supplies and
first – aid kits

Local guidance and support from experts

Route Planning and Research

Vehicle Parking fee

Activities to make the experience truly memorable

Road books, maps and wireless radio sets for every vehicle

Vehicle Branding

Adventures Overland merchandise

Limited stock of chocolates, snacks, water and soft beverages for every vehicle

Trip Exclusions

Vehicle and Fuel

Your own international or domestic passenger flights.

Meals and drinks not mentioned

Alcoholic beverages

Travel Insurance covering COVID 19 and any other documentation costs

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

Airfare from UK to India

RT-PCR Test

5% GST

5% TCS

Cancellation Policy

  • 10% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled before 60 days of the departure date
  • 25% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 60 – 45 days of the departure date
  • 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 45 – 30 days of the departure date
  • 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 30 days of departure date

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 15 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of expeditions do you organise?

Adventures Overland offers two types of Expeditions – Fixed Departures and Customized Tours. As part of our Fixed Departures, you will be self-driving your (or a rented vehicle) in a convoy of vehicles that is always led by at least one support vehicle and 2 crew members. For a bigger convoy, we provide a lead and a sweep vehicle. Customized Tours are those where you travel on your own chosen dates and we can customize the route as per your preferences.
For such journeys, we make all necessary travel arrangements including hotel bookings, permits, excursions and if required, we can send a support team with the group.

In which parts of the world do you organize expeditions?

We organize expeditions all around the world in 6 continents every year. We organize fly anddrive expeditions in Jordan, Russia, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, South America, Africa and Australia where you don’t need to bring a vehicle as the vehicle is included as part of the package.

What kind of people travel on your expeditions?

Since 2012, we have been proudly putting together off beat and luxury bespoke tours all
around the world for solo travelers, families, couples and senior citizens who come from
different walks of life and comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals, industrialists, doctors, creative minds etc. mostly aged 35 years & above.

Are your expeditions suitable for solo woman travellers and families?

Our expeditions are ideal for solo travelers (male and female) and families with kids. The
average male female ratio on most of our expeditions is 60:40. Families, couples and senior citizens join us frequently in all kinds of expeditions.

Is driving mandatory on these expeditions?

Driving is NOT mandatory on any of our expeditions and you are most welcome to enjoy the journey, sit back and relax while someone else is behind the wheel!

How much driving experience do I need to join an expedition?

Drivers must be a minimum 25 years old. We expect you to be a confident and competent
driver, with plenty of driving experience. You should normally have held your driver’s
license for a minimum of two years. Please also note that most of our expeditions include
sections of gravel or dirt roads, as stated in the Expedition Summary. We never travel off
road; it is simply that there are sections where the road is not paved.

Our expeditions call for all participants to be good team players, who are flexible and
adaptable when things do not go as planned and will muck in as requested by the Expedition
Leader. Self sufficiency is important and being able to manage yourself – your well being,
hygiene & health – is vital, together with having a good sense of humour. Overland
travel can be challenging and bring up the most unexpected of situations. This means that
you will all be expected to work together as a team to resolve any problems we may
encounter, but always subject to the authority of the Expedition Leader.

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