|1||Munich: Meeting of all tour participants in Munich. Get to know each others in the evening. Tour briefing.|
Munich – Ljubljana (Slovenia): From Munich we cross the eastern Alps and find ourselves in the small and beautiful capital of Slovenia. walking Tour.
4,5 hours / 400 Kilometers
Ljubljana – Prevlaka – Lonjsko Polje ( Croatia):
We traverse the rough and dry Croatian hinterland before driving along the Sava River to Lonjsko Polje. The place is nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status, a small gem in the midst of a marshy landscape. The area is known for its unique fauna and flora, the place itself is made up of traditional 19th century buildings.
3,5 hours/ 260 Kilometers
|4||Lonjsko Polje -Etno Selo Moravski Konaci|
(Serbia): The ethnic village of Maravski Konaci is located on a small lake whose banks are connected by wooden bridges. Again, we experience the local, family culture of the Serbs. 5 hours / 430 Kilometers
Etno Selo Moravski Konaci – Koprivshtitsa (Bulgaria):
In Serbia and Bulgaria we are in the center of the Balkans. The vastness of the landscape that opens up before our eyes can no longer be found in Central Europe. Rural and wild presents itself to us Eastern Europe and reminds of a bygone Europe. We will stay in the small and authentic town of Koprivshtitsa, which will delight with its built in rustic style houses…
5,5 hours / 420 Kilometers
|6||Koprivshtitsa – Central Balkan Mountains – Tsarevo|
Today we explore the central Balkan Mountains, which gave the entire region its name. We rise over a thousand meters above Bulgaria and from the Beklemento Pass (1520 m) have an incredible view over the wide landscape. Beautiful curves bring us back down, where we continue our way through the Bulgarian hinterland and drive east (A1) to the Black Sea to Tsarevo. The region around Tsarevo emerged from the Greek colony of Apollonia and is one of the oldest cities in Bulgaria. We enjoy the rest of the day on the beach.
4,5 hours / 410 Kilometers
|7||Sosopol – Istanbul (Turquie):|
We follow the coast to the south and then cross the Strandscha Mountains of Thrace. Great curves lead through this forest mountains to the Turkish border. After the mountains begins the dry steppe of Thrace and soon we reach Istanbul.
4,5 heures / 320 Kilometres
|8||Istanbul : Instanbul visiting day.We visit the modern metropolis on the Bosphorus and enjoy the flair of this unique city.|
|9||Istanbul – Safranbolu: The Mediterranean flair of the Bosphorus slowly gives way to an alpine mountain landscape as we move into the North Anatolian highlands.|
Safranbolu has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1994 because of its beautiful and half-timbered townscape. 4,5 hours / 410 Kilometers
|10||Safranbolu – Amasya: Amasya is located in the hinterland of the Black Sea coast in the Pontic Mountains in a narrow valley right on the river.|
The main part of the charming town extends on the east side of the river, on the west side are only a few rows of houses at the foot of the steep castle hill. Five bridges connect both halves of the city, which invites you to linger. 5 hours / 390 Kilometers
|11||Amasya – Bayburt: Further east we follow the North Anatolian Fault. Through the idyllic steppe landscape we continue to Bayburt, a city that lies in the Anatolian highlands.|
5,5 hours / 450 Kilometers
Bayburt – Batumi (Georgia) :
A beautiful winding mountain road leads to the Black Sea coast. Today we will make our way to Georgia. At Trabzon we get a fascinating view of the Black Sea, which we can enjoy until Batumi. In the charming port city with a great old town, we can visit the beach or the casino.
4,5 hours / 280 Kilometers
|13||Batumi – Uplistisikhe – Gori:|
At Batumi we leave the Black Sea again. We drive to Gori, where there is a historic cave town of the ancient Silk Road, Uplistisikhe, and of course the famous Gori Castle.
4,5 hours / 300 Kilometers
Gori – Grosny ( Russia): From Gori it goes north to the Russian border. Border formalities. Continue to Grozny, the capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya.
5 hours / 310 Kilometers
|15||Grosny – Astrakhan:|
Astrakhan lies on the Volga and has buildings from different eras, from the Renaissance to Classicism and Orthodox influences. Attractions include the Astrakhan Kremlin and the Trinity Church.
7,5 hours / 490 Kilometers
Break day for laundry and rest. And for everything else, what an adventurer has to do!
|17||Astrakhan – Atyrau (Kazakhstan) : Today we cross the border to Kazakhstan. With a little luck, we will already see camels on the way. Atyrau, a city inhabited by the oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea, is also located on the banks of the Caspian Sea.|
6 hours/360 Kilometers
Atyrau – Beyneu: We go through the Kazakh steppe to Beineu.
5 hours /440 Kilometers
Beineu – Elabad (Uzbekistan): Through the desert of Uzbekistan we come close to the dry Aral Sea. We have a view over the lake Aralkum desert.
Elabad – Xiva: Following in the footsteps of the ancient Silk Road, we reach Xiva, once the capital of the Khiva Khanate in Khorezmien, with a flourishing textile industry (including carpets). The historic center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.
Xiva – Buchara: We drive through the desert Kysylkum to Bukhara, which is one of the oldest cities of Uzbekistan. Like Samarkand, it was the trading and resting place of the ancient Silk Road. Bukhara is an impressive “museum city” with over 140 architectural monuments.
6 hours/ 460 Kilometers
Buchara – Samarkand: This pearl of the Silk Road, which awaits us at the end of a short day’s drive, impresses with its Islamic architecture. It was not for nothing that she was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the rice field and the adjacent Madras, as well as other attractions.
4,5 hours / 280 Kilometers
|23||Samarkand: Samarkand visiting day.|
|24||Samarkand – Kokand: We cross Uzbekistan from west to east and arrive in front of Kokand on a beautiful pass near the border to Tajikistan.|
In Kokand we visit the Palace of Xudaya Khan, whose façade adorns numerous ornaments and colors. In addition, the city is known for its many madrasas and mosques, which are worth a visit. 7 hours / 480 Kilometers
|25|| Kokand – Osh (Kirghizistan): About 150 kilometers east of Kokand we cross the border to Kyrgyzstan, where we spend the night in Osh.|
3,5 hours/180 Kilometers
|26||Osh – Kazarman: Continue to Kazarman and finally mountains again. The first part of the route leads to Jalalabad, the road is paved, but characterized by a lot of traffic. Then it goes on a partly wild gravel road and 4 passes, often deserted, through the beautiful and unforgettable mountain scenery of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in the small village Kazarman in the mountains.|
5 hours/260 Kilometers
|27||Kazarman – Tash Rabat: Tash Rabat is a well-preserved 15th-century caravanserai. Today’s overnight stay takes place in a yurt camp. Tash Rabat is located in the Altbashi Mountains (part of the Chinese Tian Shan Mountains) on the ancient Silk Road.|
|28|| Tash Rabat –|
Poste frontière près de Kashgar – Kashgar (China):Around noon we reach the Kyrgyz-Chinese border area. We pass Tasch Rabat – an archaeological site. From there we drive to the Torugart Pass – the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. The road is getting worse and worse and is not asphalted anymore. On this adventurous piste we drive down from Torugart Pass and into China. The vehicles must be parked 120 km away from the customs station. We have a transfer to Kashgar in the afternoon and another transfer back to the customs office the next morning to pick up our motorcycles there. 220 Kilometers
Kashgar Tourist Office. Today, the temporary Chinese licenses and license plates will be issued. There is also a short medical / technical check and vehicles. We take care of everything, only patience needs to be brought along.
Kashgar: Another rest day in Kashgar, which we grant to the Chinese authorities. In China, the formalities can sometimes take a little longer. We visit the beautiful old town of Kashgar and watch the night market. The barbeque / grilled meat is one of the best in China.
Kashgar – Kudi: The morning is still available for errands at the traffic authority (if necessary).
On the way to Kudi we pass numerous checks and have to register several times with the police – that requires a lot of patience. The climate here on the Silk Road, very close to the Taklamakan Desert, is downright desolate.
Today we are heading from the “deep” of the Tarim Basin and the desert-like areas along the Silk Road up into the Tibetan Mountain World with the first pass beyond the 3000 meters.
5,5 hours/ 410 Kilometers
Kudi – Dahongliutian:Another pass, just under 4000 meters high, awaits us after breakfast. Then it’s over the wide plateau of mountains and rivers to Dahongliutan, a tiny place in the middle of nowhere.
|33||Dahongliutian – Ali: Via the Bangong Lake to Ali. Bangong Lake is located half in Chinese and half in Indian territory. One side of the lake is filled with salt water while the other side is filled with fresh water.|
Ali is the administrative capital of western Tibet and the first real city since Kargilik. 550 Kilometers
Ali – Mt. Kailash: Short drive to Tibetan sacred Mount Kailash. With luck, we will see numerous pilgrims, some of whom are from far away areas of Tibet.
The Tibetan sacred, almost 7000 meters high mountain rises majestically with its snow-capped peak over the Tibetan plateau. There are many pilgrims coming from all corners of Tibet, India and Nepal to Mount Kailash once in their lifetime. Legend has it that every devout Buddhist must circle this mountain at least once in his life. However, if he wants to experience perfect enlightenment, he has to do it 51 times. After arrival in Darchen – the starting point for the mountain tours – we can leave it on a walk to the Tarpoche Pagoda or do a slope tour to Tarpoche. If you want, you can also visit the other shore of Lake Manasarovar.
|35||Mt. Kailash – Saga: Along the deep blue Manasarovar Lake, over which snow-capped mountains throng, it goes to Saga. Even today, the endless expanse of Tibet and a spectacular mountain pass await you.|
Saga – EBC (Mount Everest base camp): Along the Paiku Lake today it is very close to the Nepalese border and some winding passes. Here and now the roads are in a bit worse condition. Another highlight of the tour is the visit to Mount Everest base camp at 5,200 meters altitude. We drive first to the Rongbuk monastery at 4,980 meters, where we spend the night.
|37||EBC – Xigaze: Nearby, we leave the bikes behind and walk the last kilometer until we can enjoy this incredible view: the unobstructed view of the 8.848 meter high summit of Everest rewards all hardships.|
The road to the base camp offers incredible curves, is perfectly paved and offers as the “background wallpaper” with over 8000 meters the highest mountains in the world. It is hardly more spectacular!
The “exit” is via the 5.220 meter high Gyatso Pass to Xigaze. 340 Kilometers
|38||Xigaze – Gyangze – Lhasa:|
The wide Central Tibetan Plateau leads to Gyangze, where we visit the largest stupa (Tibetan pagoda) in Tibet.
Along the turquoise-blue Yamdrok Lake, where we might see shaggy yaks for the last time, we’ll cross a mountain pass into the fertile river valley of Yarlung Tsangpo and on to legendary Lhasa.
We arrived at the destination of the journey – Lhasa. We drove from Munich along the Silk Road to here, on the roof of the world.
If we have not yet knocked ourselves or each other on the shoulders, we catch up now.
|39||Lhasa: Shipping the motorcycles. This tag serves as a buffer tag in case of delays.|
|40||Lhasa: We enjoy the day at the Bharkor Market in the Old City of Lhasa, visit the former residence of the Dalai Lama (the Potala Palace) and the most sacred temple of Tibet, the Jokhang.|
Departure from Lhasa: Fly to Chengdu and transfer to the hotel. If you want you can either extend your stay in Chengdu yourself – or you can go on the journey from Lhasa to Dali.
(The onward journey to Dali joins seamlessly from Lhasa, please request the separate tooltip.)
|42||Chengdu: Individual departure from Chengdu.|