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  • Bruges (Belgium) - Heidelberg (Germany) - Prague (Czech Republic) - Vienna (Austria) - Budapest (Hungary) - Belgrade (Serbia) - Sofia, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) - Istanbul, Goreme, Cappadocia (Turkey) - Esfahan, Tehran (Iran) - Amritsar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Agra, Varanasi (India) - Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu, The Himalayas (Nepal)... and so, so much more

ITINERARY

Below is our latest provisional itinerary, designed to give you a rough idea of the route we will be taking from London to Kathmandu. Due to political and environmental uncertainty, the route can be subject to change - but we will get there to complete the adventure of a lifetime!

Days 1-11

Europe

Kicking off in London, this epic adventure hits the ground running as it chalks off three countries in the opening day. Leaving England, we cross the Channel on a ferry to northern France before crossing into Belgium for our first evening in the beautiful, medieval town of Bruges.

With its meandering waterways, enticing squares, classic buildings and host of chocolate shops, this is a wonderful place both to get the journey underway and get to know your fellow travellers.

Next up is Germany and, after travelling down the Rhine Valley with a stop-off in the historic university city of Heidelberg, we cross into the Czech Republic and head for the beautiful capital Prague. We will have plenty of time to explore its ancient castles and stunning palaces - not to mention tasting its famous beers - before we continue east to Austria and the sophistication of Vienna.

Passing lush vineyards and medieval villages, we arrive in Hungary - where the familiar west starts to take on a more Eastern European feel - to enjoy a goulash in the capital Budapest (actually two cities, Buda & Pest, separated by the river Danube) and we're back on the road. We pass through Serbia and its capital Belgrade, a mix of history and a modern city striving to emerge from a bloody recent past.

Bulgaria, where we stop off in Sofia and Plovdiv, and the Balkan mountains provide the final approach to a whole new continent as we close in on Istanbul and Asia!
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  • Tour Code: LK / SL
  • Trip Cost: Budget cost £3,599
Departure Dates:
Dep: London
LS23 29 Apr -12
LS24 20 May -12
LS25 17 Jun -12
LS26 15 Jul -12
LS27 19 Aug -12
LS28 02 Sep-12
LS29 30 Sep-12
Dep: Kathmandu
SL1 19 Apr -12
SL2 10 May -12
SL3 07 Jun -12
SL4 05 Jul-12
SL5 09 Aug-12
SL6 23 Aug-12
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Departed
Day 11-18

Turkey

Istanbul, the gateway between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a city that has everything. We spend a couple of days exploring the markets and tasting the local cuisine, while you can take a day trip to Gallipoli to pay your respects to the men who fell here during the infamous First World War battle.

From the hustle and bustle of the city, we head east into the wild country of Turkey's mountainous heart. Veering off the tourist trail, we visit the wonderful lunar landscape of Cappadocia.

Continuing east past Erciyas Volcano, it is onto Mt Nemrut - famous for the giant statues built before the time of Christ. We are a long way from civilisation here with the chance to take an early morning hike to the summit to see the sunrise over the mountains.

After skirting Lake Van we find ourselves at the border town of Dogubeyazit - affectionately known as Doggy Biscuit! This is a good place for a party as alcohol is prohibited over the border.

London to Kathmandu 46 Days - £1999.00
Days 19-25

IRAN

Crossing the North West Iranian border, we head for the town of Tabriz with its stunning blue mosque and lively bazaars. Journeying south, the country becomes a mixture of mountains and salt desert as we head into the lively capital city Tehran.

Former Persian capital Esfahan is known for its abundance of historical buildings and the life-giving river Zayandeh-Rood. Replenished from bargain hunting in the city's lavish bazaars, we can head south through the stunning Zagros mountains.

Our exact itinerary in this politically-fragile region is dependent on advice from our local operators and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Due to this advice, we are currently not able to visit Pakistan and, after returning to Tehran, we will take a short flight to Amritsar.
London to Kathmandu 46 Days - £1999.00
London to Kathmandu 46 Days - £1999.00
Days 25-40

India

Leaving Iran, we head out of the Middle East, and instantly notice a distinct change as we hit India - one of the ultimate travelling experiences.

We start our Indian adventure at Amritsar, home of the spectacular Golden Temple and the Sikh religion.

From there, we head out on a tour of Rajasthan, the largest state of the Indian Republic. Starting in the north at Sri Ganganagar, we head to Bikaner, home to the spectacular Junagarh Fort, Laxmi Niwas and Lalgarh Palaces and an array of fascinating temples.

The imposing Mehrangarh Fort looks down over the blue-painted houses of Jodhpur, our final stop before reaching the Rajasthan capital Jaipur.

The next stop is Delhi - capital of India

Quite unlike anywhere else on earth, chaotic Delhi is home to more than 10 million people and offers a glimpse of the entire country's diversity.

A short drive south is one of the wonders of the world - and a highlight of any journey - the Taj Mahal. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, it is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. It has also become one of THE photo opportunities on any trip to India

Next up is the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges, which is revered by Hindus. One of the oldest living cities in the world, for more than 2,500 years it has attracted pilgrims eager to wash away their sins in the holy water. Keep your eyes open for floating bodies as the dead are often cast out downstream!
London to Kathmandu 46 Days - £1999.00
Days 40-47

Nepal

The trip soars to new heights in the medieval mini kingdom of Nepal. A mountainous wilderness, it offers tremendous diversity for such a small country with vast forests rich in wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for Bengal tigers, leopards and even a few Asiatic rhinoceros!

There will be plenty of opportunity to spot the wildlife in Chitwan National Park where it is possible to take an elephant safari in search of the magnificent, but secretive, Bengal tiger.

After Chitwan, we spend some time in Kathmandu, a backpackers' haven and gateway to the mighty Himalayas. There is the chance to take a plane to feast upon the wondrous views of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains... and back down to earth, you can try try your hand at white water rafting.

Chill out with a sherpa or try some yak stew! You are now at the roof of the world!
London to Kathmandu 46 Days - £1999.00
ges (Belgium) - Heidelberg (Germany) - Prague (Czech Republic) - Vienna (Austria) - Budapest (Hungary) - Belgrade (Serbia) - Sofia, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) - Istanbul, Goreme, Cappadocia (Turkey) - Esfahan, Tehran (Iran) - Amritsar, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Agra, Varanasi (India) - Chitwan National Park, Kathmandu, The Himalayas