This section is an alternative route of the WORLD TOUR in Europe and Asia. From Southern Europe via the Middle East we carve our way to China and Vietnam.
After having taken over our motorcycles we head straight to the Southern European contries which are not as well travelled as other parts of Europe. Then we reach Istanbul which is the connecting city of the continents of Europe and Asia. Of course, we will visit famous sights such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or Cisterna Basilica before we enter the Middle East.
The next few days will be filled with famous names: Pergamon, Ephesos, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and many more. Centuries of human history surround us as we visit historical ruins and soak up the atmosphere of the stunning landscape, on foot, bike and even in an hot air balloon.
We say goodbye to the coastal roads of the Marmara and the Aegean as we head inland into the twisties of the Turkish hinterlands. Central and Eastern Anatolia are full of hidden gems that the “normal” traveller will never experience.
Lake Van and Mount Ararat are just around the corner and, although we can’t guarantee we will find Noah’s Ark, we are certain you will feel the historical significance of the beautiful region. The Iranian border is just around the corner and with it another set of toll and import formalities. Once successfully completed we continue our route to the southeast, taking in a multitude of sights along the way. Isfahan with its wildly varied history marks a change of course.
From here we head north to skirt around Afghanistan and Pakistan. Making our way through central Iran and the Kavir Desert, we head for one of the few border crossings into Turkmenistan, where Ashgabat offers a welcome break with the opportunity to visit its many mosques and museums. Just a half days ride further – in the middle of the Karakum Desert – Derweze village and its “Door to Hell” is waiting for us.
We will cross Uzbekistan along its southern border, visit the fortress of Xiva and pass Buchara as well as Samarqand towards the foothills of the Alai Mountains and on towards the borderlands of Tajikistan.
After a rest day for some sightseeing and essential motorcycle maintenance we head out onto one of the most interesting sections of this route: the Pamir Highway. The next few days will be more challenging than all the previous ones put together. Altitudes well over 4000 m, rough road conditions, a relative lack of infrastructure – everything here is more extreme/adventurous than we have experienced previously. This also applies to Kirgizstan, where we will spend just one night before pressing on into China. From the border it’s another 6 weeks on the road before we reach our final destination: Bangkok.
And finally, into China! We enter one of the world’s largest countries in style and we cross one of the highest borders in the world. We will pick up our new registration papers in Kashgar before we head east into the world’s second largest sand desert. Long riding days take us ever deeper into one of the oldest cultures on Earth, while the landscape slowly changes to match our expectations of the Far East. We will visit one of the lowest elevations on Earth and climb the western reaches of the Great Wall of China. In one single, spectacular day we will cross three mountain passes, each over 4000 m high, as we make our way into China’s former capital of Xi’an, home of the famous Terracotta army. We have finally arrived in the China we have all dreamed about.
It is time to head south again. The landscape changes almost daily, becoming ever more lush and tropical. Religious, historical and natural sights abound. Be sure to try some of the fantastic tropical fruit available along almost every roadside. Never-ending curves carry us south with a new and exciting experience around every bend.
Crossing over the border into Laos is like stepping through a curtain. Everything feels more calm and relaxed as we ride through a country that seems more beautiful every day. Cities such as Muang Xai and Luang Prabang and emit an atmosphere of warmth welcome and the roads remind us of the twisties in the Alps.
In Vietnam we visit remarkable caves and enjoy fantastic local food before we finally reach the tropical beaches of Da Nang where our epic adventure sadly comes to an end. You will hardly believe yourself what an extraordinary tour you have just completed and which is providing great stories to tell back home.
To participate in the Edelweiss World Tour sections you will need to bring your own bike. If you prefer to join with a rental motorcycle we can send you an offer on request!
|Start/Finish:||Munich / Da Nang|
|Nearest airport:||Munich / Da Nang|
|Duration:||87 days vacation, 85 riding days|
|Route:||Total distance: 16970-19210 km, 10545-11937 miles
Daily distances: 105-570 km, 65-354 miles
|Accommodations:||The quality, facilities and service of hotels will vary considerably depending on regional and national differences. Our goal is to book all stays in comfortable 3-5 star hotels. However, this is not always possible. Certain facilities might not be available, especially in regions with poorly developed infrastructure.|
|Highlights:||Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Sibiu, Transfăgărășan, Istanbul, Ephesos, Pamukkale , Göreme Nationalpark, Täbris , Isfahan , Dasht-e Kavir, Darvaza gas crater, Khiva, Samarkand , Pamir Highway, Silk Road, Chinese Wall, Mogao caves, Xi´an, Terracotta Army, Lijiang, "Tiger Leaping Gorge"|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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