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 Thailand.
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 the border into Laos feels like stepping into a new world. You will not find a more drastic change in pace – everything seems more quiet and peaceful. Tourism is still in its infancy in this stunningly beautiful country and cities such as Luang Prabang, Viang Vieng and Vientiane radiate a feeling of warmth and welcome. The riding is great too, with the many twists and turns reminding us of the Alps. Vientiane is our last border crossing on this long journey as we enter Thailand (and cross to the other side of the road, as people here drive on the left). Our route takes us across the country, passing its innumerable temples and ancient remains. One of the stops will be in the old capital of Ayutthaya, where we will have a chance to soak up the mesmerizing culture. We then tackle the final few roads of this 11,800 miles (19,000 km) trip as we head for Bangkok, the final destination of this section.
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 / Bangkok|
|Nearest airport:||Munich / Bangkok|
|Duration:||87 days vacation, 85 riding days|
|Route:||Total distance: 17427-19667 km, 10829-12221 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, Göreme Nationalpark, Pamukkale , Täbris , Mogao caves, Chinese Wall, Xi´an, Terracotta Army, Lijiang, "Tiger Leaping Gorge", Ayutthaya historical park, Bangkok City, Biserica Neagră, Isfahan , Darvaza gas crater, Silk Road, Pamir Highway, Osch (Osh), Khiva, Samarkand , Dasht-e Kavir|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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