This section is an alternative route of the WORLD TOUR in Asia. It is the continuation of the South-East Europe section and will take you on a southerly route into China.
Istanbul is always worth a visit. It is here that we will take care of tolls, import formalities and of course our motorcycles, but we will also take the opportunity to take in the sights such as the world-famous Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Cisterna Basilica. 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 a 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 south-east, taking in a multitude of sights along the way. Isfahan with its wildly varied history marks a change of course. From her, 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, the climatic conditions and a relative lack of infrastructure – everything here is more extreme/adventurous than we have experienced previously. This also applies to Kirgizstan, a country that we recommend a separate visit for, before pressing on into China ...