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Hills of Anatolia

Hills of Anatolia

HILLS OF ANATOLIA

Join this self-powered caravan through ancient Asian empires along the world’s most famous trading route

RIDERS AND STAFF

Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rider

Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

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Robin Stott

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Dushanbe to Kars

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Robin Stott

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Dushanbe to Kars

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Tara Neal

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Tara Neal

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Trond Andreassen

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Trond Andreassen

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Norway

I´m a 67 years old Norwegian male. Married, father to two children and three grandchildren. A Master from the University of Bergen in 1980 in Nordic Language and Literature. Been working as a Secretary-General for a writers and translators organisation for many years. Have also been a director for Scandinavian University Press. Today I work parttime as an international secretary for my organisation, mostly engaged in projects in southern-eastern Africa. I´m a keen cross country skier in the winter and a cyclist in the summer. Have been cycling Norway from north to south and Finland from north to south. Together with a small group, we are now in the middle of Iron Curtain Trail. Starts up again from Lubeck June this year. Have finished 5 trips with Exodus around the world. Last September across the Steppeland in Mongolia.

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Richard Schingler

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Richard Schingler

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

Excited for the cycling adventure, meeting new friends, and taking in the amazing sites and sounds of The Odyssey tour.

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Stephen Warren

Rider

Dushanbe to Kars

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Stephen Warren

Rider
Dushanbe to Kars

United States

I am a professor of Earth Science (atmospheric physics and glaciology) in Seattle, now partly retired. I rode three weeks of the TdA Silk Route in 2016, from Siberia through Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan; I was usually the slowest rider. I crossed the Sahara in 1977 rather quickly by truck with a trans-Africa camping-safari. Now I'm looking for a more leisurely crossing.

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

Brazil

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Maele Mozy de Souza

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Maele Mozy de Souza

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Jerry Bruggeman

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Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

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Jerry Bruggeman

Rider
Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk

United States

I’m a 47 yrs old, married with 3 teenage sons, living in Missouri. I’m a physician and entrepreneur, working in long term care and hospice. I began cycling on managed gravel trails about 6 yr ago, but have been really lengthening my rides over the past couple of years, and starting to attempt different terrain. Very excited to plan and train for something like this!

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Tom Jurenka

Rider

Ashgabat to Istanbul

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Tom Jurenka

Rider
Ashgabat to Istanbul

Canada

Long time road-tourer, mostly in BC.

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Erik Snucins

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Erik Snucins

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Rick Ball

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Rick Ball

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Beijing to Istanbul

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RAZA AKHTAR

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Beijing to Istanbul

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RAZA AKHTAR

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

United States

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Matt Stobbart

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Matt Stobbart

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Pai Hwong

Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Pai Hwong

Rider
Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Eero Oura

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Eero Oura

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

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Martin Sammon

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Martin Sammon

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Australia

Hi, I am an Aussie, married with three children, three grandchildren, two bikes and love my cycling and Australian Rules. I am semi retired, with little hair where it matters, and like reading, learning about politics, enjoying good food and wine, and have had a very lucky and fortunate life. My partner and I live in Melbourne and Port Fairy, and enjoy both cities. Country life is relaxing, quiet roads to cycle and people seem to have more time for you. Melbourne is up there with the best cities in the world, has really improved its' cycling paths and facilities, but at times, is starting to feel crowded, and traffic is a hassle except if you ride. Monica and I travelled in Europe, Russia, Israel and Central Asia last year, trying to squeeze in as many adventures as we could before we get too old or our health changes. Travelling is a bug, and whilst I love family and Aussie, the lure of travelling and visiting unusual parts of the world is still strong.

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Monica Sammon

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Monica Sammon

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Kim Wright

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Kim Wright

Rider
Beijing to Istanbul

Australia

On New Year’s day 2017 I decided to sign up for my very first cycle tour, which happened to be one of the longest commercial cycle tours available at five and a half months, TDA’s South American Epic. To be honest I had no idea what I had signed myself up for. My longest cycle prior to the tour was 80km, I had never ridden multiple days, barely managed any climbing and had mostly ridden in the safe confines of a park rather than venture out on the roads in Sydney.

It has been just over twelve months since completing the trip, and what can I say, wow what an experience! There were certainly a lot of first’s, longest ride, highest altitude, longest time on bike, all terrain conditions, off road, wind, ice, rain, heat, and every road condition you could imagine. It was an amazingly rich travel experience through spectacular landscapes, from the steep mountains of Colombia, cycling the Pan American Highway down the coast in Peru, high altitude in Peruvian Andes, crossing the Bolivian Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni), meandering through Argentinian wine country, and cycling the Carretera Austral through the amazing Patagonia landscapes of Chile.

The journey was spectacular but certainly not always easy, adjusting to long days on the bike, all weather conditions, cycling in some of the busiest cities in the world, challenging terrain, high altitude and simply backing up day after day. But what I did learn is the body has an amazing ability to respond to everything that you throw at it, it is only your mind and imagination that hold you back. Sometimes the toughest days on the bike were the most rewarding, although it did not stop me from howling a few profanities into the wind from time to time. Before you realise it, you have cycled the length of a continent.

So here I am again, ready for another adventure on the North American Epic! I look forward to meeting everyone on tour and maybe howling a few less profanities into the wind this time around :)

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Chad Gibbons

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Rider

Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Ulan Bator

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Beijing to Istanbul

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Beijing to Istanbul

New Zealand

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"This adventure is a true sensory delight: You're cycling through ever changing landscapes, you can smell, hear and see the culture of the country you're in."

“Some of the toughest and most remote riding I have done, but absolutely the most rewarding.”

“All that suffering allows for a level of immersion that other trips can’t offer. When it’s really tough, you go beyond what you believed you could do…Pedal 7,600 miles across Asia, spending over four and a half months on the ancient silk-trade route”

OVERVIEW SILK ROUTE 2021


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • SECTION 6
  • SECTION 7
  • SECTION 8
  • SILK ROUTE
  • THE GREAT WALL
  • MONGOL EMPIRE
  • KHANS & KAZAKHS
  • MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS
  • THE PAMIR HIGHWAY
  • KARAKUM CROSSING
  • MAGIC CARPET RIDE
  • HILLS OF ANATOLIA
  • BEIJING TO ISTANBUL
  • BEIJING TO ULAN BATOR
  • ULAN BATOR TO GORNO-ALTAYSK
  • GORNO-ALTAYSK TO ALMATY
  • ALMATY TO OSH
  • OSH TO DUSHANBE
  • DUSHANBE TO ASHGABAT
  • ASHGABAT TO KARS
  • KARS TO ISTANBUL
  • MAY 14 TO OCT 4
  • MAY 14 TO MAY 26
  • MAY 28 TO JUN 19
  • JUN 21 TO JUL 6
  • JUL 9 TO JUL 19
  • JUL 21 TO AUG 6
  • AUG 8 TO AUG 24
  • AUG 27 TO SEP 17
  • SEP 19 TO OCT 4
  • USD 24500
  • USD 2775
  • USD 4900
  • USD 3400
  • USD 2350
  • USD 3600
  • USD 3600
  • USD 4675
  • USD 3400
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
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  • FULL TOUR
    • SILK ROUTE
    • BEIJING TO ISTANBUL
    • MAY 14 TO OCT 4
    • 24500 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • THE GREAT WALL
    • BEIJING TO ULAN BATOR
    • May 14 - May 26
    • 2775 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • MONGOL EMPIRE
    • ULAN BATOR TO GORNO-ALTAYSK
    • May 28 - Jun 19
    • 4900 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • KHANS & KAZAKHS
    • GORNO-ALTAYSK TO ALMATY
    • Jun 21 - Jul 6
    • 3400 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • MOUNTAINS & MEADOWS
    • ALMATY TO OSH
    • Jul 9 - Jul 19
    • 2350 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 5
    • THE PAMIR HIGHWAY
    • OSH TO DUSHANBE
    • Jul 21 - Aug 6
    • 3600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 6
    • KARAKUM CROSSING
    • DUSHANBE TO ASHGABAT
    • Aug 8 - Aug 24
    • 3600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 7
    • MAGIC CARPET RIDE
    • ASHGABAT TO KARS
    • Aug 27 - Sep 17
    • 4675 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 8
    • HILLS OF ANATOLIA
    • KARS TO ISTANBUL
    • Sep 19 - Oct 4
    • 3400 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$1000 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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