Middle East

After nearly two months crossing the Balkans, it is time to leave Europe and enter the charming, adventurous Asia. Turkey is our first stop.

OUR MIDDLE EAST LOG (April – June 2016):

25/04: Rhodes Town > Fethiye (TR) – 92.2 km

26/04: Fethiye > Ölüdeniz > Kabak (Lycian Way) > Fethiye > Demre – (17 km + 18 km + 10.2 km +  35 km + 151 km)

  • by dolmuş (minibus) to Ölüdeniz , from the stop near the mosque, 1.60 €, paid in the dolmuş.
  • hitchhiking to Kabak
  • trekking on the Lycian Way
  • by dolmuş to Fethiye, 2.20 €, paid in the dolmuş
  • by bus to Demre, Bati Antalya, 7.80 €, bought at the Otogar (bus station)

27/04: Demre > Olympos – (61 km + 11 km)

  • by bus to Olympos and Çıralı conjuctions, Bati Antalya, 4.50 €, bought at the Otogar.
  • by dolmuş to Olympos, 1.50 €, paid in the dolmuş.

28/04: Olympos > Antalya – (11 km + 69 km)

  • by dolmuş to Olympos and Çıralı conjuctions, 1.50 €, paid in the dolmuş
  • by dolmuş to Antalya, Bati Antalya, 4.80 €, paid in the dolmuş.

30/04: Antalya > Denizli > Pamukkale – (233 km + 11 km)

  • by bus to Denizli, Pamukkale Turizm, 12.50 €, bought at the bus office.
  • by dolmuş to Pamukkale, 1 €, paid in the dolmuş.

01/05: Pamukkale >  Selçuk (Ephesus) – 187 km

  • by dolmuş, Metro Turizm, 11.00 €, bought at Pamukkale’s bus station (agency in the town’s center).

03/05: Selçuk > Istambul  – 555 km

07/05: Istambul > Göreme – 733 km

  • by night bus, Süha Turizm, 18 €, bought at the bus office.

10/05: Göreme > Kayseri > Erzurum – (70 km + 632 km)

  • by bus to Kayseri, Süha Turizm, 4.50 €, bought at Goreme bus station.
  • by bus to Erzurum, Metro Turizm, 15.00 €, bought at Kayseri bus station.

12/05: Erzurum > Hopa > Sarp > Batumi (GEO) – (256 km + 19 km + 15 km)

  • by bus to Hopa, Cesur Bingol, 10.50 €, bought at Erzurum bus station.
  • by dolmuş to Sarp, 1.50 €, paid to the driver.
  • by local bus to Batumi, 0.40 €, paid to the driver.

14/05:  Batumi > Kutaisi – 147 km

  • by marshrutka (minibus), 4 €, paid to the driver.

15/05:  Kutaisi > Mestia – 220 km

  • by marshrutka, 10 €, paid to the driver.

17/05:  Mestia > Tbilisi – 460 km

  • by marshrutka, 12 €, bought at the bus station.

18/05:  Tbilisi > Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) > Tbilisi – 306 km

20/05:  Tbilisi > Davit Gareja > Tbilisi – 144 km

  • by minivan, 10 €, paid to the tour company.

21/05:  Tbilisi > Mtskheta > Tbilisi – 52 km

  • by marshrutka, 0.40 €, bought at Didube (Tbilisi) bus station and paid to the driver (return in Mtskheta)

21/05:  Tbilisi > Yerevan – 288 km

  • by train, 15 €, bought at Tbilisi train station.

22/05:  Yerevan > Alaverdi  – 165 km

24/05:  Alaverdi > Sisian – 324 km

  • by rented car, 30 € daily.

25/05:  Sisian >Kapan > Goris – 182 km

  • by rented car, 30 € daily.

26/05:  Goris > Yerevan – 236 km

  • by rented car, 30 € daily.

28/05:  Yerevan > Agarak > Tabriz – 379 + 244 km

30/05:  Tabriz >  Teheran – 638 km

  • by night bus (mahmooly class), 7 €, Lavan Nor Tabriz Company, bought in Tabriz bus station.

03/06:  Teheran >  Isfahan – 448 km

05/06:  Isfahan > Shiraz – 484 km

06/06:  Shiraz > Marvdasht > Persepolis > Marvdasht > Shiraz – (53 km + 15km + 15km + 53km)

  • by Savari (minibus) to Marvdasht , 1 €, paid to the minibus driver
  • by taxi to Persepolis, 4 €
  • by taxi to Marvdasht, 4 €
  • by Savari  to Shiraz , 1 €, paid to the minibus driver.

07/06:  Shiraz > Bandar Abbas – 575 km

08/06:  Bandar Abbas > Hormuz Island > Qeshm Island – (8 km+ 12km)

  • by Bandar Abbas-Hormuz ferry to Hormuz Island, 1.50€, bought at the port office.
  • by Hormuz-Qeshm ferry to Qeshm Island, 3€, bought at the port office.

09/06: Qeshm Island > Bandar Abbas > Yazd – (23 km+ 696 km)

  • by Qeshm-Bandar Abbas ferry to Bandar Abbas, 5€, bought at the port office
  • by night bus (mahmooly class), 5 €, Aria Safar Asia , bought in Bandar Abbas bus station.

10/06:  Yazd > Kharanaq > Chak Chak > Meybod > Yazd – (77 km + 40km +57km + 57km)

  • by private tour, 15 €, bought at Mahoor Gasht Travel Agency.

11/06:  Yazd  > Teheran – 621 km

  • by night bus (mahmooly class), 5 €, Yazdmosafer, bought in Yazd bus station.

14/06:  Teheran > Qazvin > Gazor Khan – (151 km + 104 km)

  • by local bus to Teheran , 2 €, paid to the bus driver
  • by shared taxi to Gazor Khan, 5 €

15/06: Gazor Khan > Garmaroud > Salambar Pass (Maran) > Qaleh Gardan > Tonekabon > Teheran – (25 km + 33 km +46 km + 10 km + 248 km)

  • by shared taxi to Garmaroud, 1.5 €
  • hitchhiking  by car to Salambar Pass
  • hitchhiking  by lorry to Qaleh Gardan
  • by taxi to Tonekabon bus terminal, 2.5€
  • by bus to Teheran, local company, 7 €, bought in Tonekabon bus terminal.

18/06: Teheran > Mashhad – 890 km

18/06: Mashhad > Teheran – 890 km

  • by night bus, Jahangasht Mehr company, 10 €, bought in Mashhad bus station.

23 – 24/06: Teheran > Astara (Iran) > Astara (AZE) > Baku – (498 km – 5km – 319 km)

  • by night bus (VIP class), Aria Safar Asia , 8.5 €, bought in Azadi bus terminal in Teheran.
  • walking from the bus terminal in Astara (Iran) to the border.
  • by marshrutka to the bus terminal in Astara (Azerbaijan), 0.30 €, paid to the driver.
  • by bus to Baku, 3.50€, local company, paid to the driver.

28/06:  Baku > Xinaliq > Quba > Sumqayit  – 220 + 52 + 141 km

29/06:  Sumqayit >Lahic > Sheki – 178 + 156 km

  • by rented car, 26 € daily.

30/06:  Sheki > Alat > Qobustan > Baku – 290 + 20 + 67 km

  • by rented car, 26 € daily.

01/07 – 05/07: Baku > Aktau – 500 km

 

 

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