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Overland Journeys News - September 2019

The 2019 season is coming to conclusion and we can now say that it was very successful band busy for us. We have discovered new places, met interesting people and achieved expectations of all our clients who became our friends. Greg is still overseas driving with clients from Magadan back to Novosibirsk and Anton is preparing to fly out to Ulaanbaatar to help with repositioning cars due to new laws have been introduced in Russia.

We Have Great News!

We have updated itinerary of our ultimate winter expedition across the greatest Lake Baikal and Siberia – the BAM tour! Now it includes crossing the frozen lake right on the wheels and visiting fantastic Olkhon Island. Baikal is the deepest, the oldest and the biggest freshwater lake on our planet. Moreover, you will experience hot springs in winter! And certainly, you will explore the political and social history of Russia’s greatest railway construction project of the 20th century.

Baikal Amur Mainline 2020

Baikal Amur Mainline Tour
We are now offering two date options for our BAM (Baikal Amur, Mainline) trip.

Yes it’s a winter trip in ice roads and its cold but it is spectacular! It’s ice roads, Baikal Lake and river crossings on ice, interesting culture and an amazing story of different cultures coming together to build the impossible, the BAM railway. The temperatures will be cold, but we supply the cold weather gear, warm reliable Land Cruisers and bright blue clear skies. This is a trip that you will definitely remember and want to tell your grandchildren about. It’s a lot more fun than laying on a beach in the hot sun!

Three Land Cruisers available, seat in vehicle or self-drive by application. 12 seats available in each direction. $USD7,500 per person.

Dates: February 22nd February to 10th March – Irkutsk to Blagoveshchensk (17 days).

Black Sea and the Caucasus 2020

Black Sea and the Caucasus Tour
This is our new overland adventure. The best of Southern Russia, Crimea, Armenia and Georgia. Overland Journeys ventured down into these unknown territories late last year and discovered a treasure trove of amazing places to visit and experience.

Georgia and Armenia for New Zealanders and Australians is visa free and the hospitality is outstanding. This tour is designed as an introduction to the delights of Southern Russia, historical and beautiful Crimea, spectacular Georgia and Armenia in just 30 days.

Access by air into Moscow and out of Volgograd minimises flight time and maximises tour time.

This is a self-drive or seat in vehicle tour and we have just 3 vehicles or 8 seats available.

Dates: 11 April to 10 May 2020. 30 days tour.

Costs per person:  $NZD13,200.

Email Anton at Overland Journeys anton@rallytours.co.nz soon.

Highlights include: Moscow – beautiful and modern capital of Russia, Volgograd – “Mother Russia Statue”, Astrakhan’s beautiful Kremlin and gardens, Tbilisi city, Yeravan and spectacular views of Mt Ararat, Akhatlsikhe 12th century fort, Stalin’s museum in Gori, Mtskheta historic Georgian city, Sevastopol and Yalta on the coast of Crimea, crossing the new 19 km Russia Crimea link bridge, Krasnodar voted one of Russia’s nicest cities.

But best of all the hospitality and friendliness of the people in these areas will surprise you for sure! More information about the tour is here.

Central Asia and the Pamirs 2020

Central Asia and the Pamirs Tour
Central Asia and the Pamirs is the most interesting part of our great Silk Road Tour. Thus, it will be a great adventure for those who don’t have enough time to cover the whole Silk Road Tour but wants to see the wonders of this part of the world.

Cities of Central Asia were used by merchants who stopped on their way from China to Europe. They traded goods and brought new knowledge. Currently, Central Asia is a lively region with a diverse population.

Experience one of the epic drives of the world and the Silk Road – the Pamir Highway – gateway to the lands of legends Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

It’s a 22 days adventure starting in Bukhara, Uzbekistan on 20 May 2020 and finishing in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 10 June 2020. Tour price is $USD8,900 per person.

You are free to look at the photos and read more here. Contact Anton for information and bookings anton@rallytours.co.nz

Africa 2020

Africa Tour
New to our menu of adventure trips. It’s a total diversification from our usual offerings in Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia. We have forged a relationship with a like minded Australian adventure operator and will offer their 31-days Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe self-drive tour. Full tour details available on request. More information is also available here. Different dates available from April to August 2020. Tour price is $AUD11,995 per person. Contact Anton for further details anton@rallytours.co.nz

Silk Road Tour 2021

Silk Road Tour 2021
This is the most exciting trip on our agenda and interest is already high.

The hardest part of this trip is deciding to do it and understand it’s a big undertaking, but we can give you contacts of almost 40 couples that enjoyed this life changing experience, that we call our Silk Road experience.

The expedition route will be similar to past expeditions with some variations. There will be the usual self-drive 4×4 options and passenger in vehicle options.

Itinerary: Vladivostok, Russian Far East to London, UK, 12 different countries and 21,000 km in 81 days expedition. Dates: 03 May to 23 July 2021. Price: $NZD92,000 per couple. More details here or contact Anton anton@rallytours.co.nz

Contact us today to book adventure of a lifetime!

Overland Journeys News - August 2019

We would like to start this newsletter with one of our Silk Road tour client’s quote “No matter what you read, how much you study this will never prepare you for what you will see and experience on a trip like this. Unbelievable!”, Brian McConnell.

The Silk Road adventure, the mother of all road journeys through 12 different countries, 16 borders and 21,000 km in 81 days has finished in London. It has been another awesome trip with a group of awesome like-minded people from New Zealand and Australia. Our clients have been both adventurous, accommodating, and sometimes patient when experiencing delays, adverse weather or officious and will be better people for their experience for sure. They have been a great bunch of people to travel with and in times of need, especially when a few minor breakdowns occurred lots of personal expertise came to the surface! As usual lots of everlasting friendships have been forged in 2019. Again, all of our friends, suppliers, agents, accommodation providers and car repairers have really performed to make this great trip happen. Thank you very much from all of us.

Silk Road Tour
We are sure Greg Paul will be able to tell those who are interested a lot of interesting stories after he comes back to New Zealand in October. At the moment he is repositioning two Land Cruisers from London to Novosibirsk to start another tour in Russian Altai & Mongolia and then drive with a group the Road of Bones, Kolyma Highway.

Meanwhile, we are glad to announce our amended program for 2020.

Baikal Amur Mainline 2020

Baikal Amur Mainline Tour
We are now offering two date options for our BAM (Baikal Amur, Mainline) trip.

Yes it’s a winter trip in ice roads and its cold but it is spectacular! It’s ice roads, river crossings on ice, interesting culture and an amazing story of different cultures coming together to build the impossible, the BAM railway. The temperatures will be cold, but we supply the cold weather gear, warm reliable Land Cruisers and bright blue clear skies. This is a trip that you will definitely remember and want to tell your grandchildren about. It’s a lot more fun than laying on a beach in the hot sun!

Three Land Cruisers available, seat in vehicle or self-drive by application. 12 seats available in each direction. $USD7,500 per person.

Trip 1: February 24th February to 10th March – Novosibirsk to Blagoveshchensk (19 days).

Trip 2: March 14th March to 28th March – Blagoveshchensk to Novosibirsk (19 days).

Black Sea and the Caucasus 2020

Black Sea and the Caucasus Tour
This is our new overland adventure. The best of Southern Russia, Crimea, Armenia and Georgia. Overland Journeys ventured down into these unknown territories late last year and discovered a treasure trove of amazing places to visit and experience.

Georgia and Armenia for New Zealanders and Australians is visa free and the hospitality is outstanding. This tour is designed as an introduction to the delights of Southern Russia, historical and beautiful Crimea, spectacular Georgia and Armenia in just 30 days.

Access by air into Moscow and out of Volgograd minimises flight time and maximises tour time.

This is a self-drive or seat in vehicle tour and we have just 3 vehicles or 8 seats available.

Dates: 11 April to 10 May 2020. 30 days tour.

Costs per person:  $NZD13,200.

Email Anton at Overland Journeys anton@rallytours.co.nz soon.

Highlights include: Moscow – beautiful and modern capital of Russia, Volgograd – “Mother Russia Statue”, Astrakhan’s beautiful Kremlin and gardens, Tbilisi city, Yeravan and spectacular views of Mt Ararat, Akhatlsikhe 12th century fort, Stalin’s museum in Gori, Mtskheta historic Georgian city, Sevastopol and Yalta on the coast of Crimea, crossing the new 19 km Russia Crimea link bridge, Krasnodar voted one of Russia’s nicest cities.

But best of all the hospitality and friendliness of the people in these areas will surprise you for sure! More information about the tour is here.

Central Asia and the Pamirs 2020

Central Asia and the Pamirs Tour
Central Asia and the Pamirs is the most interesting part of our great Silk Road Tour. Thus, it will be a great adventure for those who don’t have enough time to cover the whole Silk Road Tour but wants to see the wonders of this part of the world.

Cities of Central Asia were used by merchants who stopped on their way from China to Europe. They traded goods and brought new knowledge. Currently, Central Asia is a lively region with a diverse population.

Experience one of the epic drives of the world and the Silk Road – the Pamir Highway – gateway to the lands of legends Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

It’s a 22 days adventure starting in Bukhara, Uzbekistan on 20 May 2020 and finishing in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 10 June 2020. Tour price is $USD8,900 per person.

You are free to look at the photos and read more here. Contact Anton for information and bookings anton@rallytours.co.nz

Mongolia and the Russian Altai 2020

Central Asia and the Pamirs Tour
The Mongolia and Russian Altai 2020 is a tour of contrasts. Steppes and mountains, deserts and lush valleys, nomad livestock herders and huge arable croplands, modern cities and ancient settlements, dirt roads and new tarmac, ger camps and 4* hotels. We take you on a journey from the capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk to the modern city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Expect the unexpected.

The Russian Altai reminds many of our New Zealand explorers of Queenstown but less crowded. The scenery is every bit as spectacular just over a much larger area with fewer people.

If you love your overland tour as much as some of our past tour participants, you will be back. And not just for the Chinggis vodka, some of the best in the world.

It’s a 21 days adventure starting in Novosibirsk, Russia on 03 August 2020 and finishing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 23 August 2020. Tour price is $USD7,500 per person.

More information is available here. You can also contact Anton for information and bookings anton@rallytours.co.nz

Africa 2020

Africa Tour
New to our menu of adventure trips. It’s a total diversification from our usual offerings in Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia. We have forged a relationship with a like minded Australian adventure operator and will offer their 31-days Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe self-drive tour. Full tour details available on request. More information is also available here. Different dates available from April to August 2020. Tour price is $AUD11,995 per person. Contact Anton for further details anton@rallytours.co.nz

“Your Choice” Russian Empire Car Trek

Your Choice Russian Empire Car Trek Tour
In 2012, 2014 and 2016 Overland journeys ran very popular classic tours from both Beijing to Paris and Shanghai to London. We would like to offer the chance for car owners to experience the same adventure driving their favourite choice of vehicle. We will not be restricting this overland expedition to just classics. Our, “Your Choice” Russian Empire Car Trek, from Vladivostok to London via Georgia, Armenia and Crimea is open to any type and age of vehicle and will arrive in London in time for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

We have selected a fantastic itinerary with lots of time to enjoy the sights along the way and is kind to the car. Call or email us very soon to reserve one of just 10 spaces available and receive details.

22nd April to 1st July 2020 (71 days) and $USD55,000 per couple. More information available on our website by clicking this link.

Vladivostok – Novosibirsk – Ekaterinburg – Volgograd – Tbilisi – Sevastopol – Odessa – Trier – London.

Silk Road Tour 2021

Silk Road Tour 2021
This is the most exciting trip on our agenda and interest is already high.

The hardest part of this trip is deciding to do it and understand it’s a big undertaking, but we can give you contacts of almost 40 couples that enjoyed this life changing experience, that we call our Silk Road experience.

The expedition route will be similar to past expeditions with some variations. There will be the usual self-drive 4×4 options and passenger in vehicle options.

Itinerary: Vladivostok, Russian Far East to London, UK, 12 different countries and 21,000 km in 81 days expedition. Dates: 03 May to 23 July 2021. Price: $NZD92,000 per couple. More details here or contact Anton anton@rallytours.co.nz

Contact us today to book adventure of a lifetime!

Overland Journeys News - May 2019

In this newsletter we will announce absolutely new tours and new destinations!

Daylight saving has ended, the days are shorter and its starting to get cooler. Winter has almost arrived. Overland Journeys has some interesting alternatives to having to endure another New Zealand winter season.

On offer are a variety of “new“ self-drive and seat in Land Cruiser expeditions across Russia, Georgia, Armenia and beyond to London. Adding an exciting adventure into Africa will give our previous and loyal clients yet another option to experience another continent in August and avoid the cold at home.

Overland Journeys have more than 12 years’ experience operating on the Russian continent and have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and contacts. Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia and South America are our speciality destinations and we pride ourselves in providing the best avenue in which to see these amazing countries traveling with like-minded adventurers.

Overland Journeys take all the effort out of travel in our specialty destinations.

Depending on the destination and the tour duration we offer to ship your own vehicle from NZ or Australia (or any other country by request), hire you one of our Land Cruiser fleet, or offer you a seat in one of our vehicles (mostly traveling with our tour leader or trail car).

Don’t want to travel in a group situation and want a flexible itinerary then we now offer a variety of consultation services including Land Cruiser hire.

Overland Journeys aim to make all forms of adventure overlanding easy!

Times are changing and the operating climate and boundaries for adventure journeys into exotic destinations change daily. Less visited regions are being discovered and Overland Journeys are moving with the times to offer new and exciting destinations in 2020 and beyond.

As well as new tours Overland Journeys (Rally Tours NZ Ltd) celebrates 10 years of operating self-drive adventures on the Russian Continent.

Overland Journeys recognise the loyalty of clients that have travelled with us on past overland and South American tours and will pay for your fuel on any of our tours in 2020 if on a self-drive tour.

Africa 2020

Africa Tour
New to our menu of adventures trips is a total diversification from our usual offerings in Russia. We have forged a relationship with a like minded Australian adventure operator and will offer their 30-day Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe self-drive tour and have allocate 5 vehicles to Overland Journeys. Interested, if so we need to know quickly to arrange vehicles and campsite accommodation. Full tour details available on request. More information is also available here.

Greg is back in Russia now and fully focused on out up and coming Silk Road 2019 adventure which will start on the 7th May with the arrival of the participants from NZ and Australia.

This is the most exciting trip on our agenda and already interest in the 2021 Silk Road tour is high.

The hardest part of this trip is deciding to do it and understand it’s a big undertaking, but we can give you contacts of almost 40 couples that enjoyed this life changing experience, that we call our Silk Road experience.

Kolyma Highway, Road of Bones 2019

Kolyma Highway, Road of Bones Tour
By popular demand Overland Journeys have ventured to Magadan in the Russian Far East on two past occasions. The infamous Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan is better know by most as the “Road of Bones” and made famous by the British actors Euan McGregor and Charlie Borman who rode this track on motorcycles in 2005 and then sold millions of their video of the amazing road trip.

It’s a much more comfortable trip in one of our well prepared Land Cruisers these days but a real trip back into the Soviet era with derelict towns, basic accommodation and spectacular mountain scenery along the way.

It just so happens that we are finishing the 2019 season with a 20-day trip from Magadan to Novosibirsk in mid-September with just 5 seats available. This is a top trip taking in the best of the rugged Magadan Baikal Lake and Siberia regions. See more information here. This is not an expensive trip, at a good time of the year and may not happen again for a while. Contact Anton for information and bookings anton@rallytours.co.nz

Next year, 2020 will be another big year for Overland Journeys.

Baikal Amur Mainline 2020

Baikal Amur Mainline Tour
We have decided to give our BAM (Baikal Amur, Mainline) trip a big push.

Yes it’s a winter trip in ice roads and its cold but it is spectacular! It’s ice roads, river crossings on ice, interesting culture and an amazing story of different cultures coming together to build the impossible, the BAM railway. The temperatures will be cold, but we supply the cold weather gear, warm reliable Land Cruisers and bright blue clear skies. This is a trip that you will definitely remember and want to tell your grandchildren about. It’s a lot more fun than laying on a beach in the hot sun!

Three Land Cruisers available, seat in vehicle or self-drive by application. 12 seats available in each direction. $US7500 per person.

Trip 1: February 14th to March 3rd – Novosibirsk to Blagoveshchensk (19 days).

Trip 2: March 03rd to March 21st – Blagoveshchensk to Novosibirsk (19 days).

“Your Choice” Russian Empire Car Trek

Your Choice Russian Empire Car Trek Tour
In 2012, 2014 and 2016 Overland journeys ran very popular classic tours from both Beijing to Paris and Shanghai to London. We would like to offer the chance for car owners to experience the same adventure driving their favourite choice of vehicle. We will not be restricting this overland expedition to just classics. Our, “Your Choice” Russian Empire Car Trek, from Vladivostok to London via Georgia, Armenia and Crimea is open to any type and age of vehicle and will arrive in London in time for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

We have selected a fantastic itinerary with lots of time to enjoy the sights along the way and is kind to the car. Call or email us very soon to reserve one of just 10 spaces available and receive details.

22nd April to 1st July 2020 (71 days) and $US55k per couple. More information available on our website by clicking this link.

Vladivostok – Novosibirsk – Ekaterinburg – Volgograd – Tbilisi – Sevastopol – Odessa – Trier – London.

Black Sea and the Caucasus 2020

Black Sea and the Caucasus Tour
Last but not least. To complete an amazing 2020 year, we wish to showcase the best of Southern Russia Crimea, Armenia and Georgia. Overland Journeys ventured down into these unknown territories late last year and discovered a treasure trove of amazing places to visit and experience.

Georgia and Armenia for New Zealanders and Australians is visa free and the hospitality is outstanding.

This tour is designed as an introduction to the delights of Southern Russia, historical and beautiful Crimea, spectacular Georgia and Armenia in just 31 days.

Access by air into Moscow and out of Volgograd minimises flight time and maximises tour time.

While other parts of Northern Europe and Eastern Russia are cooling down it’s the perfect way to enjoy the last of the warmer temperatures by heading south and even swim in the Black Sea.

This is a self-drive or seat in vehicle tour and we have just 3 vehicles or 8 seats available.

Dates: 13 September to 11 October 2020. 31 days tour.

Costs per person:  $NZ13200 / $AU12500 / $US8900.

Call or email Anton at Overland Journeys anton@rallytours.co.nz +64-22-1286095 soon.

Highlights include: Moscow Circus, Volgograd “Mother Russia Statue”, Astrakhan’s beautiful Kremlin and gardens, Tbilisi city, Yeravan and spectacular views of Mt Ararat, Akhatlsikhe 12th century fort, Stalin’s museum in Gori, Mtskheta historic Georgian city, Sevastopol and Yalta on the coast of Crimea, crossing the new 19 km Russia Crimea link bridge, Krasnodar voted one of Russia’s nicest cities.

But best of all the hospitality and friendliness of the people in these areas will surprise you for sure! More information about the tour is here.

Watch out for regular posts on the Overland Journeys / Rally Tours NZ Ltd Facebook page as the Silk Road 2019 group travels from Vladivostok to London via Mongolia, Central Asia, Ukraine to London.

Contact us today to book adventure of a lifetime!