Dragoman has a proud history, of nearly 40 years of pioneering overland adventures in their fleet of iconic, orange trucks. They aim to get you completely off the beaten track and really under the skin of the places that they visit, taking the road less travelled, mixing with the locals, learning about their culture, and ensuring that every part of the journey counts towards an amazing adventure.
Dragoman’s life changing overland adventures, visit over 55 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many trips are a convenient 14-21 days, offering a great snapshot of a region getting you off the tourist trail on a perspective-changing journey.
These short trips can also be combined to create epic journeys lasting several months be it along the fabled Silk Route, a trans-Africa expedition from Cape Town to Cairo, or travel the entire length of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Or journey from Mongolia down through China, and South East Asia – or in India you can circle the continent. These are incredible journeys that will change your life!
Group sizes are limited to 22, creating a personal experience with the most popular tours having frequent departures so you can easily find a date to suit you. They guarantee more trip departures than comparable operators and strive to offer value with more inclusions, so you don't have to pay extra on the road.
From Bolivia's high Altiplano to the heart of Argentina's grasslands, this trip takes you through some of South America's most beautiful landscapes.
Explore Tsambagarav NP, the Tsenhker Cave, and the town of Olgii where we can stock up with supplies at the local market.
Follow the Silk Route across western China – the same route used by ancient traders and armies on their journey between West and East. We cross the Taklamakan Desert, China’s largest, driest and highest desert, to the western end of the Great Wall of China and then on to the holy city of Xiahe, with its remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture. We see several remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddha of Bingling Si, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan and, of course, the archaeological marvel of the Terracotta Army near Xi’an.
Then journey across the Tibetan Plateau, through some of the most remote and spectacular scenery on earth and through an ancient culture that is still as powerful today as it was a thousand years ago. We pass over immense passes, past beautiful lakes and arrive at the holy city of Lhasa. South of Lhasa we climb high up the Friendship Highway to the wonderful towns of Gyantse and Shigatse to soak up yet more Tibetan culture. Then it's on to the highlight of the expedition, a visit and a hike to the Ronkbuk monasteries, which nestle under the towering face of Mt. Everest. Then we descend through gorges and passes to the foothills of the Himalayas and the lands of Nepal.
Beijing to Bangkok overland does have a certain ring about it and this trip will not disappoint.
It takes in some of the greatest sites of China and South East Asia as well as visiting places
that most travellers never see. So if you want to see more than just the Great Wall, Pandas,
Three Gorges or the Terracotta Warriors, then you might consider this epic journey.
There are some great hikes on this trip, including climbing with all the pilgrims to the summit
temple of Emei Shan, or through the stunning “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”
landscapes of Wudan Shan, or hiking 2 days above the incomparable Tiger Leaping Gorge.
In Laos, we get to explore on foot the forests of the Nam Ha National Park and to see the
highlights of the Mekong, including the 4,000 islands.
But it’s the amazing architecture and religious buildings that will astound you along the way,
whether it’s the quiet beauty of Luang Prabang, the historic splendour of Angkor Wat or the
magnificence of the Forbidden City.
If there is one continent that is designed for the great road journey, it has to be North America, and that is exactly what this trip is all about, a great North American road trip. Travelling from Banff in the Canadian Rockies, down to Mexico through the Rockies and the great deserts, this is a journey to show you the wilds of the Canada and the USA.
Exploring, hiking and horse riding in the plethora of national parks is fundamental to the tour; Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Canyonlands, Arches, Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks; the list seems endless. But the journey is not all about the great outdoors and we allow ourselves to embrace the culture of the, good old, US of A, whether it be the glitz and glamour of La Vegas, the zeal of Salt Lake City or the wild west culture of Arazonia.
Moving into the northern states of Mexico, is a continuation of the journey, and certainly historically the links are clear to see.
China really does have it all; spectacular natural scenery, a rich and interesting history, and no shortage of archaeological and religious attractions. See the best of the north and south on this awesome five-week overland trip between Beijing and Kunming. Visit no less than three sacred mountains: Wutai Shain, Emei Shan, and Wudang Shan; explore the world-famous Giant Panda Centre in Chengdu; trek the upper trail of the imposing Tiger Leaping Gorge; spend three days among the locals on a cruise along the Yangzte River; and walk along the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China. Our local Chinese guide will help us find the best local restaurants and street food stalls, so we can eat as the locals do. As we travel between provinces we'll have the chance to sample the local specialities, including Sichuan hotpot or biangbiang noodles.
A trip through Mongolia is one that is guaranteed to be memorable. It is one of the last unspoiled travel destinations in the world, where nomadic herders still tend to their flocks amongst vast grasslands, Gers remain the accommodation of choice and it's still possible to travel for days without meeting another person. Our ultimate Mongolia overland tour sets off from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, crossing China's breathtaking north-western region and the Taklamakan Desert, before crossing the border into Mongolia near the small town of Bulgan.
Our journey will take us through the snow-capped mountains and vast rolling steppes of Altai Tavn Bogd National Park, across the forbidding wilderness of the Gobi Desert and the Khongor Sand Dunes, to the sprawling, industrialised capital city Ulaanbaatar, through the country’s central region, past Erdene Zuu monastery to the natural beauty of the Orkhon Valley and the Tsenkher hot springs, then north to the remote and spectacular Khovsgol Lake before heading back towards the capital. The country is an overlander's paradise, with challenging roads, stunning scenery and a unique and welcoming culture. The people, their culture and hospitality and the landscape is what this journey is all about.
See the best of China’s northern and southern regions, and a little bit of Laos, on an overland adventure between Beijing and Luang Prabang. Visit no less than three sacred mountains: Wutai Shain, Emei Shan, and Wudang Shan; explore the world-famous Giant Panda Centre in Chengdu; trek the upper trail of the imposing Tiger Leaping Gorge; spend three days among the locals on a cruise along the Yangzte River; and walk along the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China. While in China, our local guide will help us find the best local restaurants and street food stalls, so we can eat as the locals do. In northern Laos, enjoy a few days in the stunning countryside around the small town of Luang Namtha and the nearby Nam Ha National Park.
Follow the Silk Route across western China – the same route used by ancient traders and armies on their journey between West and East. The gateway to China is the infamous Torugart Pass near the city of Kashgar, a wonderful place to see the diverse peoples of the region, and if we are there for the Sunday Market this is a must-see. We cross the Taklamakan Desert, China’s largest, driest and highest desert, to the western end of the Great Wall of China and climb onto the lower slopes of the Tibetan plateau to the holy city of Xiahe, with its remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture. We see several remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddha of Bingling Si, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan and, of course, the archaeological marvel of the Terracotta Army near Xi’an.
An overland trip with kids is an absolute delight as long as there is plenty to do for everyone. On this trip we combine the sites and sound of the cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Santiago with some of the icons of South America. So after the restaurants and high life of BA it's off to the world's most spectacular waterfall, which you will see from both the Argentine and the Brazil sides.
A flight takes us to the far side of the country to the city of Cordoba, where you will meet the truck and head into the beautiful hills, or Cordillera, above Cordoba and into the ranch lands of the Gauchos. Here we stay at a beautiful Anglo Argentine Estancia, called Estancia Los Postreros. This is home to two colourful characters, Kevin and Louisa Begg, who will be our hosts on the very traditional working Estancia, complete with over 150 horses and 600 head of prime Aberdeen Angus cattle.
We then head to the wine lands of Mendoza and cross the Andes, past Mt. Aconcagua, the highest in South America before descending into the plains of Chile and to the beach and surf of Valparaiso for R & R and seafood.
Rio's annual Carnival is the greatest party on Earth and a once in a lifetime experience with six days of street festivals, pulsating samba rhythms and a city at one with itself, having the most amazing time. And of course no visit to Rio would be complete without a visit to explore Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. The highlight of the week is the "premiership" Samba School Parades in the Sambadrome. We take our places in Sector 11, the party sector, to really soak up the atmosphere. If you want to get totally involved, you can take the option of joining a Samba School in full costume for the parade; an incredible experience.
This tour connects Turkey and Iran, two fascinating and deeply historic countries on the crossroads between the East and West. Turkey has been invaded from nearly every direction in the course of its history which makes it a melting pot of influences, a captivating mix of familiar and strange; meanwhile Iran is one of the world's best kept travel secrets, an incredibly hospitable land of striking natural beauty, its varied landscape comprising mountains, salt-plains, steppes, beaches, forests and deserts, as well as beautiful tiled mosques and other wonderful architecture.
Between them they have no shortage of wonderful places to explore, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the ruins of the lost city of Troy, the Dome of Soltaniyeh, the historic Bazaar of Tabriz and the colourful Prometheus Caves. We also take a guided tour of the unworldy geological wonder of Cappadocia with its magical hoodoos and undulating valleys of pink and white rock.