10 Epic Overland Routes from Around the Globe
The world is full of wonders, it’s really impossible to witness them all, however a good way to see a lot in a short space of time is to follow a pre-conditioned route. There are classic and famous routes covering huge amounts of land, travelling through several countries in one trip, which will give you an adventure of a lifetime.
Let’s look at ten of the most famous and worthwhile overland trips to consider:
Perhaps the most famous road trip of all time! Unfortunately a lot of it isn’t in operation these days, but it’s still possible to follow most of the old 2448 mile route from Chicago to LA, with a possible detour to Vegas if you fancy it.
Cross Australia by train – Indian Pacific
A coast to coast, straight railway line from Perth to Sydney, taking 4 days to travel. It’s possible to detour on this route too, maybe into Adelaide. Straight through the middle of a huge continent, you’re sure to see more than your eyes can take.
Have you heard of the Silk Road? This famous route, through China, India, Persia, Arabia, Greece and Rome was used as an international trade route back in the day. You can now take tours of varying lengths, through portions of the route, with the benefit of a tour guide to learn more.
Through Russia, China and Mongolia, this is without a doubt the most famous rail-route in the world. The route takes 7 days to complete and covers a massive 9200km, through deserts and every kind of landscape you can imagine. This is one of the best trips I have ever done. Though difficult to do in winter as it can be really hard to know what to pack for such extreme climates. I definitely recommend packing cubes to keep your luggage organised in your backpack when in a confined space like a train compartment.
Istanbul to Cairo
Generally travelled in that direction, this is another classic and historic route, used regularly during the Ottoman Empire. You will need to purchase visas at borders, and you can travel this on bus, train, or both. Starting at beautiful Istanbul, you’ll head into Syria, Jordan, Jerusalem, and then into Egypt, finishing up in Cairo. Due to the volatile nature of the area, check government advice before you travel.
Istanbul to Kathmandu
Another tour starting in Turkey, this classic land-covering route takes you through stunning and varied lands, through Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal and into Kathmandu. A classic backpacking tour.
East Coast Australia
Australia is huge, and the east coast is probably the most popular and modern area, with also an array of natural wonders. This particular tour takes you from Melbourne, to Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, the blinding and beautiful Whitsundays, Cairns, and the epic Great Barrier Reef. Can you imagine the tan?!
Cairo to Cape Town
Covering 6200 miles, this route follows the River Nile, through Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Always take a tour on this route, and you’ll find them quite cheap, to make the whole thing safer, and much more fun.
South East Asia
Covering majestic lands such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, this is a popular and easy to do (visa-wise) backpacking route across large land masses.
Grand Circle of Australia
This huge route will take you through a mixture of emotions and wonders, and you can imagine never quite being the same again. Undertake the epic journey by a mixture of car, ferry and bus, you can deviate inland a little if you want, and go clockwise or anticlockwise – your choice.
These are just ten of the most amazing land routes you can travel, and there are surely many more. Just writing about it pricks up the hairs on the back of my neck – what are you waiting for?!