This is the first of a series of blogs detailing the planned route and itinerary for the trip.

Leg 1a – London, UK to Donetsk, Ukraine

The journey to Donetsk is a fairly brisk section as I’m planning to get to Central Asia as quickly as possible.

  • Visa’s Required – None (for UK Passport)
  • Distance – 2073 miles
  • Time – 11 days

Click the ‘View Larger Map’ link below to see the planned route through this region


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Leg 1b –  Donetsk, Ukraine to Baku, Azerbaijan

This section is when the challenges begin. Currently there is no guarantee of crossing the border into Georgia. Plan B is to catch a ferry from Sochi, Russia to Batumi, Georgia. Plan C is to drive north into Kazakhstan and then south into Turkmenistan.

  • Visa’s Required – Russia and Azerbaijan (for UK Passport)
  • Distance – 1966 miles
  • Time – 14 days

Click the ‘View Larger Map’ link below to see the planned route through this region


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2 Responses to “Leg 1 of 5 – London to Azerbaijan”

  1. Hi Jon, thinking of you daily, and especially tonight, as TV1’s ‘Dangerous Roads’ program filmed Hugh Bonneville and actress Jessica Hynes drove some ‘hairy’ roads from Azerbaijan, across the Georgian border through Tbilisi to Poti, part of which was on the Silk Route, so I saw a bit of the road you are planning to drive on! I hope you don’t drive on the same mountain pass: (It was just like the Skippers Road we drove on to go rafting while we were in Queenstown last month!). Keep safe Jon. X

    • Cheers for the thoughts Jean. I’m sure it can’t be any worse than the road over Mt Kezbeg from Russia to Georgia that I drove over yesterday. One of the benefits of a 4×4 is being able to handle what ever the roads throw at you. Plus I’m getting pretty good at dealing with the crazy drivers around these parts. The drivers in the Ukraine were the worst so far.

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