Welcome to the Hinterland World of Adventure and Overland Travel

Hinterland Travel is a specialist adventure travel company, founded on over 35 years of overland adventure travel experience by Geoff Hann, its owner and Managing Director. The knowledge and expertise of Geoff in the Middle East, Mesopotamia Iraq and Afghanistan has put the Company to the forefront of Iraq and Afghanistan tour operators and experts. The very successful tours across the wilds of Northern and Central Afghanistan , led to the National Geographic Traveller Magazine accreditation as one of its 50 Tours of a lifetime.

Again we must thank all the visitors to our stands in January and February 2013 and wish them happy travels for this year. Its early but we have booked ourselves in for 2014 as follows and welcome you to come and meet and chat to us about your travel plans.

(1) The Adventure Travel Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London 25th and 26th of January 2014. Meet Geoff on the stand D14.

(2) Destinations Holiday and Travel Show at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th February 2014. Meet Geoff and staff on Stand M10-Middle East section. Come along and admire some lovely carpets and the Jewelry that we are also displaying.

Short Tours
From time to time many of our clients want us to operate short tours. If you wish to explore a destination that has lots to offer that's not so easy. However here is our short list for 2014.

Highlights of Armenia
June 25-30 and August 20-25
Ground tour costs - £590 Based in Yerevan we are sampling the life of this almost unknown country-its ancient and religious past and present, its delightful food, brandy, wine and culture.

Ancient and modern history combined.
See listed below our 9 day tours.

Turn to our India page but note that you can stay from 1 day or as long as you wish on the luxurious houseboats in Srinagar and from here you can explore Pahalgam and Gulmarg or just float on Dal or Nagin lakes every day watching the world and the beautiful bird life go by. The daily rate on the de lux houseboats for full board is £80 for a double room.

Although we make it into a 11 day holiday it can be squeezed into 7 days. For much of July and August it is possible to do this esoteric trek. We have our set date 26 July for logistic and cost reasons.

Tours to Iraq
Tours to Iraq proper, or Mesopotamia as we like to call it, were on hold from 2004 until 2008, as we were unable to guarantee travel around Iraq and access to the sites despite our astonishing Post war tour in October 2003. We began tours again in March 2009 when Geoff had felt that the return was right. Since then we have operated throughout the years from 2009 until today with some very successful tours. The mood in Iraq is upbeat, vibrant with the security aspects improving all the time. For 2014 we have an improved and increased number of tours

A hard road near the Afghanistan Lapis Mines

2015. Note bookings made with a booking form and deposit in 2014 for tours travelling in 2015 attract a 7% early booking discount.

February 8th 2014
South Pakistan and The Indus This is our exciting new tour travelling down the Indus Valley, exploring Indus river aspects and the Cholistan desert with its sufi heritage and the great site of Mohenjo-daro, completing in Karachi.

March 9th 2014
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour. Baghdad, Erbil, Nimrud, Assur, Tikrit, Hatra, Samarra, Babylon, Ukheider, Kerbala, Najaf, Uruk, Ur, The Marshes, Basra.

April 6th 2014
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour.

April 7th 2014
The Cockpit of Asia - Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran. - Through the Khyber Pass to Kabul - Afghanistan, Bamiyan, Mazar Kunduz, Maimanea, Herat, Mashad and Tehran. (our new revised trip avoiding the south of Afghanistan but covering as much as we can of this wonderful country and touching on little frequented parts of Iran.)

May 3rd 2014
South Eastern Turkey, Kurdistan Iraq, and North West Iran - including Diyarbakir, Ain Sifni, Erbil, Sulemanyia, Takht-I-Soleman, Bistun, Hamadan, Tabriz, Jolfa and Lake Van.

May 4th 2014
Kalash Festival - 15 days in the north of Pakistan, visiting Chitral and the Kalash Festival and Karimabad.

May 11th 2014
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour

June 17th 2014
Russia and Daghestan

July 19th 2014
Armanath Holy Cave Trek - Kashmir including Srinagar lakes and houseboats.

July 26th 2014
Afghanistan - Central and Northern Tour - including the Minaret of Jam, Chist, Obeh, Herat Balkh, Mazar and Bamiyan. Note our new 16 day section of this tour to run concurrently Kabul to Herat and return to Kabul.

September 2nd 2014
Kurdistan Iraq and Mesopotamia - 21 day combination tour including Diyarbakir, Dohuk, Lalesh, Sulemaniye, Erbil, Nimrud, Hatra, Samarra, Baghdad, Babylon, Najaf, Uruk, Ur, Basra.

September 7th 2014
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour.

September 14th 2014
Uzbekistan and the Lapis Mines of Afghanistan - Including Tashkent, Khiva, Bokhara, Termez, Balkh, Mazar, Ai Khanoum, Faiasabad, Panjshir Valley, Kabul.

September 22nd 2014
Afghanistan Lapis Mines only

October 11th 2014
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour.

October 12th 2014
The Retreat - following the route of the 1842 British retreat from Kabul.

November 9th 2014
Mesopotamia Iraq - 17 and 9 day tour.

November 15th 2014
South Pakistan and The Indus . We travel down the Indus Valley, after a brief visit to Peshawar, exploring Indus river aspects and the Cholistan Desert with its Sufi heritage and the great site of Mohenjo-daro.

My new book on "Iraq - Then and Now" published by Bradt Travel Guides is currently out of print but still obtainable from some stores and bookshops. A new Iraq Travel Guide is being prepared and will be available in 2014.

Our principal destination into India has become Kashmir.
Note our
Houseboats reservations from one day to whatever suits.
The Amarnath Cave Pilgrimage trek combined with House boats is projected for July 26/August 2014 but other dates can be arranged. See our page on India or contact us for a personally tailored trip.