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.

As we are all aware these last few weeks have seen Iraq entering yet another phase of its turbulent history as a past, present and future country! We at Hinterland are passionately committed to Iraq, but our tours have to be on hold until it can be seen whether our booked tours in September, October and November will go ahead. If it is possible we will carry them out, although with alternative schedules. The whole situation is very fluid and moving rapidly constantly.



Exhibitions
We thank all those who visited our Exhibition stands in January and February in London 2014 and wish them happy travelling for this year. We are now booked in for 2015 and welcome you again to meet us and chat about your holiday plans.

(1) The Adventure Travel Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, 17th and 18th January 2015. Meet us at Stand D14.

(2) Destinations Holidays and Travel Show, now at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, 29,30, 31st January and 1st February 2015. Activity and Adventure section. Meet Geoff and staff on Stand AA52. Come along and admire some lovely carpets and 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.

ARMENIA
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.

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

INDIA
KASHMIR
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.

AMARNATH CAVE TREK
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


Nippur, ancient Mesopotamian site




A hard road near the Afghanistan Lapis Mines


OUR TOURS FOR 2014 and 2015
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 February 7th 2015
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 March 8th 2015
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 April 5th 2015
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour.

April 8th 2014 May 10th 2015
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 May 2nd 2015
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 May 4th 2015
Kalash Festival - 15 days in the north of Pakistan, visiting Chitral and the Kalash Festival and Karimabad.

May 11th 2014 May 10th 2015
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour

June 15th 2014 June 14th 2015
A KASHMIR JOURNEY - 15 days in Kashmir, Srinagar lakes and houseboats and down the mountains to Jammu and Anmritsar and train to Delhi.

June 17th 2015
Russia and Daghestan

July 19th 2014 July 18th 2015
Armanath Holy Cave Trek - Kashmir including Srinagar lakes and houseboats.

July 27th 2014 July 26th 2015
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 September 1st 2015
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 September 6th 2015
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour.

September 14th 2014 September 13th 2015
Uzbekistan and the Lapis Mines of Afghanistan - Including Tashkent, Khiva, Bokhara, Termez, Balkh, Mazar, Ai Khanoum, Faiasabad, Panjshir Valley, Kabul.

September 22nd 2014 September 23rd 2015
Afghanistan Lapis Mines only

October 12th 2014 October 11th 2015
Mesopotamia Iraq - 16 and 9 day tour.

October 11th 2015
The Retreat - following the route of the 1842 British retreat from Kabul.

November 9th 2014 November 8th 2015
Mesopotamia Iraq - 17 and 9 day tour.

November 16th 2014 November 14th 2015
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.





Kashmir
Our principal destination in India has become Kashmir.
Note our new tour
A Kashmir Journey travelling around Srinagar Valley and down the mountains to Jammu and Amritsar to Delhi. Our Houseboat service for individuals operates also.

The Armanath Cave Pilgrimage trek combined with Houseboats operates from July 26 ./August 2014. See our page on India tours for more information these tours.