The world’s first recorded long distance road trip by automobile took place in Germany in August 1888 when Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz, the inventor of the first patented motor car (the Benz Patent-Motorwagen), travelled from Mannheim to Pforzheim in the third experimental Benz motor car (which had a maximum speed of 10 miles per hour and back, with her two teenage sons Richard and Eugen, but without the consent and knowledge of her husband.
Her official reason was that she wanted to visit her mother but unofficially she intended to generate publicity for her husband’s invention (which had only been used on short test drives before), which succeeded as the automobile took off greatly afterwards and the Benz’s family business eventually evolved into the present day Mercedes-Benz company.
Whether its pioneering the first ever drive from London to Delhi back in 2010, organising the largest expedition driving from India to London through 18 countries, taking the first ever group of vehicles on a cross border expedition from India to Bangkok, snow driving in Iceland or executing a road trip on the Dalton Highway in Alaska, we have done it all! We have driven in -40 degrees on frozen lakes in Russia and also organised drives on the worlds most challenging roads in South America and Africa!
Started in 2012 by Sanjay Madan & Tushar Agarwal, Adventures Overland is a unique travel company that organises driving expeditions all across the world…literally, in all the 7 continents! Holders of 16 World Records in long distance driving expeditions, we have driven in 75 countries all around the world so you can be assured, that we know what we are doing!
We can make you drive anywhere, the question is…Where on Earth would you like to go?
Have you ever thought of driving from Kenya to Cape Town? Chances are you haven’t, right? Imagine sitting behind the wheel of your own vehicle and driving through the most spectacular wildlife parks in the world, experiencing the mesmerizing African sunsets, singing and dancing to the tune of “Hakuna Matata” on your car stereo, participating in “Koroga” the community cooking tradition of Africa…to conclude, self driving and experiencing Africa like your own backyard!
AFRICA EXPEDITION 2019
AFRICA EXPEDITION 2019 – 1st September 2019 to 15th October, 2019 Dubbed as the Mother Continent, the beauty of Africa is indescribable. It’s time you drive through the world’s second largest continent and get a chance to dip your toes in the pearly white sand beaches of Mombasa, get up close and personal with lions, giraffes and elephants, visit the world’s highest sand dunes (Big Daddy) in Namibia, explore the lush water world of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, discover Ngorongoro Crater – the world’s largest unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera, witness the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania, watch the sun go down at Lake Malawi, learn about the nomadic lifestyle of Masai tribe, ride an Ostrich in Oudtshoorn, feel awestruck at one of the world’s most majestic water spectacles – Victoria Falls, pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in Cape Town and more.
This is just the tip of the ice-berg. The list of experiences on this expedition are endless. If you want to take a break from the shackles of modern life by getting closer to nature and wildlife, then this expedition is for you!
ICLAND EXPEDITION 2019 – 9th November, 2019 to 15th November 2019 | Off the Beaten Path – Launching ‘Iceland Expedition 2019
Iceland is not a destination, it is an adventure. It has been topping the charts of many traveller’s bucket list since it burst onto thescene as Lonely Planet’s Top Country to visitin 2012. And seven years on, it is still a dream destinationfor most people!Boasting spectacular landscapes, geothermal hot springs, cascading waterfalls, dancing northern lightsand glacier lagoons, planning a trip to Iceland can get quite daunting with so much on offer.
Fret not, as we have put together the perfect seven days self-drive itinerary that will let you glide through Iceland’s outdoor playgroundand devour Reykjavik, the eccentric buzzing capital.
Jordan Expedition : 23rd November to 30th November, 2019: After successfully completing the Jordan Expedition 2017, 2018 and 2019, https://adventuresoverland.com to launch the fourth season of Jordan Expedition, the second time this year. Now, this in itself should be enough to show our obsession with this timeless country. No wonder world-renowned travel guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet has named Jordan as one of the 10 most coveted destinations of 2019.
From the passionate energy of Amman to the eerie stillness of the Dead Sea, plus whole lotta camels and some astounding Nabatean ruins in between, Jordan Expedition 2019 will transport you back to ancient times and make you fall head over heels for this Middle Eastern country.
Jordan offers some fantastic drives with its scenic mountains, abundant coastlines and desert landscapes in Wadi Rum as it continues to lure more and more travelers each year.
During this one week expedition, you will uncover some of Jordan’s desert secrets as you drive from King’s highway to Dead Sea Highway, the lowest point on earth and will come back more enlightened than ever.
Winter Drive in Russia | 1st February to 11th February, 2020 Ask anyone about Russia and the first few words that comes to their mind is usually vodka, largest country, military, snow, Red Square and St. Petersburg.
For us, Russia is one of the most beautiful winter destinations in the world. Winter in Russia is a bit like stepping inside a snow globe—its beauty and culture are never more pronounced than when it is covered in a blanket of snow. We fell in love with this winter wonderland and how! We’ve experienced winter driving in Russia three times in a row.
The expedition officially began in Moscow, where all the participants from across India gathered together for an unforgettable and icy cold experience. Moscow has beautiful architecture created over the centuries and its many historical and cultural sites are waiting to be explored. From the onion domes Cathedral to ice skating rings, there’s so much to see in Moscow that one visit is never enough. After some sightseeing, the whole group got together for some authentic Russian style dinner with folk music.
The next day had us frowning a little as we were not ready to bid goodbye to Moscow so soon, but once our sight landed on our knight in shining armour – the UAZ Patriot Vehicle, the only emotion we felt was that of excitement. Like young kids in a candy shop, we couldn’t wait to lay our hands on these mean machines and start manoeuvring them on the snow-covered roads.
After driving for a few hours on the icy fields, we reached Sergiev Posad, also known as the “Russian Vatican”. The city is located amongst picturesque forests on the shore of the large and circular Lake Plescheevo. Here, we visited Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, which is one of the most famous Russian monasteries and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church. By the time, we completed the snow walks, tough snow drives and an elaborate guided stroll of the church, we were left with no more time and had to give the Toy Museum a miss.
While driving through several towns of the famous Russian Golden Ring, the only thing that accompanied our convoy for long was the snow-covered pine trees. After an hour of driving on the highway, we entered the remotest forest roads and it was here that the true adventure began. En route, a tree had toppled over the road due to heavy snow fall. The whole group stepped out of their SUVs, got together and cut the tree with axe in hand to clear the route. After driving further, the cars got stuck on the slippery, sloppy snow-covered roads. Fortunately, we had packed an axe, shovels and air pumps which came in handy. And just when we thought that we had enough adventure for the day, it started to snow, covering the roads almost knee deep. Even our Patriot 4×4 SUV was finding it to be a bit of a challenge to move through snow.
Road to London | 12th April to 2nd June 2020: After receiving an overwhelming response for Road to London 2017, 2018 and 2019, we have yet again launched Road to London 2020. This expedition will ensure that you live through some of the most unforgettable experiences like exploring pagodas & self-drive on the 16 lane Yangon-Mandalay Expressway in Myanmar, drive on the ancient Silk Route in China & Central Asia, visit the historic city of Tashkent, hike on the Great Wall of China at the Jiayuguan Pass, drive through the Pamir mountains in Kyrgyzstan, gorge on crepes, fries and Belgium waffles in Brussels to crossing four countries in a day and more! Let go of your inhibitions and fears. Embark on one of the most challenging road-trip of your life from India to London, customised to your convenience and comfort. We promise you some fantastic memories!
The Great American Road Trip 2020 from 1st September 2020 to 30th October 2020: What do ‘It Happened One Night, Rainman, Little Miss Sunshine and Crossroads’ all have in common? They’ve taught us that doing a road trip in the U.S. is just about one of the coolest things you can ever do. Of the innumerable ways to explore and understand any country, taking the tarmac across the length and breadth of a country sure has its uniqueness. With more than 3.7 million square miles to discover, the United States has so many hidden gems accessible by road.
A road trip is as American as a barbeque on the Fourth of July. The open highway, sing along playlists, a cooler full of sodas and unforgettable conversations about nothing and everything. There’s nothing quite like taking to the open highway in an American SUV and exploring this fascinating country. Travel is mostly about dreams – dreaming of landscapes or cities, envisioning yourself in them, murmuring the bewitching place names, and then finding a way to make the dream come true.
To make this very dream come true, Adventures Overland brings to you “The Great American Road Trip” – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of driving through all the 50 states of USA starting in San Francisco, the cultural and financial centre of Northern California and culminating in Honolulu, Hawaii, known best for Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbour, and the dormant volcano, Diamond Head.