Early Overland Expeditions
Marco Polo set out on the first overland expedition in the 13th century from Venice to the Chinese court of Kublai Khan. Here though we recount early expeditions that took place in the 1960s - when modern day overland expeditions started.
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OLD BLUE TRUCK - AROUND THE MED - 1966
A Pom, an Aussie, a Canadian and a Kiwi - met in a pub - and decided to buy the Old Blue Truck. What followed was a classic adventure circumnavigating the Mediterranean - taking in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
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OVERLAND TO AUSTRALIA - 1967 / 68
Steven Abrams's tale of his travels to Australia gives a good understanding of what it was like in the 1960's.
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COMEX 3 - UK to INDIA to UK - 1969
The expedition consisted of twenty coaches each carrying 25 people travelling overland from England to India and back. Comex 3 remains the largest peaceful overland expedition ever to be mounted.
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SOUTH AFRICA to UK - 1969 / 1970
This expedition took 4 landrovers from South Africa upto the UK.
We will shortly be publishing the travelogue of this expedition here on this website. It the meantime these photos from the expedition of classic Land Rovers give you some idea of what is must have been like.
If anyone has other tales of expeditions that took place before 1970 we would love to hear from you!