Lonely Planet founders embark on Silk Road adventure

Tony and Maureen Wheeler, the founders of the Lonely Planet travel guide series, are embarking on one of their biggest adventures yet.

Tony Wheeler set off from Bangkok this week for an amazing three-month overland tour along the Silk Road to London. And to make it even more memorable, Tony will be leading a convoy of seven classic MG sports cars. Maureen Wheeler will be joining Tony on part of the trip.

Having left Bangkok, the MGs will drive across eight Asian countries – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran – before entering Europe via Turkey. Key Silk Road stops along the way will include the ancient Chinese capital Xi’an, the westernmost point of the Great Wall at Jiayuguan, and the Uzbek city of Samarkand.

The MGs will then drive through Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Belgium and France, before ending in the UK on 12 July.

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