Polo is famous for his travels through Asia. He was one of the first
to travel into Mongolia and China. He became famous for his book that
story of his travels along the Silk Road to China.
Polo was born in Venice, Italy around 1254. In 1271, when he was 17
years old, he travelled
to Asia with his father and uncle. On this journey, he became a
Kublai Khan, the Mongol Emperor. He roamed through Mongolia and China
years. He travelled farther into China than any European had gone
Finally, he took a ride to Persia and then back home. In all, he was
he returned to Venice in 1295, he became a popular storyteller. People
at his home to hear his stories of his travels in the Far East.
1298, there was a conflict between Venice and Genoa. Polo was captured
Genoese and imprisoned by them. While in jail, Marco dictated the story
travels to a writer who published the book, The Travels of Marco Polo.
helped to make Europeans
very interested in trading with China and the Far East, and that led to
explorations of Columbus and many others who were searching for a
to sail to China and India.
Marco Polo died in
I invite you for an "off the beaten track" tour, all the way from Italy
to China. 120 legs and over 115 flight hours overflying unknown land
and going to unusual places. Who has the guts to meet this challenge?
Welcome aboard gentlemen! Using
a single or twin prop aircraft, this great round robin will bring you
Venice, all along the tracks of Marco Polo, to Beijing and return
following another way. You
can use any single or twin props aircraft provided it has an
range as some legs are rather long (see flight plans below).
FLIGHT PLANS Page
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