Western China & Central Silk Route

Xi'an - Ashgabat

56 days through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
FROM: $6495 USD + 1,790 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Local Bus, Boat, Jeep, Russian Bus
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, One Local Crew Member, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 12 nights
Basic Hotel 20 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Camping without facilities 4 nights
Yurt Camp 5 nights
Homestay 3 nights
Wild Camp 7 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 35, Lunches x 13, Dinners x 17
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
EHX
Deposit:
$435 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

The Silk Road stems from the 1st Century BC, from a historic need for Chinese merchants to trade the treasures of the Han Empire, including silk, with civilisations further west. It began at the behest of Emperor Wu, by the great Chinese explorer Zhang Qian. Gradually the Chinese pushed further and further west into what is now Qing Shan. Still further west, was the great barrier of the Tian Shan Mountains and once the Torugart Pass had been mastered, the mountains and deserts of Central Asia, Persia and the Oxus River, opened up to Chinese traders and cultural interaction.

This is, therefore, the route that this trip, really concentrates on visiting all the great trading posts and historic cities, such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, along the way. We cross the great deserts and the vast mountains and witness the splendour of the civilisations along the way including the great city of Xi'an where it all started. We camp in remote deserts, stay with shepherds in the mountains and discover the religions and beliefs along the way.

Explore Kashgar's traditional Sunday market and Animal market
Cross the Taklamakan Desert
Exploration of the oasis and the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
Guided tour of the Mogao caves, Dunhuang
Camp near an adobe section of the Great Wall near Jiayuguan
Explore the colourful natural phenomenon of the Rainbow Mountains
Cross the northern end of the Tibetan Plateau
Explore Xiahe - one of Tibets most historic cities
See Bingling Si's vast Buddha statue and outstanding cave sculptures
Explore the stunningly beautiful Mt. Kongtong and its temples

An amazing, historic journey, which despite its length is pretty easy for most travellers. Mainly good roads, with a good mix of comfortable hotels, local guest houses, home stays and wild camping. Expect some time at altitude and some climate variation from extreme dry heat to the cold of the mountains.

Day 1 - Xi'an (19th August 2020)
Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! We will have a free day to explore the city, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the optional activities listed will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Xi'an.


Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Xi'an (20th August 2020)
Day 3 - Pingliang (21st August 2020)
Day 4 - Pingliang (22nd August 2020)
Day 5 - Xiahe (23rd August 2020)
Day 6 - Xiahe (24th August 2020)
Day 7 - Xiahe (25th August 2020)
Day 8 - Liujiaxia (26th August 2020)
Day 9 - Zhangye (27th August 2020)
Day 10 - Jiayuguan (28th August 2020)
Day 11 - Dunhuang (29th August 2020)
Day 12 - Dunhuang (30th August 2020)
Day 13 - Turpan (31st August 2020)
Day 14 - Turpan (1st September 2020)
Day 15 - Urumqi (2nd September 2020)
Day 16 - Urumqi (3rd September 2020)
Day 17 - Korle (4th September 2020)
Day 18 - Aksu (5th September 2020)
Day 19 - Kashgar (6th September 2020)
Day 20 - Kashgar (7th September 2020)
Day 21 - Kashgar (8th September 2020)
Day 22 - Kashgar (9th September 2020)
Day 23 - Tash Rabat (10th September 2020)
Day 24 - Tash Rabat (11th September 2020)
Day 25 - Kochkor (12th September 2020)
Day 26 - Bishkek (13th September 2020)
Day 27 - Bishkek (14th September 2020)
Day 28 - Chong Kemin Valley (15th September 2020)
Day 29 - Chong Kemin Valley (16th September 2020)
Day 30 - Karakol (17th September 2020)
Day 31 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (18th September 2020)
Day 32 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (19th September 2020)
Day 33 - Kochkor (20th September 2020)
Day 34 - Son-Kol Lake (21st September 2020)
Day 35 - Son-Kol Lake (22nd September 2020)
Day 36 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (23rd September 2020)
Day 37 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (24th September 2020)
Day 38 - Arslanbob (25th September 2020)
Day 39 - Arslanbob (26th September 2020)
Day 40 - Fergana Valley (27th September 2020)
Day 41 - Tashkent (28th September 2020)
Day 42 - Tashkent (29th September 2020)
Day 43 - Samarkand (30th September 2020)
Day 44 - Samarkand (1st October 2020)
Day 45 - Samarkand (2nd October 2020)
Day 46 - Kyzylkhum Desert (3rd October 2020)
Day 47 - Bukhara (4th October 2020)
Day 48 - Bukhara (5th October 2020)
Day 49 - Bukhara (6th October 2020)
Day 50 - Khiva (7th October 2020)
Day 51 - Khiva (8th October 2020)
Day 52 - Kunye Urgench (9th October 2020)
Day 53 - Darvaza (10th October 2020)
Day 54 - Ashgabat (11th October 2020)
Day 55 - Ashgabat (12th October 2020)
Day 56 - Ashgabat (13th October 2020)

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