Western China & Central Silk Route

Xi'an - Ashgabat

56 days through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
FROM: $8006 USD
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 (2nd June 2021)
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 (3rd June 2021)
Day 3 - Pingliang (4th June 2021)
Day 4 - Pingliang (5th June 2021)
Day 5 - Xiahe (6th June 2021)
Day 6 - Xiahe (7th June 2021)
Day 7 - Xiahe (8th June 2021)
Day 8 - Liujiaxia (9th June 2021)
Day 9 - Zhangye (10th June 2021)
Day 10 - Jiayuguan (11th June 2021)
Day 11 - Dunhuang (12th June 2021)
Day 12 - Dunhuang (13th June 2021)
Day 13 - Turpan (14th June 2021)
Day 14 - Turpan (15th June 2021)
Day 15 - Urumqi (16th June 2021)
Day 16 - Urumqi (17th June 2021)
Day 17 - Korle (18th June 2021)
Day 18 - Aksu (19th June 2021)
Day 19 - Kashgar (20th June 2021)
Day 20 - Kashgar (21st June 2021)
Day 21 - Kashgar (22nd June 2021)
Day 22 - Kashgar (23rd June 2021)
Day 23 - Tash Rabat (24th June 2021)
Day 24 - Tash Rabat (25th June 2021)
Day 25 - Kochkor (26th June 2021)
Day 26 - Bishkek (27th June 2021)
Day 27 - Bishkek (28th June 2021)
Day 28 - Chong Kemin Valley (29th June 2021)
Day 29 - Chong Kemin Valley (30th June 2021)
Day 30 - Karakol (1st July 2021)
Day 31 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (2nd July 2021)
Day 32 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (3rd July 2021)
Day 33 - Kochkor (4th July 2021)
Day 34 - Son-Kol Lake (5th July 2021)
Day 35 - Son-Kol Lake (6th July 2021)
Day 36 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (7th July 2021)
Day 37 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (8th July 2021)
Day 38 - Arslanbob (9th July 2021)
Day 39 - Arslanbob (10th July 2021)
Day 40 - Fergana Valley (11th July 2021)
Day 41 - Tashkent (12th July 2021)
Day 42 - Tashkent (13th July 2021)
Day 43 - Samarkand (14th July 2021)
Day 44 - Samarkand (15th July 2021)
Day 45 - Samarkand (16th July 2021)
Day 46 - Kyzylkhum Desert (17th July 2021)
Day 47 - Bukhara (18th July 2021)
Day 48 - Bukhara (19th July 2021)
Day 49 - Bukhara (20th July 2021)
Day 50 - Khiva (21st July 2021)
Day 51 - Khiva (22nd July 2021)
Day 52 - Kunye Urgench (23rd July 2021)
Day 53 - Darvaza (24th July 2021)
Day 54 - Ashgabat (25th July 2021)
Day 55 - Ashgabat (26th July 2021)
Day 56 - Ashgabat (27th July 2021)

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