Western China & Central Silk Route

Ashgabat - Xi'an

56 days through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China
FROM: $6495 USD + 1,790 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus, Local Bus, Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas, One Local Crew Member
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 13 nights
Camping without facilities 4 nights
Basic Hotel 21 nights
Yurt Camp 4 nights
Homestay 6 nights
Wild Camp 4 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 36, Lunches x 12, Dinners x 16
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
EHX
Deposit:
$290 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 the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
Overland in to the Karakum desert
Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area

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 - Ashgabat (31st May 2020)

Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat 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 Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


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

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25 Jul 20 Xi'an
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