The Great Silk Road Adventure

Overview:

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran & Turkey - This amazing trip offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to those with sufficient time to travel the entirety of one of the major branches of the Silk Road, all the way across Asia from Beijing in Eastern China to Istanbul in Western Turkey, covering a distance of some 12,000km and six contrasting countries.

Following in the footsteps of travel luminaries Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Hsuan-Tsang and a million ancient Silk Road traders, we’ll take in not only some of the world’s most iconic sights like Xi'an’s Terracotta Army, Samarkand’s Registan Square and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, but we’ll also cross mountains, deserts and grasslands and meet amongst others the Uighur, Kyrgyz, Uzbek and Turkmen peoples who have made these lands their home.

This is our biggest trip to date and one that has been a long time in the planning. We look forward to welcoming you on this epic continental journey through one of the world’s most engaging and yet unknown regions.

Highlights:

  • Undertaking a unique trip of a lifetime along the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul
  • Journeying through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran & Turkey
  • Visiting more than 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Experiencing the incredible diversity of the region from mountains and deserts to grasslands and fertile river valleys
  • Seeing some of the world’s finest architectural and cultural gems
  • Meeting the many different ethnic groups who live along the old trade routes

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 47 breakfasts, 46 lunches, 38 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport (minibuses, boats, cars, domestic flights and trains)
  • 47 nights' accommodation (43 in comfortable hotels, 2 in a homestays, and 2 on overnight trains)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 8

Tours that fall into this category will often involve remote, unpredictable and long journeys in emerging destinations. They can be incredibly rewarding but are definitely best suited to experienced travellers.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 4

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 10

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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When visiting the Great Wall we recommend you visit the Mutianyu or Jinshanling section as they are much quieter than the Badaling section.

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