Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar


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    A 27 day odyssey following the Silk Route from its source

    This extraordinary journey follows the ancient silk route from its source in Xian, China, through an ever-changing landscape to the fabled city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. We begin with a tour of Beijing visiting all the sights before transferring to Xian by train to view the remarkable Terracotta Warriors. Along the China Silk Road we will also visit Xiahe and the enormous Tibetan monastery at Labrang, the Buddhist frescos in the Mogao Caves and the serene ‘Heaven’s Lake’ deep in the Tian Shan mountains, before flying to Kashgar in time for the famous Sunday markets. We depart China over the Torugart Pass and cross into Central Asia, visiting the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, the tree lined streets of Tashkent and the walled city of Khiva. Continuing to Bukhara, we savour its rich history as we stroll through the bazaars, mosques and magnificent Summer Palace before travelling to Samarkand to view the impressive domes and minarets of The Registan – a collection of madrasahs, and one of the most impressive sights in Central Asia.

    Highlights

    • Marvel at The Great Wall at Mutianyu
    • Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing
    • Visit Xian and the famous Terracotta Warriors
    • Cross the Torugart pass in the Tian Shan mountains on one of the world’s most remote high-altitude roads
    • Take in the magnificent Labrang Monastery and Jiayuguan frontier fortress
    • Venture to the Mogau Caves & Dunhuang
    • Immerse yourself in the Sunday Markets in Kashgar
    • Drive spectacular mountain scenery & visit Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital.
    • Journey to the fabled Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara & Khiva


    Itinerary

    Day 1 Arrive Beijing

    Day 2 Visit to The Forbidden City

    Day 3 The Great Wall & The Summer Palace

    Day 4 In Beijing, evening train to Xi’an

    Day 5 Xi’an City tour

    Day 6 Terracotta Warriors & Goose Pagoda

    Day 7 Train to Lanzhou, transfer to Linxia

    Day 8 Boat trip to Bing Ling Temple, afternoon drive to Xiahe

    Day 9 Labrang Monastery, return to Lanzhou and overnight train to Jiayuguan.

    Day 10 In Jiayuguan

    Day 11 To Dunhuang

    Day 12 Mogao Caves & train to Turpan

    Day 13 In Turpan (or Tulufun)

    Day 14 Drive to Urumqi

    Day 15 Heaven’s Lake, and evening flight to Kashgar

    Day 16 Markets of Kashgar

    Day 17 Drive to Naryn via Torugart Pass

    Day 18 Drive to Lake Issyk-Kul

    Day 19 Drive to Bishkek

    Day 20 Visit Ala Archa National Park, evening flight to Tashkent

    Day 21 Morning flight to Urgench, drive to Khiva

    Day 22 In Khiva

    Day 23 Travel to Bukhara

    Day 24 In Bukhara

    Day 25 To Samarkand

    Day 26 In Samarkand

    Day 27 To Tashkent, sightseeing and trip concludes

    Inclusions

    • 26 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 15 dinners
    • Comfortable well-located hotels and guesthouses on a twinshare basis
    • Local sightseeing, including entrance fees to monuments as listed in itinerary
    • All internal transport by train (soft sleeper) or private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Internal flights Urumqi/Kashgar, Bishkek/Tashkent/Khiva valued at approx. USD$481
    • National tour leader in China and Central Asia plus local specialist guides throughout
    • Emergency medical kit
    • Group airport transfers on first & last days
    • Assistance in arranging visas

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    Images courtesy of World Expeditions