Western China & Central Silk Route

Ashgabat - Xi'an

56 days through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China
FROM: $6660 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:
$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 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 (30th May 2021)

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

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24 Jul 21 Xi'an

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