Uncover the legends and great cities of the Silk Road on this incredible tour

Travel along the Silk Road through the rarely visited heart of central Asia. Visit the desert oasis of Turpan, the frontier town of Kashgar, the legendary city of Samarkand and the lively town of Bukhara – just as the Silk Road merchants did long ago. From Xi’an, cross the vast steppe of western China, the unforgiving desert landscapes of Turkistan, the breathtaking mountains and emerald panoramas of Kyrgyzstan and the exotic lands of Uzbekistan before arriving in iconic Moscow. Once the hub of the trading world, this ancient route that connected Asia with Europe, the East with the West, will fill your imagination with colourful tales and legends.

Beijing, China
Moscow, Russia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
3 034kg pp per trip


  • Stand to attention before a horde of Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Play cards with Uyghurs on the Silk Road Railway
  • Cool off amid lush orchards and vineyards in the desert oasis of Turpan
  • Snaffle a bargain in Kashgar’s famous Sunday Bazaar
  • Watch nomads graze their herds on the alpine pastures of stunning Song Kol Lake
  • Discover an ecological paradise in Chong Kemin National Park
  • Examine prehistoric petroglyphs in Cholpon Ata
  • Be lured by the colour and history of Samarkand
  • Admire the minarets and medressas of Bukhara
  • Revel in the pristine wilds of Ugam Chatkal National Park


Travel to China and visit Beijing. Explore the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China.
Visit Xi'an and marvel at the ancient Terracotta Warriors.
Make friends with local Uyghurs and watch the desert unfold on this spectacular journey.
Flanked by the Flaming Mountains in East Turkistan, this lush oasis is a popular stop for travellers.
Experience the bustle of the Sunday bazaar, a hub for traders from all over Central Asia.
The passage into Kyrgyzstan winds over the Torugart Pass. Stay overnight in a traditional yurt.
Watch nomadic herders graze their flocks on lush alpine pastures.
Discover gardens and cafés in Kyrgyzstan’s leafy capital.
See unique wildlife in the vast expanse of Chong Kemin.
Admire the pristine blue waters of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Stay in a small town once frequented by Soviet cosmonauts who had returned from space endeavours.
Wander around the amazing sights of the multicultural capital of Uzbekistan.
Samarkand is one of Central Asia's oldest and most attractive cities.
Feast on Uzbek cuisine at a homestay in leafy Shakhrisabz.
Marvel at the minarets and medressas in this bustling Silk Road destination.
Narrow lanes, extravagant mosques and Soviet architecture give the Uzbek capital of Tashkent an absorbing, multicultural atmosphere. Relax and look back on the Silk Road Journey adventure.
Visit Ugam Chatkal National Park, home to more than 280 species of fauna and 2,200 species of plants. Admire spectacular scenery – peppered with the bluest-of-blue lakes, snow-covered mountains, verdant valleys and fields of wildflowers – while hiking to the base of Big Chimgan peak.
Travel to Kazakhstan and journey across the former bed of the Aral Sea, once one of the largest lakes in the world. On a 4x4 tour, find out how human folly caused this body of water to shrink to one-tenth of its original size. Visit Aralsk and Tastubek – booming fishing villages in the 80s that are now mostly deserted – and a ship cemetery, before boarding an evening train to Russia.
Descend beneath the buildings of Samara to enter Stalin’s unused bunker and learn why the city was chosen as Russia’s ‘reserve’ capital. Spend an afternoon cruising down the picturesque Volga River. During free time, relax by the waterfront, sample the local beer at the Zhigulevsky Brewery or catch a performance at the Samara Drama Theatre.
Pull into Russia’s intriguing capital, Moscow. Get an up-close perspective on the city’s famous historical sites, including Red Square, the Kremlin, the Armoury and Lenin’s Mausoleum on a fascinating tour. Perhaps check out a cutting-edge art gallery, an upmarket wine bar or a bohemian art-cafe before this Silk Road and Beyond adventure comes to an end.
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24 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
Bus, Metro, Minibus, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
Guesthouse (5 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (19 nights), Overnight sleeper train (8 nights), Yurt (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Aralsk - Aral Sea 4WD tour
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Cholpan Ata - Petroglyphs
  • Chong Kemin NP - Jeti-Oguz & Barskoon Gorges
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Karakol - Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
  • Karakol - Przhevalskiy Museum
  • Kashgar - Sunday & Animal Bazaars
  • Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury guided tour
  • Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum
  • Samara - Stalin's Bunker
  • Samara - Volga River boat trip
  • Samarkand - Bibi Khanum Mosque
  • Samarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand - Registan
  • Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda Mausoleum Complex
  • Shakhrisabz - Ak Saray Palace ruins
  • Shakhrisabz - Cooking class
  • Tamga - Valley of Fairytales
  • Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent - Guided city tour
  • Turpan - Guided local sights tour
  • Turpan - Tuyoq Village
  • Ugam Chatkal NP - Guided day trek
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors


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