Silk Road - Beijing to Moscow Overview

Travel the Silk Road from China to Russia. Visit important cities along this ancient trading route including Xi’an, Turpan, Kashgar, Samarkand and Bukhara.

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      USD $6,695
      CAD $6,795
      AUD $7,060
      EUR €4,895
      GBP £4,225
      NZD $8,370
      ZAR R64,275
      CHF FR6,055
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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

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.

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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Beijing, China
  • Finish:

    Moscow, Russia
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    23 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (4 nts), Homestay (4 nts), Hotel (16 nts), Overnight sleeper train (8 nts), Yurt (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Car, Metro, Minibus, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
  • Included activities:

    Aralsk - Aral Sea 4WD tour, Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Cholpan Ata - Petroglyphs, Chong Kemin NP - Jeti-Oguz & Barskoon Gorges, Kashgar - Sunday & Animal Bazaars, Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op, Moscow - Kremlin & Armoury guided tour, Moscow - Lenin's Mausoleum, Samara - Stalin's Bunker, Samarkand - Bibi Khanum Mosque, Samarkand - Guided city tour, Samarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum, Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda Mausoleum Complex, Shakhrisabz - Ak Saray Palace ruins, Shamsy Valley - Burana tower, Tamga - Valley of Fairytales, Turkistan - Yasaui Mausoleum & Museum, Turpan - Guided local sights tour, Turpan - Tuyoq Village, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    3034kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. You must provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking in order us to process your letter of invitation to obtain your Uzbekistan visa en route. See Visa information in the Trip Notes for further requirements. 2. Due to a change in Bishkek - Tashkent flight schedules, 2014 tours will travel overland between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on a revised itinerary. Please see Trip Notes for more details. 3. This trip requires multiple visas obtained in advance. Please ensure you have sufficient time to apply for all your visas before departure.

  • Total price from

    USD $6,695
    CAD $6,795
    AUD $7,060
    EUR €4,895
    GBP £4,225
    NZD $8,370
    ZAR R64,275
    CHF FR6,055
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $191
    CAD $194
    AUD $201
    EUR €139
    GBP £120
    NZD $239
    ZAR R1,836
    CHF FR173
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About China , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan , Russia , Uzbekistan

Silk Road - Beijing to Moscow Summary

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Days 1-2 Beijing

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.

Days 3-4 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Day 5 Silk Road Railway

Connecting eastern, southern and western Asia with Europe and parts of Africa since around 200BC, the Silk Road is a series of trade routes that literally transformed the world.

Days 6-7 Turpan

Once an important staging post on the Silk Road, Turpan is an attractive town famous for its vineyards, stone fruits, melons and the nearby Flaming Mountains.

Days 8-9 Kashgar

Traditionally an important trading city along the Silk Road, Kashgar is still at the crossroads of trade due to its location in the heart of Central Asia.

Day 10 Tash Rabat

Built in the 15th century, Tash Rabat was an important caravanserai (roadside inn) for Silk Road travellers and there are still impressive ruins to explore.

Day 11 Song-Kol Lake

Picturesque Song-Kol Lake is surrounded by lush pastures favoured by local nomadic herders, who come here in the summer to graze their animals.

Day 12 Bishkek

With roads lined with trees, wide boulevards and a relaxed atmosphere, Bishkek is a former Silk Road rest stop that was ruled by Russia until independence in 1991.

Days 13-14 Chong Kemin National Park

Chong Kemin lies within the Tian Shan mountain range separating Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. This spectacular valley is famed for it's natural beauty, abundant wildlife and rich, varied flora.

Day 15 Cholpon Ata

Cholpon Ata is a small town on the banks of Lake Issyk-Kul with relaxing beaches and some excellent rock inscriptions dating back to 500BC.

Day 16 Tamga Village

Famous for its military sanatorium for returned Soviet astronauts, Tamga has a beachfront on the lake and lovely views of the mountains.

Days 17-18 Tashkent

One of the largest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent is a mix of Russian and Uzbek styles, where extravagant mosques sit alongside modern highways and Soviet monuments.

Days 19-20 Samarkand

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Samarkand is perhaps the most evocative of the Silk Road cities with its decorative domes and many beautiful buildings.

Day 21 Shakhrisabz

Founded over 2,700 years ago, Shakhrisabz is an ancient city rich in impressive architectural sites and colourful people.

Days 22-24 Bukhara

Bukhara, a beautifully preserved Central Asian city, is a joy to get lost within and provides a glimpse into life before Soviet domination.

Days 25-26 Aksu-Zhabagly National Park

Travel into Kazakhstan and to Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve, the oldest national park in central Asia and a beautiful place filled with rivers, lakes and untouched wilderness. Choose to go trekking, attend a traditional music concert or simply soak up the fresh air and relaxed atmosphere. Stay with a local family and get a true taste of life in this remote part of the world.

Day 27 Turkistan

Make tracks for Turkistan. Discover a rich historical past and spend time admiring this city's revered sites – most notably the Kozha Akhmed Yasaui Mausoleum.

Days 28-29 Aralsk

A major fishing port on the Aral Sea before it was drained by Soviet irrigation projects, Aralsk has limited infrastructure but friendly locals ready to share their homes and stories.

Days 30-32 Samara

In Soviet times Samara was a closed city due mainly to its role as a backup capital, today it's a big city with pleasant historical centre by the Volga River.

Days 33-35 Moscow

Whether it's awe-inspiring history, iconic architecture, edgy creative centres or stylish bars and cafes, Moscow delivers on so many levels with a surprise around every corner.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $6,695
      CAD $6,795
      AUD $7,060
      EUR €4,895
      GBP £4,225
      NZD $8,370
      ZAR R64,275
      CHF FR6,055
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