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Silk Road - China & Kyrgyzstan Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Take a Silk Road journey from Beijing to Tashkent
The Silk Road originally extended over 6,000 km through ancient China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia, linking the mighty civilisations of the East and the West. Journey along this historic route and explore remote areas only just opening up to foreign visitors. Travel from bustling Beijing through the mountainous heartlands of Kyrgyzstan and to exotic Tashkent, following the path of this incredible route. Witness the legends of the Silk Road come to life on this memorable tour.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journey out to Chong Kemin. Visit the local museum and a women’s cooperative that makes popular felt carpets (‘shyrdaks’), before settling in for the night at a local homestay.
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.
Climb into the clouds on the drive out to the Suusamyr Valley – one of the most remote regions of Kyrgyzstan. Spot the yurts nestled among the lush mountain landscape. In the Jalal-Abad Region, be entranced by the natural splendour of the Chychkan Gorge. Take a walk in the scenic surrounds and keep your eyes peeled for deer and wild boar.
Drive out to the quaint Arkyt Village, deep in the heart of the Sary-Chelek National Park. Not too far from the village is the spectacular Sary-Chelek Lake. A place of majestic beauty, you’ll have to pick your jaw up off the floor before you reach for the camera.
Enjoy a walk through the national park and enjoy a picnic lunch before driving out to the city of Osh. Located in the Fergana Valley, Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city dates back to the 5th century BC. Check out the famous three-storey yurt and visit the impressive Suleiman Too.
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.
Silk Road - China & Kyrgyzstan Reviews
Our Silk Road Journey trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
Silk Road - China & Kyrgyzstan, May 2014
Overall tour experience was fantastic. A lovely small group of people who all got along well. Our Intrepid leader was the best one we have ever had in all our intrepid travels.
Review submitted 29/06/2014
Silk Road - China & Kyrgyzstan, May 2014
Overall a very good tour. Covered a lot of ground with different cultures.
Review submitted 26/06/2014
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