Days 1-2 Beijing

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites and contemporary buildings. Visit the Summer Palace, feast on Peking duck or get shopping at the Silk, Pearl and Panjiayuan markets.
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Days 3-4 Xi'an

Located at the traditional beginning of the Silk Road, be wowed by the Terracotta Warriors or get a view of the city from the Drum Tower. Xi’an has been an imperial centre for 2,000 years and has a fascinating history and many rich cultural sites to discover.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 5 Silk Road Railway

Connecting eastern, southern and western Asia with Europe and parts of Africa since around 200 BC, the Silk Road trade routes literally transformed the world. Watch this ancient landscape change while travelling along this path once wandered by the Silk Road caravans.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 6-7 Turpan

Famous for its vineyards, stone fruits, melons and the nearby Flaming Mountains, Turpan is filled with things to see. Once an important staging post on the Silk Road, this attractive town is best explored on a walking tour. Then venture to Tuyoq Village for a family-style lunch.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 8-9 Kashgar

Delve into Kashgar’s Sunday Bazaar. Enter with pockets filled with yuan, leave with armfuls of carpets, pottery, clothing and jewellery. Rumoured to be the best Sunday market in the world (even though traders are here every day), the bazaar is a whirlwind adventure for food lovers, shopaholics and culture buffs alike. Traditionally an important trading city along the Silk Road, Kashgar is still a thriving hub due to its location in the heart of Central Asia.
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Day 10 Tash Rabat

Watch the landscape change between China and Kyrgyzstan before exploring the impressive ruins of 15th-century Tash Rabat - once an important caravanserai (roadside inn) for Silk Road traders. Sleep overnight in a yurt camp to gain insight into local life.
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Day 11 Chong Kemin

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.

Days 12-13 Bishkek

Visit the impressive Burana Tower en route to the city of Bishkek. If you fancy a dance, Bishkek is the place to do it. Why not join the throngs of young people one evening at one of the city's raucous nightclubs. Maybe check out the National Museum (once the National Lenin Museum) or peruse the aisles of the TsUM Department Store and pick up some knick-knacks for friends back home.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 14 Suusamyr Valley/Chychkan Gorge

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.

Day 15 Sary Chelek NP/Arkyt Village

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.

Day 16 Osh

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.

Days 17-18 Tashkent

Cross the border into Uzbekistan and see the curious blend of Russian and Uzbek influences in Tashkent’s aesthetics, a reminder of the city’s unique past. Perhaps finish the trip in style with a final group dinner at one of Tashkent’s excellent local restaurants.
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