Silk Road - China & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

Tour Asia and the famous Silk Road, from China through Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan. Explore from Beijing to Tashkent via Tash Rabat, Bishkek and Cholpon Ata on this unforgettable journey.

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      USD $3,160
      CAD $3,365
      AUD $3,495
      EUR €2,430
      GBP £2,090
      NZD $4,145
      ZAR R31,810
      CHF FR2,995
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china beijing maos tomb ancient gold

china kashgar market fruit sellers local produce

china khoten silk road tapestries handmade sewn market

china xian great mosque gardens stone temple

china xian terracotta warriors statues ancient

kyrgyzstan mountains green fields trees forest blue sky

uzbekistan margilon silk local handmade production market

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

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: Hotel - 1, 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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

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 stop off, or caravanserai (roadside inn), for Silk Road traders. Sleep overnight in a yurt camp to gain insight into local life.
ACCOM: Yurt - 1

Day 11 Song-Kol Lake

Drive across the glorious plains of Kyrgyzstan to picturesque Song-Kol Lake, which is surrounded by lush pastures favoured by sheep, goats and horses. Stay in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt and enjoy dinner with a nomadic herdsman and his family.
ACCOM: Yurt - 1

Day 12 Bishkek

Explore the handsome houses, wide boulevards and relaxed atmosphere of Bishkek, a former Silk Road rest stop that was ruled by Russia until independence in 1991. View some Soviet memorabilia at the National Museum before a hot shower and dinner at the hotel.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 13-14 Chong Kemin National Park

Visit this spectacular valley, which is famed for its natural beauty, abundant wildlife and rich, varied flora. After a decent hike around the incredible surroundings, settle in at a local homestay for a home-cooked feast.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Day 15 Cholpon Ata

Soak up the ambience of Lake Issyk-Kul, meaning ‘warm lake’. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Lake Issyk-Kul's combination of thermal activity and salinity ensures it never freezes over. So kick back in the relaxing thermal springs or see some excellent rock inscriptions dating back to 500 BC.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 16 Tamga Village

Stop for lunch in the village of Bokonbayevo before venturing to the ‘Valley of Fairytales’, a scenic delight of red-sandstone cliffs.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 17-18 Tashkent

After a short flight, explore the fascinating mix of Russian and Uzbek culture in Tashkent. View extravagant mosques sitting alongside modern highways and Soviet monuments before enjoying one final group dinner and toasting the end of this amazing Silk Road journey.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1