Travel to China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan following the famous Silk Road route.

Journey through the fascinating heart of Central Asia - an area which is only just opening up to foreign travellers. Travel to China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and follow the famous Silk Road route from Beijing to Tashkent via Tash Rabat, Bishkek, Samarkand and Bukhara. From Beijing to the heartlands of Kyrgyzstan and exotic Uzbekistan, let the legends of the Silk Road come to life as you tread this ancient trading route that linked the mighty civilisations of the East and the West.

Start
Beijing, China
Finish
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Countries
China,
Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBSK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 066kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Admire mosques and mountains
  • Experience local culture at homestays
  • Marvel at the stone petroglyphs of Cholpon Ata
  • Witness the azure majesty of Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Pick up a bargain at the Kashgar bazaar
  • See the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Travel to China and explore the ancient wonders of Beijing
  • Quench your thirst with fermented mare's milk
  • Follow the Silk Road through Central Asia

Itinerary

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.
Stay in a small town once frequented by Soviet cosmonauts who had returned from space endeavours.
Visit the frontier town of Karakol, full of traditional cottages, age-old trees and orchards.
Admire the pristine blue waters of Lake Issyk-Kul.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
15 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (14 nights), Overnight sleeper train (4 nights), Yurt (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Bukhara - Guided walking tour
  • Cholpan Ata - Petroglyphs
  • Chong Kemin NP - Jeti-Oguz & Barskoon Gorges
  • Dungan Mosque
  • Flight Bishkek to Tashkent
  • Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure
  • Karakol - Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
  • Karakol - Przhevalskiy Museum
  • Kashgar - Sunday & Animal Bazaars
  • Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op
  • Orientation tour
  • Samarkand - Bibi Khanum Mosque
  • Samarkand - Guided city tour
  • 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
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors

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Important notes

1. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for full details.
2. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.
3. In 2013 this trip will have a slight itinerary change between the days 14-17 and will run as follows:

The itinerary will change between days 14-17 and will run as follows:

Day 1 - Beijing
Day 2 - Beijing
Day 3 - Beijing
Day 4 - Xi'an
Day 5 - Xi'an
Day 6 - Silk Road Railway
Day 7 - Turpan
Day 8 - Turpan
Day 9 - Kashgar
Day 10 - Kashgar
Day 11 - Tash Rabat
Day 12 - Song-Kol Lake
Day 13 - Bishkek
Day 14 - Chong Kemin National Park
Day 15 - Chong Kemin National Park
Day 16 - Cholpan Ata
Day 17 - Tamga
Day 18 - Tashkent
Day 19 - Tashkent
Day 20 - Samarkand
Day 21 - Samarkand
Day 22 - Shakhrisabz
Day 23 - Bukhara
Day 24 - Bukhara
Day 25 - Tashkent
Day 26 - Tashkent

Trip notes

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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

Silk Road - China & Kyrgyzstan , May 2014