Travel the Silk Road from China to Uzbekistan
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From 1st January this trip will become 29 days and have a number of changes. To allow for more efficient transport connections we have removed Tianshui and will include the classic Silk Road destinations of Dunhuang and Jiayuguan as well as more time in Xi'an. 2 overnight trains will be replaces with high speed day trains. There will still be 2 overnight train journeys on the trip due to distances involved. Previously this trip included a flight from Urumqi to Bishkek. In 2017 we will travel overland from Kashgar into Kyrgyzstan.
Visit the lesser known Hanyangling Mausoleum, of the Han Dynasty. In our opinion this site is far more authentic and interesting than the better known Terracotta Warriors.
Visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of the Mogao Caves, a important Buddhist site of the Silk Road.
Overnight in a yurt. Yurts are the traditional dwellings of the Kyrgyz people, made of felt and tarpaulins on a round frame.
Uncover Samarkand's Registan, probably the most recognisable of all Central Asia's monuments
Due to the nature of an overland adventure through China and Central Asia, we may have to make slight itinerary changes to the planned route due to train schedules and weather/road conditions. You will be informed in advance of this if it is necessary.
Some accommodation and facilities my be basic but the rewards are immeasurable.
There are some very long driving days over rough terrain, shower and toilet facilities are limited in some places.
1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding nights on overnight trains, yurts and home stays.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. See Visa section of the Trip Notes for detailed information and allow sufficient time to obtain your visas for Central Asia prior to travel.
4. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilet facilities (usually one with a toilet seat and one squat-style in each compartment) are available on all trains, but there are no showers or baths.
5. While traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
6. Please make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
7. As this is a combination trip your leader and group composition will change along the way. You will have a Chinese, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbek leader in each country. For the border crossing between China & Kyrgyzstan and for the overnight stay in Naryn you will be accompanied by an Intrepid representative.