Travel the Silk Road from China to Uzbekistan
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018:
From 1st January 2018 we are adding an extra day in Kyrgyzstan to enable us to enjoy the country at a more relaxed pace given the long distances between destinations. There are some changes to the itinerary as a result of this, with added stops in Kyzyl Oi and Kok Bel in Kyrgyzstan. We have also replaced Shakhrisabz with Gijduvan in order to continue to have an authentic experience of small town Uzbekistan after the recent renovations of the historic centre in Shakhrisabz. Travellers booked on this combination trip will now meet the Bishkek to Tashkent travellers in BIshkek on day 16, so will no longer miss out on this destination. These changes mean the trip will now be 32 days duration.
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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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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.
Our The Great Silk Road trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
The Silk Road is a fascinating and underrated part of our world. The trip included so much diversity of cultures. The food was excellent. The people extremely friendly. It was a varied and stimulating trip that I highly recommend to those with an adventurous spirit.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2017