Central Asia, China & the Far East
The fabled names of the cities of Central Asia evoke images of ancient trade routes and of fascinating diverse cultures - Istanbul, Esfahan, Samarkand, Bishkek, Xi'an, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar - all of these places have a unique atmosphere and are wonderful to visit, each in their own way!
For centuries Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were trading posts along the Silk Road, their magnificently opulent mosques and palaces presided over by fearsome Khans. In ancient times the Chinese considered this the edge of the known world, and even today few tourists make it this far. By going overland you follow in the footsteps of the early merchants and traders who came through here on their epic journeys to bring silk between Asia and Europe.
As well as the incredible history and legacy of the Silk Road, you'll also experience the incredible architecture, language and music of the many different cultures you'll travel through, and travel through the stunning scenery of the Persian Deserts, the high Himalayan Plateau of Tibet, the vast steppes of Mongolia or the bizarre rock formations of southern China.
Whether you are looking for just a few days away or want to combine trips to create an epic journey of a lifetime – perhaps from Istanbul to Beijing via Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan or the whole length of China through Indochina to Bangkok, link Beijing with Kathmandu via Tibet, or overland from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar and explore Mongolia – there’s no limit, other than how far you are willing to go in search of adventure!