Western China & Central Silk Route

Ashgabat - Xi'an

56 days through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China
FROM: $8895 USD
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus, Local Bus, Boat
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas, One Local Crew Member
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 13 nights
Camping without facilities 4 nights
Basic Hotel 21 nights
Yurt Camp 4 nights
Homestay 6 nights
Wild Camp 4 nights
Guesthouse 3 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 36, Lunches x 12, Dinners x 16
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
EHX
Deposit:
$435 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

The Silk Road stems from the 1st Century BC, from a historic need for Chinese merchants to trade the treasures of the Han Empire, including silk, with civilisations further west. It began at the behest of Emperor Wu, by the great Chinese explorer Zhang Qian. Gradually the Chinese pushed further and further west into what is now Qing Shan. Still further west, was the great barrier of the Tian Shan Mountains and once the Torugart Pass had been mastered, the mountains and deserts of Central Asia, Persia and the Oxus River, opened up to Chinese traders and cultural interaction.

This is, therefore, the route that this trip, really concentrates on visiting all the great trading posts and historic cities, such as Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, along the way. We cross the great deserts and the vast mountains and witness the splendour of the civilisations along the way including the great city of Xi'an where it all started. We camp in remote deserts, stay with shepherds in the mountains and discover the religions and beliefs along the way.

Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
Overland in to the Karakum desert
Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area
Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport
See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley

An amazing, historic journey, which despite its length is pretty easy for most travellers. Mainly good roads, with a good mix of comfortable hotels, local guest houses, home stays and wild camping. Expect some time at altitude and some climate variation from extreme dry heat to the cold of the mountains.

Day 1 - Ashgabat (25th July 2021)

Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Day 2 - Darvaza (26th July 2021)
Day 3 - Kunye Urgench (27th July 2021)
Day 4 - Khiva (28th July 2021)
Day 5 - Khiva (29th July 2021)
Day 6 - Bukhara (30th July 2021)
Day 7 - Bukhara (31st July 2021)
Day 8 - Bukhara (1st August 2021)
Day 9 - Kyzylkhum Desert (2nd August 2021)
Day 10 - Samarkand (3rd August 2021)
Day 11 - Samarkand (4th August 2021)
Day 12 - Samarkand (5th August 2021)
Day 13 - Tashkent (6th August 2021)
Day 14 - Tashkent (7th August 2021)
Day 15 - Tashkent (8th August 2021)
Day 16 - Fergana Valley (9th August 2021)
Day 17 - Arslanbob (10th August 2021)
Day 18 - Arslanbob (11th August 2021)
Day 19 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (12th August 2021)
Day 20 - Kyrgyz Fergana Valley (13th August 2021)
Day 21 - Son-Kol Lake (14th August 2021)
Day 22 - Son-Kol Lake (15th August 2021)
Day 23 - Kochkor (16th August 2021)
Day 24 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (17th August 2021)
Day 25 - Jeti-Oguz Valley (18th August 2021)
Day 26 - Karakol (19th August 2021)
Day 27 - Chong Kemin Valley (20th August 2021)
Day 28 - Chong Kemin Valley (21st August 2021)
Day 29 - Bishkek (22nd August 2021)
Day 30 - Bishkek (23rd August 2021)
Day 31 - Kochkor (24th August 2021)
Day 32 - Tash Rabat (25th August 2021)
Day 33 - Kashgar (26th August 2021)
Day 34 - Kashgar (27th August 2021)
Day 35 - Kashgar (28th August 2021)
Day 36 - Kashgar (29th August 2021)
Day 37 - Kashgar (30th August 2021)
Day 38 - Aksu (31st August 2021)
Day 39 - Korle (1st September 2021)
Day 40 - Urumqi (2nd September 2021)
Day 41 - Urumqi (3rd September 2021)
Day 42 - Turpan (4th September 2021)
Day 43 - Turpan (5th September 2021)
Day 44 - Dunhuang (6th September 2021)
Day 45 - Dunhuang (7th September 2021)
Day 46 - Jiayuguan (8th September 2021)
Day 47 - Zhangye (9th September 2021)
Day 48 - Liujiaxia (10th September 2021)
Day 49 - Xiahe (11th September 2021)
Day 50 - Xiahe (12th September 2021)
Day 51 - Xiahe (13th September 2021)
Day 52 - Lanzhou (14th September 2021)
Day 53 - Pingliang (15th September 2021)
Day 54 - Pingliang (16th September 2021)
Day 55 - Xi'an (17th September 2021)
Day 56 - Xi'an (18th September 2021)

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02 Jun 21 Xi'an
27 Jul 21 Ashgabat

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25 Jul 21 Ashgabat
18 Sep 21 Xi'an

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28 Jul 21 Xi'an
21 Sep 21 Ashgabat

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18 Aug 21 Xi'an
12 Oct 21 Ashgabat

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29 May 22 Ashgabat
23 Jul 22 Xi'an

$9,230 USD

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01 Jun 22 Xi'an
26 Jul 22 Ashgabat

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24 Jul 22 Ashgabat
17 Sep 22 Xi'an

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27 Jul 22 Xi'an
20 Sep 22 Ashgabat

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17 Aug 22 Xi'an
11 Oct 22 Ashgabat

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Carolyn C

A great trip, an organized and a well researched itinerary.

David S

The best way to visit these very isolated places

André E

Enjoyed the landscapes in Kyrgyzstan as well as the buildings in Usbekistan

Martyn D

Enjoyed most the mountains of Krygystan