Silk Route between Istanbul and Xi'an

Visiting: Azerbaijan,China,Georgia,Kyrgyzstan,Turkey,Turkmenistan,Uzbekistan

Code: DEUX

Up to 30% off selected trip dates. Was USD 7370pp Now USD 5159pp
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This trip is an overland trip run in an overland truck. In addition to paying for your trip, you're require to make a separate payment to your tour leader at the start of the trip, usually in USD. Kitties are flexible and change as prices are updated. Therefore you should check the latest kitty amount on this website before you depart.

A kitty is a group fund which covers all accommodation, meals while camping (not in hotels) and activities listed as included. It's a system unique to overlanding to provide the maximum flexibility and best value on the road (you get everything at cost price!). The kitty is your money, not ours, so any amount left over is divided among the group as a refund.

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Trip CodeStart DateEnd DateCurrencyKitty
EUXThursday 26 Mar 2015Saturday 13 Jun 2015USD2730.00
EUXThursday 16 Apr 2015Saturday 04 Jul 2015USD2730.00
EUXThursday 07 May 2015Saturday 25 Jul 2015USD2730.00
EUXTuesday 07 Jul 2015Thursday 24 Sep 2015USD2750.00
EUXTuesday 11 Aug 2015Thursday 29 Oct 2015USD2750.00
EUXTuesday 01 Sep 2015Thursday 19 Nov 2015USD2750.00
EUXTuesday 15 Sep 2015Thursday 03 Dec 2015USD2750.00
EUXThursday 24 Mar 2016Saturday 11 Jun 2016USD2730.00
EUXThursday 14 Apr 2016Saturday 02 Jul 2016USD2730.00
EUXTuesday 31 May 2016Thursday 18 Aug 2016USD2750.00
EUXThursday 09 Jun 2016Saturday 27 Aug 2016USD2730.00
EUXTuesday 05 Jul 2016Thursday 22 Sep 2016USD2750.00
EUXThursday 07 Jul 2016Saturday 24 Sep 2016USD2730.00
EUXTuesday 26 Jul 2016Thursday 13 Oct 2016USD2750.00
EUXTuesday 06 Sep 2016Thursday 24 Nov 2016USD2750.00
Silk Route between Istanbul and Xi'an

Follow in the footsteps of the traders who travelled this ancient route linking east to west on our hugely popular Silk Route overland trip. Starting in Istanbul, the cosmopolitan Turkish city which bridges Europe and Asia, you'll overland through Turkey, through Cappadocia's Goreme Valley, before crossing over to the mountainous land of Georgia, staying in remote mountain homestays before overlanding through Azerbaijan and across the Caspian Sea. a land of From there, it's into Central Asia 'proper': Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Haggle at Sunday markets, visit remote desert communities, discover amazing National Parks, stay with local families in yurts, visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Khiva and explore the gems of the Silk Route – Bukhara and Samarkand. The mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan is for many, a highlight of this route – and you'll stay in traditional yurts at Song Kul Lake to learn about nomadic life. Crossing through the Tian Shan mountains, through the awesome Torugart Pass, you'll reach Western China, to explore Kashgar before overlanding skirting the edge of the Taklamakan Desert, to Turpan and Dunhuang; experiencing Tibetan culture in Xiahe, one of the main pilgrimage sites for Tibetan Buddhists and crossing the Tibetan Plateau. The trip ends in Xi'an, with a visit to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors.
Border Information: if joining in Istanbul, you will most likely enter Turkey at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - on arrival please look out for a note from your leader with more information about this important meeting. If you are travelling beyond Tbilisi, your tour leader will need to carefully check your visa situation for your entire trip. The afternoon will be free to explore the many sights of the incredible exotic city of Istanbul, including the Brand Bazaar, the Bosphorous River and the phenomenal Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia! In Istanbul we will stay in dorm accommodation in a fantastic hostel with good facilities, which is a 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque. *Important note - 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.*

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Trip Itinerary

  1. Day1Istanbul
  2. Day2Goreme
  3. Day3 - 4Goreme
  4. Day5Zara
  5. Day6Sumela
  6. Day7Batumi
  7. Day8Kutaisi
  8. Day9Gori
  9. Day10Kazbegi
  10. Day11Tbilisi
  11. Day12Tbilisi
  12. Day13Telavi
  13. Day14Telavi
  14. Day15Lagodekhi
  15. Day16Sheki
  16. Day17Gobustan
  17. Day18 - 20Baku
  18. Day21Overnight Ferry
  19. Day22Turkmenbashi
  20. Day23Geok Tepe
  21. Day24Ashgabat
  22. Day25Ashgabat
  23. Day26Darvaza
  24. Day27Kunye Urgench
  25. Day28 - 29Khiva
  26. Day30Bukhara
  27. Day31 - 32Bukhara
  28. Day33Nurata
  29. Day34Samarkand
  30. Day35 - 36Samarkand
  31. Day37Tashkent
  32. Day38Tashkent
  33. Day39Tashkent
  34. Day40Ferghana City Fergana Mountains Fergana Valley
  35. Day41Arslanbob
  36. Day42 - 44Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  37. Day45 - 46Song Kol Lake
  38. Day47Kochkor Kochkor Homestay
  39. Day48 - 49Jeti-Oghuz Valley
  40. Day50Kara-kol
  41. Day51 - 52Chong Kemin Valley
  42. Day53Bishkek
  43. Day54Bishkek
  44. Day55Kochkor Kochkor Homestay
  45. Day56Tash Rabat
  46. Day57Kashgar Torugart Pass
  47. Day58Lake Karakol
  48. Day59Kashgar
  49. Day60 - 61Kashgar
  50. Day62 - 63Aksu Wildcamp Bayanbulak Wildcamp
  51. Day64 - 65Urumqi & The Heavenly Lake
  52. Day66 - 67Turpan
  53. Day68 - 69Dunhuang
  54. Day70Jiayuguan
  55. Day71Zhangye Wildcamp
  56. Day72Liujiaxia
  57. Day73 - 75Xiahe Bingling Si
  58. Day76Lanzhou
  59. Day77 - 78Pingliang
  60. Day79Xi'an
  61. Day80Xi'an


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