Silk Route between Istanbul and Xi'an - NEW!

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and we have been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Starting in the magnificent historic city of Istanbul, we overland to the magical land of Cappadocia and to the breathtaking ancient monastery of Sumela. We then head to the wonderful country of Georgia and discover the ancient city of Kutaisi and Stalin's birthplace of Gori before arriving in the delightful capital, Tbilisi. From Tbilisi we journey to the Georgian wine regions of Telavi, before crossing into Azerbaijan and discovering its charming towns and ancient petroglyphs. After an adventurous ferry crossing over the Caspian Sea, we arrive in the reclusive desert land of Turkmenistan, visiting the Kow-Ata underground lake en route to the bizarre capital city of Ashgabat. From Ashgabat we cross the deserts of Turkmenistan via the Darvaza gas crater to reach the phenomenal land of Uzbekistan. We visit the astonishing ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and enjoy a yurt stay in the incredible Kyzylkhum Desert before arriving at the pleasant capital city, Tashkent. From Tashkent we will venture into the truly breathtaking lands of the fertile Fergana Valley, and head into the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan. We will fully explore the breathtaking scenery, stay in local homestays and yurt camps, and take advantage of the phenomenal trekking opportunities in this incredible country on a flexible itinerary, before heading for the beautiful city of Bishkek. We continue on to cross the remote and desolate mountains in the south of Kyrgyzstan and cross the Torugart Pass into the incredible country of China. We will visit the stunning Lake Karakol in the colossal Karakoram Mountains before heading to the fascinating city of Kashgar. From here we'll head through the isolated Taklamakan Desert and the oasis of Turpan to the incredible Buddha caves of Mogao in China's remote western provinces. We'll overland past the western end of the Great Wall of China to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, before descending past the Bingling Si Buddha caves and the temples of Mount Kongtong to arrive at the colossal historic city of Xi'an, home of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Join us on this unforgettable epic overlanding experience on the Silk Road!

 map

Click the map to enlarge

Trip Itinerary

  1. Day1Istanbul
  2. Day2Goreme
  3. Day3 - 4Goreme
  4. Day5Zara
  5. Day6Sumela
  6. Day7Batumi
  7. Day8Kutaisi
  8. Day9Gori Mtskheta
  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 Cholpon Ata
  42. Day53Bishkek
  43. Day54Bishkek
  44. Day55Kochkor
  45. Day56Tash Rabat
  46. Day57Kashgar Torugart Pass
  47. Day58Lake Karakol
  48. Day59Kashgar
  49. Day60 - 61Kashgar
  50. Day62 - 63Aksu Bayanbulak
  51. Day64 - 65Heavenly Lake
  52. Day66 - 67Turpan
  53. Day68 - 69Dunhuang
  54. Day70Jiayuguan
  55. Day71Zhangye
  56. Day72Liujiaxia
  57. Day73 - 75Xiahe Bingling Si
  58. Day76Lanzhou
  59. Day77 - 78Pingliang
  60. Day79Xi'an
  61. Day80Xi'an


search

377 holidays


need help & expert advice?
01728 862230


Sign-up for our newsletter

tailor-made adventure trips

Our tailor made adventure holidays will truly inspire and delight the senses and will live in your memory for ever.

more info

Last Minute Specials -  Up to 20% Off

Join us on one of our worldwide adventures coming up over the next few months – all guaranteed to depart, all at up to 20% off.

more info