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Ultimate Silk Road: Beijing to Ashgabat

From £6290 for 41 days
Trip Overview
Unlock the secrets of the Silk Road on this immersive journey across Central Asia. From Beijing all the way to Ashgabat, this epic 41-day trip heads west across China, showcasing stunning relics, dynastic palaces, Muslim minarets, hidden grottoes and rock-cut Buddhist masterpieces. Continuing into Kyrgyzstan and to the heartland of Uzbekistan, be dazzled by Central Asia proper: the tranquil landscape of Song-Kol Lake; wild boar and deer around Chychkan Gorge; Solomon's Throne in historic Osh; and the superb mosques and museums of Samarkand. Finish up in the often forgotten Turkmenistan, watching eternal flames glazing over Darvaza crater, visit settlement of Yerbent in the desert and blow your imagination of Central Asia in the futuristic Ashgabat. Full of warmly hospitable locals, spectacular expanses and constant evocations of a legendary past, this is Silk Road and Central Asia at its magical best.
Essential Info
Starts: Beijing
Ends: Ashgabat
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery, Culture & Festivals
Trip Code: ICBSBC
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
What's Included

Meals

26 Breakfasts included
7 Lunches included
7 Dinners included

Transport

Overnight sleeper train,Private vehicle,Public bus,High speed train,Metro/Subway,4x4 Vehicle,Plane,Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (31 nts),Overnight Sleeper Train (2 nts),Guesthouse/Homestay (5 nts),Yurt (1 nt),Camping (1 nt)

Trip Highlights

•   Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders

•   Discover the unreal, rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!

•   Uncover the ‘other terracotta warriors’ in Xi’an’s Hanyangling Mausoleum, an authentic and more personal burial site that’s home to tens of thousands of buried pottery figures

•   Experience the unique atmosphere of Kashgar’s Sunday Market

•   Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, Soviet influence and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia.

•   The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums.

•   Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality - there's really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals.

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 26th Apr 2021
Returning: 5th Jun 2021
£6,290pp
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Departing: 10th May 2021
Returning: 19th Jun 2021
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Departing: 17th May 2021
Returning: 26th Jun 2021
£6,290pp
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Departing: 2nd Sep 2021
Returning: 12th Oct 2021
£6,605pp
£6,290pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 13th Sep 2021
Returning: 23rd Oct 2021
£6,605pp
£6,290pp
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Departing: 25th Apr 2022
Returning: 4th Jun 2022
£6,290pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 30th May 2022
Returning: 9th Jul 2022
£6,290pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 1st Aug 2022
Returning: 10th Sep 2022
£6,290pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 5th Sep 2022
Returning: 15th Oct 2022
£6,290pp
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Nimen Hao! Welcome to Beijing - the capital of the most populous country on earth. China's capital is quickly shedding its historical face in favour of modernity, however there are still plenty of places that give an insight into the nation's ancient past, as well as sights that showcase China's contemporary culture. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today, where your insurance and next of kin details will be collected. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where the meeting will take place – if you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Any free time today in Beijing is taken at your leisure, so get out and start exploring this vast and amazing city. It's recommended that you arrive a few days early to experience all that Beijing has to offer. Beijing's food is a highlight, from the famous Beijing Roast Duck to dumplings in a tiny backstreet eatery, there’s no chance you’ll go hungry here!
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