Ancient Silk Road - Beijing to Samarkand

Small Group Holiday



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From China's capital Beijing we follow the ancient Silk Road to the heart of Central Asia and the fabled cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Along the way you will see such marvels as the Great Wall and Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, oasis towns on the edge of unforgiving deserts, monasteries and temples, incredible mountain ranges and the bustling market town of Kashgar. And that is only the first half of the tour in China. Continue alpine Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan's Tien Shan Mountains, before entering Uzbekistan and its wealth of mosques, tombs, palaces, fortresses and medressas. This is a classic journey along the route Marco Polo travelled in his book.

Activity / Theme



China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

Comfort Level

Physical Rating


Leisurely / Moderate


a/c 2nd Class train and private a/c vehicles


Comfortable well located hotels and guesthouses

Months of Operation

March, April, August, September, October

Adventure Coordinators Insider Tip:

Lyab-i Hauz is a lovely green area in the heart of the old city of Bukhara.  Close to the famous madrassas and monuments this is the central meeting place of the town and great spot for people watching.


DAY 1 Join Beijing
DAY 2 Beijing's Forbidden City
DAY 3 Great Wall & Summer Palace
DAY 4 Beijing, train to Xi'an
DAY 5 In Xi'an
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors & Goose Pagoda
DAY 7 To Lanzhou and Linxia
DAY 8 Bing Ling Temple, to Xiahe
DAY 9 Labrang Monastery, train to Jiayuguan
DAY 10 Jiayuguan
DAY 11 To Dunhuang
DAY 12 Mogao Caves, to Turpan
DAY 13 Turpan
DAY 14 To Ürümqi
DAY 15 Heaven's Lake, to Kashgar
DAY 16 Kashgar
DAY 17 To Kyrgyzstan
DAY 18 To Lake Issyk-Kul
DAY 19 To Bishkek
DAY 20 Fly Tashkent
DAY 21 Fly Urgench, to Khiva
DAY 22 Khiva
DAY 23 To Bukhara
DAY 24 Bukhara
DAY 25 To Samarkand
DAY 26 Samarkand
DAY 27 To Tashkent, end tour


26 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 15 dinners
Local sightseeing and entrance fees
All transport
Flights Ürümqi/Kashgar, Bishkek/Tashkent/Khiva
Tour leader in each country and local specialist guides throughout
Assistance in arranging visas

Sample tour.  Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice.  Please inquire.

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