Departure Date: 09/08/2019
Traverse some of the least travelled routes of the legendary Silk Road, one of the world’s most famous trading routes, on this once-in-a-lifetime escorted tour. Over 22 awe-inspiring days, discover the iconic sites, forgotten towns and cities, and extraordinary landscapes of Central Asia; a destination like no other place on earth. Beginning in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, explore the fascinating old town and bustling Chorsu Bazaar, before travelling beyond the capital to the lush Fergana Valley - the lyrical land of fruit and honey. Continuing through this breath-taking oasis, visit the silk-weaving town of Margilan, before the spectacular mountain scenery of Kyrgyzstan. Crossing the border into China, spend three nights in the legendary Silk Road market town of Kashgar, where you’ll visit the magnificent yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque and step back in time at the traditional Sunday Market.
Continuing north through the barren mountains, pass Muslim shrines and the yurts of Central Asia’s nomads, before crossing the Torugart Pass back into Kyrgyzstan. Stay in one of the few remaining Silk Road caravanserais at Tash Rabat, before continuing through the rugged Kyrgyz steppe to the quaint and friendly village of Kochkor, and along the northern shores of glistening Issyk Kul Lake. Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek is next, where you’ll enjoy an excursion to the breath-taking Ala-Archa National Park, before heading back to Tashkent. Board the overnight train to the exquisitely ornate cities of western Uzbekistan, where one of the highlights will be a stay in a traditional yurt under some of the world’s most astonishing skies. Continuing your adventure, explore the ancient city of Khiva, before your chance to experience two of the Silk Road’s greatest and most evocative cities - Bukhara and Samarkand. Your journey concludes back in fascinating Tashkent, where there’ll be plenty of time to soak up the city’s plethora of glittering sights. With a comprehensive schedule of sightseeing with certified local guides included, together with plenty of time to relax and explore on your own, this epic journey is designed especially for the traveller seeking high adventure amidst a breath-taking unspoilt wilderness.
• 17 nights in hotel/guesthouse accommodation (twin share), 1-night homestay (shared), 2 nights in yurts (shared) and 1 night on overnight train (shared 4 berth)
• 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
• Return flights with Emirates via Dubai from London Stansted Airport, departing 09/09/19
• Transfers included
• All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
• Services of an experienced tour leader throughout
Tashkent | Fergana | Osh | Sary Tash | Kashgar | Kashgar | Kashgar | Tash Rabat | Lake Issyk Kul | Bishkek | Tashkent | Train Tashkent to Urgench | Ayaz Kala | Khiva | Bukhara | Bukhara | Bukhara | Samarkand | Samarkand | Samarkand | Tashkent
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22 days from £5,099 per person
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