27 August 2019
Discover exquisite sights and wander off the tourist trail on this extraordinary journey with Sundowners Overland. This incredible tour passes through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, following one of the most historically significant trade routes in the world as it passes through breath-taking landscapes and culturally diverse settlements.
Exclusive to Travel Counsellors’ customers, traverse some of the least travelled routes of the legendary Silk Road, one of the world’s most famous trading routes on this unforgettable escorted tour. Discover the iconic sites, forgotten towns and cities, and extraordinary landscapes of Central Asia - a destination like no other place on earth.
With a maximum small group size of just fifteen*, this exclusive 23-day tour promises to both inspire and amaze.
Beginning with an overnight stay in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, explore the fascinating old town and bustling Chorsu Bazaar, before meeting your Tour Leader and fellow travellers that evening. Early the next day, take the train to ‘Golden Samarkand’ – the most evocative city of the Silk Road. Over three unforgettable nights here, uncover the many delights of this captivating destination, including the Registan, which is simply the most spectacular architectural ensemble in all of Central Asia.
Bidding farewell to Samarkand, take the spectacular drive through the Zerafshan Mountains to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, before a three-night stay in another of the Silk Road’s most legendary cities – Bukhara. Brimming with history, the Ark Fortress, Samanid Mausoleum and the Kalyan Minaret are just some of the wonders not to be missed. Get a real sense of what it could have been like in the days of Marco Polo as you explore the city’s covered bazaars, where rugs, silks and spices are still traded as they were in the heyday of the Silk Road.
Continuing your once-in-a-lifetime adventure, explore the ancient city of Khiva, before boarding the overnight train back to Tashkent. Soak up the atmosphere of this unique city on a fascinating sightseeing tour, and then travel 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 beckons and a homestay in the beautiful town of Sary Tash.
Crossing the border into China, spend three nights in the illustrious Silk Road market town of Kashgar, where you’ll visit the magnificent yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque – one of the largest in Central Asia. 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 and enjoy a night in a traditional yurt under some of the world’s most astonishing skies.
Continuing through the rugged Kyrgyz steppe to the quaint and friendly village of Kochkor, along the northern shores of glistening Issyk Kul Lake and onto Cholpon Ata, you’ll then reach Kyrgyzstan’s capital of Bishkek. Enjoy an excursion to the breath-taking Ala-Archa National Park, and explore the city’s many parks and intriguing soviet buildings, before your once-in-a-lifetime journey concludes back in fascinating Tashkent, where there’ll be ample time to soak up the city’s plethora of glittering sights.
With a comprehensive schedule of sightseeing with specialist 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.
Day 1: Tashkent
Day 2-4: Samarkand
Day 5-7: Bukhara
Day 8-9: Khiva
Day 10: On board train
Day 11: Tashkent
Day 12: Fergana Valley
Day 13: Osh
Day 14: Sary Tash
Day 15-17: Kashgar
Day 18: Tash Rabat
Day 19: Cholpon Ata
Day 20-21: Bishkek
Day 22-23: Tashkent
23 days from £4,805 per person based on two people sharing**
*A minimum of eight travellers are required to provide exclusivity on this tour. Should the numbers fall below eight, any existing bookings will be transferred to Sundowners Overland’s regular ‘Silk Road Adventure’ departing Tashkent on the same day, with an additional night in Tashkent at the end of the tour.
** Terms and conditions apply
To book this exclusive journey along the legendary Silk Road with Sundowners Overland, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of a range of benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.