For century’s great caravans of merchants created trade routes through deserts and over mountains. Discover the highlights of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China.

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Visit the ancient Samarkand and Bukhara

Experience the majestic Tian Shan Mountains

Join the crowds at Kashgar's Sunday Bazaar

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The Silk Road

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Day 1

Tashkent

Arrive in Tashkent and, depending on your arrival time, your touring of the city may commence this afternoon.

Day 2

Tashkent - Samarkand

Take the fast train to Samarkand, arriving mid-morning. Steeped in history, there is a lot to explore including the grand Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque and the exotic Siab Bazaar. (B)

Day 3

Samarkand - Bukhara

Continue your sightseeing of Samarkand before travelling to Bukhara. (B)

Day 4

Bukhara - Tashkent

The World Heritage city of Bukhara dates back 2000 years. Spend the day discovering the fascinating history of the city. This evening board an overnight train back to Tashkent. (B)

Day 5

Tashkent - Fergana Valley

On arrival in Tashkent enjoy breakfast before venturing by ‘car caravan’ to Fergana Valley, flanked by the Tian Shan and Gissar Alai Mountains. Stop in Kokand to visit the great Khudoyar-Khan Palace and in Rishtan to visit a ceramic workshop. (B)

Day 6

Osh

Journey to Kyrgyzstan today. The first stop is Margilan, a city famed for silk making. Visit a silk factory before continuing towards the border. After immigration formalities proceed to Osh where you visit the sacred mountain Suliman Too, the central square and the History Museum. (B)

Day 7

Osh - Kashgar

An early start today to the Chinese border, admiring the stunning views along the way. After border formalities, continue to the next grand Silk Road city of Kashgar. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Kashgar

Today visit Id Kah Mosque, Apak Hoja’s Tomb and Handicraft Street, where local artisans still work their crafts like their forefathers would have done for centuries. (B)(D)

Day 9

Kashgar

Join the crowds at the 200-year-old Kashgar Bazaar, where the population swells by 100,000 with locals buying and selling their wares. Later head towards the main market followed by an exploration of the old town. (B)(D)

Day 10

Kashgar - Naryn

Head for the Torugart Pass back into Kyrgyzstan where across the border you’ll see the scenery change from desolate alpine desert to lush green pastures and peaks on the way to Naryn. (B)(L)

Day 11

Issyk Kul & Jety Oguz Gorge

This morning head towards Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest salt lake in the world. On the way stop at the small town of Kochkor where there is a small handicraft museum. Spend the night camping in a traditional yurt at Jety Oguz Gorge. (B)(D)

Day 12

Karakol

Today take a four hour hike through the gorge. A vehicle will then take you the short drive to Karakol on the eastern side of the lake where you will enjoy a short tour of the town. (B)

Day 13

Issyk Kul

Start the day with a visit of Przhevalsky Museum, and then continue around the north shore of the lake towards Cholpon Yata. Explore nearby petroglyphs which are between 4000 and 1400 years old. The afternoon is free to relax. (B)(D)  

Day 14

Issyk Kul - Bishkek

Leave the lake behind and head for Bishkek. Arriving late afternoon, take a walking tour. (B)

Day 15

Bishkek

Your trip ends after breakfast. (B)

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