Antarctica & Arctic
Take a step back in time and explore the history that makes the culture so fascinating!
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14 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, transportation and activities as specified and services of an Exodus tour leader throughout.
Selected dates, 27 May - 9 Sep 2017.
Culture & Heritage
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.
Back to China Tours
Visit the ancient Samarkand and Bukhara
Experience the majestic Tian Shan Mountains
Join the crowds at Kashgar's Sunday Bazaar
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Arrive in Tashkent and, depending on your arrival time, your touring of the city may commence this afternoon.
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)
Continue your sightseeing of Samarkand before travelling to Bukhara. (B)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Leave the lake behind and head for Bishkek. Arriving late afternoon, take a walking tour. (B)
Your trip ends after breakfast. (B)
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