Great Wall Trek

I so appreciated to spend those days close to the Wall and not just to “fly in” for one day. This enables me to get a bit of a “feel” for the country. To be with the Chinese crew also was a privilege I won’t forget. Our tour guide gave us valuable insights. I am thankful that I could be part of this challenge, it was worth it.

C. Strohmeier | United Kingdom

Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar

This extraordinary journey follows the ancient silk route from its source in Xian, China, through an ever changing landscape to the fabled city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. We begin with a tour of Beijing visiting all the sights before transferring to Xian by train to view the remarkable Terracotta Warriors. Along the China Silk Road we will also visit Xiahe and the enormous Tibetan monastery at Labrang, the Buddhist frescos in the Mogao Caves and the serene 'Heaven's Lake' deep in the Tian Shan mountains, before flying to Kashgar in time for the famous Sunday markets. We depart China over the Torugart Pass and cross into Central Asia, visiting the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, the tree lined streets of Tashkent and the walled city of Khiva. Continuing to Bukhara, we savour its rich history as we stroll through the bazaars, mosques and magnificent Summer Palace before travelling to Samarkand to view the impressive domes and minarets of The Registan - a collection of madrasahs, and one of the most impressive sights in Central Asia.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Beijing
DAY 2 Visit Great Wall
DAY 3 Visit Forbidden City
DAY 4 In Beijing, overnight train to Xian
DAY 5-6 In Xian
DAY 7 Fly to Lanzhou, transfer to Linxia
DAY 8 Boat trip to Bing Ling Temple, afternoon drive to Xiahe
DAY 9 Visit Labrang Monastery, transfer to Lanzhou, overnight train to Jiayuguan
DAY 10 In Jiayuguan
DAY 11 To Dunhuang
DAY 12 At Mogao Caves, bullet train to Turpan
DAY 13 In Turpan
DAY 14 Drive to Urumqi
DAY 15 Heaven's Lake, fly to Kashgar
DAY 16 Sunday markets in Kashgar
DAY 17 Cross Torugart Pass
DAY 18 Drive to Bishkek
DAY 19 In Bishkek
DAY 20 To Tashkent
DAY 21 Fly to Khiva
DAY 22 In Khiva
DAY 23 Transfer to Bukhara
DAY 24 In Bukhara
DAY 25 Transfer to Samarkand
DAY 26 In Samarkand
DAY 27 In Samarkand, drive to Tashkent, trip concludes

traveller reviews

***** I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on! Absolutely wonderful, a once in a life time experience and all the guides were extremely knowledgable, funny and helpful. The sights and experience was truly magnificent, hard to pinpoint as there were so many.

G. Westerlund Italy

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Trip Code: SRS
Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  27 days
Activities:  Adventure Touring Day Walking
Next Trip:  12 August 2017
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price: $6,000.00 USD

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