Join this challenging expedition along ancient trading routes, following in the tracks of the old Silk Road. Discover some of the oldest cities in the world steeped in history and legend. Visit the legendary ’Stan’s’ taking in the bizarre city of Ashgabat and the splendour of the Old Registan in Uzbekistan. Get outdoors in Tajikistan and hike in the Fann Mountains. Kyrgyzstan amazes with it’s deep mountain lakes and perenially snow capped peaks, before crossing the mighty Torugat Pass and traversing the whole of China. Pandas, Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall all await! Day 1 Turkmenistan
Ashgabat – Arrive and transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Day 2 Ashgabat – Free time and City Tour
Days 3 to 4 Turkmenistan
Kara-Kum Desert – drive€ross the barren desert
Darvaza Gas Craters – the ‘Door to Hell’, a result of Soviet-era gas exploration.
Kunye Ugench - see the 60mtr high minaret
Days 5 to 14 Uzbekistan
Aral Sea - see ships marooned in the desert
Khiva - explore the ancient medressas, mausoleums and museums.
Bukhara - an important stop on the Silk Rd of old & home to over 350 mosques & 100 Islamic colleges.
Kyzylkum Desert - beauty & harshness in one.
Samarkand - as old as Babylon, view the beauty of the Registan, medressas & mosques.
Drive south towards Tajikistan border.
Stop off in the unesco Town of Shahrisabz (time allowing).
Dushanbe – Tajikistan’s Capital.
Days 15 to 19 Fann Mountains – 5000 mtr + peaks.
Iskanderkul Lake and Tajikistan’s highest waterfall.
Khujand – an important city on the old Silk Road.
Fergana Valley – the home of silk and where the great route started from.
Osh – home to oldest bazaar in Central Asia.
Stunning mountains and lakes
Bishkek - the Kyrgyzstan capital. Soviet built city with tree lined boulevards and parks. A chance to let our hair down, relax and maybe remind our taste buds about western food!
Days 20 to 22 Bishkek
Free time to enjoy the many sights and attractions.
Days 23 to 34 Kyrgyzstan
Ala-Archa Nature Reserve - an option to go trekking to the edge of glaciers, in spectacular scenery
Lake Issyk-Kul - a massive mountain lake with magnificent scenery & loads of€tivities to choose from
Karakol / Jeti Orguz Region - hiking into the surrounding Terskay Ala-Too Mountains
Lake Song Kol - Traditional yurt stay, horseback riding and trekking the surrounding areas
Tash Rabat - visit this ancient caravanserai
Torugat Pass - travel through the Tien Shan Mountains & cross the border into China
Day 35 China
Kashgar - a major trading point on the old Silk Road.
Day 36 Full day guided tour in Kashgar, using local transport.
Time to relax or explore further.
Days 37 to 41 Overnight train to Jiayuguan
Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China
Train to Dunhuang, a city on the edge of the Gobi desert.
Visit Mogao Grottoes (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas).
Visit to Ming Sha Hill and the Crescent Moon Pool.
Board the night train to Lanzhou.
Days 42 to 46 Overnight train to Lhasa – one of the highest cities in the world.
Explore the city with our Tibetan guide. Must see sights include Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, the stunning Potala Palace and time allowing, the Sera Monastery.
Private bus to Shigatse, crossing the Gampala Pass (4790 mtrs).
Visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery.
Days 47 to 49 Rongbuk – the highest Monastery in the world.
Visit to Everest Base Camp.
Tingri – on the Friendship Highway
Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.
Days 50 to 53 Yamdrok Tso Lake
High altitude train to Chengdu (2 days)
Chengdu (2 nights) – visit the Giant Panda Sanctuary
Xi’an – visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
Days 54 to 56 Overnight train to Beijing
Beijing - day trip to visit the Great Wall of China; stay a few extra days to take in all the sights including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven. 56 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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