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 Kazakhstan and hike in the Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve, keeping an eye out for bears! 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.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital
Days 15 to 19 Kazakhstan
Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve – green valleys, wildlife and snow capped peaks!
Time to explore this southern corner of Kazakhstan.
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 36 Kyrgyzstan
We welcome travellers joining in Bishkek
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
Days 37 to 44 China
Kashgar - a major trading point on the old Silk Road.
Taklamakan Desert - 272,000 sq km of slowly moving sand.
Kuqa and the Thousand Buddha Caves.
Turpan - visit nearby ruins of Jiaohe City.
Days 45 to 57 Gobi Desert - one of the hottest places on earth.
Dunhuang - the famous Mogao Grottoes & the Crescent Moon Pool.
Jiayuguan - our first taste of the Great Wall of China
Xiahe - Labrang Buddhist Monastery.
Huanglong National Park - savour some of the spectacular scenery and hiking trails.
Chengdu - visit the nearby Giant Panda Breeding Centre.
Days 58 to 59 Xi’an - visit the famous Terracotta Warriors
Days 60 to 63 Overnight train to the capital.
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. 63 Days - Central Asia & South East Asia - Overland Adventures Please note there may be a kitty contribution - please check the website
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