The Silk Route, Beijing to Tashkent

An epic adventure following in the footsteps of ancient travellers from Beijing to Samarkand, with desert, mountains and vast open plains in between.
Beijing the Great Wall of China Forbidden City Summer Palace Xi誕n Terracotta Warriors Lanzhou Bingling Temple Xiahe Tibetan Monastery of Labrang drive through the Hexi Corridor Dunhuang Taklamakan Desert Turpan Basin Tianchi Kashgar Tian Shan mountains Lake Issyk-Kul Bishkek Tashkent Bukhara Samarkand
4500 excluding flights
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27 Days
China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Small group
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Description of The Silk Route, Beijing to Tashkent

Adventurous souls will be in their element on this small group tour following the Silk Route from Beijing to Tashkent and on to the legendary city of Samarkand. The ever-changing landscape, historic treasures and cultural encounters make this a journey that you値l remember for a long time to come.

You値l start in Beijing, with a tour of cultural highlights including the Forbidden City and a section of the Great Wall of China, before a train journey to Xian to visit the fabled Terracotta Warriors. Following the ancient Silk Road, you値l visit the remote town of Xiahe and the imposing Tibetan Monastery of Labrang, a key place of pilgrimage, where you値l see Tibetan nomads dressed in traditional clothing mingle with monks in bright pink robes and lamas in deep saffron robes. You値l also explore the Mogao Caves, a treasure trove of Buddhist art, visit the sublime Heaven Lake, which sits high in the Tian Shan Mountains, and experience the famous Sunday markets of Kashgar.

Central Asia is next, and you値l cross the Torugart Pass to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgystan, before visiting leafy Tashkent and Khiva, a historic walled city. Next, it痴 Bukhara, a city with 2500 years of vibrant history, famed for its mosques, markets and grand Summer Palace. Your final stop is Samarkand, a city steeped in legend and visited by Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan and Tamerlane. It痴 home to the Registan an impressive city square that was one of the wonders of the ancient world.


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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It痴 easy to tick off the big sights independently but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.


4 Reviews of The Silk Route, Beijing to Tashkent

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2019 by

All of it was memorable Read full review

Reviewed on 18 May 2018 by

We enjoyed the whole trip, but Kyrgyzstan was a highlight. Also the Labrang Monastery was lovely. Very good. It adjusted the way I think about the world. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2016 by

Do not hesitate!! It is very interesting trip and very well organised. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2014 by

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 magnificient Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


The natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!


On this trip we invite you to experience the essence of this amazing journey along the fabled Silk Route and immerse yourself in the vibrant and rich cultural history as you go. You will discover a plethora of different cultures and traditions from the Buddhist temples to Islamic Mosques and Christian Orthodox churches. Many of the communities that we visit maintain their traditions and hold strict religious and sacred beliefs.

Whilst most people are unlikely to rebuke you for unknowingly offending them, you will be carefully guided by our local escorts to the most appropriate behaviour and attire at these various sites. This understanding of cultural differences means that our clients are treated as welcomed guests rather than intruders and this also mean that future visitors will share and equally enjoy this warm welcome.

In the expert care of our local guides and by using local accommodation we are privileged to enjoy a special relationship and mutual understanding with our hosts and their environs.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

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