Silk Road holidays, Central Asia

“Traversing an incredible four Silk Road countries, you couldn’t fit any more into this timeless adventure, plus you get to share your experiences with a like-minded group.”

Highlights

Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan | Son Kul lake | Horseriding in Son Kul | Caravanserai of Tash Rabat | Kashgar - Western China | Yakshambe Bazaar | Irkishtam Pass | Sary Tash | Osh | Kokand – Uzbekistan | Khodjent – Tajikistan | Fan Mountains | Dushanbe | Samarkand | Bukhara | Khiva | Tashkent

Description of Silk Road holidays, Central Asia

Dipping into Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan plus one of China's remotest regions, this trip offers adventure and culture in equal measure on an epic cultural journey along the towns of the ancient Silk Road, taking in spectacular ranges like the Tien Shan and Fan mountains, high nomadic pastures, rugged mountain passes and dazzling alpine lakes like Son Kul (3000m) along the way.

See dazzling storied towns ranging from the legendary cities of Samarkand and Bukhara with their array of breathtaking mosques and madrassas, as well as a host of lesser known ancient gems. These include the vibrant Uighur city of Kashgar, the 3000-year-old town of Osh, Khodjent (past host to Alexander the Great), the UNESCO-protected jewel of Khiva, the charmingly laidback Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, the silk-making town of Margilon, the ceramics centre of Rishton, and the 11th century caravanserai Tash Rabat.

You'll also experience both the largest and oldest bazaars in Central Asia selling everything from camels to traditional crafts (from silk to metalwork), mix horseback exploration with journeying in a characterful old converted Soviet-era truck, climb the minarets of legendary mosques, and stay with locals either in communal yurts or welcoming family homes. Add treks to soaring 7000m+ peaks, and a chance to experience colourful local games like Kok Baru (Buzkashi).

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27 Jul 2019
£ 3795
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03 Aug 2019
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Our top tip:
There are some long days driving on bumpy roads – take travel pills if you’re prone to sickness.
Trip type:
Small group. 4-12 adults plus tour leader.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate. Some long days on foot.
Accomm:
13 nights hotel/guesthouse, 9 nights homestay/yurt.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
Meals:
22 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 19 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, all transport, local guide, all activities, entrance fees.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

What this trip includes

Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Silk Road holidays, Central Asia

In Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many of the semi-nomadic peoples of the region and through our form of interactive, socially conscience tourism have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing important income opportunities. With Sogan Bai, an eagle hunter from the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, or Noorgul, a shepherdess from the pristine Son Kul, or Nazira and her family at Tash Rabat, we have been responsible for introducing them to the homestay market, helping them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in term allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill.

The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the nomads financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. On our horse treks, we work exclusively with the fine horse-man Anar Bek, who along with his family and members of the local community, ensure that the horses we trek with are well treated, well fed and well looked after. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions. We also support several NGOs around the world, all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

4 Reviews of Silk Road holidays, Central Asia

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Reviewed on 22 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Travelling the mountains of Tajikistan and the homestay there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Enjoy. Do not bring so many things: it is not so cold, you do not need a slipping bag nor the sheet, nor gloves. All the stays, even yurts, are warm. 8Bring comfortable shoes for walking and a pair of slippers.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It has to be Kyrgyzstan. The landscape, the people, sleeping in yurts - even the food. All fantastic. That said, I enjoyed Uzbekistan too - the old Islamic architecture is fabulous - but the great outdoors are hard to beat. The big surprise for me was Tashkent - I had two days there on my own at the end of the trip and it was great. The trip should have at least a day there, particularly at a couple of the museums and galleries which provide great background/context for what will be seen later in the trip. Also enjoyed the company of my fellow travellers - very interesting and well travelled people around the right age-group!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Hopefully anyone booking this holiday will have some experience in remote locations so will be well prepared. Most people on the trip were sick in Kyrgyzstan (I think I was one of two who wasn't) I think everyone needs to be warned to be a bit more cautious about food and water/drink. We were much more cavalier about these things (I ate and drank everything put in front of me!) than I would be when somewhere like India.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think tourism is really important to both economies - especially Kyrgyzstan. Many local people benefited directly because we tended to stay in small yurt camps run by locals and spent money in local restaurants and shops (where they existed). I believe our impact on the environment was negligible - we were certainly more conscious about disposing of our rubbish etc than many of the locals (sadly).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was very good. Certainly in my top 10.

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the breathtaking mountain views in Kyrgyzstan was the most memorable part of this holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for long days driving - often on very bumpy roads. However, nature's spectacles compensate for the travelling inconveniences. Sleeping in a yurt was a new adventure for me.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I am glad I booked it. This holiday gave me insight about the people and the way they live.

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The yurt stay in Son Kul and Tash Rabat and Samarkand

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Except in China the food was not great. Bring plenty of energy bars.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10

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