Central Silk Route

29 nights from £3380

Start:Bishkek
Finish:Ashgabat
Duration:29 Nights
Group size:6 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 10 nights. Wild Camp 7 nights. Basic Hotel 5 nights. Homestay 2 nights. Yurt Camp 3 nights. Camping without facilities 2 nights
Physical rating:Medium
Meals:Breakfasts x 52, Lunches x 18, Dinners x 24
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

Overview

If there are two, must see Central Asian countries on the Silk Route, they are Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan; two very different destinations with a mutual history stretching from antiquity to the days of the Soviet Union. Uzbekistan is the more visited of the two, because of its fabulous culture and Islamic architectural splendour. The cities of Khiva, Bukhara and fabled Samarkand are really unrivalled. Each has its own unique flavour, history and monuments. The sheer grandeur and colour of Samarkand make it peerless, whereas the quiet beauty of Bukhara and the tranquillity of Khiva make both unmissable. Kyrgyzstan is about the vast mountains, valleys and lakes of the Tian Shan Mountains and the nomadic horsemen that live there, who become our hosts and guides. It's a wonderful place for hiking and riding. Add in the deserts of Turkmenistan and the bizarre Darvaza Crater and you have an epic journey. .......read more
Highlights
  • Overland in to the Karakum desert
  • 3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
  • Overland through Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley in local transport
  • See a demonstration from a traditional eagle hunter near Kochkor
  • Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
  • Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
  • Stay in traditional felt yurts at the incredible Song Köl Lake
  • Relax in the picturesque city of Bishkek
  • See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley
  • Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area
  • Walk around the incredible scenery of the Chong Kemin valley
  • Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
  • Learn how Kyrgyz carpets and hats are typically made
  • Trek into the wilds of the Jeti-Oghuz Gorge
  • Experience the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds
  • Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
  • Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas

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This tour is operated by Dragoman

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Start:Bishkek
Finish:Ashgabat
Duration:29 Nights
Group size:6 - 22
Suitable for: 18 plus
Accommodation:Comfortable Hotel 10 nights. Wild Camp 7 nights. Basic Hotel 5 nights. Homestay 2 nights. Yurt Camp 3 nights. Camping without facilities 2 nights
Physical rating:Medium
Meals:Breakfasts x 52, Lunches x 18, Dinners x 24
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Dragoman with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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