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Silk Road Tours

Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa

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Prices and Availability

Available to run daily

Please see below for prices (all based on two sharing)
Jan/Feb/Dec – £TBC
Mar/June-Aug/Nov – £TBC
Apr/May/Sep/Oct – £TBC

Price Includes

  • All internal flights in economy class
  • All sleeper train tickets
  • Private English speaking guide
  • Separate driver with vehicle
  • All entrance fees
  • Medium locally graded accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfast basis


  • International flight
  • Visas (obtained before travel)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses (meals, drinks, tips etc)

Silk Road Tours offers the following alternative tours in this region. Please get in touch for more information.

  • Uzbekistan's Silk Road Cities - 10 Days
  • This 10 day comprehensive tour visits the most important sites along the Uzbek section of the Great Silk Road. From the remote Khanate of Khiva, to the winding medieval streets of Buhkara and the graceful symmetry of Samarkand’s Registan Square, discover the fascinating history of the legendary trade route.

  • Undiscovered Turkmenistan - 7 Days
  • This short tour of Turkmenistan takes in the main highlights of a fascinating and unusual country. For those with more time, an extension to travel through the Kara Kum Desert and camp by the Darvaza flaming gas crater can easily be arranged.

  • Lost Cities of the Silk Road - 14 Days
  • Explore the highlights of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this comprehensive two-week tour, following the ancient Silk Road and visiting some of its most evocative and well-preserved sites.

  • Kyrgyzstan Explorer - 9 Days
  • Delve into the scenic heart of Kyrgyzstan enjoying the magnificent scenery around Lake Issy Kul , the Tien Shan mountains and Son Kul. Stay in a traditional Yurt and discover Kyrgyzstan's nomadic way of life.

  • Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Discovery - 12 Days
  • A comprehensive tour of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring Kazakhstan’s fascinating south. Ala Archa and Aksu Djabagly National Parks offer the chance to journey deep into the beautiful Tien Shan, while the ruins of Otrar and the profusion of ancient monuments scattered throughout Kazakhstan speak of its importance along the Silk Road. The vast landscapes of this remote region mean that long journeys are inevitable, but the scenery and sights along the way make the travel worthwhile, and the overnight train from Turkistan to Almaty allows you to experience a slice of local life.

  • Tashkent to Bishkek - 21 Days
  • Covering four of Central Asia’s five “Stans”, this comprehensive tour takes in the iconic Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before exploring the Islamic cities and former trading posts of southern Kazakhstan. In complete contrast to these historical delights, the journey finishes with time spent in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where you will discover a country steeped in ancient nomadic traditions.

  • Complete Uzbekistan - 14 Days
  • Discover the heart of the Silk Road in Central Asia with this comprehensive tour that takes in all the significant sites of Uzbekistan such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. This trip also offers the opportunity to visit the Karakalpakstan region to see the Savistsky art collection in Nukus and the ships graveyard at Moynaq. The Ferghana Valley, the first place where Sericulture developed outside of China and home to the famous 19th century Khanate of Kokand.

    Silk Road Tours can modify these tours to meet to your exact requirements. Get in touch for more information.

    Featured Hotels

    Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel, Xian

    The Tang Dynasty Art Garden hotel is located in the Qujiang New District close to the Wild Goose Pagoda. This boutique property has been modelled on a Tang Dynasty house featuring rooms opening out onto interior courtyards and elegantly styled gardens. All rooms are en suite (shower only) with AC and cable TV. The hotel also features an a la carte restaurant, café and complimentary Wi-Fi. This unique boutique property makes for a thoroughly recommended stay when in Xian.

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    Bamboo Garden Hotel, Beijing

    The Bamboo Garden hotel is located in central Beijing on a quiet lane just west of the Drum Tower. The building was the residence of one of the ministers of the late Qing dynasty retains much of its original character with gardens dotted with rockeries and bamboo. All 40 rooms are decorated in a traditional Ming and Qing dynasty style and feature AC, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and western style bathrooms. The hotel features two restaurants specialising in Sichuan and Cantonese food as well as a quiet tea house set in the beautiful gardens. The Bamboo Garden hotel was one of the first boutique hotels to open in Beijing and remains one of the most highly rated making it a recommended place to stay when in Beijing.

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    Along China's Silk Road - 14 Days

    The eastern end of the Silk Road crosses deserts and mountains and passes through bustling trading posts which are a melting pot of Central Asian society. Discover the lesser-known sights of China on this fascinating two-week tour.


    1. Day 1 - Beijing (Hutong tour)

      On arrival in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel and after time to freshen up you take a stroll around Beijing’s Hutong district.


    2. Day 2 - Beijing City Tour (Overnight train to Xian)

      A full day tour reveals some of the Beijing’s fascinating history. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall before exploring the vast Forbidden City, residence of the Ming and Qing emperors. In the evening catch an overnight train to Xian.


    3. Day 3 - Xi’an City Tour

      Arrive in Xian and in the afternoon take a city tour, including the Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Museum and a walk through Xi’an’s walled old town, visiting the Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque, one of the oldest and largest Islamic structures in China.


    4. Day 4 - Terracotta Army Excursion

      This morning explore neolithic Banpo village before entering the hall of the terracotta warriors, the highlight of any visit to Xi’an. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to stroll around the city and its markets.


    5. Day 5 - Dunhuang - Mogao Caves

      This morning catch an early flight to Dunhuang. You will be met off the flight and taken to Mogao Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, The rock-hewn caves were carved out of the cliff face and the dry climate has helped preserve their treasures. In the afternoon, return to Dunhuang for an overnight stay.


    6. Day 6 - Mingsha Hill - overnight train Turpan

      This morning venture into the desert to Mingsha Hill, where there will be the opportunity for a camel ride with amazing views of the crystal-clear Crescent Moon Spring. Back in Dunhuang, visit the small Silk Road museum before driving to Liuyuan and boarding the overnight train to Turpan.


    7. Day 7 - Turpan Tour

      Today’s full-day tour around Turpan takes in the incredible Buddhist cave paintings at Bezeklik and the ancient capital of Jiaohe, abandoned by the Jushi people in the 14th century. In the afternoon visit ‘Grape Valley’, irrigated by 2,000-year-old karez water channels and famous for its delicious ‘mare’s nipple’ grapes.


    8. Day 8 - Turpan - Urumqi

      Two and a half hours northwest of Turpan lies Urumqi, modern capital of Xinjiang Province . Here you can stroll to the 18th century pagoda in Hong Shan (Red Hill) Park for beautiful views and visit Urumqi Regional Museum to see its collection of Silk Road artefacts.


    9. Day 9 - Heavenly Lake

      This morning drive to Heavenly Lake, around an hour away from Urumqi. This spectacular glacial lake is famous throughout China for its scenery, and the rest of the day has been left free to explore on foot or on horseback. The night will be spent in a private yurt near the shores of the lake.


    10. Day 10 - Urumqi - Kashgar

      After a free morning for further exploration, drive back and Urumqi to catch a flight to the desert city of Kashgar where you will stay for the next two nights


    11. Day 11 - Kashgar Sunday Market

      No visit to Kashgar would be complete without a visit to the famous Sunday Market, which has been at the centre of the city’s commercial life since the days of the Tang Dynasty . The visitors are as diverse as the goods on offer, with Uighurs, Tajiks, Kyrgyz and Han Chinese trading horses, camels, sheep, silk, furs, jewellery and fruit.


    12. Day 12 - Kashgar - Beijing

      Today you will fly from Kashgar to Beijing, with a change of planes in Urumqi.


    13. Day 13 - Great Wall of China

      Drive north of Beijing today to visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Begun in the 3rd century and designed to to protect the Chinese Empire from barbarian attacks, this massive defensive system snakes for 6000 kilometres across the mountains of northern China.


    14. Day 14 - Transfer to Airport

      Transfer to the airport today for your departure flight.


    B = Breakfast provided
    L = Lunch provided
    D = Dinner provided