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

To book now, or for more information about this or other tours, call us on 0208 728 2478 or email us at info@silkroadtours.co.uk.

Prices and Availability

This tour runs from Mid June to Mid September.

Price per person from £4300 based on two sharing.

Price Includes

  • Private English speaking guide
  • Separate driver with vehicle
  • All entrance fees
  • 17 nights medium locally graded accommodation
  • 2 nights in Yurts
  • 1 night in a homestay
  • Bed and Breakfast basis

Excludes

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


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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Silk Road Lodge - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    The Silk Road Lodge is a small, privately owned hotel built in 2000 in the centre of Bishkek. The 28 rooms are large and all have private bathrooms. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant for breakfast only though there are many restaurants nearby. Its central location and friendly service make it a popular choice for visitors to Bishkek.

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    President Hotel - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

    Opened in 2004, The President is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Turkmenistan. Located on the road to Archabil, 10 km from the centre of Ashgabat in the park district, this luxury hotel offers 152 well appointed rooms. There is a restaurant onsite and a buffet breakfast is served in the dining room. Other amenities include swimming pool, sport facilities and laundry service.

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    Lotte Tashkent Palace - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    The Tashkent Palace Hotel is one of Tashkents original hotels being built in 1958. It is well located in the heart of Tashkent, opposite the famous Alisher Navoi Opera House. Its 232 rooms are elegantly appointed rooms, some with views of the Opera Theatre. The hotel offers a main restaurants serving traditional Uzbek and international cuisine, as well a “Piano” and “Jazz” bar. Hotel guests may enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with poolside snack bar, sauna, massage, solarium and fitness club. A thoroughly recommended choice when staying in Tashkent.

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    Komil Hotel - Bukhara, Uzbekistan

    Situated in Bukhara’s winding medieval back streets and close to the lively cafes of Lyabi-House square, this charming 19th century residence was skilfully renovated and converted into a boutique hotel in early 2008. The rooms are built around a central courtyard and are decorated in traditional style with wood carving and hand painted walls. All rooms feature modern en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite TV. Breakfast is served in the beautifully decorated original dining room and other meals are available upon request.

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    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.

    Itinerary:

    1. Day 1: Tashkent City Tour

      The flight arrives this morning and in the afternoon discover the city on a tour which takes in both old and new Tashkent. There may also be time to explore the ornate stations on the Soviet-era metro.

      B

    2. Day 2: Tashkent - Khiva (City Tour)

      This morning take an early flight to Khiva and spend the day exploring this remote and gloriously preserved city. Its ancient citadel of Ichan Kala was once home to the brutal Khans of Khiva and outside lies lively bazaar of Dishan Kala.

      B

    3. Day 3: Khiva - Konye Urgench

      Cross into Turkmenistan today and visit Konye Urgench whose lofty minarets and elaborate mausoleums hark back to the days when it was one of the greatest cities in the Islamic world.

      B

    4. Day 4: Konye Urgench – Ashgabat - Nisa

      After an early flight to the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat discover the so called ‘White City’. Afterwards travel out of Ashgabat to the ancient Parthian city of Nisa, where excavations have revealed shrines, a treasury and substantial buildings.

      B

    5. Day 5: Ashgabat - Anew - Nadir Shah - Mary (Merv)

      Today is a long drive east first of all stopping at Anew, one of the earliest places in the world to cultivate grain, before continuing to the ruined 18th century fortress and palace of Nadir Shah. Afterward arrive in Mary.

      B

    6. Day 6: Gonur Depe Full Day Excursion

      Travel 3 hours out into the Kara Kum desert and visit the Bronze Age site of Gonur Depe. Stunningly located on a plateau ongoing excavations have revealed the previously unknown Margiana Civilisation.

      B

    7. Day 7: Mary - Merv - Bukhara

      This morning visit the site of Merv, once of the most important places on the Silk Road and a major industrial and economic centre in the 12th century. In the afternoon cross into Uzbekistan and continue to the city of Bukhara.

      B

    8. Day 8: Bukhara City Tour

      A full day spent exploring the atmospheric city of Bukhara on foot. The meandering medieval streets are soaked in history, and the spirit of the past is brought to life in the city’s mosques, caravanserais and trading domes.

      B

    9. Day 9: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

      On the way to Samarkand stop at Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane, to visit Ak Serai, his immense palace. After some time to explore continue to perhaps the best-known Silk Road city of them all.

      B

    10. Day 10: Samarkand City Tour

      The most famous Silk Road city, Samarkand is replete with ancient monuments, and today’s full day tour discover the elaborate buildings surrounding Registan Square, the ornate mausoleums of Shah-i-Zinda and the gigantic mosque of Bibi Khanum.

      B

    11. Day 11: Samarkand – Tashkent - Shymkent

      From Samarkand, drive to the border with Kazakhstan, where you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Shymkent.

      B D

    12. Day 12: Shymkent - Turkistan – Shymkent

      Enjoy a full day tour of Turkistan, last resting place of the Muslim poet and preacher Khodzha Akhmed Yassawi, whose tomb is the focus of pilgrimages. Afterwards continue to the ruined ghost town of Otrar, once a key Silk Road city.

      B D

    13. Day 13: Shymkent – Sairam village sightseeing - Taraz city

      Today first of all stop at the village of Sairam to discover its ancient and modern tombs. Later visit Aisha Bibi mausoleum before continuing to the Taraz city tour the underground mosque and the archaeological complex on Tekturmas Hill.

      B D

    14. Day 14: Taraz - Talas – Bishkek

      An early start takes you across the border into Kyrgyzstan and first of all stop at the site of the battle of Talas, where Umayyad caliphs fought the Chinese for control of Central Asia. Also visit the museum and monument to the Kyrgz hero Manas before continuing to Bishkek.

      B D

    15. Day 15: Bishkek - Burana Tower - Cholpon Ata

      Travel to the Cholpon Alta, stopping along the way to explore the Turkic tombs and Burana Tower. After lunch in Cholpon Ata, take a walk through the ‘Stone Garden’, a collection of around 2000 petroglyphs dating back as far as 800 B.C.

      B D

    16. Day 16: Cholpon Ata - Karakol town

      This morning continue along the shores of Lake Issy Kul to the picturesque town of Karakol with its many Russian buildings and a wooden church constructed without any nails. Dinner tonight is with a local family, so expect some real Krgyz hospitality!

      B D

    17. Day 17: Djety Oguz Gorge

      Spend a full day in Djety Oguz Gorge. There is plenty of time to walk through the gorge then settle into a yurt camp for the night. This is a great opportunity to experience a little of the nomadic lifestyle which many Kyrgyz still follow to this day.

      B D

    18. Day 18: Djety Oguz gorge – Skazka gorge – Kochkor village .

      Continue around the shores of Lake Issy Kul spotting at the spectacular Skazka Canyons, where petrified clay walls contrast with the lake’s azure waters. In Kochkor, watch a felt-making demonstration before spending the night in a local home.

      B D

    19. Day 19: Kochkor - Son Kul Lake

      From Kochkor, drive through green valleys and over a dramatic mountain pass to Son Kul, a high altitude lake which offers summer grazing for nomadic herdsmen. The afternoon is free for walks, horse riding or to simply pass the time at the yurt camp with your Kyrgyz hosts.

      B D

    20. Day 20: Son Kul - Bishkek

      The morning affords further free time to enjoy Son Kul Lake. After lunch travel back to Bishkek via the Boom Gorge, where the Chu River cuts a dramatic swathe through the Tien Shan. In the evening there will be a traditional folklore.

      B D

    21. Day 21: Depart Bishkek

      Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

      B

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