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Authentic Silk Road Journey of a Lifetime

Duration of this Trip 34 Days Priced From $17,600 per person

Travel the Silk Road. Photo by Christy Warren Travel the Silk Road. Photo by Christy Warren

The ancient Silk Road is an historical route which connected East and West, from China to Turkey, through Central Asia to India, and Persia and the Middle East. Begun as a trade route more than 2,000 years ago, it later it became a cultural bridge linking the cultures, religions, languages and traditions. Caravans took years to ply the routes that now take days for us on this caravan to explore Turkey, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and China Silk Road destinations. A perfect combination of culture, adventure, history and natural wonders. Visit everything from UNESCO World Heritage sites to magnificent mountain ranges and deserts. Clamber over the ruins of Parthian fortresses, sleep in the desert next to a giant gas crater, and enjoy the friendly hospitality of nomadic yurt camps. Marvel at the geometric beauty of the blue tiled mausoleums and ride horses next to a stunning glacial Lake in Kyrgyzstan. Explore the bazaars still as bustling as ever from Istanbul to Samarkand, Kashgar to Turpan!
Immerse yourself in legend and feel the pulse of civilization as you explore the treasures of the Silk Road; the bridge between history and today.

At a Glance

Duration

34 Days

Priced From

$17,600 per person

Departures

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Itinerary

Days 01-07: Istanbul, Ephesus,Bodrum (Turkey)
Days 08- 09: Ashgabad, Mary, Merv (Turkmenistan)
Days 10-17: Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Samarkand, Khiva, Nukus, Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Days 18-21: Bishkek, Kochkor village, Son Kul Lake, Tash Rabat Caravanserai, Torugart (Kyrgyzstan)
Days 22-34: Kashgar, Yarkent, Hotan, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang (Liuyuan), Lanzhou, Xian, Beijing

Itinerary

Day 01. Istanbul, Turkey

Arrival. You will be met by our representatives at the Airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 02. Istanbul Walking Tour of Byzantine & Ottoman Highlights

After meeting your personal guide at the lobby, you will have a full day tour visiting St. Sophia Museum, the gem of Byzantine architecture, the Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held; the Blue Mosque, famous for its Iznik tiles; and enjoy shopping in the world's largest covered market, the Grand Bazaar, with 4000 shops. After lunch, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included) and see the Treasury, royal gardens, Sultan's kitchen and Sacred Relics. Visit the Basilica Cistern with the upside down head of Medusa. Accommodation in Istanbul.

Day 03. Istanbul Highlights of Bosphorus Tour

Today you will start the tour by discovering the Istanbul Spice Market - an exciting covered market filled with the fragrant scent of spices from the Orient, then a relaxing Bosphorus cruise by public boat, passing by authentic city quarters located on both Asian and European shores of the Bosporus Strait. The Bosporus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is about 20 miles long and varies between one-half and one and one half miles wide. This boat ride takes you past the late Ottoman Palaces, Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, as well as beautiful wooden mansions and modern villas of the 19th & 20th centuries which form this elegant section of the city. After the tour you will be transferred to the hotel or you can stay at in the city center.

Day 04. Istanbul- Ephesus - Bodrum

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Izmir (08:00am). After your arrival in Izmir you will be transferred to majestic Ephesus. Discover the ancient city of Ephesus! Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero, Apostles Paul and John and many other familiar historical names. The recently opened Terrace Houses where the wealthiest Romans lived are an excellent example of sensitive excavation and presentation. The mosaics and frescos are spectacular. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary was brought here by St John after the Crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountaintop. Drive to Sirince Village which is a famous small traditional village of Turkey. Walk down the village and tasting local fruity wines. Formerly known as "Ugliness", possibly as some kind of joke or deterrent, but later renamed "Charming" or "Pleasant", this beautiful Ottoman Village up in the hills behind Selcuk is a real treat.

Day 05. Bodrum Castle and Gumusluk

Depart at 09:00 and return at 18:00. Exploration of Bodrum. We first visit the imposing Crusader Castle which dominates the town whether approaching from the land or sea. The castle is now home to Turkey's main museum of underwater archaeology housing many fine treasures that have been excavated in Turkish waters. Gumusluk is a village on the west side of the Bodrum Peninsula and set in a conservation area. It was once the Ancient City of Myndos, some of which is now underwater. There are many fish restaurants in the village where we can enjoy our lunch. Castle and Gumusluk Tour includes: St. Peters Castle - The village of Gumusluk and a fish lunch by the sea side - A short walking trek from the village. Enjoy your relaxation in Bodrum.

Day 06. Bodrum-Istanbul

Free morning, and in the afternoon, transfer to Bodrum airport for flight departure 13:35pm. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy your morning around hotel or take a boat tour. Afternoon flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be accommodated at the hotel. Optional. Enjoy Historical Turkish Bath. Hammam: It's the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. A person taking a Turkish bath first relaxes in a room (known as the warm room) that is heated by a continuous flow of hot, dry air allowing the bather to perspire freely. Bathers may then move to an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before splashing themselves with cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation. (http://www.ayasofyahamami.com ) App. Price: $100 per person

Day 07. Istanbul

We continue along the ancient city walls then visit Pierre Loti Hill with a view of the Golden Horn. We walk down to Eyup Imperial Mosque and tomb of the standard bearer of Mohammed. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, considered to be one of the masterpieces of architect Sinan. Afternoon is yours to wander the bazaars and handicraft centers. Late afternoon transfer to the airport to take your flight to Ashgabad.

Day 08. Ashgabad

Arrival in Ashgabad at 2:45AM. You will be met by your guide and will be transferred to the hotel for accommodation. After breakfast you will drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruined capital of the Parthians. Enjoy discovering the unique fortresses, citadel, temples and tombs (III Century BC). Visit the National Museum with its impressive displays of archaeological finds from sites excavated in the oasis and an informative and attractive display of fabulous Turkmen carpets, Turkmen costumes and domestic equipment. Sightseeing tour to the Blue Mosque, Talkuchka Sunday bazaar (animal bazaar visit is included), one of the largest open bazaars in the world filled with colorful items.

Day 09. Ashgabad - Mary-Merv

Early morning flight from Ashgabad to Mary.
Explore Merv, the oldest well-preserved heritage city. Known in the past as Margiana, it belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the VI th century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. Discover the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Gyz-Gala fortress. Sightseeing tour in Gonur Depe, the main site of Zoroastrians.

Day 10. Mary-Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Morning drive to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border. After customs and border formalities continue sightseeing day drive to Bukhara through the Kara Kum desert and the Floating Bridge lasting 900 meters over the Greatest River of Central Asia from the XIX century. Photo opportunities of typical dunes of legendary Garagum Desert. Upon arrival you will be accommodated. Short walking tour to Labi Khaus, the heart of ancient Bukhara. Dinner.

Day 11. Bukhara

Bukhara, one of the most ancient and incredible cities in the world. This is another World Heritage Site.Visit Labi Khaus Complex ("the complex around the pond"), Nadir Divan Begi Khanaka (old hotel for merchants). Labi Khaus pond dates from the XVIIth century when it was the principal source of water. Enjoy tea in an ancient Chaykhana (Tea house), near the the sculpture of humorist Khodga Nasriddin. The sightseeing continues with trade domes of money changers, hat sellers, silk, carpets, puppets and jewelry, Magoki Attari site which was originally a Zoroastrian temple, Abdulazizkhan Madreseh with its sandali (old version of house heating), Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia. Discover ancient winter residence of local rulers from the first century which is located near Bolo Khaus Mosque. Complimentary lunch in traditional uzbek house with uzbek family.
Discover the exotic villages of Bukhara located outside of city. Visit Bakhauddin Nakshbandi and Chor Bakr Complexes which are considered the famous pilgrimage centers for the people of Central Asia. You may see the process of sacrificing sheep. Enjoy dinner with Folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and fashion stars. Sasha and Son or similar

Day 12. Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

This morning you will visit magnificent Summer Residence of Last Bukhara Emirs "Sitorai Mohi-Khossa" (The Palace of Moon and Stars) and Chor Minor Minarets. Golden Road to Samarkand (300 km). ) through Shakhrisabz. Sightseeing tour in Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Amir Temur, the founder of Temurids state in the 14th century. Visit ancient ruins of Summer Residence "Ak-Saroy", the Mosque Khazrati Imom, blue-tiled Kok Gumbaz and Chorsu. Drive to Samarkand.
Arrival in Samarkand. Enjoy your stay in ancient paradise. Samarkand is the city with more than 3000 years history. It was the site of the marriage of Alexander the Great to the local princess Roxana. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 13. Samarkand

Sightseeing tour to Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world's finest old and modern music festivals and holidays. Exploration in ancient Samarkand. Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis, Bibi Khanum Complex and Guri Emir Mausoleum. Wine Tasting in Legendary Samarkand. Discover the colorful bazaars and handicraft centers of this Silk Road City. Dinner in the National House.

Day 14. Samarkand-Tashkent

Photo opportunities from the highest point of Samarkand. Drive to Tashkent. Stopping near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Opportunity to photograph two great mountain ranges of Uzbekistan and see the ancient river stream. Arrival in Tashkent. Accommodation at Tashkent Palace. Sightseeing tour: Kukeldash Medresseh, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Medresseh, Mosque on Khast Imam Street. Visit to Chor-Su Bazaar, watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Mustakillik Square (Independence Square), Famous Tashkent metro (subway) and The Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the biggest in Central Asia. Dinner. The night panorama of Tashkent.

Day 15. Tashkent

This morning we shall visit the museum of Amir Timur, Earthquake memorial, Alay Bazaar
Discover the surroundings of Tashkent city. Free afternoon.

Day 16. Tashkent-Urgench - Khiva

Morning flight to Urgench. HY 1051 07:00-08:40. Arrival and accommodation. Khiva is one of the popular World Heritage Sites of the Silk Road. Sightseeing tour in fairy-tale city Khiva. Explore antiquities of Ichan Kala (Old City): Ata–Darvaza, Kalta Minar, majestic blue-tiled Tower from the XIX century, Medreseh Mohammad Aminkhan and Khodja Islam, Kunya Ark (Ancient Citadel), Tash Hauli Palace (Stone yard, with view of the palace's harem-women's quarter), Caravanserai ( traditional inn for travelling merchants), Juma mosque with 200 wooden beautiful pillars. Dinner panoramic view of Khiva on moonlight.

Day 17. Khiva-Nukus-Tashkent

Early morning drive to Ayaz Kala to ride a camel. Transfer to Nukus to experience northern city of Uzbekistan. Before visiting the museum sightseeing tour around Nukus. The Savitsky Museum hosts the world's second largest collection of Russian avant garde art (after the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg). It is also home to one of the largest collections of archeological objects and folk, applied and contemporary art originating from Central Asia. ( http://www.savitskycollection.org). Nukus and its fabulous museum were featured in "The Desert of Forbidden Art". Afternoon flight to Tashkent. Arrival and accommodation In Tashkent.

Day 18. Bishkek

Morning flight to Bishkek. HY 779 08:00-08:40 23/08/2012. Today we'll explore Bishkek. The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, marvelous buildings and Soviet heritage. The gesturing statue of Lenin can still be seen in the city's vast central square; yet it is the permanently snow capped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop. Cycling. We visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around the main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, Independence Monument, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by a short excursion there. After we will visit picturesque Oriental Osh bazaar. Dinner.

Day 19. Bishkek – Kochkor village via Burana tower (250 km)

In the morning after breakfast, one hour drive to Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city. That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling on. Also watch a collection of Balbals,Turkic ancient tombs.
In the afternoon continue your journey to Kochkor village where you can watch how local people make felt, various carpets and other handicraft stuff. Optionally: If you want it is also possible to take part in "shyrdak show" yourself and try to make your own felt rug! Overnight and dinner in a family guest house in Kochkor.

Day 20. Kochkor village – Son Kul Lake (150km)

In the morning you leave Kochkor village for Son Kul Lake. It is a fabulous mountain lake located in Tien Shan Mountain Range at the altitude of 3016m above sea level. Son Kul is used by the shepherds from Kochkor, Naryn and At Bashi regions as a jailoo – a pasture during the summer months. It is considered to be the pearl of Kyrgyz summer pastures. The route to Son-Kul winds through mountainous terrain until it seems to disappear into the very sky itself. This is probably why it is named Son Kul that from Kyrgyz translates as "the last lake". You pass greenery valley and a very dramatic pass on your way to the lake. Today we step into the nomadic life at the Son Kul Lake. Here the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity. We spend the night in the summer pastures of the mountains. We enjoy horseback riding or just hiking, spend time with always friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kumis (a fermented national drink from mare's milk).Overnight in a yurt camp.

Day 21. Song-Kul Lake – Tash Rabat Caravanserai (100 km)

After breakfast we are going to visit Tash Rabat. On our way we will have chance to enjoy the beautiful mountain ridges and vast green valleys. Tash Rabat is a carefully restored stone building that once housed an inn on the Great Silk Road. Its date of origin is a complete mystery; however, there is archaeological evidence to suggest that the site was occupied in the 10th century. There is evidence that it was a place of both rest and worship and would have served to protect caravans travelling to and from China from both the ravages of the weather and of bandits; even before the time of both Tamerlane and Genghis Khan. Upon arrival to Tash Rabat we have some time to walk around and to explore this wonderful construction. Overnight in a yurt camp.

Day 22. Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Torugart pass-Kashgar

After breakfast we start driving to the Kyrgyz-Chinese border at the Torugart Pass. Here you say goodbye to your Kyrgyz guide and meet Chinese guide to continue the tour with you. On arrival in Kashgar you will be accommodated at your hotel. Enjoy your free time.

Day 23. Kashgar

Sightseeing in Kashgar: Visit the largest mosque in China Idkah mosque (1442), Apak Khoja's Tomb – the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis (1640), Handicraft Street, old parts of the town. Afternoon excursion to the Mor Stupa (3BC) which is the remnant of the big Buddhist temple, located 30 km northeast of Kashgar and picturesque Atush village.

Day 24. Kashgar – Yarkend - 180 km

Morning visit the colorful unique Great Sunday bazaar where you will see numerous sections: silk and cotton, knives, hats, pots and pans, fresh vegetables and fruits, carpets and jewellery, there is a separate livestock and horse section located 6 km from the main market. Later transfer to the ancient Yarkent en route visit Yingsa village to see traditional local knife making workshop. On arrival to Yarkend visits in the ancient city Yarkent: see Golden Mosque (1533 AD) Altun Mosque was built by Abdureshidhan son of Sultan Saidhan, Amani Sahan Mausoleum (1526-1560) a great mukam master and queen who was born in Yarkend, the cemetery of kings (1514-1682) where Sultan Saidhan the founder of Yarkand Saidiya Dynasty was buried. Later see local bazaar little bit crowded very traditional and interesting. Overnight in Yarkent.

Day 25. Yarkend – Hotan (280 km)

Morning transfer to Hotan.On arrival visit factory of hand made silk, woolen and silk hand made carpet workshop, jade factory (Hotan is world famous for it's jade mines), unique Uygur family producing hand made paper from mulberry tree.

Day 26. Hotan – Urumqi-Turpan

Morning transfer to the airport for Urumqi, arrive Urumqi. (12:50PM-14:02PM). Transfer to Turpan after Lunch. On arrival Turpan, transfer to hotel for accommodation, visit Chanel irrigation system and bazaar in the afternoon.

Day 27. Turpan

Full day visit Turpan. Excursion to Jiaohe ancient city - Jiaohe ruins dates from 1st BC and flourished around 5th AD. Much of the city structure is understandable with well laid out city plan the administrative section to housing settlement and to the secular parts with surviving Stupa ruins. It was part of Tang Dynasty in 7th AD continued under successive domination till 13th AD when the Mongols destroyed the city. Later visit the notable Emin Minaret (44 meters high, completed in 1778) and Mosque. At the end of the day visit famous Grape valley (12 km) is a pleasant park with vineyards and fruit trees, there are special places for relaxing and eating the grapes and melons. Grapes were introduced to Turpan over 2000 years ago.

Day 28. Turpan – Dunhuang(Liuyuan) – 200km

Half day sightseeing around Turpan: Early morning visit picturesque Tuyoq ancient village (70 km) to see the oldest in Turpan area Buddhist caves dated back to the 4th c. Visit local Uygur families enjoy beautiful mountain and grapes sceneries. Later visit the impressive ruins at Gaochang ancient city (47 km), built in the 2nd c. BC, it became the capital of the Kingdom of Gaochang under the Han dynasty, destroyed around 14th century, take a donkey cart taxi to venture deep into this famous ancient site. Get inside of Astana Tombs to see well preserved mummies and unique wall paintings dated back to 2AD. Later visit the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (56 km) on the flanks of the Flamting Mountains, there are 67 caves dating from 317 to 1368, Bezeklik was an important center for Buddhist worship. Then visit Kanel irrigation system, Later drive to railway station for Dunhuang. We might stop at Liuyuan, then transfer to Dunhuang if there is no train to Dunhuang directly. Overnight: soft-sleeper (2 pax in one cabin)

Day 29. Liuyuan – Dunhuang- Lanzhou

Arrive Liuyuan in the morning, then transfer to Dunhuang (120km). Visit Mogao Grottoes in the afternoon. Mogao Caves are the nation key cultural relic preservation organ, is named Thousand Buddha's Cave, is situated west the Gansu Corridor end Dunhuang, is world famous by the fine mural and the cast. Its beginning constructs at 16 countries' former Qin times, has been through repeatedly 16 countries, the Northern Dynasty, Sui, Tang, five generations, Tangut , the Yuan and so on all previous dynasties constructing, forms the huge scale, existing cavern 735, the mural 45,000 square meter, argillaceous painted sculpture 2,415, are in the world the extant scale is biggest, the content richest Buddhism art place. Transfer to the airport and take a flight (MU 2750: 1955-2130).

Day 30. Dunhuang – Lanzhou

Drive to Liujiaxia Dam on the Yellow River. LUNCH AROUND THE LAKE, Transfer to a motor boat (entrance fees can be paid on the spot) and cruise up stream in the yellow river to stop at Binglingsi Giant Buddha. Visit Binglingsi Grottoes carved into the cliffs at both ends of Dasigou valley(Shangsi, Dongsi and Xiasi). Then transfer to Linxia, visit kilns where Muslim people make their grey and red tiles and red bricks. Dinner in a restaurant in the town.

Day 31. Lanzhou-Xi'an

Transfer to Lanzhou airport for Xi'an (MU 2325: 0750-0840). Visit Xi'an big goose pogoda and Shanxi province history Museum, city wall and Muslim street. Free time. Dinner.

Day 32. Xian-Beijing

Explore the Qin Terra-cotta Warriors & Horse Army & copy factory. Afternoon flight to Beijing (12:10PM-14:05PM). Accommodation at Aman Hotel in Beijing. Discover the Tian'an men square and Forbidden city. Then visit the Hutong and Xiushui streets.

Day 33. Beijing

Sightseeing and cultural discovery tour in Beijing. Visit National Stadium (Bird's Nest) on the way to the Great Wall of Ba Da Ling. Admire Mutianyu Section and have lunch there. Continue sightseeing in Ming Tomb Temple of Heaven and Wangfujin street. Enjoy some free time. Overnight in Beijing.

Day 34. Beijing.

Morning transfer to the airport to take your International flight. Departure

Land Tour Costs

From $17,600 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$2,570

Scheduled Departures

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the cultural treasures and Silk Road destinations of Central Asia, Turkey and China: magnificent temples, monuments, and archaeological sites
  • Enjoy Silk Road Treasure Tours' best adventures and cultural interaction
  • Visit exotic bazaars, traditional tea houses and timeless villages, where hospitality is king
  • Hiking spectacular mountains and gorges
  • Enjoy Folklore and Fashion Shows
  • Wine tasting at centuries-old historical sites

Visited Countries

Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China

Visited Cities & Places

Istanbul, Ephesus, Bodrum, Siringe, Gumusluk, Ashgabad, Mary, Merv, Gongur Depe, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Tashkent, Khiva, Ayaz Kala yurt, Nukus, Bishkek, Kochkor, Tokmok, Song Kul Lake, Tash Rabat Caravan Serai, Torugart Pass, Kashgar, Yarkent, Hoten, Urumqi, Turpan, Astana, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Xian, Beijing

Suggested Extensions

Silk Road Tour to Iran

Reading Lists

Mark Norell, Denise Party Leidy, AMNH, Laura Ross Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World
Lonely Planet Central Asia (2014), Turkey, China
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Visa support /invitation Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China
  • Meals: All Breakfast, 5 lunches, 14 Dinners
  • Experienced guides in Turkey, escort guide in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China's Turkistan and some local guides
  • Transport service throughout tour with Jeep
  • Tea stops in Central Asia and Western China
  • 1,5 L Bottle of water every day
  • Entrance fees to all museums, sites, parks and mountains (based on the itinerary)
  • Folklore shows in Bukhara, Kochkor- take part in "shyrdak show"
  • All airport Transfers
  • Welcome gifts and pre-departure Travel Package
  • Domestic Flights and local trains (Istanbul -Tashkent flight is not included)

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees at the Embassies
  • Some meals

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Visited Countries

Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China

Visited Cities & Places

Istanbul, Ephesus, Bodrum, Siringe, Gumusluk, Ashgabad, Mary, Merv, Gongur Depe, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Tashkent, Khiva, Ayaz Kala yurt, Nukus, Bishkek, Kochkor, Tokmok, Song Kul Lake, Tash Rabat Caravan Serai, Torugart Pass, Kashgar, Yarkent, Hoten, Urumqi, Turpan, Astana, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Xian, Beijing

Suggested Extentions

Silk Road Tour to Iran

Reading Lists

Mark Norell, Denise Party Leidy, AMNH, Laura Ross Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World
Lonely Planet Central Asia (2014), Turkey, China
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

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Visited Countries

Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and China

Visited Cities & Places

Istanbul, Ephesus, Bodrum, Siringe, Gumusluk, Ashgabad, Mary, Merv, Gongur Depe, Bukhara, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Tashkent, Khiva, Ayaz Kala yurt, Nukus, Bishkek, Kochkor, Tokmok, Song Kul Lake, Tash Rabat Caravan Serai, Torugart Pass, Kashgar, Yarkent, Hoten, Urumqi, Turpan, Astana, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Xian, Beijing

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