Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar

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  • duration 27 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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  • Marvel at The Great Wall at Mutianyu
  • Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing
  • Visit Xian and the famous Terracotta Warriors
  • Cross the Torugart pass in the Tian Shan mountains on one of the world's most remote high altitude roads
Starting in Beijing and ending in Tashkent, the trip Silk Road To Samarkand Via Kashgar is a guided adventure trip that takes 27 days. You will be touring through Kashgar, Samarkand, Dunhuang and 12 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan, China and Uzbekistan. Silk Road To Samarkand Via Kashgar is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

An extraordinary journey following the ancient Silk Road from China to Uzbekistan. This extraordinary journey follows the ancient silk route from its source in Xian, China, through an ever changing landscape to the fabled city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. We begin with a tour of Beijing visiting all the sights before transferring to Xian by train to view the remarkable Terracotta Warriors. Along the China Silk Road we will also visit Xiahe and the enormous Tibetan monastery at Labrang, the Buddhist frescos in the Mogao Caves and the serene 'Heaven's Lake' deep in the Tian Shan mountains, before flying to Kashgar in time for the famous Sunday markets. We depart China over the Torugart Pass and cross into Central Asia, visiting the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, the tree lined streets of Tashkent and the walled city of Khiva. Continuing to Bukhara, we savour its rich history as we stroll through the bazaars, mosques and magnificent Summer Palace before travelling to Samarkand to view the impressive domes and minarets of The Registan - a collection of madrasahs, and one of the most impressive sights in Central Asia.
5 - Excellent
Based on 6 reviews
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On May 14 2019
“Generally, we really enjoyed the trip & think that World Expeditions did a great job on what was a truly fascinating trip.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On May 09 2019
“The trip is fabulous. We've seen so many different things, learnt so much about the history of the three countries we've visited Our in-country guides were just fantastic!!! Stony Xiao() in China is an exceedingly wonderful man - efficient in the extreme, kind, funny, helpful and of course knows his stuff - we all wanted to bundle him up and take him with us. Alex in Kyrgyzstan was also very efficient and knowledgeable (and has the most gorgeous smile!), and now Dilshod here in Uzbekistan has been fantastic. We kept saying after leaving China (with a 5-hour-plus land-border crossing into Kyrgyzstan, 6 checkpoints, even more passport checks!) - 'big shoes to fill' after Stony but Alex did a great job, and Dilshod has made Uzbekistan a wonderful leg to finish on - he was a teacher before taking up guiding 20 years ago. The history in this part of the world rivals that of anywhere, and is just as convoluted and fascinating as other ancient regions. If you haven't been to central Asia yet, don't wait too long!!”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 17 2018
“Fantastic trip with such diverse culture, people and scenery. The people were friendly and always seemed excited to see us. A 'must do' for any traveller.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On May 26 2018
“A wonderful trip. The guides were all knowledgeable and passionate about their countries. The accommodation in all cities was very good as were the meals. We saw a huge amount of history in all the countries. Very hard to take all the information and would recommend some research and reading on the areas before departing. Fascinating cultures and people in all the counties. The guides even managed to take us into some family homes for a meal. This added another dimension to the trip. A thoroughly wonderful trip.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Beijing
  • Day 2 : Visit to The Forbidden City
  • Day 3 : The Great Wall & The Summer Palace
  • Day 4 : In Beijing, night train to Xi'an
  • Day 5 : Xi'an City tour
  • Day 6 : Terracotta Warriors & Goose Pagoda
  • Day 7 : Train to Lanzhou, transfer to Linxia
  • Day 8 : Boat trip to Bing Ling Temple, transfer to Xiahe
  • Day 9 : Labrang Monastery, return to Lanzhou & night train to Jiayuguan.
  • Day 10 : In Jiayuguan
  • Day 11 : To Dunhuang
  • Day 12 : Mogao Caves & train to Turpan
  • Day 13 : In Turpan (or Tulufun)
  • Day 14 : Drive to Ürümqi
  • Day 15 : Heaven's Lake, flight to Kashgar
  • Day 16 : Markets of Kashgar
  • Day 17 : Drive to Naryn via Torugart Pass
  • Day 18 : Drive to Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Day 19 : Drive to Bishkek
  • Day 20 : Visit Ala Archa National Park, flight to Tashkent
  • Day 21 : Morning flight to Urgench, transfer to Khiva
  • Day 22 : In Khiva
  • Day 23 : Train to Bukhara
  • Day 24 : In Bukhara
  • Day 25 : Train to Samarkand
  • Day 26 : In Samarkand
  • Day 27 : Train to Tashkent, city tour, trip concludes
  • Comfortable well located hotels and guesthouses on a twinshare basis
  • 26 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 15 dinners
  • All internal transport by A/C 2nd Class train or private air conditioned vehicles
  • Internal flights Urumqi/Kashgar, Bishkek/Tashkent/Khiva valued at approx. USD$481
  • Group airport transfers on first & last days
  • National tour leader in China and Central Asia plus local specialist guides throughout
  • Local sightseeing, including entrance fees to monuments as listed in itinerary
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Assistance in arranging visas
  • Meals not indicated in the program
  • Any optional tours, and entrance fees and permits during free time
  • Expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry
  • Visas – Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan (plus an administration fee), China – note visa costs subject to change without notice and may vary according to group size.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • International airfares and taxes
  • Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Excess luggage charges
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 July 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
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