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The Great Silk Road

From US$ 6,070 per person
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  • Visit the lesser known Hanyangling Mausoleum, of the Han Dynasty. In our opinion this site is far more authentic and interesting than the better known Terracotta Warriors.
  • Visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage site of the Mogao Caves, a important Buddhist site of the Silk Road.
  • Overnight in a yurt. Yurts are the traditional dwellings of the Kyrgyz people, made of felt and tarpaulins on a round frame.
  • Uncover Samarkand's Registan, probably the most recognisable of all Central Asia's monuments
The Great Silk Road tour starts in Beijing and ends in Tashkent. The Great Silk Road is an Explorer tour that takes 28 days taking you from Beijing to Tashkent and 18 other destinations in Asia.

From 1st January this trip will become 29 days and have a number of changes. To allow for more efficient transport connections we have removed Tianshui and will include the classic Silk Road destinations of Dunhuang and Jiayuguan as well as more time in Xi'an. 2 overnight trains will be replaces with high speed day trains. There will still be 2 overnight train journeys on the trip due to distances involved. Previously this trip included a flight from Urumqi to Bishkek. In 2017 we will travel overland from Kashgar into Kyrgyzstan.
Day 1 Beijing

Day 2 Xi'an

Day 3 Xi'an

Day 4 Xi'an/Overnight Train

Day 5 Zhangye

Day 6 Zhangye

Day 7 Jiayuguan

Day 8 Jiayuguan/Dunhuang

Day 9 Dunhuang

Day 10 Turpan

Day 11 Turpan

Day 12 Turpan/Overnight Train

Day 13 Kashgar

Day 14 Kashgar

Day 15 Torugart Pass/Naryn

Day 16 Song-Kol Lake

Day 17 Song-Kol Lake

Day 18 Suusamyr Valley/Chychkan Gorge/Toktogul

Day 19 Sary Chelek National Park/Arkyt Village

Day 20 Osh

Day 21 Tashkent

Day 22 Tashkent

Day 23 Samarkand

Day 24 Samarkand

Day 25 Shakhrisabz

Day 26 Bukhara

Day 27 Bukhara

Day 28 Tashkent

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what’s included Accommodation
  • Hotel (21 nts), Overnight Sleeper Train (2 nts), Guesthouse (2 nts), Yurt (2 nts), Homestay (1 nt)
  • 14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners & 5 Lunch
  • Overnight Sleeper Train, Private Bus, Public Bus, Train, Metro
Group Leader
  • One group leader will accompany you on this tour. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you to have the best possible trip
Included activities
  • Xi'an - Muslim Quarter Walking Tour
  • Xi'an - Hanyangling Mausoleum
  • Zhangye - Danxia Landform Geological Park
  • Jiayuguan - Hanging Great Wall
  • Jiayuguan - Fort
  • Dunhuang - Mogao Caves
  • Dunhuang - Crescent Moon Lake & Singing Sand Mountains
  • Turpan - Jiaohe Ancient City
  • Kashgar - Sunday & Animal Bazaars
  • Song Kul Lake - Hike
  • Osh - Bazaar
  • Osh - Solomon's Throne
  • Samarkand - Bibi Khanum Mosque
  • Samarkand - Guri Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda Mausoleum Complex
  • Bukhara - City Tour
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Beijing and from Tashkent are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Great Silk Road tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 28 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Beijing, China
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Good to know Travel Insurance

The Great Silk Road tour requires that you have a travel insurance covering emergency evacuation and repatriation.


Bookmundi only requires a deposit of 250 USD to confirm this tour. For any departures before 28 June 2017 full payment is required.


For this The Great Silk Road 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.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Great Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 58 days of departure.
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