The Silk Road

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4.6 Based on 25 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7572
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
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  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Marvel at the Islamic architecture of Registan Square in Samarkand
  • Wander through the Silk Road city of Bukhara, full of domes and minarets
  • Enjoy the mountains and lakes of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
  • Explore the Charyn Canyon in Kazakhstan
  • Stay a night in a Kyrgyz yurt
  • Get a taste of rural Uzbekistan in the small town of Urgut
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Starting in Bishkek and ending in Bukhara, the "The Silk Road" trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 14 days. You will be touring through Ala Archa National Park, Samarkand, Bishkek and 7 other destinations in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. "The Silk Road" is a small group trip which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

For centuries, merchant caravans made their way through deserts, across steppes and over mountains, creating trade routes between the great civilisations of the Mediterranean and Asia. Art and religion spread both east and west and cities with impressive architecture sprouted alongside nomadic communities of eagle hunters. Follow Marco Polo’s footsteps and uncover the natural and cultural treasures of Central Asia on this two-week trip visiting the best sites on the Silk Road, from Bukhara and Samarkand to the Tien Shan mountains.

Itinerary variations
Our departures up to and including 12 June 2024 follow a 14-day itinerary starting in Bishkek and ending in Bukhara, with an optional extension to Khiva.

Our departures from 19 June 2024 onwards follow a 16-day itinerary starting in Bishkek and ending in Khiva/Urgench with a visit to Khiva included in the main itinerary. This itinerary is valid for departures from 1 Oct, 2023 to 17 Jun, 2024. For other departure dates, please contact us.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Bishkek
  • Day 2: Ala-Archa Gorge
  • Day 3: To Chon-Kemin Gorge
  • Day 4: Issyk Kul Lake and Djety Oguz Gorge
  • Day 5: Karakol
  • Day 6: To Almaty, Kazakhstan via Charyn Canyon
  • Day 7: Day trip to Issyk and Turgen Gorge
  • Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Almaty and train towards Tashkent
  • Day 9: Arrive Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Day 10: Train to Samarkand
  • Day 11: Samarkand and Urgut
  • Day 12 - 13: Bukhara
  • Day 14: End in Bukhara, or extend your trip to Khiva
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation
Meals
  • 11 breakfasts and three dinners
Transport
  • All transport and listed activities
Guide
  • Tour leader throughout (two separate leaders)
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional extension to Khiva
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.6 - Excellent
Based on 25 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 03 2019
4 - Very Good
A varied tour of beautiful buildings and scenery.
A very busy, varied tour. Most of the hotels were of a good standard with one or two not so good. The Hotel Asia Mountains 1 has been mentioned in a review already - take ear plugs so that you drown out the trains.
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 17 2019
5 - Excellent
A couple of tips
Previous reviews have covered most things and are worth reading.
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 06 2019
4 - Very Good
Marvellous Islamic architecture.
The visits to Samarkand and Bukhara were the principal things I wanted to see apart from Khiva which I did on my own before the main trip. The tour operator booked the flights for me and I booked the hotel in Khiva myself.
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 23 2019
5 - Excellent
Rouna's Silk Road
This is a truly spectacular once in a lifetime trip which I will never forget. I would never have been able to travel to such and so many places in the time available if it weren't for this tour operator. The contrast between the... Read more
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
  • Protected Travel within your own bubble.
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  • Privacy Enjoy a tour focused solely on you or your travel group.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Silk Road tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 26 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 August 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Silk Road tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.

Visa

For this The 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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