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Silk Route journey: Western China, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan

22 days from €9,370pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Experience Kashgar's world-famous Sunday market.

  • Take in the stunning Karakoram mountains.

  • Sleep under starry skies in a traditional yurt.

  • Be humbled by the massive Registan in Samarkand.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Beijing
  • Dunhuang
  • Urumqi
  • Turpan
  • Urumqi
  • Kashgar
  • Tash Rabat
  • Song Kol
  • Bishkek
  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Khiva
  • Urgench
  • Tashkent

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing

Day 3 Dunhuang

Beijing , Dunhuang

You make your own way to the airport today for your flight on to Dunhuang. Here you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel.

Day 4 Dunhuang


This morning you'll visit the beautiful 'singing sand dunes' of Mingsha, which look fantastic in the morning light. Afterwards you continue on to the Mogao caves before driving out this afternoon to see the remote ruined city of Yadan.

Day 5 Turpan

Dunhuang , Urumqi , Turpan

You fly to Urumqi today, where you'll be met for the drive to the town of Turpan. You will arrive here after 20:00.


Day 6 Turpan


You start today with a visit to Tuyaq Valley, which is home to a charming and unspoilt Uighur village. Afterwards you'll stop at Gaochang, and also pass the Flaming Mountains at Bezeklik.


Day 7 Kashgar

Turpan , Urumqi , Kashgar

Today you will visit the ruins at Jiaohe before driving back to Urumqi. From here you fly to Kashgar.

Day 8 Kashgar


Today's excursion is a long but stunningly beautiful one, as you drive into the mountains on the legendary Karakoram Highway to lake Karakul. The lake's altitude is 3,800m, and you'll notice a sharp drop in temperature from Kashgar, so dress accordingly.

Day 9 Kashgar


This morning you will be taken to the Yekshemba Bazaar, Kashgar's main spectacle. After taking in the markets you will explore some of the rest of the city with your guide.

Day 10 Tash Rabat

Kashgar , Tash Rabat

You cross the border at the Torugart Pass today into Kyrgyzstan. Here you'll be met by your Kyrgyz guide for the drive on to your yurt camp at Tash Rabat. Make sure you have a warm jacket or fleece handy for the border crossing, which, at altitude, is cold at any time of year.

Day 11 Song Kol

Tash Rabat , Song Kol

You drive on to Lake Song Kol today, passing through stunning mountain scenery and grassy plateaus. Here you'll be able to explore the hills and lake on foot.

Day 12 Bishkek

Song Kol , Bishkek

Today is another long and beautiful drive to the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. If there is time you'll be able to see a little of the city in the late afternoon.

Day 13 Samarkand

Bishkek , Tashkent , Samarkand

You fly to Tashkent today, where you will be met for the drive on to Samarkand.

Day 14 Samarkand


Today your guide will show you the key sights of Samarkand, a highlight being the outstanding Registan.

Day 15 Samarkand


You have a further day free to explore Samarkand at your own pace.

Day 16 Bukhara

Samarkand , Bukhara

You continue by road to Bukhara today, stopping in the town of Shakhrisabz, Tamerlane's birthplace.

Day 17 Bukhara


Bukhara is a fabulous, bustling old city and one that feels very much 'lived in'. Your guide will show you the key sights here, and you'll sense the atmosphere as you wander the winding, dusty streets of the old town.

Day 18 Bukhara


Today is at your leisure in Bukhara.

Day 19 Khiva

Bukhara , Khiva

You make the long drive through the desert to Khiva today, which will take at least nine hours.


Day 20 Khiva


You'll spend time with your guide today exploring this beautiful old walled city.


Day 21 Tashkent

Khiva , Urgench , Tashkent

You fly back to Tashkent today for a final overnight stay.


Day 22 International return flight

Tashkent , International return flight

Today you fly home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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