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About this tour
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 China. 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 variationsOur 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.
Age range16 - 99
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Day 1: Start Bishkek
Day 2: Ala-Archa Gorge (breakfast)
Day 3: To Chon-Kemin Gorge (breakfast,dinner)
Day 4: Issyk Kul Lake and Djety Oguz Gorge (breakfast,dinner)
Day 5: Karakol (breakfast,dinner)
Day 6: To Almaty, Kazakhstan via Charyn Canyon (breakfast)
Day 7: Day trip to Issyk and Turgen Gorge (breakfast)
Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Almaty and train to Tashkent (breakfast)
Day 9: Arrive Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Day 10: Train to Samarkand (breakfast)
Day 11: Samarkand and Urgut (breakfast)
Day 12-13: Bukhara (breakfast)
Day 14: End in Bukhara, or extend your trip to Khiva (breakfast)