On the Urumqi to Ashgabat Silk Road Tour you will step into the shoes of explorers of old to experience the colorful chaos of historic Central Asia. Come embark on a discovery like no other: regal Tamerlane-era empires, bazaars laden with ripe fruits and freshly baked breads, cities shrouded in the authentic atmosphere of the medieval East and diverse peoples heir to long-held traditions.
Central Asia is infused with Silk Road splendor, for the trade artery’s most prominent routes snaked through the present-day nations of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Urumqi in western China. The memory of ancient merchants is recalled in the bazaars of Kashgar, Tashkent and Samarkand, while echoes of glorious caravan cities remain in places such as Bukhara, Merv and Bishkek.
Arrive in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for a private tour to the following sights:
In the morning, take a flight to Kashgar (1078km, 2hrs). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel to drop off your luggage. With a local guide, enjoy a private tour of Kashgar to the following sights:
In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you to begin a short sightseeing tour to the following:
Head to the airport for a flight to Bishkek (300km, 40min). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. In late afternoon, take a city tour to the following:
In the morning, fly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital (470km, 1hr 10min). Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Your guide and driver will pick you up for your private city tour to the following:
After breakfast, transfer to the train station to take the Tashkent - Samarkand train (330km, 2.5hrs). Arrive in Samarkand, capital of Tamerlane's Empire, and transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon.
Led by an experienced local guide, your private tour of Samarkand will include:
After breakfast, take the morning train to Bukhara (280km, 1.5hrs). Arrive in Bukhara, one of the most esteemed cities of Islamic civilization, and transfer to your hotel in the Old City.
With your local guide, explore Bukhara on a walking tour to the Old City’s most impressive sights:
After breakfast, continue your tour of Bukhara’s famous historical sites:
After breakfast, travel to Merv (40km, 40min), an ancient trade center on the Great Silk Road and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guided tour of Merv will include:
Spend the day touring Ashgabat with your private local guide and driver. Meet at the hotel to begin your tour to the following sites: