The Silk Road: A Journey Through Time

  • A grand tale of civilizations & places tied together through cultural history
  • Unbelievable roster of cities & sights, including the mysterious Kyrgyz Republic
  • Skirt fierce deserts, traverse heavenly mountain passes, & cross rare borders
Silk Road Journey with GeoEx
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 20 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

We take joy and pride in creating thematically booming trips like this. (In fact, GeoEx pioneered the pivotal crossing of the Turugart Pass more than two decades ago.) The Silk Road: A Journey through Time ties together whole passels of civilizations, epochs, and sceneries. And it tells the grand tale of one of humankind’s most important arteries of trade and culture. Like other GeoEx classics, it’s the kind of journey generations of far-fetchers would have mortgaged their souls to make.

Anchored at its ends by Xian and Tashkent, capital of what used to be Soviet (and before that, Russian) Central Asia (at least three major themes right there, from the Mongols to the Great Game to Marx), this epic journey traversed the heart of Asia, following one of the Silk Road’s major branches. It skirts deserts (the Taklamakan is perhaps the world’s fiercest), lopes over great mountains (cutting the Pamir Knot’s northern strand, the Tien Shan Mountains), and crosses rare borders (the Sino-Kyrgyz frontier at 12,300-foot Turugart Pass).

The roster of cities and sights we visit is soul-mortgagingly enticing: Xian’s Terracotta Warriors, who look like they’re ready to shake off a little dust and get marching; Dunhuang’s Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, a bastion of Greco-Buddhist art; Urumchi, the most landlocked place on earth; magnificent Samarkand and Bukhara; the still-little-visited Kyrgyz Republic; and Kashgar, a place very dear to those lusty travelers who comprise the heart and soul of GeoEx. This journey links the most resonant and fantastic of the place names along the famed Silk Road. 

Silk Road tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive Xian, China
  • Days 2 & 3: Xian, with Terracotta Warriors
  • Day 4: fly to Dunhuang
  • Day 5: Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, Singing Sands
  • Day 6: Dunhuang Caves, fly to Urumchi
  • Day 7: Xinjiang Museum
  • Day 8: fly to Kashgar, explore
  • Day 9: Kashgar Sunday Bazaar
  • Day 10: Turugart Pass into Kyrgyzstan
  • Day 11: on to Bishkek via Issyk-Kul Lake
  • Day 12: Ala Archa Gorge, explore Bishkek
  • Day 13: fly to Uzbekistan, tour Tashkent
  • Day 14: Tashkent, drive to Samarkand
  • Day 15: discover Samarkand
  • Day 16: Samarkand, on to Bukhara
  • Days 17 & 18: Bukhara exploring
  • Day 19: return to Tashkent
  • Day 20: depart.