Silk Road: Xian to Rome

Epic, historical journey along humankind’s mightiest river of commerce, ideas, and culture

  • An epic, historical journey tracing the mightiest route of commerce, ideas & culture
  • China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey and Italy
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Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Destinations: China, Grand Tour of Asia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Silk Road, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Trip Length: 22 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
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This trip links the greatest and most resonant of the place names along the famed Silk Road, traveling through seven countries including China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey and Italy. We begin in China’s ancient capital of Xian and continue through western China, across the Turugart Pass just west of the desert oasis of Kashgar to the new Central Asian nations of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, crossing the border into Iran at holy Mashhad, a site rarely visited by Westerners, then north, tracing the Silk Route as it pointed to Byzantium and Rome. We visit 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Dunhuang’s impressive Mogao Grottoes and magnificent Imam Square in Esfahan, to name just a dazzling two. And along the way, we enjoy cocktails in spectacular locales, special lunches with locals, private visits with artists, museum directors and other special lecturers. It’s an epic that ties together whole passels of civilizations, epochs, and sceneries, the kind of journey generations of far-fetchers would have mort­gaged their souls to make.

Silk Road tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: Arrive Xian, China
  • Day 2: Shaanxi History Museum and Terracotta Warriors
  • Day 3: Fly to Dunhuang, afternoon camel ride through the Singing Sands
  • Day 4: Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, fly to Urumchi
  • Day 5: Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum, fly to Kashgar
  • Day 6: Kashgar’s Sunday Bazaar and Livestock Market
  • Day 7: Cross the Turugart Pass into Kyrgyzstan
  • Day 8: Drive to Bishkek via Kochkor Village where we have lunch with a family and see a felt making demonstration
  • Day 9: Bishkek touring and Ala Archa Gorge walking with barbeque lunch
  • Day 10: Fly to Tashkent and take the “Golden Road to Samarkand”
  • Day 11: Samarkand Touring
  • Day 12: Drive to Bukhara
  • Day 13: Bukhara Touring
  • Day 14: Drive to Turkmenbat, Turkmenistan and fly to Ashgabat
  • Day 15: Ashgabat City Touring
  • Day 16: Drive to the Iran border and continue on to Mashhad
  • Day 17: Holy Shrine of Imam Reza, evening flight to Esfahan
  • Day 18: Monuments of Esfahan
  • Day 19: Drive to Tehran and fly to Istanbul
  • Day 20: Highlights of Istanbul
  • Day 21: Istanbul, afternoon flight to Rome
  • Day 22: Depart.