Looking for a truly intrepid exploratory journey? Experience life along the ancient Silk Road where the Russian, Chinese, Islamic and Indian worlds unite and mix, creating a history and culture that is as enthralling as it is inexplicable. Throw in stunning alpine scenery, vast arid deserts and a few of the oddest sights you’ll ever see and you’ve got a trip that is worth all the hard work for visas! Search tours to discover the ancient silk road.
The term ‘the Silk Road’ conjures up vivid imagery or deserted caravan towns, exotic markets and lengthy camel trains fighting across endless deserts and through unconquerable mountain passes. But what is it really like? Who actually lives in all those countries that end in ‘Stan’, and what do they do?
You can follow in the footsteps of the medieval traders who travelled through Central Asia on their way to Europe, taking with them not only spices, gems and, of course, silk, but also ideas, ways of life and beliefs. The result, as you’ll find, is a part of the world that is rich in history and tradition, punctuated with incredible natural beauty and a culture that is as invigorating as it is confusing where warm hospitality mixes with the last remnants of Soviet bureaucracy.
You will usually travel in a custom built expedition truck.
These intrepid journeys usually travel from Bishkek to Beijing through spectacular scenery and cities steeped in legend. Highlights include Kyrgyzstan’s 6,300 km² Lake Issyk-Kul in the Tien Shan Mountains, Torugat Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world, the vast Takalamakan and Gobi Deserts, the ancient cities of Kashgar, Lanzhou and Xi’an, the Terracotta Army and the Great Wall of China are all on the itinerary. Routes includes sections off the beaten track - this is a fantastic chance to be part of pioneering new overland routes as not many travel operators have offered these types of trip before. Countries you will usually visit include: Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China.
Accommodation is usually a mixture of camping and basic hotels and hostels.
Few tour operators offer these types of expeditions as logistics can be difficult. This kind of trip can be affected by border closures, changes in visa requirements and impassable roads. For most people, this is all part of the experience and travel operater Oasis Overland who we highly recommended is proud to be able to offer this expedition to travellers who are looking for a truly adventurous journey.
Oasis Overland directory, Chris Wrede comments “We are glad to continue our tradition of offering travellers the chance to be part of pioneering new Oasis Overland routes. For those who join us, it’s an exciting challenge to be involved in a trip where things do not always go according to plan. It’s a chance to try out something completely new with the security of travelling with an experienced and responsible operator. And in this case you have the added bonus of a film crew capturing all those memorable experiences!”
Costs vary depending on the operator. You can usually expect to pay around £2500 - £5000. Price generally includes transport, accommodation, some meals and activities. Price does not include flights, visas and optional excursions. For booking enquiries please contact us today or search featured trips above.