The Silk Road

The Silk Road

The Silk Road was the world’s first ancient trading network, a 4,000 mile route across the Asian continent. First traversed by emissaries of the Han Dynasty, traders set out from Xian in central China and ventured westward to Kashgar, over the Pamir Mountains to Central Asia, India and finally on to Europe. The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade, which travelled along the route to be sold in Rome.

The trading route allowed links between China and the west to flourish and encouraged an exchange of art, ideas, culture and trade. As you travel along the original trade route you will be following in the footsteps of Marco Polo and Genghis Khan. This is a remarkable journey, one that seamlessly joins modern-paced adventure with ancient culture.

Places of interest while venturing across this vast land include the Terracotta Warriors, the chapels at Labrang Monastery, the Gobi Desert, Dunhuang - the ‘City of Sands - and the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, Asia’s largest market.

In June 2014, the Chang'an-Tianshan corridor of the Silk Road was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Top tours visiting The Silk Road

26 Days from

UK - Xian (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Lanzhou (2N) - Xiahe (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Jiayuguan (1N) - Dunhuang (3N) - Turpan (2N) - Kurla (1N) - Kuqa (1N) - Aksu (1N)- Kashgar (2N) - Urumqi (2N) – Beijing (3N) - UK

  • Visit the Flaming Mountains
  • Explore bustling Kashgar Bazaar

24 Days from

UK - Urumqi (1N) - Kashgar (2N) - Naryn (1N) - Kochkor Village (1N) - Karakol (2N) - Cholpon-Ata (2N) - Bishkek (1N) - Tashkent (3N) - Khiva (3N) - Bukhara (3N) - Samarkand (3N) - UK

  • Cross the Tian Shan Heavenly Mountains
  • Wander the Kuhna Ark Fortress

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At a glance

Time difference: GMT +8 Hours
Flight time: Approx 14 hours to Xian, the start of The Silk Road
Visa Required: Yes
Currency: Yen
Tel Code: 010
Official Language: Mandarin
Religion: Buddhism
Airlines: Cathay Pacific, Air China

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