26 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
Journey through the heart of Central Asia crossing beautiful deserts and mountain landscapes. Discover ancient cities full of intricate Islamic architecture,
thriving bazaars and a mystical old-world atmosphere, all linked with the legends of the Silk Road.
Explore the diverse architecture of this oasis city
Cross these magnificent Heavenly Mountains
Discover the ancient and pre-Soviet styles of this intriguing city
Be mesmerised by this UNESCO city
Our Road to Samarkand itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight with China Southern Airlines to Urumqi. Depending on the time of your arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. (D)
Escape to the tranquillity of Tian Chi Heavenly Lake. In the evening ?y to the remote city of Kashgar, the heart of the Silk Road. (B,L,D)
Its skyline punctured by minarets, Kashgar feels a million miles from anywhere. Although now a modern city, the sights and sounds of Kashgar’s streets have remained unchanged for millennia, as it remains as much of an integral trading post as in its Silk Road heyday. Today’s visits include Akbah Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque and the atmospheric alleyways around Id Kah Square. (B,L,D)
Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan through the magni?cent Tian Shan Heavenly Mountains. Making our way over the Torugart Pass to Naryn, stop en route at the 15th-century caravanserai at Tash Rabat. (B,L,D)
Drive to Kochkor Village and enjoy a traditional lunch at a ger camp. Watch a ‘shyrdak’ demonstration (making of Kyrgyz wool carpets). The next day continue to Karakol via Bokonbayevo village on the shores of Issyk Kul, where the locals will demonstrate their skill at hunting with eagles. (B,L,D)
Spend the morning soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling animal market before examining the region’s diverse religious in?uences with visits to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and the Chinese mosque. Take an afternoon stroll in Jety-Oguz and through the beautiful Valley of Flowers. The next day visit the Przhevalsky Musuem and Semenov Gorge before driving to Cholpon-Ata. Explore animal petroglyphs etched into glacial stone before continuing to Ashu in the Chon-Kemin Valley. (B,L,D)
Walk in the foothills of the mountains and take in the local way of life in Ashu Village. (B,L,D)
Drive to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, a city of wide, leafy boulevards, which contrast with the Soviet-era architecture. En route visit the 11th-century Burana Tower, an intricate minaret out in the countryside. This afternoon visit Ala Too Square and Oak Park. This evening enjoy a traditional folk performance. (B,L,D)
This morning take a leisurely hike in Ala Archa National Park. This evening fly to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. (B,L,D)
Fly to Nukus. Visit Savitsky and explore the Mizdahkan, an Islamic complex in Hojeli Village. (B,L,D)
Explore the desert fortresses of Chalpik Kala (Tower of Silence), Kizil Kala Fortress, Toprak Kala Fortress, Ayaz Kala and Kyrk-Kyz Kala. Arrive Khiva. (B,L,D)
The ancient city of Khiva has a long and turbulent history as part of the Silk Road and a slave trading post. This fascinating destination is lovely to explore – wander around the many medressahs, mosques and minarets within the ancient city walls, as well as the magnificent 17th-century Kuhna Ark Fortress. (B,L,D)
After a day’s drive across the Kyzy Kum desert arrive at the holiest city in Central Asia, Bukhara. Bukhara has been built up over thousands of years, with an atmospheric old centre and some pre-Soviet era architecture. Spend two days seeing the sights, with visits to the Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Chor Minor, Kalon Minaret, Labi-Hauz Plaza and the summer residence of the last Bukharan Emirs. (B,L,D)
Perhaps the most notable name in Silk Road history Samarkand is a UNESCO World Heritage city with an evocative skyline of domes and minarets and a mystical presence. Drive to the city via Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the great historical leader, Tamerlane. Spend two days exploring some of the many historical sites of Samarkand including the Registan, Sher Dor Medressa, the Bibi Khanym Mosque, Shah-I-Zinda, Timur’s Guri Amir Mausoleum and the Ulugh Beg Observatory. (B,L,D)
Begin the return journey to Tashkent, passing through the impressive Gates of Tamerlane. This afternoon will be spent exploring this eccentric city, visiting the 16th-century Kukeldash Medressa, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Khan Medressa and Khast Imom Complex. Also, see the Chorsu Bazaar, a traditional market under a beautiful blue dome, the Crying Mother Monument. (B,L,D)
Explore Tashkent, including the Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, 1966 earthquake memorial, Amir Timur Maydoni, the Russianstyle Alisher Navoi Theatre and Broadway Street. This evening fly overnight to Beijing. (B,L,D)
Arrive early into Beijing and fly to Guangzhou, with the rest of the day at leisure. (B,L,D)
Explore the Chen Family Temple, Six Banyan Tree Temple and neighbouring Shamian Island. Later transfer to Guangzhou airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B,L)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. The Yangtze River cruise service charge is paid when embarking. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate. Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally. Beer is drunk in small glasses; not large glasses that you may be used to.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. Government laws in China require air conditioning be switched on nationally in May and central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region).
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