Central Asia Overland – Where next imminent: Western China and Central Asia

It’s almost time to go….

Destination: The Silk Road: Far Western China and Central Asia

Why: Because it’s a part of the world that has been on my list for a long, long time

When: September/October 2008

How: Central Asia Overland, with Explore


  • Day 1 Fly London/Beijing
  • Day 2 Arrive Beijing
  • Day 3 Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City; fly Urumqi
  • Day 4 Visit museum; Drive Korla
  • Day 5 Drive to Kuqa
  • Day 6 In Kuqa; visit ancient sites
  • Day 7 Drive to Aksu; visit virgin forest
  • Day 8 Drive across Taklamakan Desert to Hotan
  • Day 9 In Hotan; visit Cottage Industries
  • Day 10 Drive Yarkand
  • Day 11 Drive via Uighur knife factory; drive to Kashgar
  • Day 12 & 13 In Kashgar; visit famous Sunday market; optional full day excursion through the Pamir mountains to Karakul Lake
  • Day 14 Drive via Kyrgyzstan border to Tash Rabat
  • Day 15 Drive Song Kul Lake
  • Day 16 Drive Bishkek; via Lake Issy Kul
  • Day 17 Drive via Kazakhstan to Tashkent
  • Day 18 In Tashkent; city tour
  • Day 19 In Tashkent; overnight train Urgench
  • Day 20 Arrive Urgench; drive Khiva; sightseeing in the Old City
  • Day 21 Drive Bokhara
  • Day 22 In Bokhara; tour
  • Day 23 Drive Karmana; continue to Yangikasgan; 4WD to camp, optional camel riding in desert
  • Day 24 Morning at Lake Aydarkul; drive to Samarkand
  • Day 25 In Samarkand; visit Gur Emir Mausoleum and Registan Square
  • Day 26 In Samarkand; visit Ulug-Beg observatory and museum; afternoon optional visit to Marakanda
  • Day 27 Drive Tashkent; fly London



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