MIR Corporation Unveils 2017 Dates for Ultimate Silk Road Offering
Silk, spices, teas, precious metals and jewels once made their way from one world to another via pack camels along the Old Silk Road. This 24-day tour of Western China and the five ‘Stans follows in the footsteps of early explorers who plied these trade routes connecting East with West. Visit Kashgar, one of the most exotic cities in the world, skirt the infamous Taklamakan Desert on camelback, and admire the breathtaking views across 12,000-foot Torugart Pass on MIR’s most comprehensive Silk Road offering. Prices start at $7,995 and departures are slated for May 3-26 and August 16-September 8, 2017. For more info, visit http://www.mircorp.com/trip/chinese-turkestan-central-asia/.
Days 1-6: Almaty, Urumqi, Kashgar, Shache, Taklamakan Desert: Assemble in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, before heading into Western China, where Urumqi and Kashgar won renown as Silk Road centers. Browse the animal bazaar in Kashgar, still as exciting as in ancient times. Visit the oasis city of Shache and skirt the nearby Taklamakan Desert on camelback.
Day 7: Torugart Pass, Tash Rabat: After driving over the 12,000-foot Torugart Pass into Kyrgyzstan, overnight near Tash Rabat, a 15th century stone caravanserai in a boundless alpine setting.
Days 8-13: Lake Issyk-Kul, Bishkek, Osh, Fergana Valley, Khujand: Near high-altitude Lake Issyk-Kul, attend a demonstration of horse games and learn how to set up a yurt. Visit Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, and Osh in the Fergana Valley, heart of Central Asian silk production. Cross the Tajik border for an overnight in Khujand, founded by Alexander the Great.
Days 14-21: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva: Drive to the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, and continue overland to the fabled Uzbek oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, finding gorgeous blue-tiled mosques and madrassahs at these World Heritage Sites.
Days 22-24: Tashauz, Ashkabad, Nisa: Fly to Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashkabad, where gleaming new government buildings rub shoulders with traditional bazaars. Visit the UNESCO-listed ancient Parthian site of Nisa before celebrating the journey with a farewell lunch.
About MIR Corporation
MIR Corporation, whose name means “peace” and “world” in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR’s Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country. http://www.mircorp.com
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