Next year, adventure tour operator Wild Frontiers is offering people the chance to explore the full length of the Silk Road from its original starting point in Xian, China, to the shores of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
Highlights on its 47-day The Great Silk Road Adventure will include Xian’s Terracotta Warriors, Kashgar Market, the legendary Silk Road city of Samarkand, the mosques and madrasahs of Isfahan and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
The tour will travel 12,000kms mostly overland, crossing six countries and taking in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, ranging from desert to mountains and grasslands.
Accommodation will be based in a combination of comfortable hotels and small guesthouses and travellers will see and meet a variety of peoples from Uighurs to Uzbeks, Persians, Turkmens and Kyrgys.
“This is the biggest trip that we’ve ever offered, and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of the most romantic names in world exploration, such as Marco Polo, Zhang Qian and Ibn Battuta, and explore this ancient route which has done so much to shape the world we live in today,” said Wild Frontiers Founder Jonny Bealby.
“This tour will appeal to those with an interest in history and culture, and those with time on their hands – being either retirees or taking a sabbatical from work, and want to do something extraordinary..”
Wild Frontiers is one of the UK’s leading experts in tours to Central Asia, offering a variety of group tours and tailor-made holidays throughout the region, including Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and even Afghanistan.
The company was founded in 2002 by travel writer Jonny Bealby, author of Silk Dreams, Troubled Road, a book about his 3000-km journey by horse from Kashgar to the Caspian Sea.
The tour departs on 12 September 2016, and costs £9,500 per person, including accommodation with most meals, guided excursions, transfers and the services of a Tour Leader.
Wild Frontiers (020 7736 3968; wildfrontierstravel.com)