The Silk Road
Experience the ultimate in adventure travel by setting off on the legendary Silk Road, an 80-day guided voyage which spans 7 countries and about 10,000 kilometers. Your adventure will place you in wild and remote locales, such as Istanbul’s blue mosque, Uzbekistan’s mountainscapes, and the ancient walls of Khiva. As you’ll be covering such a diverse stretch of terrain, trains, jeeps, buses, and boats will be used for transport. The epic overland voyage commences in Xian, China where you will have time to explore the city’s walls, bell and drum towers, and pagodas.
Along the way, you’ll find yourself entering the oasis town of Turpan, wandering through the Khudayar Khan’s Palace, gazing upon the oldest existing copy of the Koran in Hast Imam Square, and examining intricately carved marble in the blue palace of Tash Khovli. Next, immerse yourself in diverse sights, scents, and sounds at the Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, the oriental markets of Tbilisi, a farmer’s market in Tashkent, and the Osh Bazaar in Bishkek. One of your last stops is Baku, where you can visit the mysterious and iconic Maiden’s Tower and Shirvan Shakh Palace. This Central Asian odyssey ends in the enchanting metropolis of Istanbul, Turkey.
The beginning of this trip is certainly less complex than the rest as you can fly into Xi’an Xianyang International Airport from numerous cities, with few stops along the way. From North America, you can fly to Xi’an from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, and Vancouver. Those traveling from Europe can fly out from London, Paris, Helsinki, and Rome. When the trip is complete, you’ll need to fly out from Istanbul. If home is in North America you can fly direct from Istanbul to New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, and Montreal. Europeans can get a nonstop flight from Istanbul to London, Paris, Belgrade, and Kiev.