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Silk Route between Tbilisi and Beijing

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  • Turpan
  • Kunye Urgench
  • Liujiaxia
  • Karakol
  • Bishkek
  • Arslanbob
  • Zhangye
  • Khiva
  • Darvaza
  • Lagodekhi
  • Ashgabat
  • Telavi
  • Tbilisi
  • Jiayuguan
  • Jeti Oguz Valley
  • Heavenly Lake
  • Bukhara
  • Caspian Sea
  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Xi'an
  • Pingyao
  • Kochkor Homestay
  • Pingliang
  • Lanzhou Market
  • Baku
  • Xiahe
  • Lake Karakol
  • Kashgar
  • Chong Kemin Valley
  • Jinshanling
  • Sheki
  • Dunhuang
  • Fergana City
  • Bayanbulak
  • Kochkor
  • Song Köl Lake
  • Nurata
  • Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Tash Rabat
  • Turkmenbashi
  • Gobustan
  • Chengde
  • Wutai Shan
  • Beijing
  • Datong
  • Lijiashan
  • Yan'an
  • Fergana Mountains
  • Geok Tepe
  • Aksu

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. Starting in the delightful Georgian capital of Tbilisi, we journey to the wine regions of Telavi, before crossing into Azerbaijan and discovering its charming towns and ancient petroglyphs. After an adventurous ferry crossing over the Caspian Sea, we arrive in the reclusive desert land of Turkmenistan, visiting the Kow-Ata underground lake en route to the bizarre capital city of Ashgabat. From Ashgabat we cross the deserts of Turkmenistan via the Darvaza gas crater to reach the phenomenal land of Uzbekistan. We visit the astonishing ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and enjoy a yurt stay in the incredible Kyzylkhum Desert before arriving at the pleasant capital city, Tashkent. From Tashkent we will venture into the truly breathtaking lands of the fertile Fergana Valley, and head into the mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan. We will fully explore the breathtaking scenery, stay in local homestays and yurt camps, and take advantage of the phenomenal trekking opportunities in this incredible country on a flexible itinerary, before heading for the beautiful city of Bishkek. We continue on to cross the remote and desolate mountains in the south of Kyrgyzstan and cross the Torugart Pass into the incredible country of China. We will visit the stunning Lake Karakol in the colossal Karakoram Mountains before heading to the fascinating city of Kashgar. From here we'll head through the isolated Taklamakan Desert and the oasis of Turpan to the incredible Buddha caves of Mogao in China's remote western provinces. We'll overland past the western end of the Great Wall of China to the Tibetan town of Xiahe, before descending past the Bingling Si Buddha caves and the temples of Mount Kongtong to arrive at the colossal historic city of Xi'an, home of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. We will continue through the cave village of Lijiashan to the traditional old town of Pingyao. We will move on to the Buddhist temples of Wutai Shan and to the phenomenal Buddha caves of Yungang. We will visit the breathtaking Great Wall of China before heading to the old imperial summer retreat of Chengde, then finally head to the bustling capital of Beijing, home to the famous Forbidden City and countless other highlights. Join us on this unforgettable epic overlanding experience on the Silk Road!

  • Day 1 Beijing

    Border Information: if joining in Beijing, you will most likely enter China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK). There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. The rest of the day will be free to explore the incredible city of Beijing! Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Beijing before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Beijing. In Beijing we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

    Head out to see an acrobatic or martial arts show in Beijing, always an incredible mix of athleticism and choreography - Cost: CNY 250
    Discover all about the varied and interesting history of China at the National Museum, with its huge collection of over a million artifacts - Cost: CNY
    Explore the vast Temple of Heaven, once the site of an annual religious ceremony conducted by the Emporer to pray for a good harvest - Cost: CNY 10
    Visit the beautiful Tibetan-style Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple) in Beijing - Cost: CNY
    See the iconic modern 'Bird's Nest' Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2008 Olympic Games - Cost: CNY 50

  • Day 2 Beijing

    Today we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the Forbidden City. We will then have a free afternoon to further explore the many sights, sounds and flavours of Beijing.

    Guided visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing

  • Day 3 to 4 Chengde

    This morning we will start our journey with a drive to the city of Chengde. Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort. In Chengde we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

    Explore the Imperial city of Chengde, summer home to the Emperor's family
    Explore the incredible Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde, a vast park with a variety of gardens, pagodas, temples and palaces from various regions of China

    See the beautiful Putuo Zongcheng Temple, modelled after the famous Potala Palace in Tibet - Cost: CNY 80

  • Day 5 Jinshanling

    This morning we will have a short drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall. In Jinshanling we will stay in a basic local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

    Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, one of the most spectacular stone sections of the wall

  • Day 6 to 7 Datong

    Today we will drive to the city of Datong in China's Shanxi province. Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours. On the following day we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves.  In Datong we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

    2 nights to explore Datong's Hanging Monastery and the stunning Yungang Caves
    Explore the phenomenal site of the Yungang Caves, a network of 252 caves containing over 51,000 incredibly crafted sculptures of Buddha from the 5th and 6th centuries

    Journey through the remarkable industrial heartland of the north, the powerhouse of modern China - Cost: CNY 60
    See the beautiful and ornate Nine Dragon Screen, a screen of glazed tiles depicting nine multi-coloured interweaving dragons - Cost: CNY 10

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