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Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an)

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Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an) - Dragoman Overland
Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an) - Dragoman Overland
Starts
Ashgabat
+29 Destinations
Silk Road
Ends
Xian
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Highlights

  • Explore the Terracotta Warriors site
  • Discover Mt. Kongtong and its temples
  • Marvel at the Buddha statue
  • See Zhangye Danxia Rainbow Mountains
  • Visit Jiaohe ruins at Turpan
Age range
18 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping
Max Group Size
22
Transportation
Overland Truck
Travel style
Adventure, Overland Truck, Discovery, In-depth Cultural
Operator
Dragoman Overland
Start in Ashgabat and end in Xian! With the adventure tour Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an), you have a 56 day tour package taking you through Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and 25 other destinations in Asia. Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Ashgabat
  2. Day 2: Darvaza
  3. Day 3: Kunye Urgench
  4. Days 4 to 5: Khiva
  5. Day 6: Bukhara
  6. Days 7 to 8: Bukhara
  7. Day 9: Nurata
  8. Day 10: Samarkand
  9. Days 11 to 12: Samarkand
  10. Day 13: Tashkent
  11. Day 14: Tashkent
  12. Day 15: Tashkent
  13. Day 16: Fergana Valley-Fergana City
  14. Day 17: Arslanbob
  15. Days 18 to 20: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  16. Days 21 to 22: Song Köl Lake
  17. Day 23: Kochkor
  18. Days 24 to 25: Jeti Oguz Valley
  19. Day 26: Karakol
  20. Days 27 to 28: Chong Kemin Valley-Cholpon Ata
  21. Day 29: Bishkek
  22. Day 30: Bishkek
  23. Day 31: Kochkor
  24. Day 32: Tash Rabat
  25. Day 33: Kashgar
  26. Day 34: Kashgar
  27. Day 35: Kashgar
  28. Days 36 to 37: Kashgar
  29. Days 38 to 39: Aksu-Bayanbulak
  30. Days 40 to 41: Heavenly Lake
  31. Days 42 to 43: Turpan
  32. Days 44 to 45: Dunhuang
  33. Day 46: Jiayuguan
  34. Day 47: Zhangye
  35. Day 48: Liujiaxia
  36. Days 49 to 51: Xiahe-Bingling Si
  37. Day 52: Lanzhou
  38. Days 53 to 54: Pingliang
  39. Day 55: Xi'an
  40. Day 56: Xi'an

What's included

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  • Accommodation

  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

  • Additional Services

Not included

  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Additional Services

  • GrantFeringa's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great trip. Could not fault it. Wonderful memories, would like to do another Dragoman when I have the annual leave (getting enough paid holidays is a problem when working full time).

  • JanisHumberstone's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was a fun experience, with a nice bunch of people. We joined late in the trip but were made welcome from the start and felt part of the group from the outset.

  • VictoriaStephenson's review about another Dragoman Overland tour
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip, full of adventures, laughter, culture and history. Could not recommend it highly enough but be prepared for wild camping and basic facilities - which I think is the best bit!

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • What is the kitty payment?

    Dragoman's Kitty for Silk Route between Ashgabat and Xi'an (from Ashgabat to Xi'an) is a group fund for this tour. The group fund pays for camping, hotels, food while camping, activities the group does as a whole (based on the itinerary mentioned above and in the brochure).

    The Kitty allows the group to be flexible as the hotels and campsites are not pre booked and booked by the crew while travelling which makes the whole itinerary more adabtable than the traditional tours. Sometimes you can stay an extra night at one location due to a special activity happening at the location, based on the groups wishes. All of these costs are paid at cost price and Dragoman makes no money out of it. Therefore, if money is left over in the Kitty after the tour, it will be paid back to the group members.

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Videos

  • Main Page Video
  • What Is Overlanding?
  • Overlanding The Silk Road
  • Dragoman - 2017
  • Dragoman in Central Asia and China
  • Overlanding with Dragoman
  • Dragoman Overlanding 2018
  • Overlanding Kyrgyzstan
  • Dragoman Wild Camping
  • Snippet Kyrgyzstan - Russian Truck
  • Snippet Turkmenistan - Darvaza Crater
  • Overlanding Xi'An
  • Dragoman Snippet - Uzbekistan
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    It was really easy to book (and the best price I've found anywhere). The customer service is great, everything can be organised through the portal once you've booked which is clear and convenient.

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  • Sunday
    May 31, 2020
    from Ashgabat
    56 Days
    Saturday
    Jul 25, 2020
    to Xian
    7 seats left
    $104
    USD $6,381
    + $1,790 Kitty
    Sharing a twin room
  • Sunday
    Jul 26, 2020
    from Ashgabat
    56 Days
    Saturday
    Sep 19, 2020
    to Xian
    10+ seats left
    $104
    USD $6,381
    + $1,790 Kitty
    Sharing a twin room
  • Sunday
    May 30, 2021
    from Ashgabat
    56 Days
    Saturday
    Jul 24, 2021
    to Xian
    10+ seats left
    $106
    USD $6,529
    + $1,790 Kitty
    Sharing a twin room
  • Sunday
    Jul 25, 2021
    from Ashgabat
    56 Days
    Saturday
    Sep 18, 2021
    to Xian
    10+ seats left
    $106
    USD $6,529
    + $1,790 Kitty
    Sharing a twin room

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About the countries

Useful things to know before you go

Currencies

ман
Manat
Turkmenistan
лв
Som
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
¥
Yuan Renminbi
China

Plugs & Adapters

Turkmenistan and ChinaTurkmenistan, Uzbekistan and KyrgyzstanUzbekistan and ChinaChina

Visa

Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

Vaccinations

These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Typhoid
Recommended for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Kyrgyzstan and China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Cholera
Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for China. Ideally 6 months before travel.

Policies

Location
Ashgabat is the starting point and Xian is the endpoint.
Trusted
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Payment(s)
For any tour departing before 17 January 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 17 January 2020, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Dragoman Overland. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
Cancellation policy
TourRadar is an authorised Agent of Dragoman Overland. Please familiarise yourself with the Dragoman Overland payment, cancellation and refund conditions.
Availability
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Dragoman Overland will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
Payment methods
The following cards are accepted for Dragoman Overland tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 7,509 km.
  • Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
  • 247 km
  • Darvaza (Turkmenistan)
  • 247 km
  • Kunye Urgench (Turkmenistan)
  • 144 km
  • Khiva (Uzbekistan)
  • 388 km
  • Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
  • 140 km
  • Nurota (Uzbekistan)
  • 147 km
  • Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
  • 264 km
  • Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • 238 km
  • Fergana (Uzbekistan)
  • 325 km
  • Song Kol Lake (Kyrgyzstan)
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