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

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starts on 23 Nov 2018
Days
56
Our saving
$300
From
US $ 6,000
Cost/day $107
+ $1,660 Kitty
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Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an) - Dragoman
Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an) - Dragoman
Starts
Ashgabat
+27 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
Transportation
Overland Truck
Travel style
Adventure, Overland truck, Discovery, In-depth Cultural
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.
  • Fiona Woods's review about another Dragoman tour
    4.5 - Excellent

    This was one of the best holidays we have ever done . Will our Leader and Anita the driver were amazing. The experience was one big adventure from beginning to end . Can highly recommend Dragoman

  • coraldonaldson's review about another Dragoman tour
    4.0 - Good

    great way to see places that have minimal local transport, with transportation to sights with no hassel

  • VictoriaStephenson's review about another Dragoman 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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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
  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

Videos

  • Main Page Video
  • What Is Overlanding?
  • Overlanding The Silk Road
  • Dragoman - 2017
Main Page Video

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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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.
Hold my space
TourRadar can request Dragoman to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
Deposit
TourRadar only requires a deposit of 10% to confirm this Dragoman booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 20 January 2019 the full payment of $6,000 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $6000 for Western China & Central Silk Route (Ashgabat to Xi'an), but the deposit of 10% is non-refundable.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Dragoman tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

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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