first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSilk, spices, teas, precious metals and jewels once made their way from one world to another via pack camels along the Old Silk Road. The 24-day MIR Corporation tour of Western China and the five ‘Stans follows in the footsteps of early explorers who plied these trade routes connecting East with West. Guests will visit Kashgar, one of the most exotic cities in the world, skirt the infamous Taklamakan Desert on camelback, and admire the breathtaking views across 3600-metre Torugart Pass on this comprehensive Silk Road offering. Prices start at $7695 and departures are slated for 4 to 27 May and 17 August to 9 September 2016.Days 1-6: Almaty, Urumqi, Kashgar, Shache, Taklamakan DesertTravellers assemble in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, before heading into Western China, where Urumqi and Kashgar won renown as Silk Road centres. They’ll browse the animal bazaar in Kashgar, still as exciting as in ancient times, then visit the oasis city of Shache and skirt the nearby Taklamakan Desert on camelback.Day 7: Torugart Pass, Tash RabatAfter driving over the Torugart Pass into Kyrgyzstan, guests overnight near Tash Rabat, a 15th-century stone caravanserai in a boundless alpine setting.Days 8-13: Lake Issyk-Kul, Bishkek, Osh, Fergana Valley, KhujandNear high-altitude Lake Issyk-Kul, travellers attend a demonstration of horse games and learn how to set up a yurt. They’ll visit Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, and Osh in the Fergana Valley, heart of Central Asian silk production. Then it’s time to cross the Tajik border for an overnight in Khujand, founded by Alexander the Great.Days 14-21: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, KhivaGuests drive to the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, and continue overland to the fabled Uzbek oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, finding gorgeous blue-tiled mosques and madrassahs at these World Heritage Sites.Days 22-24: Tashauz, Ashkabad, NisaThe journey ends after flying to Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashkabad, where gleaming new government buildings rub shoulders with traditional bazaars. Guests visit the UNESCO-listed ancient Parthian site of Nisa before celebrating the journey with a farewell lunch.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img