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Country Road, Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Journey along the Silk Road

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Prices Start from
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02/06/2016 Days £4,995 ex. flightsDiana Driscoll15 LIMITED Reserve your place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Mountain scene, Kyrgyzstan 1

Dramatic landscapes

Witness Kyrgyzstan’s dramatic landscapes of forested mountains and lush valleys.

Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang, China 2

The Mogao Caves

Discover the incredible wealth of Buddhist cave art found in Dunhuang’s Mogao grottoes.


Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian, China 3


Visit Xian’s extraordinary terracotta warriors and Big Wild Goose pagoda.

Forbidden city in Beijing, China 4


Experience China’s capital, a cauldron of history, culture and enterprise.

Why we like it

An exceptional guide is the first essential component of a successful group tour and in Diana Driscoll, Steppes Travel is confident we have found just that. We have worked with Diana for over three years, and clients continue to rave about how amazing she is as a tour leader. Her passion for the regions that she travels to is incredible. She is known on our trips to be travelling with a file filled with fascinating handouts on the history, cultures and other local insights of the area, which she happily shares with the group. In addition, we find that she is great fun to travel with and our clients tend to travel with her, again and again.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
    Bishkek - Ashu Village
  • Day 3
    Ashu Village - Naryn
  • Day 4
    Naryn - Kashgar
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
    Kashgar - Turpan
  • Days 7-8
  • Day 9
    Turpan - Dunhuang
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
    Dunhuang - Jiayuguan
  • Day 12
    Jiayuguan - Xian
  • Days 13-14
  • Day 15
    Xian - Beijing
  • Day 16
Country Road, Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Chon-Kemin valley

The Chon-Kemin valley is known as one of Kyrgyzstan’s most beautiful regions. Its river flows across the Kungei-Ala-Too and Iliysky Ala-Too mountain ranges, stretching over 110 kilometres, with seven lakes in its basin. Here also lies a specially-protected region, Chon-Kemin National Park, a lush natural area brimming with diverse flora and fauna. Forming the sides of the valley are conifer forests, which are home to many varieties of herbs, berries and mushrooms. Today you can take a light walking tour to Chon-Kemin gorge or relax in the village.

Emin Minaret, Turpan, Xinjiang, China
Emin Minaret
Sand Gate in Gaochang Ancient City, Turpan, China
Turpan, China


Located on the northern edge of the inhospitable Turpan Depression – the second lowest place on Earth – Turpan is a historic oasis town. Famous for its remarkable ‘Karez’ irrigation system, the town is fed by a network of wells, connected by underground channels.

The hottest place in China, Turpan is famous for the grapes that grow here. Both its wine and sultanas are popular within China.

Apak Hoja Mazzar, Kashgar, China
Kashgar, China
Kashgar Market, Kashgar, China
Kashgar market
Kyrgyz man at Kashgar Sunday animal market, Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, China
Kashgar, China


Spend time exploring the great Silk Route city of Kashgar, a key base for commerce and cultural exchange for many centuries, and is possibly one of the most interesting cities in western China.

Explore the covered market where carpets, pashminas, brassware, inlaid handled knives, traditional hats, silks and spices are for sale. Many of the goods on sale have changed little since Marco Polo’s time and the art of haggling remains an important skill for anyone looking to buy.

Lines of terracotta warriors stood in tomb trenches.
Terracotta Warriors Xian China
Xian, China
Terracotta soldiers and horses in a trench.

Terracotta warriors

Stumbled upon by a farmer digging a well in 1974, the 2,000-year-old army of the terracotta warriors is a fascinating record of artistic achievement and a grandiose expression of imperial power. Emperor Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of the Chinese people and embarked on a series of huge construction projects including the Great Wall. The best preserved of these undertakings is probably the terracotta warriors, interred within the outer wall of the emperor’s mausoleum as his eternal imperial guard. The mound of earth which protects his tomb is believed to be studded with precious stones.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf and the above is an indication of the cost, based on return flights departing from London. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Diana Driscoll throughout
  • Accompanied by English speaking local guides
  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Transport as detailed in the itinerary

What is excluded

  • Drinks with meals
  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Our future tour dates

For further information about any of these tours please call 01285 601 784

Departure dateDuration
Prices Start from
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02/06/2016 Days £4,995 ex. flightsDiana Driscoll15 LIMITED Reserve your place

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Our travel experts have a wealth of first-hand knowledge, so if you have any questions about this expert-led group tour, please get in touch. They would love to help. We hope you can join us on this tour.

01285 601 784

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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