Crossing the Ancient Silk Road

Crossing the Ancient Silk Road

  • Dunhuang
    Dunhuang
  • Buddha head
    Buddha head
  • Burana tower
    Burana tower
  • Tien Shan mountains
    Tien Shan mountains

China and Central Asia

Departing: Sunday 19 August 2018
Returning: Thursday 6 September 2018
Duration: 19 days

Price from: 
£3,580.00*

The Silk Road was not a single route but a vast network of roads linking India, Europe and the Far East passing through spectacular cities and tiny hamlets, forbidding mountains, gentle steppe lands and hot deserts.

Along its length, merchants traded in silks, porcelain, jade and fine carpets. But the Silk Road was not simply a highway for the trade of precious items; it was also the main East West artery for the flow of ideas.

Buddhist monks rubbed shoulders with Manichean priests and Zoroastrians, whilst Nestorian Christians sought converts among the travellers of the roads.

Highlights:

  • Explore Kyrgyzstan and Lake Issykul, the world’s second highest navigable lake
  • Discover the desert city of Turfan with its gardens and orchards
  • Visit the Dunhuang and Longmen Caves; two of the world’s richest treasure troves of Buddhist art

HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MEDIUM

Booking

Address: 13 Melloncroft Drive, Caldy, Wirral CH48 2JA
Telephone: +44 (0) 151 625 3425

*Price details

* Per person sharing, not including international flights. Single room supplement £780.

$4,590 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in April 2017. Contact the relevant operator for the most up-to-date price information.