Crossing the Ancient Silk Road
China and Central Asia
Departing: Wednesday 21 August 2019
Returning: Sunday 8 September 2019
Duration: 19 days
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.
- 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
Price person sharing, not including international flights to Central Asia and from China. Single room supplement £860.
$5,860 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in June 2018. Contact the relevant operator for the most up-to-date price information.