Korte beschrijving van de Reisroute

ReisrouteVertrek 1 mei vanuit Brussel via London naar MoskouDays 1-2, MOSCOW Arrive in Moscow. Time to see the sights. Days 3-5, RUSSIA and KAZAKHSTAN Take a train to Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. Continue through Kazakhstan to the edge of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan.Day 6-9, UZBEKISTAN We visit the remains of the Aral Sea which has now receded leaving ghost towns and ships eerily marooned in the desert. We also explore the ruins of the Khorezm empire, once one of the great centres of learning before it was destroyed by Genghis Khan.Days 10-14, SILK ROAD CITIES of UZBEKISTAN We visit Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, three of the great silk road cities with stunning mosques and mausoleums. We also visit Shakhrisabz, Tamerlane’s birthplace, and spend a night with a local family.Days 15-19, Travel to KYRGYZSTAN Travel from Tashkent to Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, via the Aksu-Dzhabagly nature reserve. We have time to explore this reserve by foot or on horse-back.Days 20-23, KYRGYZSTAN We make a circuit of the huge alpine Issyk Kul (lake) where there are superb trekking opportunities. We also meet local nomads who still practice hunting using golden eagles.Days 24-25, KYRGYZSTAN to CHINA We stay at the ancient caravanserai at Tash Rabat before continuing through the spectacular Torugart Pass into China.Days 26-30, KASHGAR to URUMQI In Kashgar we stay in comfort at Chini Bagh, the former British Residence. Enjoy the amazing Sunday Market where tens of thousands of exotic locals meet to exchange their goods and socialise. Ride the train to Urumqi with the Tian Shan (Heavenly Mountains) on one side and the Taklamakan Desert on the other.Days 31-32, TURPAN Transfer to the delightful oasis town of Turpan and visit the ruins of ancient cities.Day 33, DUNHUANG Stop in Dunhuang for a visit to the famous Mogao Grottoes. These caves form one of the most extensive and exquisite collections of Buddhist paintings and sculptures in the world - every surface of the walls and ceilings are covered with painted clay stucco, some 45,000 square metres in all.Days 34-36, GREAT WALL See the Jiayuguan Fort which marks the western end of the Great Wall. Continue to Zhangye, birthplace of Kublai Khan.Day 37, TRAIN TO XI’AN Our journey follows the Gansu Corridor between mountain and desert.Days 38-39, XI’AN We visit the Terracotta Warriors and have time to explore.Days 40-41, BEIJING Enjoy the fabulous imperial sites of the capital, culminating in a hike along the Great Wall of China.Day 42, BEIJING nighttrain to ShanghaiDay 43, Shanghai visit friendsDay 45, back home

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