Xian to Istanbul overland tour

“A classic Silk Road vacation by train from China to the Caucasus, traveling through some of the world’s remotest corners.”


Xian | Great Wall of China | Xian | Terracotta Army | Kashgar | Osh | Tashkent | Samarkand | Bukhara | Ashgabat ‘Door to Hell’ | Mashhad Emam Reza shrine | Tehran | Lake Sevan | Yerevan brandy factory | Tbilisi | Gori – birthplace of Stalin | Istanbul |

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14 May 2021
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03 Sep 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

We are committed to positive environmental impacts through our Responsible Travel Policy. As an overland company we have extremely low carbon emissions throughout all our journeys. This journey operates over 12,332km departing from Xian, traveling through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey before concluding in Istanbul. We like to ensure that rail travel is used where possible, allowing for the journey to be shared between many. We also ensure to use experienced drivers who know the areas best when transfers are needed. This allows us to be confident there will be no risk of damage to the environment and local flora.

We use Local Partners who work with us to design journeys an optimal way to limit our impact on the environment. We make certain to reduce plastic waste by promoting reusing drink bottles instead of buying bottled water. Where possible our clients stay in smaller-scale accommodation, such as locally owned guesthouses, in support of the local people.

We try to include as many local lunches, dinners and wineries in our journeys which enables us to spread economic benefits while also promote cultural understanding. We also make certain that none of our scheduled sightseeing visit zoos or orphanages.

The Impacts of this Trip

We have a very clear mandate to support the local community and without these Local Partners our on ground experiences wouldn’t be the same. We have been operating journeys throughout Asia for over 50 years and strive to build on our long established reputation for having the utmost respect for the places and communities that we visit.

We contract the services of Local Guides and City Ambassadors through our Local Partners. On this trip we use Djonghir, a trusted Local Guide from Samarkand for many of our tours. Djonghir loves showing our travelers the lifestyle in Samarkand and has even been known to demonstrate how to make local cuisines upon request. He wants all travelers to leave Uzbekistan loving it as much as he does.

In addition, we partner with local families, which we find not only enriches the overall experience but allows us to understand local traditions and create sound relationships between clients and locals.

We visit local markets where possible again helping to serve as an authentic and cultural experience and one, which maintains a closer bond between client and local. We always encourage our group to buy locally and encourage local trade and artistry.


1 Reviews of Xian to Istanbul overland tour

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The Pass between the Pamirs and the Tien Shan mountains and Sary Tash; the Chinese warriors, the Registan at dusk.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take luggage you can carry up and down stairs. Enjoy it, it’s wonderful.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

A little. Wonderful

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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