Eastbound trips start in Russia's capital Moscow (westbound trips end here), where we have plenty of time to explore.
We travel on to Volgograd – better known as Stalingrad – where the Soviets turned the course of the Second World War, before heading to far remoter places that owe their importance to a time much further back in history.
We will fully explore the breathtaking scenery, stay in local homestays and yurt camps, and take advantage of the phenomenal trekking opportunities in this incredible country on a flexible itinerary, before heading for the beautiful city of Bishkek.We continue on to cross the remote and desolate mountains in the south of Kyrgyzstan and cross the Torugart Pass into the incredible country of China.Train No.: K615 (leave Beijing at 15h40, arrive Datong at 21h45).Upon arrival at Datong railway station, pickup by our English speaking tour guide and drive to your hotel.DAY 1 MOSCOW | Russia Upon arrival at Moscow Airport you will be met and transferred to the five-star Marriott Royal Aurora hotel (or similar).
Located in Moscow city centre, and within walking distance of Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre, this luxury hotel offers spacious accommodation with butler service for each guest room – the only hotel in Moscow to offer this fine service.
Chinese calligraphy, like the script itself, began with hieroglyphs which evolved over time into various distinct styles and schools, constituting an important part of China’s national heritage.
Chinese scripts are generally divided into five categories: the seal character (zhuan), the official or clerical script (li), the regular script (kai), the running hand (xing) and the cursive hand (cao).
Exploring Xi’an is akin to traveling back thousands of years in time.
Now the capital of Shaanxi Province, Xi’an is also the political, economic and cultural center of the Northwest, with a population of 2,650,000.
It is from here that caravans started on the Silk Road to Europe, changing the Western world forever.