The Silk Road Tour 17 Days

The Silk Road: Western China and Uzbekistan

The Silk Road– Three magic words that represent a world of mystery and fascination. The Silk Road has been thought of through the years as an intriguing journey taken only by brave merchants and missionaries who dared to travel it. Many dangers stood in the paths of the caravans and great preparations were required before setting out. One had to be prepared to defend oneself from robbers and from severe weather conditions, to learn to deal with legends of monsters and ghosts, and to carry a large amount of equipment. This tour travels through China and Uzbekistan – the most majestic and dramatic areas of the Silk Road.

Uzbekistan– This colorful nation is located in central Asia and carries with it the mysterious aroma of bazaars and monasteries surrounded by deserts and mountains. The beautiful desert area became the meeting place of people with traditional cultures of the south and the nomads and fighters of the north. Together they created a unique culture as well as the impressive cities of Bukhara and Samarkand.

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The lake gets its name from the blue color of the water, which reflects the glaciers on the mountains which surround it. In our travels around the lake we will meet nomads who live near the lake and make their livelihood from it.  Later we will return to Urumqi.

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However, an amazing engineering system transformed it into a desert paradise that gave rest and relaxation to travelers on the Silk Road and enabled it to become a center to raise grapes, watermelons, and melons.   We will visit the Karez system that has brought water from snow capped mountains and we will visit the vineyards that are watered by it. We will also visit the Emin Minaret.

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At this famous crossroad, the merchant paths of Central Asia crossed those coming from China and with those traveling southward many through the Pamir Mountains- to the Indus Valley and the Indian sub-continent. The riches that flowed through the city enabled the city to become the center of Uyghur arts.

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We will visit the impressive burial place of Abak Hoja and the Idaka Mosque, the largest in all of China. Afterwards we return to our hotel to prepare for Shabbat.

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People converge from the entire area to buy and sell sheep, donkeys, cows, rugs, cloth, knives, work implements, and more. Later we will fly to Tashkent.

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We shall see the impressive statue of Amir Timur, the monument that commemorates the earthquake, the Parliament buildings, Independence Square, and the Opera House. We will visit the Museum and Library of the Quran and the Museum of Fine Arts. We will see some of the railroad stations that themselves are like art museums made of marble and granite.

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More than anything, it is the city of Tamerlane or “Timur the Lame,” the king who established an empire that stretched as far as Delhi, Baghdad, Moscow, and Constantinople. We will visit “Guri Amir,” burial place of the ruler- the burial area of the Timurid Dynasty, and we will visit the well-known city market. At the end of the visit, we will travel to Samarkand. In the evening, we will go out to see the Samarkand Theater of Historical Costume.

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We will continue on to the Afrasiyab museum and to the complex of buildings of Shah-i-Zinda, which is an extensive mausoleum of historical figures of Samarkand. We shall end with a tour among the tombstones of the Jewish cemetery and with a visit to the home of the Jewish gentleman Abram Kalantarov that now serves as a museum.

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The center has become a point of interest where heads of state visit. We shall continue on to the city of Bukhara, built in a desert oasis and thought of as the most beautiful of the cities on the Silk Road. The sites of Bukhara attest to 1000 years of a rich history. We shall see the mausoleum of Ismail Samani one of the oldest Muslim buildings in the world and the Lyab-i Khauz which is the area around one of the last remaining ponds that was part of a many branched system of canals and reservoirs that have been central to the city of Bukhara.

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We will continue on to visit the famous Poi Kalyan Minaret that was known in the past as the tallest structure in the world, and beside it, the Mira Raj Madrassa. We also will see the minaret from which Jews were thrown if they did not consent to convert to Islam. We will wander through the local markets and will visit the Jewish quarter: the synagogue and the school. We will view the city from the top of a fortress. We will return to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. Davening, and our Shabbat dinner.

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The city is divided into two parts, one part is within the city walls which were built in the 18th century and inside one finds the ancient city. The other, the new city, is located outside the walls. Today we will walk through the old city. We will enter through the main gate and we will see the Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim-khan that today is a hotel. We will proceed to the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmoud.

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* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room


Price Includes:

Domestic flights & local taxes as per the itinerary
4*-5* Hotels wherever available
Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
Kosher half board & Kosher supplies for the confection of sandwiches for Lunch.
Local English-speaking Guides as required
Tips for local service providers

Price Excludes:

International flights
Chinese Visa
Visa to Uzbekistan
Travel & Health Insurance
Personal expenses
Shows and evening entertainment not mentioned in the itinerary
Tips for Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Miscellaneous expenses such as departure fees, visas, security surcharges etc.

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.


It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.

• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-14 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.