Silk Route

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  Tour Operator  TDA Global Cycling

  Georgia,  Kazakhstan,  Kyrgyzstan,  Tajikistan,  Turkey & Uzbekistan

 64 days (Bike: 44 days)

  5145 km  (~117km per day)



 Mixed on/off-road



  TDA Global Cycling

Explore the ancient Silk Roads by bike from remote mountain passes to ancient and bustling cities

Starting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and finishing in Istanbul, Turkey this legendary cycling adventure will take riders along the ancient silk trading routes across Central Asia. Riders will pass through the mystical cities of Samarqand, Bukhara and Khiva and camp amongst the stunning meadows, rivers and peaks of Kyrgyzstan. There are points where quietness pervades, and where the original travellers of the Silk Road seem to be just beyond the next hill, beckoning you further along this arduous trek. You will be amazed at the layers of history, shake your head at all that has been lost and take heart from all that is being preserved and created.

The Silk Route riders will be enriched by the knowledge of ancient lands, the inspiration that comes from sharing a grand adventure with new friends and fellow nomads, and the inner peace that comes with meeting a life-changing challenge head on. Whether you are lured by the chance to stay in timeless caravanserais and shop in bazaars that have thrived for thousands of years or have dreamt of traveling across mysterious lands, fiery deserts, and forbidding mountains on the journey to Istanbul, the historic capital of Byzantium and the Roman and Ottoman Empires, we look forward to having you join us on this unforgettable journey.


  • Tian Shan Mountain Range
  • Ancient Silk Road cities of Samarqand and Bukhara
  • Caucasus region of Azerbaijan and Georgia
  • Incredible scenery of Turkey and arriving to Istanbul

Tour Information


Almaty, Kazakhstan


Istanbul, Turkey

Cost From

Guided   US$ 16900


July 30, 2023
The next running of the full Beijing to Istanbul route will be in 2025.


  • 37 Nights in hotels - 26 Nights of camping
  • Most dinners
  • Most breakfasts
  • All roadside lunches
  • Afternoon soup on riding days
  • Experienced chef
  • Vehicle to carry your bags
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Sweep rider
  • Security as needed
  • Bike mechanic
  • Medic
  • Local support
  • Tour jersey
  • Commemorative tour medal
  • Celebratory final dinner
  • Pre-tour information bulletins
  • Pre-tour rider discussion forum


  • Registration fee $150 USD
  • Flights


  • Ride the full Silk Route or one or more sections
  • We recommend a mountain or touring bike with one set of 35-40c tires and one set of 45-50c tires
  • Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$400 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour.
  • Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).
  • TDA alumni get special alumni discounts.


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