Start 15 July Europe - Finish 15 September Beijing

Europe to Beijing 2020

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    Follow Marco Polo's great adventure on the Silk Road. From the southern ethnic region to heart of the Han Chinese homeland, you travel west, meeting numerous ethnic groups such as Tibetans and the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs of Central Asia, en route to the remote oasis city of Kashgar on your own motorcycles.
    The Silk Road originally extended over 6,000 km through ancient China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia, linking the mighty civilizations of the East and the West. Journey along this historic route and explore remote areas only just opening up to foreign visitors. 
    It was the world's first superhighway, a series of desert and mountain crossing that enabled silk to make its way from the ancient Chinese capital of Xian. The Silk Road allowed links between China and the West to flourish, an exchange of art, ideas and culture as well as trade.
    Visiting this far-flung part of China is a chance to seamlessly mix modern-paced adventure with ancient culture. The arts and crafts of the region, strong since the Silk Road era, are still thriving: contemporary skills follow traditions dating back thousands of years, to the First Emperor himself.

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    2020 Bulgaria to BEIJING  60 Days, 16000+ km

    Start July 15, 2020 from Bulgaria

    Finish Sept. 15, 2020 in Beijing China

    Or finish Sept. 05, 2020 in Kunming


    Week 1: Europe
    Depart anywhere from Europe. France, Germany, Swiss, Slovenia. You may travel through Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia to Bulgaria to meet the group.


    Week 2: Europe to Turkey
    Group meets up in Plovdiv Bulgaria before entering Turkey. East meets West in Istanbul. (Istanbul is also THE official start Point for this Expedition). Two full days to explore the Blue Mosque, Tokapi Palance and Hagi Sophia.  Ottoman preserved village Safranbolu. Caves, rock formations and underground dwellings in Cappadoccia. 


    Week 3: Turkey & Georgia
    See the stone heads of Mount Nemrut.  Enter Georgia, Explore Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.


    Week 4:  Azerbaijan & Turkmenistan
    Enter Azerbaijan from Sheki and ride the Baku.  Ferry across the Caspian Sea to Turkmenistan.  White marble city of Ashgabat. 


    Week 5:  Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan
    North through the Dashoguz Desert. A night viewing of the Darvaza Gas Crater – “The Gateway to Hell”!  Enter Uzbekistan.  Desert terrain to the Ancient Silk Road Cities.  The ancient walled city of Khiva, Bhukara and then Samarkand, with the UNESCO listed Registan.  Minarets, mosques and madrasahs abound.


    Week 6: Kyrgyzstan to China Xinjiang
    Enter Kyrgyzstan. We ride to Osh.  The Tien Shan Mountains.  The capital, Bishkek.  Izzyk-Kul Lake to  Naryn. Ride over the Torugart Pass to Xinjiang Province, China. The ancient city of Kashgar.


    Week 7:  Tibet and Mount Kailash, Mount Everest Base Camp & Lhasa
    Enter Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’.  Ride at over 5,000 metres high.  Remote settlements.  Mount Kailash & the holy Lake Manasarovar.  Lhasa – two days to explore the Potala Palace and the Buddhist temples of Jokhang and Barkhor. 


    Week 8  Eastern Tibet to Shangri_la
    Ride over a few more 5,000m passes. Through the hidden corridor of Tibet to Shangri_la.


    Week 9: China – Yunnan Province - Shaangxi Province 
    Yunnan Province.  Descend from the Tibetan Plateau to Yunnan and visit the great rivers national parks. Onto the ancient walled city of Xi’an, the start point of the Silk Road.  Two full days to explore the Old Bell Tower and visit the Terracotta Army. And the beautiful town of Pingyao.


    Week 10 : Ride to the great wall of China ! - Beijing



    All Prices in US Dollar per person


    Dates

    Days

    Stages

    Rider

    Single

    room

    Passenger

    Bike Option

    July 15 – Sept. 15

    60

    Bulgaria to Beijing

    14800

    2000

    7400

    Your own bike

    July 15 – Sept. 05

    50

    Bulgaria to Kunming/Laos

    11800

    1680

    5900

    Your own bike

    Aug. 15 – Sept. 15

    30

    Kyrgyzstan to Beijing

    6500

    1680

    3250

    Your own bike

    Aug. 15 – Sept. 05

    20

    Kyrgyzstan to Kunming/Laos

    4800 +

    680

    2400

    Your own bike

    Aug. 15 – Sept. 05

    20

    China Tibet
     on rented bikes

    6500/

    7500

    680

    2400

    Chinese 650cc

    BMW F800GS



    Included in the cost:

    All accommodation on shared basis (or a single room, if booked)

    All breakfasts

    Local overnight hotel parking charges

    Chinese Visa advice and letter of invitation

    Tibet China Travel Permits for Foreign vehicles

    Customs Deposit for imported Vehicles

    All entry fees listed on the itinerary

    Chinese Driving License & Chinese Bike License Plate

    Daily route notes

    Expedition Tour Shirt, Stickers

    English Speaking Expedition Leader on motorcycle

    Support Vehicle, equipped with spare fuel, water, tools, selected spare parts and emergency first aid kit

    A trailer for emergency cases

    Support Vehicle Driver, with motorcycle mechanical experience

    Local Guides in Xinjiang & Tibet Provinces

    Local guide or fixer in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan


    We can freight your motorcycles worldwide ( shipping cost out of China is not included)

    "Experience of a life time, great memories don't fade away, 69 days of wonderful journey across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, China, Laos and Thailand.

    Well organised and Jay was super friendly. As an real biker he had connections to fix any problem. Did all he could do make the trip as smooth as possible. Thanks!

    Johanh - Norway, 2017 UK to China rider

GROUP SIZE

Minimum 8 bikes

START/FINISH

Bulgaria/Beijing

DURATION

60 days

TRIP GRADE

Moderate with long stretches  

ROUTE

Europe-Bulgaria-Turkey-Georgia-Azerbajan-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kyrgyztan-Xinjiang-Tibet-Mt. Everest base camp-Lhasa-Shangri_la-Kunming-Beijing

ACCOMMODATION

Hotels

HIGHLIGHTS

Chinese Architecture and gardens, Rarely visited mountain tribes and terraced fields, the Red River. Bamboo forest, Xi'an terra cotta army, Dunhuang Grottoes, Turpan and Kashgar city

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