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The Silk Routes (commonly collectively known as the 'Silk Road') were not only conduits for silk, but also for many other products. They were very important paths for cultural and technological transmission which linked traders, merchants, pilgrims, missionaries, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers between China, India, Persia and Mediterranean countries for over two thousand years.
Extending over 4,000 miles, the routes enabled people to transport trade goods, especially luxuries such as silk, satins and other fine fabrics, perfumes, spices, and medicines, jewels, glassware and even rhubarb, whilst simultaneously serving as a conduit for the spread of knowledge, ideas, cultures, and diseases between different parts of the world in China, India, Asia Minor and the Mediterranean.
Abercrombie & Kent's Silk Road holidays and travel are the perfect way to explore this unique region.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 9 | from £6,395pp
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Holiday type: Group departure
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
Read about our lastest experiences in our Travel Blog pages.
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My mother and I wanted to let you know how delighted we are with the excellent holiday you arranged for us to China in April. You understood perfectly our expectations for this once in a lifetime trip – what we wanted to see, what we wanted to experience and the level of luxury we wanted. The itinerary you prepared offered us a great overview of China, allowing us to see so much of the vast country crossing so many different regions and landscapes. The whole holiday really was a fantastic experience!
- JS, London