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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.

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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:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - The Ancient Silk Road with Sujata Raman

Nights: 9 | from £6,395pp

The ancient Silk Road was a network of overland trade routes that linked China with the Mediterranean. For a thousand years or so, merchants made the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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The Silk Road

Nights: 14 | from £6,595pp

Traverse this vast hinterland of Asia, the rugged and desolate landscapes and once-flourishing oasis cities and trading outposts. Visit sites important... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangtze 2017


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Travel on our Luxury Small Group Journey China and the Yangtze on select departures in May, June and September as a solo traveller for £6,350 (normal price: £7330). Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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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.

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Annie was brilliant and patient - she listened to what we wanted and was efficient with bringing the proposal together. She also gave us good advice on booking flights - it felt as she was more interested in us enjoying the holiday rather than trying to sell us something we might not want to bring the price up.

- KJ Nottingham

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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.

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Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours


Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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