Chinese Silk Road - The Great Silk Road Adventure

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How big are the groups?
What is included in the tour price?
What is not included in the tour price?
Are these "educational" tours?
How do we travel during the tour?
What are our accommodations like?
What about the weather?
When is payment due?
Is medical insurance required?
What should I take on the tour?
What meals are included?
Can you arrange my flights?
What if I would like more information?
 

How big are the groups?

Each group is limited to 16 participants. Small groups are an important ingredient in adventure travel. They allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.

 

What is included in the tour price?

All accommodations throughout; all meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); bottled drinking water throughout the trip; all internal transportation; airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); all day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary; tips for hotels (porterage) and bus driver, restaurants and spot guides; services of a trip leader.

 

What is not included in the tour price?

International flights, tips to ElderTreks tour leader, national guide, alcoholic drinks, visa’s and travel insurance.

 

Are these "educational" tours?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, "educational". We visit many temples and historic sites, and have talks and discussions on the region’s history, culture and politics, but this is only one element of what we do. We believe that it is equally educational to get to meet new people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most "educational" moments are spent walking down a country road.

 

How do we travel during the tour?

All internal transportation is included in the land price of the trip. We use minivans and 4 x 4’s where necessary for road travel, two overnight train rides (soft sleeper) and one internal flight.

 

What are our accommodations like?

We mainly stay in good accommodations - both hotels and guesthouses, where every room has a private shower or bath. The accommodations have been chosen on the basis of location, atmosphere and local charm. The only exceptions are overnight train rides (2) and one night camping in the Taklamakan Desert.

 

What about the weather?

Conditions along the Silk Road vary from a typical continental climate around Xian to a desert climate and even mountains as you travel westward to Kashgar and the border with Pakistan. Be prepared for extremes in temperature. Average daytime temperatures are 82?F (28?C), but night time temperatures can drop to 54?F (12?C).

 

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD (plus insurance if you require it) is due at time of booking and will reserve your place on the adventure. Payment of the full land cost is due 100 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and are outlined in the "Terms and Conditions" section of our brochure.

 

Is medical insurance required?

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance and we are happy to provide you with a quote if you call our office. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible.
*Please note those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions must take out travel insurance at the time of deposit.

 

What should I take on the tour?

There is a detailed "What to Take" list in our Trip Kit, which we will send to you once you have booked the trip.

 

What meals are included?

All meals are included, starting with dinner on day 1, and finishing with breakfast on departure day. We eat a variety of local foods prepared in a wide range of settings. In many cases, we simply order a number of dishes and share, allowing you to sample new foods and decide what you enjoy best.

 

Can you arrange my flights?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks has a full air department and we offer highly competitive airfares. Whether you simply want an air quote, or you would like to make an air reservation when booking your tour, just give us a call and we’ll work out a routing for you.

 

What if I would like more information?

If you have any further questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact our office for additional information. A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to those who have booked on the tour.

 

1-800-741-7956 North America  •  0808-234-1714 United Kingdom  •  416-588-5000 Worldwide
 
 
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