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Welcome Escape to a realm of adventure, ancient cultures and new encounters with Silk Road and Beyond, the leading specialists in travel to the Middle East, North Africa, Caucasus, Central Asia, Indochina and Far East. Our aim is to offer journeys that will long be remembered, much more than just a holiday, but a total travel experience. Whether touring the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, admiring the archaeological sites of Petra or Persepolis, trekking through the remote hill tribe villages of Northern Vietnam, or relaxing on a beach in the Maldives, we have a great selection of holidays to suit all tastes. Travel in comfort with your own private guide and chauffeur driven car, venture into areas inaccessible to larger tour groups and discover the unique history, landscapes, cultures and people of the Silk Road and Beyond.
























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Contents Experts to our Destinations Our Style of Travel Special Interest Country Transport Flying

NORTH AFRICA Egypt Morocco Libya Ethiopia North African Accommodation

MIDDLE EAST Turkey Jordan and Egypt Jordan Syria Lebanon Lebanon/Syria/Jordan Lebanon and Syria Iran Yemen

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Middle East Accommodation


CAUCASUS Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia Armenia/Georgia/Azerbaijan

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Caucasus Accommodation


TRANS-SIBERIAN Russia Russia Russia, Mongolia and China Russia and China

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Uzbekistan Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan Central Asia Tadjikistan Mongolia Silk Road by Train Central Asia Accommodation

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THE GREAT SILK ROAD 86 The Great SIlk Road Tour in Four Parts: Part 1 - Istanbul to Damascus 88 Part 2 - Yerevan to Tehran 89 Part 3 - Tehran to Tashkent 90 Part 4 - Tashkent to Bejing 92 Taklamakan Desert Silk Route 94 Karakorum Highway Silk Route 96

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INDOCHINA Vietnam Cambodia Laos Laos and Cambodia Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia Indochina Extensions Thailand Indochina Cruises and Lodges Indochina Accommodation

98 100 105 107 109 110 112 114 118 119



China Japan Japan and South Korea South Korea North Korea North and South Korea Far East Accommodation

122 132 137 138 139 140 141

INDIAN OCEAN Sri Lanka Sri Lanka and Maldives Maldives Dubai Hong Kong

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General Information Weather, Time and Vaccinations Booking Form Booking Conditions

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Experts to our Destinations PERSONAL SERVICE We take a personal interest in all our clients and take great pride in the loyalty our customers have shown us year after year. We personally check all the details which make your holiday special.

PERSONAL VISITS You are most welcome to discuss your holiday in person with one of our travel consultants, please telephone to arrange an appointment. Our office is located in Kensington High Street, London. Please call or view our website for a location map.


Our website contains not only the tours in this brochure but special website only tours, country and city information and travel essentials.


Established in 1965, we have many years of experience in offering quality holidays. Originally specializing in the Middle East, we were the first tour operator to organise tours to the Caucasus and Central Asia after the break up of the Soviet Union and have since then added many new and exciting countries to our worldwide brochure. All the members of our team have travelled extensively throughout our destinations and can share their first hand knowledge and experience with you.





PEACE OF MIND We are fully bonded members of ABTA, AITO, IATA and ATOL, so you can be sure that your holiday arrangements are in secure hands. ABTA No.2842X

IATA – The vast majority of all Silk Road and Beyond air tickets are issued for flights on scheduled airlines. The Company therefore needs to be an Accredited IATA Agent, and to become one Silk Road and Beyond needs to demonstrate financial soundness, proficiency of staff and the suitability and security of our premises. For more information about IATA, please visit

ATOL Protection – The holidays in this brochure are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 4109. Silk Road and Beyond is a trading name of Facts Travel Ltd. For more information about protection offered by the CAA, please visit ABTA – Silk Road and Beyond is a Member of ABTA with membership number 2842X and W2859. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA's Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street, London, W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or <> .

AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating. To find out more about the Association, visit

371, Kensington High Street, London. W14 8QZ Tel: 020 7371 3131 Fax: 020 7602 9715 Email:

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Our Style of Travel PRIVATE TOURS


Our private tours offer holidays to exciting destinations with well planned itineraries and are based on one or two people travelling together. The tours shown in this brochure are suggested itineraries with fixed prices and guaranteed departures. These itineraries can of course be modified. Our private tours include international flights, accommodation, a private English speaking local guide and a private car with driver throughout, as well as a full sightseeing programme. Enjoy the convenience of being able to stop when wish, travel at your own pace and concentrate on the sights that interest you. Our itineraries are quite busy but you can easily add extra nights at any point along the tour for a more relaxed holiday.

More and more families are turning away from the traditional beach holiday and are looking for something different, which will combine adventure, education and relaxation. Most of our holidays can be adapted to suit your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests, maybe travelling at a slower pace and including some adventurous activities, hotels with swimming pools, extra free time and a stay on the beach. Egypt, Jordan and Morocco are wonderful family destinations, combining a rich historical heritage with some wonderful beaches. We offer good discounts for children under 12 years old ranging from 25-50% on flights and accommodation.


Have you ever thought of getting a group of your friends, colleagues or family together and arranging a holiday exclusively for your party? With only yourselves on board, it is a fun way to explore the world and you can make considerable savings as a group. We can arrange an itinerary based on any of our set private tours or tailor-make an itinerary for you. Successful groups we have organised this year include a journey along the Silk Road, Uzbekistan in depth and a cultural tour to Morocco.

Our tailor-made holidays offer you complete freedom of choice. We can help you to create your ideal itinerary that reflects your personal interests, taste in accommodation and mode of travel. Our tailor-made department has vast experience in planning complicated, in depth itineraries not just to one country but a combination of several. You can either take one of our private tours as your starting point or start from scratch. With your ideas and our knowledge, we will create a wonderful holiday to your chosen destination.

OTHER INFORMATION ACCOMMODATION Our destinations can now be enjoyed in comfort. We normally use 4 star accommodation on our tours and in order to give our guests a taste of local life we will also incorporate good quality traditional hotels, pensions, madrassahs, lodges or riverboats. In more remote areas where the choice of accommodation is limited, we will use the best available. We can also provide a range of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts and would be pleased to discuss all available options with you.


LAND ONLY All our tours are available on a land only basis if you would prefer to use your airmiles or arrange your own flights. Please call us for details.

All travel and sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private local English speaking guide, who will not only be in charge of the tour planning but will help you gain valuable insight into the history, culture and daily life of their country. Your guide can adapt the tour to your specific interests.

TRANSPORT A variety of transport is used including private cars, internal flights, boats and trains (see page 7). In most countries you will have a separate guide and driver although in Morocco, Libya, Sri Lanka and Syria a driver/guide will be used. Where our tours include an overnight train journey, such as in Central Asia and China, we always use the best available first class compartments. The exception is on the Trans-Siberian where prices are based on second class compartments with the option to upgrade to first class.

Registan Square, Samarkand

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Special Interest FAMILY HOLIDAY S Pyramids and Beaches - Egypt Medinas, Mountains and Beaches - Morocco Desert Kingdoms - Jordan Vietnam Culture and Beaches Thailand Family Tour Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors - China China Highlights Yangtze Cruise and Classical Highlights

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JOURNEYS INCLUDING CRUISES Cruise the Nile - Egypt Splendours of the Nile - Egypt Vietnam (all itineraries include cruise journeys) Laos (most itineraries include cruise journeys) Laos and Cambodia Overland Yangtze Cruise and Classical Highlights

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ADVENTURE HOLIDAY S Egyptian Desert Safari Moroccan Adventure High Atlas Trek - Morocco Toubkal Massif Trek - Morocco Sahara Adventure Extension - Morocco Kyrgyzstan Adventure Unexplored Vietnam Cambodian Adventure Vietnam Hill Tribe Trek Akha Trek Laos

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STOPOVERS AND BEACH EXTENSIONS Egypt - Beach Extensions Jordan - Aqaba Beach Extension Vietnam - Beach Extensions Thailand - Beach Extensions China - Hainan Beach Extension Japan - Okinawa Beach Extension Maldives - Stopover Dubai - Stopover Hong Komg - Stopover

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TRAIN JOURNEYS Trans-Siberian Silk Road by Train Sapa by Victoria Express Beijing to Lhasa Express Train

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Libyan Desert Safari Journey through the Omo Valley - Ethiopia Undiscovered Iran The Incense Route to Sheba's City - Yemen Land of the Golden Fleece - Georgia Turkmenistan Discovery The Five "Stans" of Central Asia Tadjikistan Explorer Taklamakan Desert Silk Route North Korea Unlocked

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Country Transport Most of our tours are operated using comfortable, modern saloon cars and minibuses and the great majority of our vehicles have air-conditioning. Our local agents provide drivers who are professional and are aware of western driving standards. Where possible our tours also include other types of transportation, which depending on the destination can include: four-wheel-drive jeeps, river boats and rice barges, seaplanes, canoes, cruiseboats and trains. Where our tours feature an overnight train journey we always use the best available first class compartments, while day time bullet trains are a big feature of our tours to Japan.

LAOS Local guide and driver

JAPAN Shinkansen Bullet Train

CAMBODIA Thaya, local guide and driver

VIETNAM Emeraude Cruise Boat

CHINA Beijing Rickshaw

EGYPT M/S Misr Nile Cruise Boat

LIBYA 4WD Jeep Ghadames Desert

LAOS Luang Say River Boat

KYRGYZSTAN Natasha local guide and driver

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Flying with Silk Road & Beyond We use only scheduled flights on airlines with a good reputation for service and reliability. Our customers comfort is always uppermost in our minds and we use the most direct services available. All our airlines offer the option to upgrade to Business Class providing extra legroom, upgraded meal and in-flight entertainment services, as well as faster check in and airport lounges. Business class supplements start from £690 return. Ple ase ask for details.

Many of our itineraries are based on flights with British Airways the UK flagship carrier. With a wide variety of routes, aircraft and a quality service onboard, enjoy the comfort of World Traveller, World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST on long haul flights. British Airways now offers a choice of check-in options including Online Check-in from the comfort of your own home, Self-Service Check-in Kiosks or dedicated check-in desks at the airport.

World Traveller

World Traveller Plus

Club World




Ergonomically designed seats have a comfortable 31” seat pitch with footrests and adjustable headrests to support your head and neck. Blankets, cushions, eyeshades, socks and toothbrush are also provided for your added comfort. During the flight enjoy a wide choice of blockbuster movies and TV entertainment on your seat back video as well as a choice of tasty meals designed by leading chefs. A complimentary bar service is available throughout your flight.

A separate cabin, with a maximum of 5 rows, offers greater comfort and a more relaxing, quieter atmosphere. Seats are wider, with a 38” seat pitch and all have footrests and headrests as well as seat back entertainment. There is a priority meal service offering fresh contemporary cuisine and a complimentary bar service throughout the flight. An amenity kit along with blankets and cushions are also provided for your added comfort.

The new Club World seat has been designed with privacy and comfort in mind. It is now 25% wider, has a privacy screen and converts into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. A wide range of entertainment options are available on your personal 26cm video screen. The a la carte menu is inspired by the world’s top chefs with an expertly sourced wine list, while between meal times you can enjoy greater flexibility with the new Club Kitchen which offers hot and cold snacks. Enjoy complimentary treatments at the Elemis Travel Spa at London Heathrow as well as access to arrival and departure lounges.

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Premium Economy Class Seat

Business Class Seat

Economy Class Seat




Japan Airlines is the world’s third largest airline group and the only carrier offering non-stop direct flights from London Heathrow to both Tokyo and Osaka, conveniently timed with evening departures.

Consistently voted one of the world’s best airlines, Emirates operated daily flights from London, Manchester and Birmingham to Dubai. Onward connections are available to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and the Far East.

The national airline of China operates one of the world’s most modern fleets comprising both Airbus and Boeing. Air China offers 4,000 flights per week to 22 countries as well as 70 cities within China. Air China has non stop daily flight to Beijing with onward connections to Shanghai, Xi’an and many other Chinese cities..

Economy Class The typical seat pitch is 33” with comfortable ergonomically designed seats. Each passenger has his own personal TV screen with JAL’s new Video on Demand system, featuring popular films, video games and audio programming. Japanese and Western cuisine is served along with complimentary alcoholic drinks. Premium Economy Class Recently introduced on the routes between London and Tokyo, JAL’s new premium economy class offers a separate cabin with a wider seat and 38” seat pitch. The new shell seats have a fixed back which means that the seat in front will never recline into your space. A leg support and footrest also ensure a comfortable flight. Passengers can enjoy a wide range of entertainment on individual TV screens with JAL’s Video on Demand system. A choice of fresh seasonal meals is offered as well as complimentary alcoholic drinks. Business Class JAL’s bed-style flat seat has a seat pitch of 62” and is also one of the widest seats in the air. The Video on Demand entertainment system offers a wide array of programmes which can be enjoyed on large 10.4” individual screens. AC power is also available at each seat. Both Japanese and Western menus include delightful seasonal dishes, accompanied by a selection of fine wines and drinks.

Economy Class Seat pitch is 31” on A330s and 34” on B777s with adjustable footrests . A personal video in the seat back features the new ICE entertainment system with up to 600 entertainment channels. Personal telephone in every seat. Five course meals include hors d’oeuvre, salad, a choice of two main courses, dessert, chocolates, tea and coffee, and liqueurs as well as complimentary wines. Business Class Emirates is introducing a new generation of lie flat seats with a 78” seat pitch and privacy divider on many long haul routes. Large 17” wide personal TV screens offer Video on Demand with over 600 channels of premium entertainment to keep you entertained during the flight. Award winning five course meals are accompanied by fine wines and Business Class passengers also enjoy a complimentary chauffeur driven limousine service and lounge access.

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Economy Class The seat pitch is a very generous 34" making your flight to Beijing very comfortable. Quality in-flight entertainment, a choice of meals and complimentary drinks are included. Business Class Offers a totally new and advanced seat with 170 degree recline and 60" seat pitch. Customers have access to quality lounges worldwide as well as a complimentary limousine service within 50 road miles of Heathrow Airport. Onboard, there is a choice of international and Chinese menus as well as fine wines and a range of beverages. Personal TV screens, telephone and fax facilities are available. | 9

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