The overland Silk Road & ancient routes cross the Asian continent, from China in Asia, to Turkey and the Mediterranean, where the routes extend by sea to Europe, Arabia, and North Africa. Central Asia is the heart of the largest landmass on earth, known as Eurasia. Central Asia's role as the conduit between cultures is symbolized by the "Silk Road."
Having learnt about the ancient trade routes when I was in school, I have dreamt of reliving this route in my travels one day. Last year, I was able to take two weeks off to experience the China leg of the Silk Road with a friend. It was definitely an eye-opener and fantastic experience. Some parts were not easy, despite my knowledge of the Mandarin language and I would advise any adventurous traveler to hire a local guide, especially once you cross over to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. And if you do not speak Mandarin, it is best to hire a local guide for the entire journey to facilitate any communication with the locals as they do not speak English and it will also ensure you get to see the many wonderful cultural and colorful places along the way as most are not that easy to find and the signs might not be in English.
So this was my journey and if you do plan to embark on this adventure, I hope you will find it useful. I have also indicated approximate cost for some of the local tours that I have used in local China currency for reference.