The Silk Road


"A legendary network of trade and cultural interaction from the Mediterranean Sea to China, trudged by merchants, pilgrims, soldiers, bandits ... during several centuries and now by inspired nomad travelers"


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The Silk Road by NomadXpress


" After 9 months traveling , crossing 51,619 km and exploring 23 countries, here are the SILK ROAD tracks by NOMADXPRESS "


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us 2We are emotion-seekers rambling towards the rising sun. Left our flat jobs behind us,
we felt the undelayable urge to wake up our creative, asleep instinct…We are wandering about the silk road and beyond to try to narrate ancient cultures in a new, intriguing way…Passion is action.

If you are gonna cross our way, let us know and we can share experiences!

 

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South Korea in 10 alternative sights
21 Nov

South Korea in 10 alternative sights

In this post we wish to provide some suggestions on spots telling another curious version of the flat or even unknown image South Korea has achieved in the general public opinion. As a matter of fact, Korea ...
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NomadXpress in JAPAN: our top 20 experiences
1 Nov

NomadXpress in JAPAN: our top 20 experiences

A bit astray from the Silk Road (even though some later branches stretched as far as Nara and the surroundings), Japan was not indeed in our initial plans. However, after being denied the Chinese Visa in Ulaa...
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From Russia to Japan by boat: the Vladivostok-Sakaiminato route
20 Oct

From Russia to Japan by boat: the Vladivostok-Sakaiminato route

In order to keep being loyal to our “no planes policy”, we had to figure out how to get to Japan by boat after completing the Trans-Siberian stretch in Vladivostok. Browsing the online info, we got to know th...
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Trans-Siberian highlights and downsides (in our short journey from Ulan Ude to Vladivostok)
11 Oct

Trans-Siberian highlights and downsides (in our short journey from Ulan Ude to Vladivostok)

The names “Siberia” and “Trans-Siberian” have always evoked a creepily respectful image related to freezing, remote lands with almost no dwellers and vegetation. A place for true, committed travellers wishin...
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Mongolia’s 10 tops and flops
1 Oct

Mongolia’s 10 tops and flops

During our 18 days spent in Mongolia we have somehow learnt a lot about this huge, “bitter-sweet” country. Although we could not fully explore the entire territory, we nonetheless made our profound effort to...
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NomadXpress’ top 20 + 1 experiences in Central Asia
25 Sep

NomadXpress’ top 20 + 1 experiences in Central Asia

In respect of our NomadXpress' tradition, after the Balkans and Middle East "Best of", here you have our personal list of tops in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Th...
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Astana (KAZ) – Ölgii (MGL) by bus: the trip and tips at length
19 Sep

Astana (KAZ) – Ölgii (MGL) by bus: the trip and tips at length

WHY THIS ROUTE? We ended up picking this itinerary when stuck in Central Asia without the Chinese Visa, previously denied in all the - Stan countries (nowadays it turned out almost impossible to get the appr...
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(NOT) Getting a tourist Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)
12 Sep

(NOT) Getting a tourist Chinese Visa in Ulaan Baatar (Mongolia)

After being denied the Chinese Visa in Baku, Tashkent, Bishkek and Dushanbe (now open only for local residents), we just gave up and started to think about a "forced" detour in our Silk Road, overland trip from...
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On the tracks of flamingos in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve (Kazakhstan)
10 Sep

On the tracks of flamingos in Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve (Kazakhstan)

Let’s be honest: we are not birdwatchers or birds lovers. However, since we got stuck in Astana waiting for the bus to Olgii (Mongolia), we had to find interesting activities in the surroundings. That’s where...
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48 hours around SONG-KÖL: trek, yurt stay and horse-riding
30 Aug

48 hours around SONG-KÖL: trek, yurt stay and horse-riding

Situated at an altitude of 3016 m, Song-Köl is definitely a must-see inside the spellbinding panorama of Kyrgyzstan. It is a beautiful alpine lake enclosed by snowy mountains, thriving pastures and nomadic yu...
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4 days trek in Arslanbob
28 Aug

4 days trek in Arslanbob

If you do like trek and horse activities, you surely cannot miss Kyrgyzstan in your Silk Road journey. Studded with verdant valleys, candid peaks and alpine lakes, the country is the perfect scenario for hiki...
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Nomadxpress’ top 10 places and experiences in TAJIKISTAN
23 Aug

Nomadxpress’ top 10 places and experiences in TAJIKISTAN

After a couple of weeks spent in the marvellous Tajikistan – among ones of the highest peaks in the world – we came up with the following top experiences in our touching journey. To the same extent, we have a...
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Yurt experience in Aydar Lake (Nurata)
15 Aug

Yurt experience in Aydar Lake (Nurata)

Once in Central Asia, we heard from other backpackers about Community-based tourism organizations. They essentially assist travellers to have real, local experiences as yurt stays, horse riding, mountain hike...
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Local train experience between Aktau (KAZAKHSTAN) & Kungrad (UZBEKISTAN)
3 Aug

Local train experience between Aktau (KAZAKHSTAN) & Kungrad (UZBEKISTAN)

In general, so far in our trip we rarely took advantage of trains, in part due to lack of infrastructures; in part because buses are normally faster, cheaper and more frequent. However once you get in Aktau,...
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Nomadxpress’ top 20 experiences in the MIDDLE EAST (Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan & Iran)
3 Aug

Nomadxpress’ top 20 experiences in the MIDDLE EAST (Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan & Iran)

As we did after completing the Balkans, it is now time to share our top experiences across the magic Middle East Region (including the Caucasian countries). 1. HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT IN CAPPADOCIA (Turkey), un...
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How to get from Baku to Aktau by ship
20 Jul

How to get from Baku to Aktau by ship

After being denied the Turkmenistan Visa in Iran, we had to come up with a new route to be able to follow our journey on the Silk Road towards Uzbekistan. The only safe option at that moment (excluding Afgh...
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How to get the Uzbekistan Visa in Teheran (IRAN) and Baku (AZERBAIJAN)
17 Jul

How to get the Uzbekistan Visa in Teheran (IRAN) and Baku (AZERBAIJAN)

In order to enter Uzbekistan you need to apply in advance for a Visa, unless you come from the following countries. Visa on arrival is only viable at the airport and just if your home country has not diploma...
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100 + 1 true facts about Iran
10 Jul

100 + 1 true facts about Iran

After almost one month spent in the wonderful Iran, we came up with the following list of "most striking aspects" for us as European travellers. The list is halfway between objective facts and pure impressio...
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How to get the Azerbaijan Visa in Teheran, Iran
5 Jul

How to get the Azerbaijan Visa in Teheran, Iran

If you are denied like us the Turkmenistan Visa in Iran and you wish to follow the Silk Road to Uzbekistan overland, you could go back to Azerbaijan to try to catch a boat bringing you from Baku to Aktau (Kazak...
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48 hours in the Alamut Valley, the undiscovered side of Iran
26 Jun

48 hours in the Alamut Valley, the undiscovered side of Iran

Alamut Valley is certainly a special destination in Iran. Far away from the hellish chaos of the Iranian cities, this large piece of land (around 300 Km long) stretches from Qazvin to the Caspian Sea, in th...
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How to go from Yerevan to Tabriz (Iran) overland and at the cheapest fare !
18 Jun

How to go from Yerevan to Tabriz (Iran) overland and at the cheapest fare !

Following the purpose of our overland trip through the Silk Road, we decided to use the cheap public transport to move from Yerevan (Armenia) to Tabriz (Iran). It indeed panned out very well ! We wish then t...
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Travel phrases

" I am sure that something like eating Italian pizza or seeing Gaudi's church on TV will remind me the moment I met a good couple and smile ...
Gunho K.
"NomadXpress, we admire your courage"
Fiest.Je
Teheran, Iran
" Oh man, don´t forget that we are in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Farshid E.
"Oh my god, this is amazing ... "
Klaas M.
Machu Picchu trail
"We are challenge-lovers blindly rerouting our doomed footprints"
Daniele B.
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