AIA Tours: land

The Silk Road: Empires of Central Asia (land tour)

Tour Dates: May 15-31, 2020 cancelled (17 days)

Tour Leader(s): Aleksandr Naymark ,

This tour has been canceled for 2020. The 2021 departure of this tour is in the planning stages, to be contacted when the tour becomes available, please call 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org.

Retrace the fabled Silk Road through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with archaeologist Aleksandr Naymark, following in the footsteps of silk traders who left China as early as 200 B.C. in great camel caravans for the 5,000-mile trek to the Mediterranean. This was also the road of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo, extending across vast deserts, mountains, and plains. Visit eight UNESCO World Heritage sites: Turkmenistan’s Merv, Nisa, and Kunya Urgench; and Uzbekistan’s old Khiva (Itchan Kala), Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm (Ellik Kala), Bukhara, Shahrisabz, and Samarkand. Explore the archaeological sites of Anau, inhabited from the Neolithic through medieval periods; the ancient Zoroastrian center of Gonur-Depe; and Paikent, whose fortress walls date back to the 9th century B.C. Discover fascinating museum collections, stroll through old town shops and bazaars, enjoy performances of traditional music and dance, and admire stunning religious monuments and artifacts, such as the partially-preserved Uthman Koran (written on deerskin in the 7th century), considered by Sunni Muslims to be the world’s oldest Koran. Minimum of just 12 guests.


Pricing:
Double Occupancy (10-12 participants) $8,345
Double Occupancy (8-9 participants) $8,645
Single Supplement (limited availability) $945

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required. With fewer than 8 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.


Gonur-Depe, Turkmenistan © Vilhelm Rothe

Kaftar Khana (Pigeon House) at Merv. © Peretz Partensky

Kipchak Mosque © Jered Gorman

Ulug Bek’s Observatory, Samarkand, Uzbekistan © Igor Pingin

The city walls of Bukhara. © Operator

Samarkand © Jered Gorman

The remains of the fortress at Nisa © Bjorn Christian Torrissen

Itinerary


This tour has been cancelled for 2020. The 2021 departure of this tour is in the planning stages, to be contacted when the tour becomes available, please call 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org.

Friday, May 15, 2020 – Depart Home

Saturday, May 16 – Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN

Sunday, May 17 – Ashgabat: AM at leisure | PM city tour | Welcome dinner

Monday, May 18 – Nisa | Anau | Fly to Mary

Tuesday, May 19 – Gonur-Depe | Mary

Wednesday, May 20 –  Merv | Mary | Fly to Ashgabat

Thursday, May 21 – Fly to Tashauz | Kunya Urgench | Khiva, UZBEKISTAN

Friday, May 22 – Khiva walking tour

Saturday, May 23 – Ellik Kala | Khiva

Sunday, May 24 – Drive to Bukhara

Monday, May 25 – Bukhara walking tour

Tuesday, May 26 – Paikent | Bukhara

Wednesday, May 27- Shahrisabz | Samarkand

Thursday, May 28 – Samarkand walking tour​​​​​​​

Friday, May 29 – Samarkand: Institute of Archaeology & Afrosiab History Musuem | Drive to Tashkent

Saturday, May 30 – Tashkent city tour | PM at leisure | Farewell dinner​​​

Sunday, May 31 – Tashkent | Fly home

 

 


To more reservation or if you have any additional questions, please email us at aia@studytours.org (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

 

 

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This tour has been cancelled for 2020. The 2021 departure of this tour is in the planning stages, to be contacted when the tour becomes available, please call 800-748-6262 or email aia@studytours.org.


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