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. Like the adventurers and merchants who have gone before us, we can anticipate breathtaking sights and a lively exchange of ideas and cultures along our route. Minimum of just 12 guests.
- Travel and learn with AIA lecturer and host Aleksandr Naymark, who will accompany you on daily excursions and give a series of lectures, as well as with professional local guides and a tour manager who will meticulously handle all travel arrangements.
- 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 site 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 6th century B.C.
- Discover fascinating museum collections, including Ashgabat’s National Museum of History and Ethnography, Bukhara’s Museum of National Crafts, and Samarkand’s Afrasiab History Museum.
- Stroll through old town shops and bazaars, tour a silk carpet factory, and enjoy a costume show and performances of traditional music and dance.
- 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.
- Maximum of just 12 guests!
Tour Prices per person (15 nights)
Double Occupancy (8-12 participants) $8,195
Double Occupancy (5-7 participants) $8,995
Single Supplement (limited availability) $945
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required. With fewer than 5 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.