AIA Tours: land

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

Tour Dates: May 2021 in the planning stages (17 days)

Tour Leader(s): Aleksandr Naymark ,

This tour is in the planning stages for the May 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or 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) $TBA
Double Occupancy (8-9 participants) $TBA
Single Supplement (limited availability) $TBA

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 is in the planning stages for the May 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.

Day 1 – Depart Home

Day 2 – Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN

Day 3 – Ashgabat: AM at leisure | PM city tour | Welcome dinner

Day 4 – Nisa | Anau | Fly to Mary

Day 5 – Gonur-Depe | Mary

Day 6 –  Merv | Mary | Fly to Ashgabat

Day 7 – Fly to Tashauz | Kunya Urgench | Khiva, UZBEKISTAN

Day 8 – Khiva walking tour

Day 9 – Ellik Kala | Khiva

Day 10 – Drive to Bukhara

Day 11 – Bukhara walking tour

Day 12 – Paikent | Bukhara

Day 13- Shahrisabz | Samarkand

Day 14 – Samarkand walking tour​​​​​​​

Day 15 – Samarkand: Institute of Archaeology & Afrosiab History Musuem | Drive to Tashkent

Day 16 – Tashkent city tour | PM at leisure | Farewell dinner​​​

Day 17 – Tashkent | Fly home

 


For advance reservations 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 is in the planning stages for the May 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.

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For reservations or 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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