The Silk Road: Empires of Central Asia

Dates: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (17 days)

Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Image © Ekrem Canli

Retrace the fabled Silk Road through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, 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 seven UNESCO World Heritage sites: Turkmenistan’s Merv, Nisa, Kunya Urgench, and old Khiva (Itchan Kala); and Uzbekistan’s Bukhara, Shahrisabz, and Samarkand; plus the archaeological sites of Anau, Gonur-Depe, and Paikent. Get acquainted with traditional arts and crafts, with visits to the private studio of a sixth-generation Uzbek ceramicist and a workshop that hand-crafts paper using 8th-century techniques. Dine in the home of a local family in Bukhara, and stroll through old town shops and bazaars, such as Altyn Asyr Oriental Market, one of the largest in Central Asia. Also available is an optional, 9-day, post-tour extension to Iran. This tour is limited to 16 travelers!


Main Tour Pricing:
TBA

Optional Post-tour Extension to Iran Pricing:
TBA


 

Itinerary

**Advance Information, Subject to Change **

Day 1 - Depart Home
Day 2 - Ashkhabad, TURKMENISTAN
Day 3 - Ashkhabad | Kipchak | Ashkhabad
Day 4 - Ashkhabad | Anau | Ashkhabad | Mary
Day 5 - Mary | Merv | Gonur-Depe | Mary
Day 6 - Mary | Ashkhabad | Nisa | Ashkhabad
Day 7 - Ashkhabad | Tashauz | Kunya Urgench | Khiva, UZBEKISTAN
Day 8 - Khiva
Day 9 - Khiva | Bukhara
Day 10 - Bukhara
Day 11 - Bukhara | Paikent | Bukhara
Day 12 - Bukhara | Shahrisabz | Samarkand
Day 13 - Samarkand
Day 14 - Samarkand | Koni Gil | Samarkand
Day 15 - Samarkand | Tashkent
Day 16 - Tashkent
Day 17 - Tashkent | HOME OR Tehran, IRAN

OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION TO IRAN (9 Days)

Day 1- Depart Tashkent | Tehran, Iran
Day 2 - Tehran
Day 3 - Tehran | Shiraz
Day 4 - Shiraz | Firuzabad | Shiraz
Day 5 - Shiraz | Naghsh-e Rostam | Persepolis | Pasargadae | Isfahan
Day 6 - Isfahan
Day 7 - Isfahan
Day 8 - Isfahan | Kashan | Tehran
Day 9 - Tehran | Home


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