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

Dates: Friday, May 15, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020 (17 days)
Tour Leader: Aleksandr Naymark


This tour is in the planning stages for 2020. Please contact us at or call 800-748-6262 for more information when it becomes available.

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.


Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required.



Day 1 - Depart Home
Day 2 - Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN
Day 3 - Ashgabat: AM at leisure | PM city tour | Welcome dinner
Day 4 - Ashgabat | 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 - Institute of Archaeology | Drive to Tashkent
Day 16 - Tashkent city tour | PM at leisure | Farewell dinner​​​
Day 17 - Tashkent | HOME


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



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