The Silk Road: Empires of Central Asia (In the Planning Stages)

Dates: Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, May 2, 2019 (17 days)
Tour Leader: Matthew Canepa

Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Image © Ekrem Canli

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Retrace the fabled Silk Road through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan with ancient historian Matthew Canepa, 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, dine in the home of a local family in Bukhara, 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. Maximum of just 16 participants.

$TBD (12-16 participants) per person double occupancy.
$TBD (10-11 participants) per person double occupancy.
$TBD single supplement (limited availability).



Day 1 - Depart Home
Day 2 - Ashgabad, TURKMENISTAN
Day 3 - Ashgabad
Day 4 - Ashgabad | Nisa | Anau | Ashgabad | Mary
Day 5 - Mary | Gonur-Depe | Mary
Day 6 - Mary | Merv | Mary | Ashgabad
Day 7 - Ashgabad | Tashauz | Kunya Urgench | Khiva, UZBEKISTAN
Day 8 - Khiva
Day 9 - Khiva | Ellik Kala | Khiva
Day 10 - Khiva | Bukhara
Day 11 - Bukhara
Day 12 - Bukhara | Paikent | Bukhara
Day 13 - Bukhara | Shahrisabz | Samarkand
Day 14 - Samarkand​​​​​​​
Day 15 - Samarkand | Tashkent
Day 16 - Tashkent​​​​​​​
Day 17 - Tashkent | HOME

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