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Along Central Asia’s Silk Road

April 28 - May 14, 2025
Length: 17 days
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Traveling the ancient Silk Road route connecting East and West, encounter a mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture that conjures tales of trade and treasure, intrigue and empire.

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Tour Highlights

  • Encounter an exotic mélange of culture and religion, art and architecture, on this tour of Central Asia’s ancient Silk Road connecting East and West.
  • Get inspired by tales of trade and treasure as you are embraced by the welcoming people of Central Asia.
  • Discover Kyrgyzstan’s delightful capital, Bishkek, with a panoramic tour of this former Soviet republic’s largest city.
  • Travel to the village of Burana to see its 11th-century tower and ancient “balbal” stone statues.
  • Enjoy lunch in the home of a Kyrgyz family and experience traditional Kyrgyz culture at a yurt-making demonstration.
  • In Tamgaly Gorge, admire the Tamgaly Petroglyphs that date to the Bronze Age.
  • Spend a day touring Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, ascending a nearby mountain for panoramic views and attending a falconry demonstration.
  • Explore Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, home of one of the world’s oldest surviving Qurans as well as vast Chorsu Bazaar.
  • Tour Khiva’s “inner city,” another UNESCO site, which reveals this Uzbek city’s storied past as a major Silk Road trading post.
  • Continue on to Kunya Ark citadel and the Hunarmand artisans’ workshop.
  • In ancient Bukhara, watch silk weavers at work and visit a Sufi miniaturist’s home to learn about his craft and savor a traditional plov
  • Visit one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Central Asian Muslims: the Memorial Complex of Naqshband, housing the mausoleum of the 14th-century Sufi theologian.
  • Join a calligraphy workshop and visit a historic winery for a tour and tasting
  • Experience another legendary Silk Road stop, Samarkand, with its vast Registan Square and the magnificent 15th-century Bibi-Khanym mosque.
  • At this cultural crossroads visit the Gur Emir Mausoleum, Tamerlane’s tomb, and the Afrasiyab Museum with its ancient artifacts.

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