Silk Road Tours
Follow in the footsteps of merchants on the Silk Road as they crossed from China to Europe, across mountain passes and broad steppes. Cover Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as you travel from east to west and explore the ancient industries found here, many of which still exist today. Just like hundreds of years ago, masters still produce feather-light silk and bazaars still smell of spices, and chefs still cook the tastiest of foods.
From China, caravans would stop at Urumqi and Kashgar as they crossed the Taklamakan Desert, so our Silk Road tours in China start from these cities. Cross into Kyrgyzstan over Torugart Pass, and arrive in Osh, a city built around its 2,000-year-old bazaar. Or else start from the steppes of Kazakhstan, and then stop by the mountains of Kyrgyzstan on the way to the grand cities of Uzbekistan. Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva have long been part of legends, but the cities themselves live up to all expectations. Though many merchants just passed through along the Silk Road, these cities (plus Merv and Konye-Urgench in Turkmenistan) were sites of education and scholarly work, which can still be seen at the elaborate and intricate madrassas and mosques. On the other side of the Caspian Sea is the Caucasus, the gateway to Europe. Visit the ancient cities of Baku and Ganja in Azerbaijan, before crossing to Armenia and Georgia, the two oldest Christian countries in the world. The Silk Road crossed Svaneti and led to the Caspian Sea via ancient cities like Poti, which was once a bustling market town and port.
Our best Silk Road Tours cover these places and introduce you to rough stone caravanserais in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan, monumental architecture in the grand cities of Uzbekistan, sandswept ruins in Turkmenistan, and the sunny vineyards of Georgia. Group tours are the best way to make the most of a short amount of time and meet travelers who are just as excited as you are.