For over two thousand years, the Silk Road was a vital link between east and west, spreading wealth, philosophy, faith and empire. The ancient Silk Road trade routes from the city of Xi'an in the east to Istanbul in the west, may no longer be thronged with camel caravans but it still offers an unrivalled combination of culture and scenery. Each new destination along the way offers something to the willing traveller, just as it has done for the countless pilgrims, merchants and warriors who have gone before.
Central Asia retains something of the exotic romance of the days of the Silk Road, and all our Silk Road tours are still blessed with some dazzling reminders of its glorious heyday. Magnificent cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand still exude a timeless aura of wonder and tradition, their gradual restoration to former glory instilling in them a captivating charm that harks back to the merchant caravans of old. For nature lovers the mountains and glaciers, deserts and forests provide a bountiful abundance of fauna and flora, whilst those looking for a more cultural experience will find themselves surrounded by customs and traditions that have changed little over the intervening centuries. Remote and at times harsh, Central Asia is always magnificent and it provides an ideal destination for those looking for something out of the ordinary.