Silk Road Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
Encounter your very own Silk Road adventure with our small group tours and tailor-made holidays. Travellers will experience the exotic romance, incredible sights, sounds and tastes of the Silk Road from an entirely different perspective.
Journey back in time through the ancient trade route with like-minded people on our small group Silk Road tours, ideal for everyone from solo travellers to groups and families.
A tailor-made Silk Road holiday is perfect if our group tour dates don’t suit, you’d like to adjust the itinerary, or you’d simply prefer a private Silk Road holiday with a group of friends or family. We can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, with handpicked hotels, guides and excursions to meet all your travel needs.
Start your journey
MARVEL AT ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARKHead out to the mountains of the Ala Archa National Park and take in a hike amidst the unspoiled nature. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and journey through the fragrant pine and juniper forest, spotting the President’s summer palace, butterflies and wild tulips.
WANDER THE RUINS OF PENJIKENTOnce home to 20,000 people during the early days of the Silk Road, the 2,000-year-old ruins of Penjikent in the Zerafshan Valley is a local favourite. Wander the ruined streets and easily imagine the well-laden caravans that would have passed this way.
EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF TASHKENTSee the main sights via the city's metro with its richly decorated stations. Visit the central square Amir Timur Maydoni, the statue of Tamerlane on horseback, the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Applied Arts Museum and the Old Quarter of the city.
ESCAPE INTO THE CITY OF ASHGABATTake the day to explore this wonderfully bizarre city of fountains and lavish white marble buildings. Visit the National Museum, statue of Lenin, Independence Park, Arch of Neutrality, Wedding Palace and the beautiful Ottoman style mosque of Ertuğrul Gazi.
ADMIRE THE ANCIENT BURANA TOWERVisit the Burana Tower in Tokmok, an 11th century minaret, all that remains of Turkic Karakhanid, once a powerful city on the Silk Road. Over time, various earthquakes destroyed the city and reduced the towers height from 42 to 24 meters that you see today.
VISIT THE SUMMER PALACE OF BUKHARAVisit the summer palace of Bukhara's last Emir. The palace is an eclectic mix of Oriental and European design and contains a good collection of suzanis (traditional embroidery) and Chinese porcelain brought to Bukhara by camel caravan in the 19th century.
EXPLORE THE SIGHTS OF KHIVAConsidered a pearl of eastern architecture, Khiva is one of the oldest cities of ancient Khorezm. Legend has it that is was founded by Shem, the son of Noah, and archaeological records can trace its origins back to the 4th or 5th century BC.
MARVEL THE MAJESTY OF REGISTANExplore Samarkand's most impressive sight, Registan Square 'Sandy Place' in Persian. Surrounded on three sides by blue tiled madrassahs, it is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and no picture can convey the magnificence of this square.
WALK THE PATHS OF TASH RABATExplore on foot a major route of the Silk Road as it winds through remote mountain scenery, remarkable history, local nomadic culture and the possibility of animal sightings from the ancient caravanserai of Tash Rabat to the 4000m high pass.
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About The Silk Road
For over two thousand years, the Silk Road was a vital link between east and west, spreading wealth, philosophy, faith and empire. The Silk Road is the oldest and most historically important trade route from the Chinese city of Xi'an in the east to Istanbul in the west. It may no longer be thronged with camel caravans and daring explorers, but willing travellers will still be rewarded with an unrivalled combination of culture and jawdropping scenery.
Each new destination along the Silk Road offers something new and different, just as it has done for the countless pilgrims, merchants and warriors who have gone before. There are the ancient cities of Uzbekistan that seem to belong to an age of myths and the pristine mountains of Kyrgyzstan with its traditional nomadic culture. All of our Silk Road tours to destinations throughout Central Asia offer unmatched experiences for young and old alike, on foot or by horse, from mountains to deserts and from ancient fortresses to modern cities.
Much of Central Asia still retains something of the exotic romance of the days of the ancient Silk Road. Our Silk Road tours are still blessed with some dazzling reminders of its glorious heyday. Magnificent cities such as Bukhara and the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, 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. Spending a night enjoying the warm hospitality of a nomadic family in a yurt is an experience that will stay with you for your whole life.
Remote, and at times harsh, Central Asia is always magnificent, and it provides an ideal destination for those seeking for something out of the ordinary. And there is no better way to explore this part of the world than on one of our Silk Road small group tours or tailor-made holidays.
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