The 'Stans of Central Asia' have an allure like no other place in this world. For most people these countries are rarely thought about and even more rarely traveled to. Which is why we are here to tell you that the Silk Road, specifically the area through Central Asia should be at the top of everyon…
We put together a Silk Road Itinerary to help you visualize what it's like to travel along the silk road and the things you can expect to experience.
WF's Sara recounts her first visit to the town of Xiahe 17 years ago, and describes the changes she found when she visited again while travelling with our Chinese Silk Road Taklamakan Adventure tour.
WF tour leader Carly describes life in a yurt by Kyrgyzstan's Son Kul lake and the incredible array of sights, sounds and smells at Kashgar's famous market.
The Silk Road is one of the world’s most famous and evocative routes. Named after the trade which sprang up in response to the demand for Chinese silk, its origins can be traced back over 3000 years.
Our Tour in Focus blog series takes an in-depth look at some of our most popular tours, highlighting what makes them different and answering the most common questions travellers might have. Here we look at one of our most popular tours along the Silk Road, the Silk Road Odyssey. Taking in many of the highlights along this historic route, from the endless grassy plains of the Kyrgyzstan steppe to the architectural wonders of Uzbekistan, this tour gives an overview of the culture and landscapes of Central Asia.
The Silk Road was one of the world’s most important trade routes, traversing deserts, mountains and plains from China to Constantinople with branches down to India, the Middle East and North Africa. More than just goods, the Silk Road transported religion, culture and ideas between east and west. In our A to Z we take a look at some of the key people, places and events in the history of the Silk Road.
Interest in the Silk Road is growing rapidly, with travellers intrigued by the ancient routes which saw the exchange of goods, religion and ideas between east and west. The routes cover such vast areas that it can be difficult to decide where to visit, so we’ve put together a list of the top five places to see on the Silk Road, from cultural hotspots to incredible landscapes.
Max Wood has just returned from Pakistan where he was leading our 'Karakoram Adventure: Kashgar to Kashmir' Tour. Read about his adventures in some of the world's most stunning scenery.
“A great art gallery in the desert” Mildred Cable, at the Mogao Caves. The overnight train left Xi’an on time, bound for Lanzhou, where it also arrived on the dot. Heden said Stein had snored all night, but what can one expect when two rival archeologists are sharing the same compartment? Ibn …
"Travelling - it offers you a hundred roads to adventure and gives your heart wings” Ibn Battuta Anticipating having to slice our way through the infamous air pollution and walk under a leaden sky, we were surprised – and delighted – to be greeted on our first day of sightseeing in Beijing wit…