Blogging from the Wild

Just Back From... Chinese Silk Road

WF's Sara reports back from her recent time on our Chinese Taklamakan Adventure tour, describing her best bits and her tips to anyone following in her footsteps.

Discovering Shipton's Arch

Sara describes her visit to the largest naturally formed arch in the world near the Chinese city of Kashgar.

Return to Xiahe, Gansu

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.

Just Back From... Silk Road Odyssey

WF's Charlie describes his journey through China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan whilst on our Silk Road Odyssey tour

My Silk Road Odyssey through Kyrgyzstan and China

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.

Dancing on the Border (at the Wagah Closing Ceremony)

WF traveller Peter Heywood visited Wagah on the Karakoram Adventure tour in June 2018.

How to travel the Silk Road

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.

Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan: Homestays, Borders and Desert Storms

Tour leader, Carly Fillis, writes from the field about local hospitality and the fickle weather of the desert, as she leads our Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: Cities of the Silk Road tour.

Tour in Focus: Silk Road Odyssey

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.

A to Z of the Silk Road

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.

Top Five Places to Visit on 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.

Journeying Along Pakistan's Karakoram Highway

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.

Russian Saunas & Local Vodka in Kyrgyzstan

Alison Baxter retells some of her adventures from her recent Wild Mountains and Fabled Towns tour, including rustic saunas and local vodka.

Sogdians and Spices in Samarkand

The final post from Hilary Napier as she ends her 'Silk Road: Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan - Wild Mountains, Fabled Towns' tour by enjoying the sights in the ancient city of Samarkand.

New Best Friends in Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

Hilary Napier continues her story as she travels from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan, making plenty of friends along the way.

Horse Games in Kyrgyzstan

Hilary describes the incredible horsemanship of nomads in Kyrgyzstan as she leads our Silk Road: Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan - Wild Mountains, Fabled Towns trip.

Culinary Delights in Uzbekistan

Tour leader Carly Fillis recently led our Cities of the Silk Road group tour. Below she talks about how the food and abundance of fresh produce in Uzbekistan was surprisingly different to her expectations...

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