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.
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.
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.
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.
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...