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Just Back From... Uzbekistan

Josh recently had the opportunity to visit Uzbekistan, taking in the Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand as well as its modern capital of Tashkent. In this blog he describes his highlights, tips and favourite moments.

From Samarkand to the Aral Sea

WF client, Jacqueline recounts her experiences along the Silk Road as she travels through Uzbekistan, from the haunting landscapes of the Aral Sea to the glittering architecture of Samarkand.

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.

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.

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...

First Impressions of Uzbekistan

Tour leader Carly Fillis has just finished leading our Cities of the Silk Road group tour. Below she talks about her initial impressions of visiting Uzbekistan... "Uzbeki…what?" "You're going where?" Some people have never heard of this place let alone know how to pronounce it! "Samarkand is wher…

Just Back From: Uzbekistan

Junior Operations Manager Ruby-Tiger has just returned from Uzbekistan on our 11 day Samarkand and the Aral Sea group tour. Below she talks about her favourite moments from the trip, including camping next to the arid Aral Sea bed, admiring the view from a minaret in Khiva and enjoying the tradition…

The Food of the Silk Road

The food of Central Asia Central Asia is not renowned for its cuisine, but with the launch of the recent cookbook Samarkand, and a new Central Asian restaurant of the same name just opened in London's Soho, perhaps the time is right for a rethink. Michael Pullman, just back from a tour of Kyrgyzstan…

Q&A with Author of Samarkand Cookbook

Travel and food writer Caroline Eden paired up with Eleanor Ford, editor for the Good Food Channel and BBC Good Food, to produce the recently published and stunningly presented Samarkand, a collection of recipes and stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus. The book provides tasty recipes with …

Beyond the Domes and Minarets of Uzbekistan

Tour leader Antonia Morris has just returned from leading our Cities of the Silk Road group tour. Below Antonia looks back on her visit to Uzbekistan. There are not many travelling folk I know, who when asked if they could go to Central Asia to explore part of the Silk Route would say no! So when…

Exploring the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

Our sojourn along the Silk Road has so far led us from the bedazzling buildings of Samarkand to the powerfully proud structures of Bukhara, where we are now resting and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere. Between Samarkand and Bukhara we stood on the site of an 11th century caravanserai – a place …

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