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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 …

Uzbekistan Q&A with Dan

Sales consultant Dan joined WF in 2013 and visited Uzbekistan last year whilst on our Silk Road Odyssey group tour. We asked Dan a few questions about Uzbekistan, including what first timers to the country should expect, his favourite place and his hidden tips... What should people expect when vi…

A to Z of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is one of our favourite countries, with its fascinating history and stunning achitecture in the silk road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Find out more about the country in our A-Z.The Aral Sea straddles the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Sadly, what was once one of the…

Exploring Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Dan is currently on our Silk Road Odyssey group tour. His blog below follows his travels from Kokand in Uzbekistan to Khodjent in Tajikistan.  We'd spent the previous day travelling from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan. We sadly said goodbye to Dinara, our amazing Kyrgyz local guide, and hello to Sardor…

Uzbekistan's Nukus Market

Take a group of foreigners to the local market in Nukus, in the semi-autonomous State of Karakalpakstan. Find an old man sitting on the ground with a pile of small stones in front of him, waiting for someone to come along and have their fortune told via the stones. Kneel beside him (with an interpre…

Samarkand: Past and Present

Timur the Great, Timur the Lame, Tamerlane, Emir Timur. Call him what you will, he’s hard to avoid in Samarkand. He makes his largest and most striking appearance at the end of Universitet Bulvari Street; a wide avenue shaded by huge, graceful Oriental Plane trees glistening with new leaves in the S…

Top Tips for Uzbekistan - Wild Frontiers

Uzbekistan, in the ancient cradle between the Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya rivers, is arguably the most fascinating of the Central Asian republics. A key link on the Silk Road connecting China with Western Europe, it contains some of the oldest towns in the world, such as the legendary, powerful cities o…

The curious appeal of the (arid) Aral Sea

As we bumped our way across the scrubby desert in Russian jeeps - having turned off the slightly less bumpy surface of the E40 highway to Kazakhstan – and with a huge distance still to cover, I did rather wonder why my group had paid good money to come all this way just to get to the edge of the Ara…

Enjoying the domes, minarets and... tenement blocks of Samarkand

I had been told that I would take more photos in Samarkand than all the rest of Uzbekistan put together and I was a little worried that it wouldn't live up to the hype. But walking up to the mausoleum of Amir Temur on a crisp sunny morning I needn't have worried, the blue dome shone in the sunshine …

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