Silk Road

Watch a living history lesson unfold

The Silk Road was unquestionably humankind’s mightiest river of commerce, ideas, and culture. The main Road branched off near Dunhuang, splitting north, where it skirted the Turfan Depression and the ultra-fierce Taklamakan Desert via the oases at the foot of the Tien Shan, the Mountains of Heaven. The southern route was in its turn watered by the oases of the Kun Lun, perhaps the least known of the world’s great ranges. The two branches reunited at Kashgar but then threaded west into Persia and on to Europe, north into what is now Russia, and south into the Indian subcontinent, and each branch branched and braided, linking the boyars of old Rus with the mandarins of the Middle Kingdom and the sages of India with the emperors of Rome. Slowly, mysteriously, epically.

Pakistan's Hunza Valley

  • Silk Road history & lively bazaars
  • Karakoram Highway scenery
  • Stay in charming forts-cum-hotels
  • 19 days, with expert guides
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The Epic of Central Asia

  • Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan
  • Behold fabled Silk Road cities
  • Incredible Islamic architecture
  • 21 days, with Karakol’s Sunday market
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The Silk Road: A Journey Through Time

  • Xian (China) to Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
  • Follow an ancient trading route
  • 20 days through 3 countries
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The Silk Road By Luxury Train

  • Epic Moscow-Beijing journey
  • Peel back millennia of history
  • Explore Bukhara, Khiva & Merv
  • Free airfare on 13-day trip
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Caravans & Conquerors

  • Stunning Caucasus Mountains
  • Explore storied Silk Road cities
  • Cross Caspian Sea by train-ferry
  • 16 days by luxury train
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