Central Asia

On the Silk Road in Central Asia

Join experts to discover the preserved ruins, grand cities and cultural monuments that line the Silk Road, discovering how this ancient trade route altered the course of human history.
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Program No. 18766RJ
20 days
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At a Glance

Two thousand years ago, caravans of pack animals and traders followed a route west from their home in China over the steppe of Central Asia and into the fertile valleys of Europe, bringing with them silk, porcelain and spices. When adventurous Europeans traveled the Silk Road in the opposite direction, they came back with knowledge that changed the destiny of Western Civilization. Experience the history, culture and people that link the living cities and ancient ruins lining the Silk Road.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Ancient Treasures of Persia, Modern Life in Iran

Discover the wonders of Persia as you join experts to explore the ancient citadel of Persepolis, walk the city of Shiraz and learn the story of the 1979 Revolution in modern-day Tehran.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking and standing up to two hours at a time on paved sidewalks, streets, packed dirt, mostly level terrain. Some stairs. Elevations up to 9,000 feet (brief mountain pass).
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Share tea with a sixth-generation ceramics master and enjoy a private exploration of his studio.
  • At the Bukhara Ark Citadel, a local specialist discusses archaeological excavations throughout the region.
  • Enjoy a performance of Kyrgyz Manas folk tradition in Bishkek.

General Notes

Listening devices are not available for this program.
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