Silk Road and Beyond

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014. View later Silk Road - Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan.

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Retrace the journey of the Silk Road merchants on this enlightening tour

Welcome to the greatest and most ancient of all trade routes - the Silk Road. For hundreds of years, merchants travelled in caravans of horses and camels, carting their exquisite silks, heady spices, highly prized gems, fragrant teas and other exotic goods. Moving from town to town along this route from Asia to Europe through the Middle East, they traded not only their wares, but ideas, cultures and technologies, and forever changed the relationship between East and West. Reveal the mysteries and colours of the Silk Road by travelling in the footsteps of these merchants across Central Asia on this incredible tour. From multicultural Tashkent to beguiling Samara and magnificent Moscow, this magical adventure through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia will transport you back in time.

  • Explore iconic Moscow sites such as the Kremlin and the Armoury

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Day 1 Tashkent

One of the largest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent is a mix of Russian and Uzbek styles, where extravagant mosques sit alongside modern highways and Soviet monuments.

Days 2-3 Ugam Chatkal National Park

Pleasant alpine meadows and beautiful wild flowers await in Ugam Chatkal National Park - a popular holiday spot for locals and visitors in the Western Tian Shan Mountains.

Days 4-5 Aralsk

A major fishing port on the Aral Sea before it was drained by Soviet irrigation projects, Aralsk has limited infrastructure but friendly locals ready to share their homes and stories.

Days 6-8 Samara

In Soviet times Samara was a closed city due mainly to its role as a backup capital, today it's a big city with pleasant historical centre by the Volga River.

Days 9-11 Moscow

Whether it's awe-inspiring history, iconic architecture, edgy creative centres or stylish bars and cafes, Moscow delivers on so many levels with a surprise around every corner.