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Silk Road Group Tours & Tailormade Holidays

Silk Road Group Tours    Silk Road Private & Tailormade Ideas   

Iran    Uzbekistan    Kyrgyzstan    Turkmenistan    Tajikistan    Kazakhstan    China    Caucasus    Turkey


History of the Silk Road

Chinese silk production remained an exclusive secret, hidden from the rest of the world, for thousands of years. Any sharing of information about its production with foreigners resulted in a death sentence. A global demand for luxurious goods thus prompted the creation of an international trade route linking China with the Mediterranean, with trade in silk but also other precious commodities like gold, silver, ivory, jade, porcelain, fur and glass, as well as exotic foodstuffs like carrots, pomegranates, peaches and melons. Formed during the Han Dynasty from a network of routes, this overland path provided a means along which to import and export mostly exotic commodities with China's silk comprising a large and important portion of the trade. For this reason it became known as the Silk Road.

Not only was this pathway critical to the flow of goods, perhaps more important was the flow of ideas. Along the Silk Road travelled religious ideas (most famously, Buddhism, but also Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and later Islam), business practices, agricultural techniques, artistic processes and even fashions - but also diseases and wars. The discovery of a sea route heralded the decline of the Silk Road route as an important corridor of trade and many of the lands it crossed became forgotten backwaters for many centuries. Today a journey along the Silk Road offers a fascinating insight into diverse ancient cultures, as well as the integration and cultural exchanges of a wide variety of civilisations.


The Silk Road Today

Spanning over 4,350 miles, the Silk Road begins its epic journey in the ancient imperial capital of Chang'an (today called "Xi'an") in China. Retrace the path of merchants, passing by some of China's most iconic sights - the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall, the Tibetan monastery of Labrang. Venture along the Hexi Corridor and on across the rolling sand dunes of the Gobi and Taklamakan Deserts into the untamed wilderness of Kyrgyzstan. Experience the nomadic lifestyle of yurt-dwelling shepherds and discover their stunning mountainous country. Explore the history of the famous Silk Road cities - Kashgar, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Merv - and admire their sublime architecture and beautiful handmade crafts.

Visit the curious land of Turkmenistan, where a wealth of ancient history sits alongside a closed and often bizarre present, under the thumb of today's rulers. Continue into the Middle East to the fascinating ancient land of Persia (today’s "Iran") with its myriad of captivating sights - from Persepolis to Isfahan, and an unparalleled hospitality. From Persia you can cross into the Caucuses to visit Azerbaijan and the oldest Christian countries in the world - Armenia and Georgia - or cross into Anatolia and on through modern Turkey, visiting some of the oldest sites in the world - the world's first city, Çatalhöyük, and the world's first temple, Göbekli Tepe and the pivotal city known variously as Byzantium, Constantinople and today Istanbul.


For more information on tour options for individual Silk Road countries click the links at the top of the page or scroll down for more information on selected Silk Road tour options.


Group Tours

These following tours are all scheduled group tours. If the dates do not suit you or you want to do them on a private basis please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Uzbekistan Odyssey
Ancient cities, spell-binding architecture & traditional craftsmanship

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Uzbekistan
12 Sep 2018
17 Apr 2019
11 Sep 2019
14 £ 1,995
Five Stan Odyssey
Get under the skin of all five 'Stans'

Off the beaten track :   
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Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Kazakhstan
31 Aug 2018
23 Apr 2019
30 Aug 2019
30 £ 5,495
Silk Road Through the Stans
Explore Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

Off the beaten track :   
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Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan
Kyrgyzstan
19 Sep 2018
24 Apr 2019
18 Sep 2019
19 £ 3,995
Silk Road through Persia
Ancient routes of merchants, scholars and smugglers

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Iran
08 Oct 2018
13 May 2019
07 Oct 2019
19 £ 3,695
Silk Road through China
Trace ancient paths of merchants, scholars & smugglers

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China
04 Sep 2018
09 Apr 2019
03 Sep 2019
16 £ 3,595
Archaeology of Eastern Turkey
Discover the incredible history of Eastern Turkey

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Turkey
14 Sep 2018
06 Apr 2019
13 Sep 2019
11 £ 2,795
Best of the Caucasus
Charms & contradictions of Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

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Georgia
Armenia
Azerbaijan
06 Oct 2018
11 May 2019
05 Oct 2019
15 £ 2,595
Tajikistan Odyssey
Lose yourself in Tajikistan's unique charms

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Tajikistan
20 May 2019
13 £ 1,945
Kazakhstan Odyssey
Vast steppe landscapes, traditional culture and eagle hunters!

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Kazakhstan
24 Jun 2019
7 £ 1,295
Silk Road through Turkey
Ancient trading routes, historic battles and striking scenery

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Turkey
26 Oct 2018
31 May 2019
25 Oct 2019
17 £ 2,995


Tailormade Silk Road Tours

Should you prefer to travel wholly independently, we can arrange a private tailormade trip for you too. Please review our group tours above and private tour options below for ideas and complete our online tailormade enquiry form to let us know what you are looking to do and we will be happy to accommodate. Alternatively please call us on the most suitable phone number in the header above.

Private & Tailormade Tour Options

The following tours can be run as private tours. They can also be customised, extended, shortened etc. or combined with a group tour to give you the perfect tour. Contact us and let us know how we can help you. Alternatively if you are interested in any of the trips below as a group tour, let us know and we will endeavour to make that happen. Prices shown are per person, based on 2 people travelling.

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Uzbekistan Odyssey
Ancient cities, spell-binding architecture & traditional craftsmanship

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Uzbekistan
Contact us
14 £ 2,595
Five Stan Odyssey
Get under the skin of all five 'Stans'

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Kazakhstan
Contact us
30 £ 7,095
Silk Road Through the Stans
Explore Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan
Kyrgyzstan
Contact us
19 £ 5,195
Silk Road through Persia
Ancient routes of merchants, scholars and smugglers

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Iran
Contact us
19 £ 4,995
Silk Road through China
Trace ancient paths of merchants, scholars & smugglers

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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China
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16 £ 4,695
Xinjiang Odyssey
Uncover the mysteries of remote Xinjiang

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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China
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14 £ 3,095
Turkmenistan Odyssey
Discover the most mysterious of the Central Asia's Stans

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Turkmenistan
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9 £ 2,695
Kyrgyzstan Explorer
Heavenly mountains, eagle trainers and glittering lakes

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Kyrgyzstan
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12 £ 1,995
Archaeology of Eastern Turkey
Discover the incredible history of Eastern Turkey

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Turkey
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11 £ 3,495
Best of the Caucasus
Charms & contradictions of Azerbaijan, Georgia & Armenia

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Georgia
Armenia
Azerbaijan
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15 £ 3,395
Tajikistan Odyssey
Lose yourself in Tajikistan's unique charms

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Tajikistan
Contact us
13 £ 2,525
Kazakhstan Odyssey
Vast steppe landscapes, traditional culture and eagle hunters!

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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Kazakhstan
Contact us
7 £ 1,695
Silk Road through Turkey
Ancient trading routes, historic battles and striking scenery

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Turkey
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17 £ 3,895

Extensions & Ideas

These trips are intended either as extensions to group tours or to use as inspiration for ideas for tailormade tours. They can also be used for ideas of things to do on a private tour. Please contact us if you have any questions

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