In Search of Nomads & Mountains: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

In Search of Nomads & Mountains: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

On this adventurous journey, discover the unspoiled mountain landscapes and remarkable living traditions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, two of Central Asia's least-known countries. Range from alpine Lake Issyk-Kul in the Kyrgyz outback, where the exciting World Nomad Games presents contests in eagle hunting, stick wrestling, and intense Central Asian horse games, to the high, jagged mountains of the remote Pamir Highway in Tajikistan. Read More


Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

On the rocky ridges overlooking Mongolia’s westernmost province, remote Bayan-Ulgii, a dwindling number of ethnic Kazakhs carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent Golden Eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Attend the annual Golden Eagle Festival, where the eagle hunters display their birds’ speed, skill and training, as well as the deep bond that forms between bird and human. Along the way, explore Mongolia’s capital, UlaanBaatar, with its Buddhist and nomadic heritage, and the fabled Gobi Desert. Read More


Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Silk, spices, tea, precious metals and jewels, carefully lashed to pack camels, made their way from one world to another along the old Silk Road. Follow in the footsteps of early explorers who plied these trade routes connecting East with West.Begin this six-country adventure in Almaty, Kazakhstan and from there fly to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China to visit one of the most exotic cities in the world, Kashgar.Skirt the infamous Taklamakan Desert on camelback, and later admire the breathtaking views across the 12,000-foot Torugart Pass, following the Silk Road through Kyrgyzstan to Lake Issyk-Kul and Bishkek. Visit Tashkent, the Fergana Valley and the UNESCO-listed Silk Road oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, and continue overland into Turkmenistan to discover its 2,500-year history.Read More


Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Explore the City of the Sun, Lhasa, with its massive, UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, sacred Jokhang Temple and the lively Barkhor Market. Then hop the special high-altitude train, descending from Lhasa’s 12,000 feet down 
to Golmud. Transfer to a comfortable private train and roll across Western China to the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang, where generations of pilgrims carved and painted a thousand images of the Buddha; the ancient karez underground irrigation system in Turpan that caused the desert to bloom; and the teeming Sunday Market in exotic Kashgar, where Marco Polo may have shopped. Read More


Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA present: Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan

Helene Eriksen & ANAR DANA present: Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan

Join internationally respected dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen on a journey to the heart of the Silk Road, Uzbekistan, to luxuriate in the dances, costumes and music of the Central Asian desert region. This specialized journey is handcrafted for people who are ready to learn the dance movements of the Silk Road and who love the arts and handicrafts of the people who call this region home. Benefit from the knowledge that your host has accumulated throughout 36 years of researching, dancing and teaching the dances of Uzbekistan. Read More


Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train: Eastbound

Essence of the Silk Road by Private Train: Eastbound

Roll through the heart of the Silk Road on this riveting rail journey by private train, experiencing seven treasured UNESCO Sites in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The journey begins in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, where gleaming marble monuments are counterbalanced by the ruins of Parthian Nisa and ancient Merv. Continue through the Uzbek Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand, fabled cities of blue-tiled domes and graceful arches. End with a traditional meal in a Kazakh yurt in leafy Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business capital. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites. Read More


Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

This grand journey encompasses the intriguing countries of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Iran’s dynamic capital, Tehran, and explore romantic Shiraz, the ruins of Persepolis, glorious Isfahan, Zoroastrian Yazd, and sacred Mashad. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Admire the glowing Silk Road oases of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, and end in Kazakhstan’s business center, Almaty. Read More


Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

This unusual rail journey by private train stretches from Uzbekistan, through Turkmenistan, and finally into Iran. Begin in Uzbekistan’s modern capital, Tashkent, and continue into the heart of the Silk Road, the rich UNESCO-listed oases cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Enter mysterious Iran, discovering the ancient citadel of Rayen, the luxurious Shazadeh Garden in Mahan, the Fire Temple of Yazd, graceful Isfahan, the ruins of Persepolis, beautiful Shiraz, and at last, the vibrant capital, Tehran. Encounter eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More