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The Silk Route - Central Asia & lran


Central Asia has historically been an ethnic bridge between the Turkic and the Persian cultures. Persian Iran loaned its desert architecture of mud brick and glazed tiles, its Islamic beliefs and its decorative motifs to the Turkic-speaking peoples of this region. The Turkic Silk Road merchants shared their exotic wares with the Persians and both cultures were inestimably enriched. Today’s traveler is surrounded with the results of this melding of beautiful materials, visionary architecture and deeply hospitable people.

Experience the legendary Silk Route on a small group tour or private rail journey; or set up a private journey with our flexible essential programs and fully-customized travel options. Email a Private Journeys Specialist to request a regional travel planner for custom private travel.



Small Group Tours

Central Asian Epic Overland Adventure

An Expedition from Bishkek to Bukhara

15 Days / Available in May and August
$5,595, plus $90 internal air / Explorer Series
Silk Route Odyssey: Caravan Across Uzbekistan

Valleys, Desert, Bazaars and Oases

15 Days / Available in May and September
$4,295, plus $160 internal air / Explorer Series
Journey Through Central Asia: The Five 'Stans

A Classic Silk Road Survey

21 Days / Available in April, August,
September and October
$7,495, plus $250 internal air / Premier Series
Journey Through Central Asia: The Five 'Stans

Special Departure Featuring 1,000 Places to See
Before You Die
® author Patricia Schultz


21 Days / Available in April
$7,495, plus $250 internal air / Premier Series
Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

The Silk Road Through Western China
and the Five 'Stans


24 Days / Available in May and August
$7,395, plus $800 internal air / Explorer Series
The Pamir Highway & Across Fabled Frontiers

The Silk Road Less Traveled

18 Days / Available in July
$7,295 / Explorer Series
Ancient Persia - Modern Iran

Iran from Top to Bottom

18 Days / Available in April and September
$5,995, plus $190 internal air / Cultural Series
Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & lran

From Tashkent To Tehran via Turkmenistan

20 Days / Available in April and November
$6,995, plus $250 internal air / Premier Series


Private Rail Tours

Silk Road by Private Train

Between Beijing and Moscow via Central Asia

21 Days / Available in September
From $23,995 / Private Train Series
Silk Road by Private Train: Central Asia & Russia

Between Almaty and Moscow via Central Asia

13 Days / Available in September and October
From $16,595 / Private Train Series
Caspian Odyssey by Private Train

From Yerevan to Almaty

16 Days / Available in October
From $20,995 / Private Train Series
Jewels of Persia by Private Train

Between Budapest and Tehran

15 Days / Available in October
From $12,995 / Private Train Series



Flexible Essential Private Trips

Essential Central Asia

Markets and Minarets of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

13 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Monday
From $4,195, plus $70 internal air /
Flexible Essential Series

Essential Uzbekistan

Uzbek Oases of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

10 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Wednesday
From $3,295, plus $110 internal air / Flexible Essential Series
Essential Tajikistan

Mountains and Markets

8 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Thursday
From $2,995, plus $100 internal air / Flexible Essential Series
Essential Kazakhstan

From the New Capital to the Old

7 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Saturday
From $3,195, plus $490 internal air / Flexible Essential Series
Essential Kyrgyzstan

Nomadic Traditions and Village Culture

8 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Friday
From $2,395 / Flexible Essential Series
Essential Turkmenistan

From the Capital to the Caspian

12 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Friday
From $3,095 plus $150 internal air / Flexible Essential Series
Essential Iran

Persian Odyssey to Shiraz, Isfahan and Tehran

10 Days / Your choice of dates - start on a Saturday
From $3,995, plus $100 internal air / Flexible Essential Series


Custom & Private Travel

Custom & Private Journeys to Central Asia & Iran
Our "Destination by Design" services go beyond fixed itineraries and set dates to offer you the flexibility of
custom travel for any size group - from solo travelers to couples, from families to large delegations.

Tien Shan & Taklamakan: Nomads & Merchants of the Silk Route

This itinerary available as a private journey

20 Days
The Great Silk Road Across China & Uzbekistan

Following Ancient Routes of Trade & Conquest

This itinerary available as a private journey

19 Days
Mongolia & Kyrgyzstan

Lands of the Last Nomads

This itinerary available as a private journey

18 Days

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