Our Silk Road vacations
Traveling overland in a small group is the most enjoyable, most immersive way to explore the Silk Road – the vast network of ancient trade routes that linked Asia and the Middle East with Europe. Our Silk Road vacations take their time tracing the fascinating history of different routes through the ‘Stans, China and Iran, past cities such as Samarkand, and through remote areas that rarely benefit from tourism, where local guides are an invaluable key to understanding the culture. Staying in a succession of small, family-owned accommodations throughout, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of traditional ways of life in communities along the way.
Our top Silk Road vacations
From US $6600 to US $669022 days ex flights
Journey through the 5 Stans of Central Asia
Small group2022: 4 Sep, 2023: 7 May, 4 Jun, 23 Jul, 13 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep
From £2499 to £259916 days ex flights
Discover the fascinating ancient history of the Silk Road
Small group2022: 17 Sep, 2023: 22 Apr, 16 Sep
From £2950 to £299515 days ex flights
See spectacular mountain scenery on this Silk Road journey
Small group2022: 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 2023: 27 May, 22 Jul, 2 Sep
About our Silk Road vacations
The history of the Silk Road
The history of the Silk Road dates back to around 114 BC, when China’s Han dynasty began to expand its influence, opening up new trade routes that merchants were quick to seize upon. Along with tea, perfumes, paper and (of course) silk, new cultures, languages and architecture travelled from east to west. That went both ways – Marco Polo is known to have followed the Silk Road from Europe to China. The Han dynasty met the Roman Empire in Central Asia, allowing the cities along this spidering network of routes to flourish with even greater prosperity and cultural exchange.
Given the number of available routes for Silk Road vacations, and the sheer amount there is to see in cities from Tashkent to Almaty, and Samarkand to Bukhara, you’ll find our Silk Road travel advice a veritable goldmine of useful tips. We’ve tapped our Silk Road vacation experts for their thoughts on things like how to cope with long road journeys pitted with potholes, what to pack, what to expect from the cuisine, and where to shop for the best traditional handicrafts. You’ll also find handy Silk Road health and safety advice, and some first-hand knowledge from previous travelers.
Small group Silk Road vacations
In past centuries, merchants and traders on the Silk Road would wisely travel together for safety. While bandit raids are a thing of the past, small group vacations remain the best way to explore the Silk Road. You can travel classic routes knowing that all the logistics – from visas to accommodation – have been sorted out by professionals. Groups are accompanied throughout by local guides adept at introducing you to people and their culture along the way. You also have the social aspect. You’ll bond quickly with like-minded travelers on a two- or three-week trip through the Stans.