A&K in the Know: Ancient Trade Routes of Central Asia

February 2017

Venture on a never to be forgotten journey to the heart of one of the world’s most remote and untouched areas - the mountains and deserts of Central Asia - backdrop to the ancient Silk Road. For 2,000 years, a network of overland routes connected China with the Mediterranean, passing flourishing oasis cities, dramatic scenery and lands conquered by the legendary Tamerlane. You’ll be privileged to see many of these attractions as well as having the opportunity to connect with the locals and experience a warm and welcoming culture. Don’t miss this chance to discover a part of the world seen by very few. 

When is the best time to travel? 
The best time to travel to this region is between April – June and September – October.  Spring time means clear skies and sunshine.  Avoid Central Asia’s extreme cold November - February and conversely the high temperatures from July to August. 


Enjoy a special tea ceremony which is arranged at the ceramic workshop of the Rakhimov family where six generations of master potters have practiced their art.

Visit a local home and learn the secret to making Uzbekistan’s signature dish, plov. Join in or simply enjoy lively conversation with the family before a delicious meal Have the chance to learn from experts about Uzbek handicrafts when you visit an ancient mulberry paper factory and silk carpet factory. 


Things to see
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are two countries steeped in antiquity each with a lasting legacy from the warriors and emperors who made their mark there.

Some of the oldest cities in the world such as legendary Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Each one boasts a glorious architectural legacy that is simply dazzling. 

Ancient trading domes, silk markets, carpet shops and Bukhara’s spectacular Ark, a royal citadel dating to the 5th century.


To embark on an extraordinary journey through Central Asia to the heart of the ancient Silk Road please visit Ancient Trade Routes of Central Asia