Silk Road
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The Silk Road conjures up images of mystical cities, Persian Princes and camel trains making their way across the desert. Despite the onward march of progress it is still possible to discover some of  the allure of this ancient trading route.

You can discover some of that magic yourself on Undiscovered Destinations Silk Road tours. From China through Iran, taking in North Africa and to the gateways of Europe, the Silk Road trading routes connected the great dynasties of the past.

Join Undiscovered Destinations as we explore the Silk Road.

Connecting China and the Far East with North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, it is said that the Silk Road began back in the 2nd century when the Han Dynasty officially opened up trade with the west. Unofficially this gateway between east and west had been operating much longer.

For the modern day explorer, this trading route now offers a multitude of different countries, cultures and amazing historical sites to discover.

At Undiscovered Destinations, we do not offer one whole ‘Silk Road Tour’ that covers the whole route. We believe in taking our time and having a much more in depth experience. Therefore, we have broken our tours of the Silk Road in to each individual country of a combination of countries.

Our ‘Heart of the Silk Road’ tour encompassing Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan is a great introduction to the region. For those wanting to start the journey in the West and begin to explore East, our tours of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will give you a taste of how different cultures met, merged and grew as trade developed.

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Since reading about the Silk Road as a little girl, I had always wanted to visit Khiva and Samarkand. The Heart of the Silk Road tour lived up to all of my expectations. I look forward to travelling with Undiscovered Destinations again soon.

Jane Gower, USA

Places to visit on our Silk Road Tours

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Why take a Silk Road Tour?

The Silk Road is primarily known as a trading route for Chinese Silk, hence the name. However, this ancient network connecting the East to the West is about so much more than that. It was not just silk that moved along the vast trade networks and the traders carried more than just merchandise and precious commodities. The lasting impact of the Silk Road was a combining together of cultures and knowledge that has contributed to our modern society.

It may have been named after the Chinese silk of course, but trade along the Silk Road also include salt, sugar, spices, ivory, jade, fur and other luxury goods. To call this trading route a road is a massive understatement as it is so much more than that.

The impact that the Silk Road has had on our modern Western civilisation is hard to imagine. Not only did merchandise flow along these routes but so did ideas, cultural identities and knowledge.

Rather than go into the vast history of travel along the Silk Road, we thought that it may be useful to suggest some reading to brush up on your ‘Silk Road knowledge’. Below are some of the must read books that we think will enhance your understanding of the countries and people that you may meet on one of our small group tours along the Silk Road.

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan – A detailed, sweeping book and as good as you would expect from the Professor of Global History at Oxford University.

Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes by Susan Whitfield – ‘Silk Roads is a book to experience rather than read beautiful, fascinating simultaneously erudite and accessible’ –Asian Review of Books

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris – Simple, adventure travel and exploration on two wheels, along one of the world’s oldest and most evocative trade routes.

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia by Peter Hopkirk – A fascinating insight in to the explorers and treasure hunters of the late 19th century as they ‘explore’ the Silk Road.

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