Along the Golden Road: explore Central Asia [fully booked]

14 April 2020 to 20 April 2020
From £3,280 per person with flights (single room supplement £380)
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Few landmarks tantalise the minds of travellers more than the legendary cities of Central Asia. Originally caravanserais on the Golden Trade route across Central Asia, they developed into thriving centres of commerce and culture with inimitable power and splendour. You will explore these great cities that, until the demise of the Soviet Union, were almost impossible to visit. Your journey begins in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, and continues onto Samarkand and Bukhara, then across the great Karakum desert of Turkmenistan to Merv. A short flight will take you to Ashgabat, and then on to Kunya Urgench, before finally arriving in the ancient walled city of Khiva.

Trip scholar

Professor James Allan (St Edmund Hall, 1963), Emeritus Professor of Eastern Art, University of Oxford
James spent most of his career in the Ashmolean Museum as the curator for the Islamic collection, and as Keeper of Eastern Art. He also lectured for the Faculty of Oriental Studies


  • Explore Samarkand which contains some of the finest examples of Islamic art
  • Visit the beautifully preserved 'Divine Bukhara' with its hundreds of mosques, madrasas and minarets
  • Discover the ancient city of Nisa, seat of the Parthian Kings in the 3rd century AD and now a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Cross the mighty Oxus River from Uzbekistan into Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert with its splendid array of spring flowers
  • Enjoy local hospitality and meals cooked in private homes
  • Complete your journey in the marvellous city of Khiva where it is still possible to experience the timelessness of a Central Asian caravan town

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