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Gallery: Along Central Asia's Silk Road

February 22, 2024

For over 1,500 years, the Silk Road connected the East and the West. Along this ancient route lies some of Central Asia’s greatest gems: Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Almaty in Kazakhstan, and Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva in Uzbekistan, each home to their own distinct mélange of tradition, religion, art, and architecture. We uncover the treasures these cities hold on our Along Central Asia’s Silk Road small group tour, where we relish the unfamiliar and embrace the culture and hospitality of the people of Central Asia.

Get a taste of the sights and experiences you can enjoy on this journey by viewing our gallery of on-tour photos, taken by guests just like you. To see the full gallery, click the link below:

GALLERY: Along Central Asia’s Silk Road



Ascension Cathedral in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This Russian Orthodox church was built completely with wood – but without nails.


While in Almaty, we attend a falconry demonstration.


Khazrati Imam Complex, a collection of 16th- to 20th-century mosques in Tashkent's "Old City." Here we see the world’s oldest surviving Islamic holy book, the 8th-century Uthman Quran.


Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Uzbek women pose for a photo in front of the Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim Khan


Carpet weaving is one of Uzbekistan's best-known crafts and is inextricably linked to many of the country's traditional arts.


The beautiful skyline of Khiva


In Khiva, we visit the home of a Sufi miniaturist to learn about his craft.


The massive 5th-century earthen Ark of Bukhara Fortress


At the Narzullaev Ceramics Workshop, potters have used traditional methods of creating ceramics for more than a century. We attend a demonstration while visiting Gijduvan.


One of our tour groups in Registan Square, the once and current heart of the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Gur Emir Mausoleum in Samarkand, the resting place of Tamerlane


Tilework in the Shakhi Zinda Necropolis and temple complex, whose 20-plus buildings date from the 11th to 19th centuries

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