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Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa
We specialise in private, tailor-made holidays to Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East, and have many years of experience arranging travel to these less visited regions of the world. Our extensive personal experience of travel in these fascinating destinations is coupled with a real passion for sharing their delights with others.
Our in-depth knowledge allows us to recommend those off-the-beaten-track places which don’t feature on standard itineraries, and our meticulous planning combined with our expert local guides ensures you have the best possible touring experience. We only offer private tours so that your tour meets your own individual requirements, and we always strive to be competitively priced whilst offering a comprehensive travel planning service.
Hemmed in by the Black Sea to the west and the Caspian Sea to the east, the three Transcaucasian countries sit at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and have been subject to countless invasions and cultural influences. Ancient warriors and traders have left an indelible mark on the region’s art, architecture and cuisine over the millennia, making this an intensely fascinating area to visit. The mountainous nature of the interior makes for some spectacular scenery, and the snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus form an impressive backdrop to the region’s incredible human geography.
The Middle East is one of the cradles of civilisation – the first agricultural sites developed in the ‘fertile crescent’ and some of the earliest evidence of human occupation have been discovered in the region. The area has a wealth of fascinating places to be explored, covering all eras from the prehistoric to the present day, and it never disappoints those who come to discover its history and landscapes. Particularly notable sights are the spectacular old town of Damascus, the rose-red Nabatean capital of Petra, and Byblos, perhaps the world’s oldest continually-inhabited settlement. Despite the region’s turbulent nature, the visitor is always welcomed with open arms by people who are eager to share their countries and cultures with the wider world.
Central Asia stands at the heart of the Silk Road and stretches from the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west to the Tian Shan mountains in the east. It encompasses a vast range of landscapes from the deserts of Turkmenistan and the steppes of Kazakhstan to the stunning mountains of Kyrgyzstan. For millennia caravan trains have crossed this region spreading trade, wealth and ideas, giving rise to some of the most iconic Silk Road sites such as Samarkand’s Registan Square and the ancient city of Merv. Today in the post-Soviet era the five ‘Stans’ are forging new nations in an exciting move forward into the 21st century.
A cultural exploration of the prehistoric, pagan and early Christian sites of this landlocked country. Travel in the shadow of biblical Mt Ararat and across high mountain passes to discover remote monasteries, ancient burial grounds and forbidding fortresses.
Silk Road Tours is a member of the Travel Trust Association which ensures complete financial protection for your holiday.
The Travel Trust Association
The Travel Trust Association is a trade association of Travel, Agents, Tour Operators and Travel Organisers, that operate trust accounts, in order to provide financial protection for the consumer. The TTA lays down strict guidelines on how customer’s funds may be handled and each member must adhere to these guidelines
It means that you can book your holiday secure in the knowledge that Travel Trust Association will protect you in the unlikely event of a member becoming insolvent. Should a member of the Travel Trust Association for any reason financially fail or cease trading, the Travel Trust Association will liaise with the suppliers to ensure that your holiday goes ahead unaffected. If for any reason this is not possible, the TTA will administer a claim for a refund of money that you have paid to a member for your holiday.
Silk Road Tours are proud to be a British Airways Appointed Operator, offering a wide range of products from one of the world’s most prestigious and trusted airlines.
Ideal for leisure travel, British Airways offers an extensive worldwide network, flying from the UK to centrally located airports in more destinations than any other carrier.
Travelling long haul you can choose the cabin to suit your budget from the exclusive surroundings of First and Club World to the extra benefits of World Traveller Plus and the added value of World Traveller. For short haul journeys BA offers Club Europe for a touch of style and comfort, or Euro Traveller with all the frills you’d expect.
British Airways offer a choice of check in options including Online Check-in from the comfort of your own home, or one of their Check-in Kiosks at the airport. On board, you can enjoy meals that are carefully created by leading chefs and tailored menus that incorporate local cuisine and fresh produce. For your entertainment, our Audio Visual on Demand (AVOD) system puts you in control so that you can watch what you want, when you want.