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Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa

Central Asia

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.

Featured Hotels

Atigh Hotel

Located in a quiet suburb of Isfahan about 15 minute’s drive from the centre the Atigh Hotel is set in a stunning 200 year old building from the Qajar era. The traditional courtyard house retains many of its original features with the 20 air conditioned, en suite rooms set around the two central courtyards. The hotel also features a restaurant, café and tea bar. The Atigh Hotel makes for a truly characterful stay though it can seem a little isolated from the centre.

Bamboo Garden Hotel, Beijing

The Bamboo Garden hotel is located in central Beijing on a quiet lane just west of the Drum Tower. The building was the residence of one of the ministers of the late Qing dynasty retains much of its original character with gardens dotted with rockeries and bamboo. All 40 rooms are decorated in a traditional Ming and Qing dynasty style and feature AC, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and western style bathrooms. The hotel features two restaurants specialising in Sichuan and Cantonese food as well as a quiet tea house set in the beautiful gardens. The Bamboo Garden hotel was one of the first boutique hotels to open in Beijing and remains one of the most highly rated making it a recommended place to stay when in Beijing.

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Komil Hotel - Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Situated in Bukhara’s winding medieval back streets and close to the lively cafes of Lyabi-House square, this charming 19th century residence was skilfully renovated and converted into a boutique hotel in early 2008. The rooms are built around a central courtyard and are decorated in traditional style with wood carving and hand painted walls. All rooms feature modern en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite TV. Breakfast is served in the beautifully decorated original dining room and other meals are available upon request.

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Lotte Tashkent Palace - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The Tashkent Palace Hotel is one of Tashkents original hotels being built in 1958. It is well located in the heart of Tashkent, opposite the famous Alisher Navoi Opera House. Its 232 rooms are elegantly appointed rooms, some with views of the Opera Theatre. The hotel offers a main restaurants serving traditional Uzbek and international cuisine, as well a “Piano” and “Jazz” bar. Hotel guests may enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with poolside snack bar, sauna, massage, solarium and fitness club. A thoroughly recommended choice when staying in Tashkent.

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President Hotel - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Opened in 2004, The President is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Turkmenistan. Located on the road to Archabil, 10 km from the centre of Ashgabat in the park district, this luxury hotel offers 152 well appointed rooms. There is a restaurant onsite and a buffet breakfast is served in the dining room. Other amenities include swimming pool, sport facilities and laundry service.

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Silk Road Lodge - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The Silk Road Lodge is a small, privately owned hotel built in 2000 in the centre of Bishkek. The 28 rooms are large and all have private bathrooms. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant for breakfast only though there are many restaurants nearby. Its central location and friendly service make it a popular choice for visitors to Bishkek.

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Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel, Xian

The Tang Dynasty Art Garden hotel is located in the Qujiang New District close to the Wild Goose Pagoda. This boutique property has been modelled on a Tang Dynasty house featuring rooms opening out onto interior courtyards and elegantly styled gardens. All rooms are en suite (shower only) with AC and cable TV. The hotel also features an a la carte restaurant, café and complimentary Wi-Fi. This unique boutique property makes for a thoroughly recommended stay when in Xian.

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Tours that visit Central Asia

  • Uzbekistan's Silk Road Cities - 10 Days
  • This 10 day comprehensive tour visits the most important sites along the Uzbek section of the Great Silk Road. From the remote Khanate of Khiva, to the winding medieval streets of Buhkara and the graceful symmetry of Samarkand’s Registan Square, discover the fascinating history of the legendary trade route.

  • Undiscovered Turkmenistan - 7 Days
  • This short tour of Turkmenistan takes in the main highlights of a fascinating and unusual country. For those with more time, an extension to travel through the Kara Kum Desert and camp by the Darvaza flaming gas crater can easily be arranged.

  • Along China's Silk Road - 14 Days
  • The eastern end of the Silk Road crosses deserts and mountains and passes through bustling trading posts which are a melting pot of Central Asian society. Discover the lesser-known sights of China on this fascinating two-week tour.

  • Lost Cities of the Silk Road - 14 Days
  • Explore the highlights of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this comprehensive two-week tour, following the ancient Silk Road and visiting some of its most evocative and well-preserved sites.

  • Kyrgyzstan Explorer - 9 Days
  • Delve into the scenic heart of Kyrgyzstan enjoying the magnificent scenery around Lake Issy Kul , the Tien Shan mountains and Son Kul. Stay in a traditional Yurt and discover Kyrgyzstan's nomadic way of life.

  • Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Discovery - 12 Days
  • A comprehensive tour of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring Kazakhstan’s fascinating south. Ala Archa and Aksu Djabagly National Parks offer the chance to journey deep into the beautiful Tien Shan, while the ruins of Otrar and the profusion of ancient monuments scattered throughout Kazakhstan speak of its importance along the Silk Road. The vast landscapes of this remote region mean that long journeys are inevitable, but the scenery and sights along the way make the travel worthwhile, and the overnight train from Turkistan to Almaty allows you to experience a slice of local life.

  • Tashkent to Bishkek - 21 Days
  • Covering four of Central Asia’s five “Stans”, this comprehensive tour takes in the iconic Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before exploring the Islamic cities and former trading posts of southern Kazakhstan. In complete contrast to these historical delights, the journey finishes with time spent in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where you will discover a country steeped in ancient nomadic traditions.

  • Complete Uzbekistan - 14 Days
  • Discover the heart of the Silk Road in Central Asia with this comprehensive tour that takes in all the significant sites of Uzbekistan such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. This trip also offers the opportunity to visit the Karakalpakstan region to see the Savistsky art collection in Nukus and the ships graveyard at Moynaq. The Ferghana Valley, the first place where Sericulture developed outside of China and home to the famous 19th century Khanate of Kokand.