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