Embark on an 18-day journey of cultural immersion and artistic exploration as we traverse the enchanting Silk Road lands of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan from April 21 to May 9, 2024. Our meticulously crafted Silk Road Cultural Discovery Tour promises an intimate and immersive experience, designed for those who seek the essence of "slow travel" and a profound connection with the arts and culture of this historic route.
Unlocking Hidden Treasures: A Journey with Munira Akilova
At the heart of this expedition is the esteemed Munira Akilova, an international award-winning embroidery master from Tajikistan. Her presence throughout the tour offers a unique insider's perspective, unveiling the rich artistic heritage of the region. Munira's expertise and personal relationships will provide you with unparalleled insights, making your journey not just a tour but a cultural odyssey.
Beyond the Typical Tour: A Unique Itinerary
Our itinerary is meticulously planned, focusing on fewer locations to allow for a more in-depth experience. We delve into the hidden treasures of the Silk Road, engaging with practicing artists and locals. Prepare to be mesmerized by the architectural wonders of Samarkand, historical sites that breathe life into history, and the vibrant Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent.
Highlights of the Journey: A Glimpse into the Itinerary
April 24-26: Dushanbe Delights Explore the capital city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, with visits to the Museum of Antiquity and an Open Air Historical Museum at Hissor Fortress. Engage in a social day with locals, offering a unique opportunity to connect with the community.
April 27-28: Istaravshan's Artistic Heritage Travel to Istaravshan, an ancient Silk Road center of traditional crafts. Visit the studio of master wood carver Usto Sodiq and experience the rich craft culture at the local craft college.
May 1-2: Rural Village Experience Venture to a heritage-rich rural village near the Zerafshan River, where Munira's team of artisans lives and works. Immerse yourself in traditional arts, cooking, and cultural activities, creating memories that transcend the ordinary.
May 3-4: Samarkand's Timeless Charm Explore the heart of the ancient Silk Road capital, Samarkand, with visits to the iconic Registon square, Happy Bird Art Gallery/Shop, Shohi Zinda mausoleum complex, and the Ulughbek Observatory.
May 7-8: Margilan and Rishtan Adventures Travel to Margilan, the silk weaving hub of Central Asia, and explore the famous ikat weavers. Discover the ceramics center of Rishtan, known for its brilliant hues and intricate designs, providing unique shopping opportunities.
Your Silk Road Adventure Awaits
Indulge in this unparalleled cultural experience with all-inclusive accommodations, meals, transportation, and expert local guides. Our tour, priced at $7495 for single accommodation, ensures a personalized and enriching journey.
To secure your spot on this transformative adventure, a $500 application deposit is required, becoming non-refundable upon acceptance. The tour is subject to a minimum of 6 participants by January 23, 2024.
For more details, click here. To join our one-of-a-kind tour, please request a Tour Application and Contract by emailing Rikki Quintana at firstname.lastname@example.org . Don't miss the opportunity to make 2024 a year of discovery, cultural connection, and artistic exploration on the Silk Road.