Overview

Home of the “Great Game” and the ancient Silk Road, its Islamic Legacy is without doubt unquestionable. From knowledge, art and science to some of the great warriors of Islam. Welcome to the land of Imam Bukhari, Ibn Sina, Tamerlane, Kharazmi and more.

Tour package includes

Hotels, meals, transportation, and guide.

Places of visit include

Samarqand, Bukhara, Ferghana Valley, Bishkek and more.

Dates

To be confirmed.

The Prophet (saw) said:
“Armies carrying black flags will come from Khurasan” (Tirmidhi)

The Silk Route

Discover the ancient and romantic Silk Road with creative tailor made tours to meet the needs of discerning travellers of all types. Experience over two millennia of fascinating history and culture by following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo, Zheng He, and other famous travellers. Bring the Silk Route to life by being part of its rich legacy.

The Silk Road or Silk Route consists of an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across Asia which have connected the Far East, South, and Central Asia with the Middle East and the Mediterranean regions encompassing Northern Africa and Southern Europe.

The Silk Route
The Silk Route had several branches which served not only as conduits for silk, but a multitude of other products, including fruits, spices, paper, pottery and precious metals, to name just a few. These routes were also extremely important pathways for cultural and technological transmission by linking merchants, traders, soldiers, pilgrims, missionaries, nomads and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean for thousands of years.

Milton describes Amir Timur’s (Tamarlane) entrance into Samarkand …

His eye might there command wherever stood
City of old or modern fame, the seat
Of mightiest empire, from the destined walls
Of Cambalu, seat of Cathaian Can,
And Samarkand by Oxus, Temir’s throne,
To Paquin of Sinaean kings, and thence
To Agra and Lahore of Great Mogul

(Milton, Paradise Lost, XI, pp 385-391)

Silk Route Tours provide a fantastic balance between immersing oneself in the local culture, gaining a true appreciation of the regional history and context, visiting sites of significance, and experiencing the raw beauty of the natural environment. All of this takes place within a peaceful, relaxed and non-pretentious setting where participants and their hosts are able to be themselves.

About Kyrgyzstan

Issyk Kul is a closed lake situated in the northern Tien Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the largest lake in the country and the ninth largest in the world in terms of volume. It is also the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes; hence its name, which means “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language.

The lake is a region of globally significant biodiversity and forms part of the Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve. It was also the site of an ancient metropolis 2500 years ago with archaeological excavations still ongoing. There are a number of small towns and villages situated around the lake. Listed clockwise from the lake’s eastern tip are the following: Karakol, Kyzyl Suu, Barskoon, Bokonbaev, Balykchy, Tamchy, Cholpon-Ata and Tup.

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