Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Central Asia

Venture into Central Asia, along paths less followed, with Zegrahm Expeditions, where you’ll uncover the mysteries of this enigmatic region on immersive Silk Road tours—by land and luxury rail—and chart a course for the ‘Stans, including Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. As part of our immersive Central Asia tours, we take in local folkloric performances, indulge in regional cuisine, weave our way through bustling markets and take in the remarkable natural beauty and striking Islamic architecture of this, the very crossroads of civilization. Your Silk Road tour may follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, conjuring up images of his tales of desert kingdoms, yet you’ll travel in modern-day luxury.

Upcoming Central Asia Expeditions

  • Samarkand, Uzbekistan

    Route of the Caravans: The Four Stans of Central Asia

    October 6October 23, 2017

    Follow Middle East expert Gary Wintz, as you discover the heart of ancient Samarkand, the timeworn streets of Bukhara, and the ancient city of Khiva, one of the Silk Road's most important trading posts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    February 14, 2017 | Infographics

    In 2017, Zegrahm will be visiting 90 amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in over 30 countries! The United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that maintains a list of important natural or histroical sites, whose preservation and safe-keeping are deemed important for the world community.

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    Silk Road Travel: Uncovering Historic Treasures of Central Asia

    February 14, 2017 | Blog Post

    Silk Road Travel is a transformative, transportive experience. You can close your eyes almost anywhere along the historic route through Central Asia and turn back the clock a thousand years. In the corners of your mind you see camel and horse caravans inching towards the horizon, heaving with silks, precious stones, and spices as they amble towards Europe.

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    The Independence of the 'Stans

    January 10, 2017 | Blog Post

    The largest of the four ‘Stans, Kazakhstan is a country of steppes landscaped with vast plains and hilly plateaus crisscrossed by rivers and lakes, including the Aral Sea, within its boundaries.

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    7 Ways to Savor Samarkand

    December 19, 2016 | Blog Post

    A major stop along the ancient Silk Road, Samarkand has emerged as one of the world’s true culinary destinations. The various ethnic groups that have passed through the city all left their delectable mark on Uzbek food, which fuses Turkic, Tajik, Mongolian, Russian, Jewish, and other traditions.

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    There's Nothing Lame About Tamerlane

    November 16, 2016 | Blog Post

    As a young man, the 14th-century Turko-Mongol military leader Timur sustained crippling injuries to his right hand and hip. The latter caused a rather severe limp, earning him the nickname Timur-e Lang or “Timur the Lame”—the origin of his European moniker, Tamerlane.

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    Understanding the 'Stans

    November 16, 2016 | Blog Post

    The block of former Soviet republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan—is the new frontier for audacious adventurers. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Central Asia.

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    Spicing Things Up Along the Silk Road

    April 29, 2016 | Blog Post

    Gourmands who liberally grab for the pepper or nutmeg might take pause to think, that at one time in history, those seasonings were worth more than their weight in gold. Spices were such a precious commodity that many a war were fought over them; they helped to build—and topple—vast empires, and led to the great Age of Discovery and founding of new worlds.

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    Man on a Mission: Gary Wintz

    June 18, 2015 | Blog Post

    Zegrahm Field Leader Gary Wintz is what you might call a cultural conduit between East and West. For most of the past 35 years, Gary has been traveling outside the United States researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures.

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    What is the Silk Road?

    June 3, 2015 | Blog Post

    The Silk Road—most of us have heard of it, and many of us can explain where it was located and what it was used for. But often, people are left wondering, ‘What is the Silk Road?’ Here are five intriguing facts that will help you understand the history of this legendary route.

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