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.
Gary Wintz graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College in Michigan with a degree in philosophy. He has spent most of the past 30 years outside the US researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures, and has traveled to over 215 countries and territories. Gary has worked on humanitarian projects throughout Asia and has contributed his expertise to development projects in Ethiopia for UNICEF. In 1981 he taught as a foreign expert at Chengdu University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province in China. In 1982 he was employed by Tibet University in Lhasa, thus becoming one of the first Westerners to actually reside in Tibet since the communist Chinese occupation. Gary has met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama many times. Since 1987 Gary has worked as a consultant with development organizations and for media projects throughout Southeast Asia and has lectured on contemporary issues at various institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and the World Affairs Council. He is a longtime member of the Association of Asian Studies, the Central Eurasian Studies Society, and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. Gary continues to lead travelers regularly into inner Asia as well as Central Asia.
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Gary's Upcoming Expeditions
Route of the Caravans: The Four Stans of Central AsiaOctober 6 — October 23, 2017
Iran by RailNovember 1 — November 15, 2017
From the turbulent to the colorful, art to architecture, ancient cities to magnificent ruins, Middle East expert Gary Wintz guides an authentic immersion into Iran, aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle.
Iran: Wonders of PersiaFebruary 26 — March 11, 2018
From the turbulent to the colorful, art to architecture, ancient cities to magnificent ruins, Middle East expert Gary Wintz guides us on an authentic immersion into Iran, including a Tehran tour and a visit to the Sa’ad Abad Palace-complex.
Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh & DharamsalaMay 23 — June 7, 2018
From soaring Himalayan peaks and deep valleys to rolling hills and dense forests, this overland adventure is a photographer’s dream. Explore Dharamsala, often referred to as “Little Tibet;” visit Amritsar’s stunning Golden Temple; and engage with the friendly locals, all eager to enlighten about their religious lifestyles.
Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand TemplesNovember 23 — December 11, 2018
Journey with us into some of the least-explored regions of Indochina—Myanmar and Laos—where countless regal temples, lovely minority tribes-people, and stunning gardens await. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan, and the floating gardens of Inle Lake.