Fabels of the Silk Road – 29 Days Escorted Tour – Departs 16 September 2025

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Small group
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Small group hosted journey • Guaranteed to go • Flights included


Explore the cultural diversity and wonderful scenery of the ‘Five Stans’ of Central Asia.

This varied landscape is home to traditional villages, ancient towns and glorious cities with time worn trading routes. Vast armies, marauding Mongolian hordes, philosophers, explorers and traders have travelled these roads in times past. Visit Uzbekistan’s architecturally stunning cities of Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand, see the canyons and lakes of Kazakhstan, the mountains and culture of Kyrgyzstan, the natural way of life in Tajikistan and the ancient desert city of Merv in Turkmenistan.

• Experience the stunning and diverse landscapes of Kazakhstan
• Visit ancient mosques and Orthodox churches in Kyrgyzstan
• Marvel at the wonderful intricate architecture of Uzbekistan
• Explore Central Asia’s largest oriental bazaar at Payshanba in Khujand, Tajikistan
• Follow in the footsteps of Tamerlane through the mighty cities of Samarkand, Bhukara and Tashkent
• Bask in the opulence of Ashgabat and the history of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan.


See the extraordinary Dzhety-Oguz Gorge in Kyrgyzstan
This 37 km long ridge of bright red rocks dotted with waterfalls is a spectacular sight.

Experience traditional cuisine
Enjoy tasting regional specialties made by locals in a yurt.

Chat with exceptional artisans in Fergana
See how the magnificent Khan Atlas silk is produced.

Vibrant markets and bazaars
Spend time exploring the array of fresh food and exquisite handicrafts.

The beautifully preserved medieval town of Khiva
Explore this remarkable town, its magnificent Juma mosque and caravanserai.

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• Small group tour (18 max)
• Economy Class flights from New Zealand (ex Auckland or Christchurch)
• Airline and airport taxes
• A World Journeys host
• Accommodation in 4 star hotels (or best available)
• Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Transport by air, road and train as per itinerary
• Meals as indicated (B-L-D)
• Gratuities

Not Included

• Items of a personal nature
• Visas (we will supply documentation to support your visa applications)
• Travel insurance (mandatory)


In the countries we are visiting, tipping is customary. For a hassle-free journey, tipping is included and will be handled by the World Journeys host.

Important Notes

• A non-refundable deposit of $3,000 per person is required, with the balance due 16 May 2025
• As cancellation fees apply, travel insurance is mandatory
• Please enquire about health and medical requirements
• Travel by road involves long journeys on uneven roads with only limited opportunities for comfort breaks
• Porters are unavailable at some hotels and during border crossings
• The order of sightseeing may vary in accordance with local conditions
• Food is plentiful and fresh, but can be repetitive – please advise us if you have special dietary requirements as this may be challenging
• Hotels in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are well located with private facilities but can be considered somewhat rustic. There are some nights in simple guesthouses. There can be power cuts and intermittent water provision.
• We reserve the right to change hotels to an alternative property
• WiFi (free) is available but intermittent


Images courtesy of World Journeys