The Silk Road wasn’t just a single road; it was a far-flung network of camel tracks leading from the West to the East and back again. The Silk Road helped spread new forms of architecture, music, art, and belief systems throughout the world. A trip along the Silk Road today reveals tall minarets made of baked mud brick, arching mosques boasting stunning blue tiles, mountains of colourful handwoven rugs, men in traditional headgear, women in brilliant dresses and the continual modernisation of the Central Asian countries. People who book Silk Road travel tours will enjoy the opportunity to see places that were very difficult to access in the past. This route is much easier today – but it is still an adventure. Here are some noteworthy things to look for on your holiday.
The Pamir Highway
Also known as the “Silk Road Less Travelled”, the sky-high Pamir Highway winds through Tajikistan, western China and Kyrgyzstan. This branch of the Silk Road is particularly challenging because it crawls up and over the rugged – and beautiful – Pamir Mountains. Today’s traveller can find group tours that retrace this route, giving them a perspective that few ever experience.
It’s called the Silk Road for a reason! At the heart of it all, you’ll find the best silk-making experience in Margilan, Uzbekistan. Visit the silk weavers and discover their traditional silk-making methods that have been handed down for generations and the hundreds of incredible designs they’ve preserved. Join one of the upcoming Silk Road tours in 2019 to explore the art and history of making silk.
The Savitsky Museum
The fearlessness and vision of artist Igor Savitsky is one of the best-known legends about Silk Road countries – and in this case, it’s true. In the Savitsky Museum, located in northwest Uzbekistan, you’ll discover one of the world’s largest collections of avant-garde Soviet-era art. Igor Savitsky, a Russian, fell in love with this area and made his home here. When he learned that Soviet officials planned to ban and destroy all avant-garde paintings, Savitsky came up with a plan to buy thousands of those paintings and house them in his new museum. He saved some 40,000 paintings from destruction; they are preserved to this day in the museum for visitors who admire not just the art, but the spirit of Savitsky himself and his riveting story.
Silk Road Tours 2019 with Overland Journeys
Are you looking for Silk Road tours in NZ? At Overland Journeys, we are extremely excited about our 2019 trip from Vladivostok, Russian Far East to London. This epic 81-day journey offers self-drive and passenger options and many convenient inclusions. The price of the Silk Route tour package includes the services of your tour leader, vehicle shipping, daily accommodation with breakfast, use of two-way handheld radios, and excursions, lunches, and evening meals as stated in the supplied itinerary. Our Silk Road trip begins on 5 May 2019 and wraps up on 25 July 2019. To participate in the trip of a lifetime and one you’ll be talking about for years to come, contact Overland Journeys today.