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The Silk Road Photography Tour

11th - 21st Oct, 2021 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Astrid McGechan and

£5999.00 pp / Deposit -£300.00

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Our Silk Road photography tour will take place in October 2021 with Astrid McGechan. The Silk Road primarily refers to the terrestrial routes connecting China with the Mediterranean. It wasn’t a single road but a series of routes that crossed mountains, rivers and skirted lakes. The trade routes, established in the 14th century, linked China with the Roman Empire, and derived their name from the principal export of China at the time, silk. Trade was not the only thing that travelled along these routes; cultures, languages, music, art, poetry, religion and lifestyles were shared.

We will unlock our adventure of this incredible and diverse route, visiting ruins, mountain passes, dried up rivers and lakes, and mixing this with a rich tapestry of locals and bustling markets. The beauty of the Tashkent Metro is one of our first stops, as we set off through Uzbekistan, a country of incredible contrast. The main cities bring their own identity into play, but the villages outside are like stepping back in time to a forgotten era. As part of the cultural structure we spend time visiting Jewish, Iranian and Gypsy families in their homes.

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • ACCOMMODATION IN COSY, COMFORTABLE LODGINGS
    • TRANSPORT WITH A NEW, COMFORTABLE MINIBUS
    • ALL MEALS
    • ALL TAXES AND FEES
    • A KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDE
    • A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION PACK WITH MAPS, LITERATURE, USEFUL KNOWLEDGE AND GIFTS
    • ENTRY TICKETS TO ALL SIGHTS
    • HIGH-SPEED TRAIN BETWEEN Tashkent, BUKHARA and SAMARKAND
  • Excluded
    • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
    • MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
    • Tajikistan visa (30 euros available online)
    • UZBEKISTAN VISA (visa-free for UK and EU citizens, US and Canadian citizens apply online $20)
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS PHONE CALLS, LAUNDRY, INTERNET, DRINKS APART FROM THOSE INCLUDED
    • Tips
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Tour Code SRT01
The Silk Road Photography Tour

The Silk Road Photography Tour - Uzbekistan Landscape Photography

The Silk Road primarily refers to the terrestrial routes connecting China with the Mediterranean. It wasn’t a single road but a series of routes that crossed mountains, rivers and skirted lakes. The trade routes, established in the 14th century, linked China with the Roman Empire, and derived their name from the principal export of China at the time, silk. Trade was not the only thing that travelled along these routes; cultures, languages, music, art, poetry, religion and lifestyles were shared.

Genghis Khan used the routes to explore and expand his empire, Marco Polo travelled and chronicled the routes for years, becoming familiar with every culture along the routes. Even Joanna Lumley made a TV programme about it as she travelled the Silk Road in 2017.

The influence of the former Soviet rule is evident in many places throughout our trip, from architecture to language.

We will unlock our adventure of this incredible and diverse route, visiting ruins, mountain passes, dried up rivers and lakes, and mixing this with a rich tapestry of locals and bustling markets. The beauty of the Tashkent Metro is one of our first stops, as we set off through Uzbekistan, a country of incredible contrast. The main cities bring their own identity into play, but the villages outside are like stepping back in time to a forgotten era. As part of the cultural structure we spend time visiting Jewish, Iranian and Gypsy families in their homes.

A highlight of Uzbekistan is the Registan at sunset. This magnificent building - once a religious school - is now partially restored and looks incredible in the evening light. As we cross into Tajikistan, we will encounter the stunning landscape that surrounds the village of Veshab. We’ll get to experience the sights, sounds and exotic aroma of Dushanbe, and venture along the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan. The mountains tower around us and villagers will come to see us as we stop and experience the local life.  

Your tutor Astrid will be joined by our ground guide Yuri, who knows the area intimately and is an inexhaustible source of information and stories that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This is an experience not to be missed as we travel together through landscape and cultures that are a photographer’s dream, creating memorable moments and our own iconic images. 

(Image credit: Paul Sanders)

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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