This outstanding trip takes in four of the most important cities of the old Silk Road and is perfect if culture and history are your reasons for travel.
Starting our trip in Uzbekistan we will first visit the splendor of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Shakhrisabz – the birthplace of Timur – before crossing the famous River Oxus and entering Turkmenistan. We then travel on to Merv, one of the great emporiums of the Silk Road (until a certain Genghis Khan flattened most of it) and Margush, where the bronze age archaeological site of Gonur Depe lies, believed by some to represent the capital of the fifth great civilization of the ancient world. After this, we will travel to the curiously named and totally weird modern capital of Ashgabat (the City of Love) before driving north through the Karakum Desert to see the amazing Darvaza gas crater.
- The stunning sights of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara.
- Crossing the Oxus River.
- The archaeological sites of Merv & Gonur Depe.
- The bizarre sights of Ashgabat.
- The Darvaza gas crater, one of the “100 places to visit before you die”.