Departed April 20, 2010
Following in the Footsteps of Nomads, Monks, Merchants & Kings in China, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Armenia & Turkey
Chart the course of history along the world’s most famous trade routes, where ancient cities and cultures have flourished and still resonate with their unique, glorious pasts. In the heart of China in Xi’an, marvel at the Qin terra-cotta warriors and a kung fu performance by Shaolin monks, or venture to the legendary Famen Temple to see the Sui and Tang dynasty riches of the largest religious vault ever discovered in the country. In China’s desert frontier, step into the fourth-century cave monasteries of Dunhuang, filled with awe-inspiring Buddhist art that few have ever seen. In Mongolia, search for dinosaur fossils at the Flaming Cliffs and spend an unforgettable night in a comfortable ger camp. In Uzbekistan, admire Samarkand’s markets and traditional Islamic architecture. In Armenia, visit the oldest churches in the world’s first Christian nation. And in Turkey, explore the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Hagia Sophia at Istanbul, legendary wonders of the ancient world.
Travel by Private Jet
An ideal way to reach these remote cultures, we fly on a Boeing 757 private jet with 2x2 VIP-style seating for only 78 travelers. We set our own schedules, avoid the hassles of commercial travel, and land in smaller airports closer to our destinations, to provide the ultimate in luxury, convenience, and safety. And enjoy one of the highest crew-to-traveler ratios in the business: 1 to 5.
Make a Difference in the World
By joining The Ancient Silk Road by Private Jet expedition, you will automatically support efforts to enhance the conditions of the places and peoples we visit—there is no further commitment necessary on your part. Our expedition will provide supplies to medical clinics and schools, as well as contribute funds for essential projects that many people depend on.
Follow Your Passion with a Flexible Itinerary
And throughout the journey, as you are whisked from one destination to the next by private jet, enjoy the ultimate in convenience, security, expertise, and service. Travel with world-renowned experts. Enjoy the finest local cuisine and traditional entertainment. Unwind in the regions’ finest accommodations. And follow your passion with your choice of personalized excursions along the way: Whether you want to take a cooking class, visit a school, or hike off the beaten path, we will ensure that your travels are tailored for you.
Extend Your Journey to Other Lands, If You Wish
This expedition is one of three interconnected journeys, collectively named Hidden Corners Around the World. The other two journeys are Desert Crossroads & The Himalaya and Sacred Places of Asia.