April 27-May 12, 2019
Join us as we explore the jewel of central Asia, Uzbekistan - including the heart of the Silk Road - and the UNESCO Heritage sites of Samarkand, Khiva, and Bukhara.
Enter Khiva as the traders would have - through fortified gates leading to a vibrant well-preserved ancient walled city.
Bukhara's old town remains one of Central Asia's best preserved Islamic cities of the 10th-17th centuries. An archaeological preserve, here you'll find more than 140 protected buildings to enchant you.
A visit to the small village of Guijduvan will delight with ceramics created by methods passed down through generations.
Have one night in a comfortable yurt, the traditional home of Central Asian nomads throughout the centuries.
Also discover Samarkand, a breathtaking oasis in the Zerafshan River valley, known as the Crossroads of Culture for its important position on the Silk Road trading route.
Margaret M. Betchart
For AAAS Travels & Sigma Xi Expeditions
2018 Brochure (PDF)