Explore the fabled Silk Road as you journey through Central Asia’s Five ’Stans: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

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 The Sher Dor Madrassah, Registan Square Ensemble, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Cupola of the Sher Dor Madrassah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Facade detail of the Sher Dor Madrassah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  The Shah i Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Cupola of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Dried fruit and spices at Siab Bazaar near Bibi-Khanum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan  Statue of Magtymguly, Independence Monument, Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan  The Mausoleum of Turkmenbashi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan  Vendor selling traditional bread at Panjshanbe Bazaar, Khujand, Tajikistan  Zenkov Cathedral (detail), Almaty, Kazakhstan  Zenkov Cathedral, Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Silk Road

Featuring the Five “Stans” of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan

16 days from $7,495

Explore the fabled Silk Road as you journey through Central Asia’s Five ’Stans: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Sep 23 - Oct 8, 2016 Departure
Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada.  He has enjoyed visiting appointments at Princeton University, Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) in Kyoto, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  His extensive archival and fieldwork in China, Japan, and Taiwan regards the history of medicine, disease, and the body in comparative context.  The analysis of bodily experience is a powerful tool for grappling with historical transformation, and Hugh focuses on how cultural practice and ideas, such as the integration of foreign medical systems, inflect the way that people experience illness, in particular neuropsychiatric distress.  He co-edited Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, and his recent work appears in volumes published by Harvard University Press, Brill, Rowman & Littlefield, Kluwer, and Pickering & Chatto.  He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won his university’s highest teaching award.  Hugh’s other research and teaching interests include the military history of the Steppe, the material culture of Buddhism, transformations in religious iconography in Central Asia, the influence of the Mongol Empire on the modern world, the Great Game, globalization and science, the history of de-colonization and revolution, visual and performance art, and life in post-Soviet societies.  A popular Smithsonian Expert, Hugh earned his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in History & East Asian Languages from Harvard University.

Apr 15 - 30, 2017 Departure
Diane Perushek

Diane Perushek

Diane Perushek has traveled to Asia more than 70 times since her first visit in the late 1960s, traveling with Smithsonian groups, purchasing books and other documents for libraries in the U.S., and, most recently, as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar for one year at Nanjing University researching how Chinese university libraries cooperate with one another. She worked as head of the East Asian libraries at Princeton and Cornell Universities, and is the current Director of Global Relations at the University of Hawai’i whose Asian studies programs date back to the 1920s. She earned a master’s degree in modern Chinese literature from Columbia University and did her Ph.D. work in classical Chinese literature at Princeton University. She has taught courses on the history of books and printing, and is an avid fan and preparer of various Asian cuisines. Over the past ten years she has traveled to the Silk Road area several times, including an exciting ride in a truck from Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Province over the Torugart Pass through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  She found the 12,000-foot high pass breathtaking in its both altitude and beauty, and found a deeper understanding of Chinese arts through the study of the myriad ancient Silk Road cultures. 

Sep 30 - Oct 15, 2017 Departure
Ken Hammond

Ken Hammond

Ken Hammond is Professor of Asian History at New Mexico State University, where he has taught since 1994. He received his Masters and PhD from Harvard University in History and East Asian Languages. Dr. Hammond has been a research scholar the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. He teaches courses on the history of Central Asia and the Silk Road in addition to classes on Chinese history. His current research focuses on the history of cartography in early modern China and Europe.