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 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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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 a historian with expertise in Asia and the cultural and intellectual history of China in the late imperial era from the 10th through the 18th centuries, with special interest in the Ming dynasty. As a professor of Asian History at New Mexico State University, he teaches courses on the history of Central Asia and the Silk Road in addition to classes on Chinese history. He has also taught university students during the summer at the China Studies Program in Beijing.

Ken has recorded a 36 lecture series for The Great Courses entitled From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History. He also focuses on global and comparative history and is interested in urban history and cartography. Ken has published many articles on a wide range of subjects, including Chinese intellectual and political history and Chinese gardens. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University in history and East Asian languages and has been a research scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands.