Apr 10, 2021 — Apr 26, 2021

Along Central Asia’s Silk Road

With Dr. Joyce Davis

About this Trip

Colorful mosques and madrassahs, lively bazaars, world-renowned artisans, UNESCO World Heritage archaeological sites, stunning desert vistas; this is the world we enter on our tour along the ancient Silk Road through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.  We begin in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and visit the Burana Tower, an 11th century Silk Road monument.  We then continue to Almaty, the largest city and former capital of Kazakhstan, for a glimpse of Kazakh culture, including a visit to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and a falconry demonstration.  From there, we fly to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.  Here, we tour the city and visit the archives to view the oldest known example of the Quran. Next, stop in the Silk Road gem of Khiva and tour the old walled city, visit a handicraft workshop, and enjoy a folklore performance at a lakeside yurt camp.  Cross the desert by train to Bukhara and be immersed in the 140 architectural monuments and visit the home of a Sufi miniaturist to learn about his craft and enjoy a home-hosted meal.  Continue by train to Samarkand and visit the tomb of Tamerlane.  Marvel at Registan Square, perhaps the most spectacular example of Central Asian Islamic architecture. This tour will sell out quickly!

$6,994 including air from Boston, NYC or Washington, D.C. (other gateways are available)

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Your Council Leader

Dr. Joyce M. Davis is Opinion Editor for PennLive and has a distinguished career working for some of the most respected media organizations in the United States. Based in Prague, Davis served several years as Associate Director of Broadcasting for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty supervising broadcast services to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the countries of Central Asia.  She is widely traveled in the region and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kyrgyz International University in 2007.  Davis is also the recipient of three other honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the United States. A native of New Orleans, she has lived and worked around the globe, including in Athens and Paris, and has specialized in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Her experience includes several years as Middle East editor and special correspondent for National Public Radio, where she also served a Deputy Foreign Editor and Senior Foreign Editor. She was awarded two Columbia Du-Pont silver batons for her work covering the globe. She is author of two books on the Middle East, as well as numerous articles and broadcasts.  During her time in Washington, Davis served as Journalist in Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs.  Davis currently hosts the award-winning weekly political podcast Battleground PA for PennLive, the major news organization in the capital of Pennsylvania.  She writes regular commentaries and editorials for the online and print news organization.

For every tour we require each individual participant to fill out a Passenger Information Form.  When filling out the form, you will need your passport information readily available. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

“World Affairs Council tour leader, Joyce Davis, was excellent and helpful.”

Craig Redmond Jr., PA