Camels at sunset and beautiful mosques in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Silk Roads: Silk Roads to Samarkand

14 May to 11 June 2020

Along the famed Silk Routes between China and the West, this tour encounters superb sites of the world’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia with some of the most glorious examples of ancient architecture, painting, sculpture, peoples and landscapes. Join us and retrace the ancient trading routes from the Chinese heartland to the vast desert regions of Shaanxi and Xinjiang provinces. Travel through China’s last great wilderness, over the mighty Tien Shan and Pamir mountains to Central Asia and encounter great steppes, magical deserts, fertile valleys and peoples who live a lifestyle little changed from ages past.

Zen Oriental Journeys appoints tour managers and leaders who have significant experience in management at senior education department levels and are experienced in professional tour leadership. Subject to 10 participants, Silk Roads to Samarkand will be escorted and managed by Julie Presser, past Principal, Adelaide Secondary School of English. Julie lived and worked in India in the mid-nineteen eighties and has also been a keen traveller to many Asian destinations since 1975. Following the completion of her Post-Graduate Certificate “Including Studies of Asia in Curriculum” from Flinders University, she has participated in and escorted a number of study tours for educators and leaders to Thailand, Laos, Korea, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, India and Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Departure date: 14 May 2020
Duration: 29 days
Hotel Standards: 3 - 5 star standard and best available in remote areas


Price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 8890.00
Single Supplement: AUD 1520.00
Airfares from Adelaide: approx. AUD 1300.00


Prices may fluctuate due to changes in charges, taxes and currency. Prices and flights are correct at time of preparing this program and are subject to availability at time of booking. Special conditions and seasonal surcharges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of travel. Flight times are subject to change by the airline. Please visit: or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government travel advice.

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.

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