Venture forth to the roots of the Silk Road, bringing your camera to join like-minded photographers on this journey of real exploration. Award winning, National Geographic photographer, Alison Wright escorts the group and provides for photo opportunities. She shares her skills in person as a professional photographer and conveys the nuances of taking great photos.

Few have come this way, those that did, made history with the exchange of ideas and technology between east and west. Traversed by the caravans of the Silk Road, Central Asia played a key role in the history of mankind. Largely forgotten in modern times the vastness of Central Asia await the adventurous traveler. This trip is an immersion in geography and culture with an emphasis on photography.

Alison Wright, an acclaimed photographer and visual anthropologist, travels to all regions of the globe photographing indigenous cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition. She is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography, a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, and an Explorers Club Fellow. She was awarded “The Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry, 2014” by Premier Traveler magazine and was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels “with a sense of passion and purpose.”

She has published ten books including her latest, “Human Tribe,” a series of global portraits celebrating our diversity and visual tapestry of humanity.

Alison has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Islands and Smithsonian.

For more on Alison, please visit her website.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Almaty, Kazakhstan. Met on arrival and transferred to our hotel.  Orientation meeting/Introductions.

Day 2
Full day of touring and photography in and around Almaty.

Day 3
Day to further explore Almaty before taking the evening fight to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Day 4
Exploring photographing in Bishkek city.

Day 5
Exploring the environs of Bishkek including an excursion to a countryside nomad festival – evening flight to Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Day 6
Full day to take in the sites an sounds of Tashkent.

Day 7
Early morning train brings us to Samarkand.  Balance of the day exploring this historic Silk Road city.

Day 8
Full day in and around Samarkand, including visiting a traditional Uzbek village on the outskirts of the city.

Day 9
Today we take a day excursion into Tajikistan to explore and photography the medieval site of Bujikath “five villages” with its many frescoes and Zoroastrian temples.

Day 10
Morning train brings us to Bukhara, yet another historic stop on the Silk Road, where we visit the Ark Citadel amongst other sites.

Day 11
Continue our exploration of Bukhara with visits to Palace of Moon and Stars.

Day 12
Driving along the Red Sand Desert (we will stop often for photo ops) we reach Khiva. Archaeologists have found traces of human habitation around Khiva dating from the 5th century BCE.

Day 13
Spend the day exploring Khiva on foot with lots of photo ops through the day. The historic city reveals its long history as an oasis on the Silk Road.

Day 14
Day to explore Dashoguz in Turkmenistan before taking the evening flight to Ashgabat.

Day 15
Full day to explore this last major site of the Silk Road on our itinerary. Evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 16
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flight.

Trip Dates & Pricing


Sep 16, 2021 - Oct 1, 2021

8 – 9 Travelers:          $10,635 per person
10 – 12 Travelers:     $9,870 per person

Internal Airfare:       $710 per person

Single Supplement: $765 per person

NOTE: Land Price is based on Double Occupancy and
Internal Airfare is subject to change by airlines.

Activity Level

Moderate touring.