2024 Bucket List
Embark on a 2024 journey with our dream destinations along the Silk Road—Central Asia, Caucasus, and Southeast Asia. These are places we've lived and loved passionately. Explore UNESCO gems, legendary cities, and hidden Silk Road villages with our expert guides and locals, promising profound discovery. Experience the beauty of untouched destinations, savoring experiential cuisine and warm hospitality. Ready for an adventure? Sign up now! Join Silk Road Treasure Tours and step into an enchanting realm where every moment unveils something extraordinary. Your dream journey awaits!
1 - Samarkand, Uzbekistan - City of Legends:
Discover the magical Silk Road tales of Samarkand, a UNESCO World Heritage city adorned with turquoise domes, intricate tilework, and historical wonders like magnificent Registan Square, ShakhiZinda Ensemble and Gur-Emir. Bibi khanum invites you to indulge in traditional arts and savor distinctive pilaf.
2 - Bukhara, Uzbekistan - Where Time Stands Still:
Journey through centuries in the enchanting oasis of Bukhara, surrounded by the Kyzyl Kum desert. Discover centuries-old history at Labi Khaus, Minaret Kalon, and Bolokhaus Mosque. Immerse yourself in local culture with Zulya Rajabova, our founder. Experience the rhythm of music and dance in ancient neighborhoods, savor local cuisine, and join masterclasses by skilled artisans. Be a guest in charming villages, creating lasting memories of the magic of Bukhara's rich past.
3 - Astana: A Futuristic Tapestry of Dreams
4 - The Fann Mountains and Villages, ancient Penjikent City, Tajikistan - Unveil Remote Beauty
Penjikent city echoes ancient civilizations at the Fann Mountains' foothills, offering archaeological wonders, cultural richness, and warm hospitality. Beyond history, Penjikent is the gateway to the spectacular Fann Mountains, a haven for adventure seekers amid pristine landscapes.
5 - Ala Archa National Park, Kyrgyzstan - Nature's Haven
Kyrgyzstan's Ala Archa National Park, an untouched scenery in the Tian Shan Mountains, promises an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts with its unspoiled magnificence, glaciers, and elusive snow leopards.
6 - Khiva, Uzbekistan - Living Museum in the Desert
Experience a fairytale in the desert at Khiva, marveling at warm adobe walls, ornate palaces, and desert charm. Camel rides, desert photography, and the aroma of green dill shivit oshi noodles create a magical atmosphere, making Khiva your canvas for a 1001 Nights experience.
7 - Kochkor Village – Son Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan - Vibrant Village Life
Kochkor Village welcomes you with colorful handicrafts, nomadic yurts, and the art of shyrdak production. Stay with locals, share culture and homestyle meals. Son Kul Lake offers an alpine escape, inviting you to indulge in horseback riding and hiking
8 - Chymgan-Charvak-Beldersay, Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Mountain Retreat Near Tashkent
Located a mere 90 minutes from Tashkent, the Chymgan-Charvak-Beldersay region beckons as a sanctuary for hiking, photography, and picnicking. Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes and waterfalls of Ugam Chatkal State Park, where the mountain air is crisp, and the views are breathtaking. Delight in locally prepared, exquisite fish dishes and visit a winery to sample wines and cheeses crafted by skilled chefs. Pamper your taste buds with honey and freshly baked tandur bread, savoring the unique flavors of local honey. Additionally, experience the thrill of horseback riding at a charming horse farm, whether under the sunset or dawn’s first light.
9 - Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan- The Celestial Gateway
Venture into the heart of the Karakum Desert to witness a celestial phenomenon on Earth—the Darvaza Gas Crater, aptly named the Door to Hell.
As the sun sets, the perpetual flames paint an otherworldly glow, crafting a captivating spectacle that goes beyond the mundane, immersing you in a realm of wonder. Experience the magic of staying in a traditional yurt, relish delightful meals prepared by a skilled chef, and enjoy music under the stars, all in the proximity of the mesmerizing Gas Crater. Along the way, marvel at the captivating sight of sand dunes and caravans of camels, adding an extra layer of enchantment to your desert odyssey.
10 - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan- The Radiant City of Dreams
Journey to Ashgabat, where the cityscape unfolds as a symphony of opulence and modernity. Marvel at iconic landmarks like the Independence Monument, the Arch of Neutrality, the Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and the ancient archaeological site of Nissa, each contributing to the city's grandeur adorned in pristine white marble. Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets, explore the historic hippodrome, and delve into the layers of Ashgabat's rich history and contemporary charm. At every turn, Ashgabat reveals itself as a multifaceted city, inviting you to uncover its unique treasures.
11 - Mtskheta, Georgia - Ancient Crown of Georgia
Immerse yourself in the historic splendor of Mtskheta, the coronation and burial place of Georgia's kings. Surrounded by forest-covered mountains, Mtskheta exudes a quaint village-like atmosphere. Explore ancient ruins and discover the legends that make Mtskheta a timeless gem.
12 - Baku, Azerbaijan - City of Contrasts
Discover architectural marvels in Baku, the "Paris of the East," blending Islamic style with European elegance. Navigate the medieval Old City, marvel at the Flame Towers, and discover wonders like Yanar Dag and Qobustan. Join us for a journey where contrasts meet, creating an unforgettable experience.
13 - Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
Experience the enchanting destinations of Vietnam as you embark on a journey to witness the captivating allure of Ha Long Bay, celebrated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its emerald waters and the mesmerizing landscape of limestone karsts and islets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant capital of Hanoi, where a fusion of ancient temples, colonial architecture, lively street markets, and a rich food experience awaits. This journey promises an immersive exploration seamlessly blending natural wonders with cultural and culinary adventures.
14 - Sa Pa, Vietnam
Nestled in the stunning landscapes of the Red River, Sa Pa offers a breathtaking panorama of highlands and mountains. Picture staying in a resort with bungalows scattered across a mountain slope, providing unparalleled views of the dramatic changes in elevation. Yet, the true allure of Sa Pa lies in its vibrant ethnic villages like Mnong, a Say village, and Cat Cat Village. Immerse yourself in the unique cultures of these villages, interacting with local people and gaining authentic insights into their way of life. Sa Pa beckons as a haven for cultural exploration amidst nature's grandeur,