- Gems of the Trans-Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia & Azerbaijan
Journey through more than five millennia of history of the Armenian Plateau, the legendary landing place of Noah’s Ark, where you will learn about one of the earliest civilizations in the world, referred to by many as one of the cradles of civilization. Visit monasteries precariously perched on mountains; ruins of once imposing castles and fortresses; the largest collection of khachkars or stone crosses, and vishaps, ancient megaliths dating from 1500 BC unique to the Armenian Plateau.
- Pakistan… Indus civilization and the Hunza Valley
Pakistan is home to the most important centers of the Indus Valley Civilization, the ancient Kingdom of Gandhara and some of the most magnificent sites of the Moghul Empire. On this incredible journey that has been artistically tailored to include all the World Heritage Sites in Pakistan, you will travel through 5000 years of history immersed in beautiful landscapes as you meet the great diversity of peoples and cultures of modern Pakistan, where warm hospitality is a long-honored tradition.
- Saudi Arabia… The Forbidden Kingdom
Though people of various cultures have lived on the Arabian Peninsula over a span of more than 5,000 years, the harsh climate historically prevented much settlement, except in major oases. Most of the great empires of the ancient world traded with the Arabian Kingdoms that commanded the important spice trade routes in the peninsula
- Western China… Legacy of the Silk Road
Few landmarks have tantalized travelers more than the legendary caravan centers of Central Asia. Tucked behind remote mountains and deserts, these cities were rarely visited by travelers from the west. Long forbidden to all but Moslems, for much of the 20th century they were hidden within the Soviet Union