Trip scholar

Dr Iain Shearer, Research Affiliate at The Centre for Applied Archaelogy University College London, currently on secondment to the V&A Museum
Iain has lectured and researched extensively on development and conflict archaelogy and has accompannied five previous trips for alumni


  • Explore beautiful Kyrgyzstan and Lake Issykul, the world's second highest navigable lake
  • Journey through the spectacular Tien Shan Mountains, past herds of Bactrian Camels and Tajik camping grounds
  • In Urumqi visit one of China's most impressive museums and learn more of the Mummies of Urumqi and the secrets of the Silk Road
  • Visit Turfan, an oasis of gardens, orchards and vineyards in the barren desert
  • Discover the caves at Dunhuang in Central China and Longmen Caves in Eastern China, two of the world's richest treasure troves of Buddhist art
  • Explore the great city of Xi'an, the Eastern Terminus of the Silk Road


18 August - 5 September 2021


From £3,860 per person (single supplement from £860)

Flexible booking policy: all deposits fully refundable up until March 2021

More information

The ancient Silk Road was a vast network of roads stretching from Xi’an to the Eastern Mediterranean. It passes through forbidding mountains and deserts, as well as spectacular cities and tiny hamlets, and was not just a trade route, it was also the main East-West artery for the flow of ideas. Explore the lost cities, marvel at the great artistic achievements and discover the magic and beauty of these ancient routes in the company of Dr Iain Shearer, a highly reviewed trip scholar.

Further details & bookings

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