5 Places to See Before You Die: A Silk Road Journey with Patricia Schultz and MIR

5 Places to See Before You Die: A Silk Road Journey with Patricia Schultz and MIR

MIR was honored to have Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling travel book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, among the 14 travelers who set out for the Five ‘Stans with us earlier this year.

One of MIR’s signature tours, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans is a modern-day caravan to the countries of the Silk Road – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Reporting on her trip in a cover story for Travel Weekly, Patricia talked about having to overcome the trepidation of friends and family about travel to this part of the world.

“Before I left, any mention of my anticipated departure for the ‘Stans was met with a lot of raised eyebrows

I doubt that most, or even any, of the five independent republics we visited could be located on a map by the average American. Most friends expressed disbelief that one could — or would even want to — travel to a part of the world widely perceived as being off limits.”

Guards in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Photo credit: Michel Behar

Guards in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Photo credit: Michel Behar

Over 21 days and 5 countries, Patricia discovered not only the architectural riches and fascinating history of the region, but the hospitality of Central Asian people.

“Our days were filled with random and spontaneous encounters with some of the warmest, most good-natured and genuinely gracious local people I’ve ever met. Of the trip’s countless ‘who knew?’ factors, that friendliness might well have been the greatest surprise, although hospitality in the heartland of Asia has been the stuff of legend since Marco Polo’s time.”

Chatting with locals in Kyzyl Kum Desert. Photo credit: Michel Behar

Chatting with locals in Kyzyl Kum Desert
Photo credit: Michel Behar

Her overall impression?

“Travel to the heartland of Asia promises a remarkable adventure that can sound almost like travel fiction at times. But it delivers, and then some, in large part due to MIR.”

Thanks, Patricia. It was a pleasure having you on board.

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Patricia in her favorite spot on the trip - Khiva, Uzbekistan. Photo credit: Michel Behar

Patricia in her favorite spot on the trip – Khiva, Uzbekistan
Photo credit: Michel Behar

Travel the Silk Road with MIR

MIR has more than 30 years of travel experience in Central Asia and has an affiliate office in Uzbekistan, with a roster of contacts that can take you to places that you didn’t even know you wanted to go. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

You can experience the Silk Road for yourself on the itinerary Patricia writes about on our Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans.

MIR also has a variety of other itineraries that explore Central Asia:

You can also travel on one of MIR’s handcrafted private independent travel itineraries, Essential Uzbekistan or Essential Central Asia, or book a custom private journey. MIR specializes in personalized, private journeys, and we’d love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you. Travel wherever, however, and with whomever you like, relying on our expert assistance. Contact us to find out more about our custom and private travel expertise – each trip handcrafted to your interests, dates and pace.


(Top and all slideshow photo credit: Michel Behar)

PUBLISHED: September 12, 2014

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