Much more than an ancient trading route, the legendary Silk Road evokes a deep sense of intrepid adventure and faraway mystique. For millennia, merchants and mariners passed from the ports of the Mediterranean to the Orient, collecting stories and fortunes whilst avoiding danger and disease along the way. Even now, the myriad trails that weave their way across Asia remain one of the world’s most fabled journeys and continue to inspire the most avid of adventurers. In this Travel Geeks session, sponsored by Explore, our expert panel discusses how, when, and where to do it, with plenty of insider advice and exciting tales for forging your own adventure on this iconic route.
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Emma is a regular contributor for National Geographic Traveller (UK) and set out on the Silk Road for our April 2017 issue, clocking over 7,000 miles across six countries on her travels. @emmasthomson
Laurence is a travel writer and author of Kyrgyzstan: The Bradt Travel Guide. With a penchant for frontier zones and countries in transition, he has visited almost all of the countries along the Silk Road during several journeys to the region. @eastofelveden
Stephen is the founder of Caravanistan, an online travel guide to the Silk Road, focusing on Central Asia. He has been visiting the countries along the Silk Road and working with tourism stakeholders in the region since 2010. caravanistan.com
Simon heads up Explore‘s product team, who travel the world to devise their exciting itineraries, including their Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road & Golden Road to Samarkand tour.
Edward is the founder of WeLoveMountains.net, where he shares his adventures on two wheels. He has cycled across nearly all of the countries within Central Asia in the last four years, taking a different route throughout the region every time. WeLoveMountains.net.
Farida is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveller (UK) and is passionate about the Silk Road, having grown up in Azerbaijan. She’ll be presiding over the evening, adding her own tips and tales along the way.
When: Where: wallacespace Covent Garden, 2 Dryden Street, London WC2E 9NA
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.