Central Asia is a destination on the rise for travelers who like to head off the beaten track, which is why World Expeditions is launching this tour through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Led by professional travel photographer Richard I’Anson, the tour is designed for photography-oriented travelers who want to develop their technical and creative skills while taking the trip of a lifetime.

Beautiful city of Khiva in Uzbekistan (Photo: Dinozzzaver/Shutterstock)

The Silk Road Journey tour takes 15 days total, beginning in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. From there, guests will be taken through the country’s most inspiring sites, like the Registan, the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand; the Summer Palace of the last Emirs of Bukhara; and the ancient city of Khiva. The tour continues into Turkmenistan, where guests will see the breathtaking Yangykala Canyon, and camp by the Darvaza Gas Crater — nicknamed the “Door to Hell” — which has been continuously burning after a gas explosion in 1971.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan (Photo: Evgeniy Agarkov/Shutterstock)

The Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as the “Door to Hell”(Photo: Lockenes/Shutterstock)

The tour departs on June 4th, 2019, and will cost $5,299 per person. For a full itinerary, or to book this tour, visit the official website.

H/T: Lonely Planet