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Mountain scene, Kyrgyzstan

Diana Driscoll

My Favourite Countries

  • China
  • Kyrgyzstan

Diana is a leading Islamic world guide and lecturer with an emphasis on Central Asia. Educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Diana has over 30 years of experience studying and exploring Ancient Near and Middle East history, languages, religion and culture.

She lectured at various educational institutions throughout China and East Asia, and during this time, developed an interest in the history of the Silk Road.

Her research now covers the history, art & archaeology, cultures and religions covering over 5000 miles of road and 3000 years of history from Rome to Xian and down through the Indian subcontinent. She regularly gives British Museum gallery talks on the Silk Road, Central Asia and Mughal India.

Diana has led tours for Steppes Travel for several years. Her passion for the regions that she travels to is incredible. She is known on our trips to be travelling with a file filled with fascinating handouts on the history, cultures and other local insights of the area, which she happily shares with the group. In addition, we find that she is great fun to travel with and our clients tend to travel with her, again and again.

Country Road, Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan and China – Journey along the Silk Road

Travel from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan to the terracotta warriors in China. Starting amidst the mountainous countryside of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek in the heart of Central Asia, this trip traverses the spectacular Tien Shan Mountains to Kashgar, then skirts the northern edge of the magnificent Taklimakan Desert via Turpan and Dunhuang before culminating in Xian, the eastern terminus of this once great trading route.

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With an average group size of just eight to ten people, our group tour itineraries enable you to travel to some of the most intriguing regions of the world in the company of experts guides in the field and, of course, with likeminded people.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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