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Miao Minority Village, Leishan Country, Guizhou, China

North & Central Asia

The cultures and landscapes of North and Central Asia are both spectacular and fascinating and include the largest country in the world, Russia.

North and Central Asia offers epic landscapes, ancient cultures and legendary archaeological remains.

Terrain ranges from the black beaches of far eastern Russia’s Kamchatka to the monster mountains and ice blue lakes of Kyrgyzstan and the open steppes of Mongolia. For ancient history  and culture look no further than the silk road cities of Uzbekistan, the dynastic history or China or the temples, gardens and geisha of Japan.

Chinese man painting a panda.
Chinese artist

North Asia

China’s ancient riches are complemented by modern marvels of architecture, and in Tibet, a country that offers such traditional cultures, you can be transformed into a different world. The open steppes of Mongolia record their history in song and monuments while Japan offers the visitor the latest technology alongside some of the worlds most ancient cultures. In the far north, Russia, the worlds largest country, where the Trans-Siberian railway wends it way and volcanic landscapes pepper the dramatic Kamchatka region.

Pamir Mountains, Tajikistan
Pamir mountains, Tajikistan

Central Asia

The goliath state of Kazakhstan is a mystery for intrepid travellers while Kyrgyzstan’s mountains and lakes dominate 90% of the country. The main attraction of Tajikistan is the Pamir Mountains and for Turkmenistan, it is the great Garagum desert, whilst Uzbekistan encompasses the legendary Silk Road, cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveler chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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