Silk Road Lecturer

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Diana's Tours

Diana is the lecturer accompanying Cox & Kings’ Royal Academy Art Tours to Iran, Morocco, Uzbekistan and Mughal India. Her tours are enriched with lectures that bring history to life by weaving a continuous narrative encompassing the artefacts, ruins and architecture of each destination.

Upcoming Tours

The Golden Road to Samarkand
In the heartland of Central Asia lie the magnificent cities of the ancient Silk Road. Samarkand, the city of Tamerlane, stands noble and colossal displaying dazzling blue domes which rise majestically above intricately decorated drums. Bukhara, renowned for Islamic scholars and artists, is laden with a thousand years of the most breathtaking and sublime architecture in Central Asia. Khiva is a jade green city, whose buildings display exquisite arabesque tiles, carved wood columns and ceilings of spiralling multicoloured stalactites. Nukus, the city that hid the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art from the Soviets, displays the collection at the Karakalpakstan Museum.

28 April - 9 May 2017
15 - 26 September 2017
27 April - 8 May 2018

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art secreted by Igor Savitsky in Nukus.
  2. Discover the intricacies and influences of Islamic art and architecture in Central Asia.
  3. Walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane and the legendary personalities associated with the Great Game.

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Iran: Persian Palaces & Gardens
A land of mystery and ancient cultures, Iran warmly welcomes visitors to explore its majestic Persian monuments, spectacular Islamic architecture and Zoroastrian Towers of Silence. As well as the must-see sights of Tehran, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, Pasargadae and Isfahan, this tour also includes the little-visited city of Kerman, the exquisite Shazdeh garden in Mahan and the desert citadel of Rayen.

9 October - 23 October 2017
October 2018

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit Persepolis & Pasargadae.
  2. Explore mysterious Zoroastrian sites in Yazd.
  3. Travel off the beaten path to Kerman.
  4. Spend two full days discovering Isfahan.

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Morocco: Kasbahs, Palaces & the Sahara
Morocco, with its famous medieval mosques and citadels, is truly the jewel of North Africa and exudes a sense of living history. What’s more, this fascinating destination, set amid the backdrop of the stunning Atlas mountains and the shimmering Atlantic, features remains and reminders of numerous civilisations. Venture off the beaten track to the Rif mountains and Sahara desert, visiting Morocco’s most renowned historical attractions and many lesser-known gems.

10 March - 21 March 2017
2018 - dates forthcoming

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas, built under the Berber Almohad dynasty in the 12th century, and the Hassan Tower minaret.
  2. Travel to the blue-walled town of Chefchaouen perched beneath the rugged Rif mountains.
  3. See the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, a lavish tribute to the sultan who made Meknes his capital in the 17th century.
  4. Set off for the desert dunes of Merzouga by four-wheel drive, stopping for mint tea with nomads.

  5. Read more highlights and trip details here!