AUSTRIA – SLOVENIA – CROATIA – MONTENEGRO – ALBANIA – MACEDONIA – BULGARIA – TURKEY – ARMENIA – GEORGIA – AZERBAIJAN – TURKMENISTAN – UZBEKISTAN – KYRGYZSTAN – CHINA
Despite the great distance between Europe and Asia, the two regions had contact prior to the first century AD. Traders, pilgrims and warriors all travelled along the Silk Road from the Mediterranean region in the West to as far as China in the East. Cultures spread through interaction among merchants, travellers and conquerors. The most profound influence of all were those brought by conquering civilizations.
To understand the history of cultural diffusion, one must understand the major empires of the Silk Road and the effects that they had on the exchange and spread of culture. This overland journey reveals various regions along this historical and legendary route taking travellers into many unspoiled and off-the-beaten-path places. By driving through and visiting these places, the participants have realized that the Silk Road is not just a legend that belongs to the past, but full of liveliness and present-day activities, and the knowledge gained from the trip shall be much greater than those from the history books.
The annual overland driving adventure “Drive the Silk Road” will start from Vienna, Austria in April 2013. It will take 92 days to reach Hong Kong, travelling through 16 countries covering 20,000 kilometres. This expedition will be divided into 4 sections and participants will have the option of participating in one section, or combined sections.