Uzbekistan

Detail of Dome at Bukhara - photo courtesy of Luciano
Detail of Dome at Bukhara - photo courtesy of Luciano
Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand - photo courtesy of Fulvio Spada
Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand - photo courtesy of Fulvio Spada
Colourful local crafts stall, Khiva - photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbera
Colourful local crafts stall, Khiva - photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbera
Genghis Khan - photo courtesy of David Prasad
Genghis Khan - photo courtesy of David Prasad
Ayaz Kala - photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbera
Ayaz Kala - photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbera

Come along to hear the footsteps of history as we explore the sites and cities of the Silk Road, which once ran all the way from China to Europe, with Uzbekistan right at its heart. The steppes, deserts, mountains and gleaming blue-tiled cities tell a story of trade and conquest. Join us in 2018 on the road to Khiva, Bukhara and fabulous Samarkand; cities built to dazzle the travellers who have passed by for thousands of years. For centuries — if not millennia — this is where not only goods, but knowledge, ideas, and cultures crossed from East to West. We journey in the footsteps of those ancient caravans, from grassy plain to desert voyaging from city to city, crossing Uzbekistan in an unforgettable journey.

  • We visit no fewer than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Samarkand, Shahrisabz, and Bukhara
  • Explore the winding streets of the great Silk Road cities, dazzling blue-tiled domes, mosques, and centres of learning
  • Travel the ancient trade routes, where caravans of silk, spice, and textiles once crossed the landscape

Themes

  • Prehistory
  • Medieval

Practicalities

  • Low Single Supplement
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

Arriving in Tashkent Day Two, we visit the History Museum.

Day 2

Arriving in Tashkent Day Two, we visit the History Museum.

Day 3

We visit Shahrukhiyah, a city hidden in a verdant mound.

Day 4

We visit Gyaur Kala, in Nukus; and medieval Mizdakhkan.

Day 5

We visit Savitsky Museum; before travelling to Khiva.

Day 6

We visit the fortresses at Ayaz Kala; and the abandoned city of Toprak Kala.

Day 7

We spend a day in the Arabian Nights city of Khiva.

Day 8

We travel across the Karakum desert to Bukhara.

Day 9

We spend a whole day in the evocative city of Bukhara.

Day 10

Special access to excavations at the ruined city of Paykent.

Day 11

We travel to Samarkand, stopping at Ribat-i Malik.

Day 12

We enjoy a full day in fabulous Samarkand.

Day 13

We travel to Shahrisabz, to see the stupendous White Palace.

Day 14

We spend a final day exploring central Samarkand. We later return to Tashkent.

Day 15

We visit the Timur museum, before our flights home.

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - All meals included
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Field Notes

Useful Information

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2018 Tour Details

Fri 6th April - Fri 20th April

Available
Accepting £300 deposits

£ TBC

UZB18A

Led By: Dr Paul Wordsworth

Book before 16th June 2017 for a fully refundable £300 fixed deposit.

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