Uzbekistan Tour 2017

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October 8 – October 20, 2017    FINALISED

Price: USD 2895 per person (twin share); Single supplement USD 650

Transoxianais an ancient name describing the region of central Asia corresponding roughly with modern-day Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, southern Kyrgyzstan and southwest Kazakhstan. During the Sassanian period (224BC – 651AD) the area derived considerable commercial benefit from the northern Silk Road, and the cities of Samarkand and Bukhara became important centres of wealth, culture and learning. Today they are among the most exotic cities of the Islamic world, with ancient mosques covered in shimmering tilework, crowned by stunning turquoise domes. Khiva was a separate Khanate, first recorded by Muslim travellers in the tenth century, although its origins are believed to be much older than this. Together, these three cities form the core of our journey through this ancient and extraordinary land.

In Tashkent we ride the metro, visit the Museum of Applied Arts and explore Chorsu Bazaar. The following day we catch the train to Samarkand where we discover its most celebrated sights. We spend three nights here, which gives us plenty of time to absorb the wonderful Shah-I-Zinda complex and the fabulous Registan. We also make a side-trip to see the remains of Timur’s palace at World Heritage-listed Shahrisabz and explore the nearby villages of Urgut and Konigil.

Alongside Samarkand, Bukhara is one of the great cities of central Asia and here we have two and a half days to see all the principal sights and make our own discoveries. We then travel across the desert steppe to Khiva, once a slave-trading Khanate, and the most intact and homogenous of our three ancient cities. Our hotel is located within its mud brick walls and we enjoy some stunning vernacular architecture, exploring a number of mosques, madrasas and mausoleums.

Northeast of Khiva we spend a night in a traditional yurt camp (weather permitting), giving us a glimpse into central Asian nomadic life, before driving up to the remote town of Nukus, which boasts the world’s second largest collection of Russian avant garde art. We return to Tashkent for our final night.

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