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Uzbekistan: Treasures of the Silk Road

Uzbekistan: Treasures of the Silk Road Uzbekistan: Treasures of the Silk Road
£ 2480

This fascinating tour follows the legendary Silk Road across the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan exploring the turbulent history of the region and the exquisite architectural highlights - fortresses, palaces, and spectacular mosques with dazzling turquoise tiles and soaring minarets.

Beginning in the capital, Tashkent, we fly west to the beautifully preserved walled city of Khiva before journeying to the fabled cities of Bukhara and Samarkand, ancient centres of trade that were considered amongst the most important cities in the world during medieval times, and were conquered in turn by both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane the Great. 

Throughout the tour Chris Bradley will give illuminating informal talks and guidance bringing to life the rich culture and history of the region.

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Tour Date:
17th May 2022 -
27th May 2022

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    Day 1-2 London / Tashkent

    Suggested flight (not included in the cost of the tour) Uzbekistan Airways HY 202 departing London Heathrow at 16.20 hrs.

    Arrive Tashkent at 03.10 hrs. Transfer to the Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace where two nights are spent (rooms are ready for immediate occupation). The hotel is centrally located with classical exterior and sophisticated interior design. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool. After breakfast and a tour briefing, take a city tour of Tashkent. Visit Tashkentís Broadway and Amir Timur Square. Following a brief stop at Courage Monument, drive to the Old City and see the Khast-Imam Complex, wander through the old streets of Tashkent and visit the Mui-Muborak Library with Osman Koran.

    Lunch at a local cafÈ. Continue to the Chor-Su Bazaar and from here take the metro to Cosmonauts Station. Optional visit to the Applied Arts Museum or return to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

    Day 3 Tashkent / Khiva

    After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Urgench. Upon arrival in Urgench transfer to the desert archaeological site of Toprak Kala Fortress dating back to the first century AD. The fortress is almost as old as the Silk Road itself and was initially controlled by the Kushan Empire. Excavated coins, statues and Zoroastrian wall paintings all help with the dating of the site.

    Continue to Khiva and check in to the Erkin Palace Hotel (or similar) where two nights are spent. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure or option to visit Ichan-Kala (entrance tickets will be provided). Dinner under own arrangements.

    Day 4 Khiva

    Full day sightseeing in Khiva at the citadel or Ichan-Kala which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its Emirís palaces, mosques, madrasahs and impressive city walls. Visits include the Kunya-Ark Fortress which was the residence of the rulers of Khiva, Sayid Alauddin Mausoleum, Arab Muhammad-Khan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Hodjan Berdi-Biya Madrasah, Shirgazi-Khan Madrasah, Abdulla-Khan Madrasah, Djuma Mosque with its 212 carved wooden columns, Alla Kuli-Khan Madrasah, Toshkhovli Palace with its 150 rooms and nine courtyards exquisitely decorated with tiles and carvings, the imposing mausoleum of local holy man Pahlavan Mahmoud and the 45-metre turquoise and red minaret of Islam Khodja.

    Lunch under own arrangements. Some free time in the afternoon. Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

    Day 5 Khiva / Bukhara

    After early breakfast drive to Bukhara (journey time approximately 7 hrs).

    On the way stop at Sunnat Choykhona for hot drinks and lunch. Packed lunch. Continue driving to Bukhara. Check in at the Minorai-Kalon Hotel (or similar). Start sightseeing in Bukhara Old City with its bazaar streets and trading domes, mosques and madrasahs. Visit Lyabi-Hauz plaza shaded by mulberry trees built around a pool, Magoki-Attori Mosque (the oldest mosque in Central Asia) and the trading domes. Dinner under own arrangements.

    Day 6 Bukhara

    Full day sightseeing in Bukhara. Visits include the imposing Kalyan Mosque with its 288-dome roof and adjacent spectacular 12th-century, 47-metre tall minaret which has become the symbol of Bukhara, the 15th-century blue-tiled Ulugbek Madrasah and the 17th-century Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah. Also see the beautiful Persian Samanid Mausoleum of Ismail Samani which reputedly dates from the 9th century and the unusual Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum originally dating from the 12th century.

    Lunch under own arrangements. Continue to the Ark Fortress, an ancient royal fortress dating from the 11th/12th centuries. Here see the infamous Zindan (gaol) and the 18th-century Bolo-Khauz Mosque which was the Emirís official place of worship. In the evening watch the performance at Nadir Devan-Begi Madrasah. Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 7 Bukhara

    Excursion to the Emirís summer palace, Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, and Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum on the outskirts of city. Return to Bukhara.

    Lunch under own arrangements. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner under own arrangements.

    Day 8 Bukhara / Samarkand

    In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (journey time 5 hrs). On the way stop at the village Gijduvan to see pottery mastersí workshop and witness the centuries-old process of pottery making. Continue to Samarkand.

    Lunch at a local cafÈ. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon and check in at the Ermikhan Hotel (or similar) where two nights are spent. Time to rest. Dinner under own arrangements.

    Day 9 Samarkand

    Full dayís sightseeing in Samarkand starting with a visit to the spectacular Registan Square, one of the finest architectural ensembles in Central Asia with its fine madrasahs. Also visit the remains of the gigantic 14th-century Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, a famous place of pilgrimage since the 11th century with its exquisitely decorated Timurid mausoleums.

    Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the 15th-century Gur Emir Mausoleum containing the tombs of Tamerlane the Great and his descendants, the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory built by the grandson of Tamerlane and Siyob Bazaar. Dinner under own arrangements.

    Day 10 Samarkand / Tashkent

    Continue sightseeing in Samarkand with a visit to the Afrosiyob archaeological site which was the first settlement in Samarkand dating from the 8th century BC and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry.

    Lunch at a local restaurant in Koni Ghil. In the afternoon transfer to railway station and take a train to Tashkent. On arrival check into the Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace where a further night is spent. Dinner at the hotel.

    Day 11 Tashkent / London

    Transfer to Tashkent Airport. Suggested flight (not included) Uzbekistan Airways HY 202 departing Tashkent at 09.15 hrs arriving London Heathrow at 14.25 hrs.

    • It was an extraordinary, wonderful and memorable holiday. Thank you to everyone.

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