09 August 2019
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A doubly landlocked country, Uzbekistan offers a fascinating blend of arid desert, open steppe, lush oases and fertile river valleys. Despite the remarkable variation in landscapes, it’s the ancient history and culture though that makes this the most alluring destination in Central Asia.
Set on the ancient Silk Road, for centuries Uzbekistan was besieged by waves of traders, nomads and conquerors, and the architectural legacy that remains is truly awe-inspiring. Visit intricately decorated mosques, madrasas and mausoleums, as well as magnificent palaces and towering fortresses in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva - once some of the most powerful cities in the world. In the capital of Tashkent, you’ll find the more recent remnants of Soviet rule, together with a superb array of fascinating museums.
The sights to be seen in Uzbekistan are like no other, and a tour here will not fail to enthral.
Average group size - 12 people (maximum 26)
Day 1: Fly to Tashkent - Fly overnight to Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent - Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to your hotel. Take an afternoon tour of the old city, stopping at Amir Timur Square and the Kukeldash mosque and madrasa
Day 3: Fly to Urgench | Khiva - Transfer to the airport and take the short morning flight to Urgench. Visit the ancient fortresses of Ayaz Kala and Toprak Kala, before an afternoon drive to Khiva via Ulli Khovli
Day 4: Khiva – Enjoy a full-day tour of Khiva, visiting Kunya Ark, Islam Khoja minaret, Tash Havli Palace and a local bakery
Day 5: Bukhara – Make the full-day drive to Bukhara through the Kyzylkum desert, stopping at the Amudaryo river for photos
Day 6: Bukhara – Take a city tour of Bukhara, visiting the Chor Minor mosque, the Poi-Kaylan complex, the surviving trade domes and Lyab-i-Hauz complex - once the city’s principal source of water. In the evening, enjoy dinner and learn how to make traditional Uzbekistan cuisine at a cooking demonstration
Day 7: Bukhara - After breakfast, continue your tour of Bukhara, including visits to the imposing fortress known as ‘The Ark’ - located on the site of a 2,000-year-old fortress, the Summer Palace and the Samanid mausoleum, built in the early 10th century with a facade incorporating Zoroastrian symbols
Day 8: Shahrisabz | Samarkand - Drive to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane, and visit the summer palace, mosques and mausoleums, before continuing to Samarkand
Day 9: Samarkand – Enjoy a full-day tour of Samarkand, including visits to Registan Square, the Ulugbek Observatory, Afrosiab Museum, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis and the Bibi Khanum mosque
Day 10: Samarkand - Continue your tour of Samarkand, visiting Gur Emir mausoleum, which marks the final resting place of several members of the Timurid dynasty, including Timur himself. Other visits include Nodir Divan Begi madrasa, Hazrat Khizr mosque and the Khodja Doniyor mausoleum. After lunch, stop at a silk carpet factory, before returning to your hotel
Day 11: Tashkent – Enjoy a morning at leisure in Samarkand, before an afternoon drive to Tashkent, stopping en route at a small market and Tamerlane Iron Gate
Day 12: Fly to London – Enjoy your final morning in Uzbekistan at leisure, before your afternoon transfer to the airport and your flight home
11 nights from £1,845 per person based on two people sharing*
*Terms and conditions apply
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