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Uzbakistan Silk Road Cities of Uzbekistan - [ Tours ]

Choose a group tour to Uzbekistan and savour the long-lost romance of the Orient as you explore magnificent ancient towns and cities along the Old Silk Road. From the age-old settlements of Samarkland, Khiva and Bukhara with their dazzling mosques, ornate gold and turquoise tiled buildings and magnificently preserved relics, to the underrated capital of Tashkent with its mausoleums and madrassas emerging from beneath bleak Soviet-era architecture, Uzbekistan presents a wealth of historical and cultural treasures just waiting to be seen by the world as tourists slowly wake up to the wonderful and unique travel experience on offer here.

 
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Silk Road Cities of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: A journey through the history of the Silk Road, discovering Tashkent, the capital, and Khiva a perfectly preserved medieval town. Continue to Bukhara, another great trading centre on the Silk Road and finally Samarkand, the highlight of any trip to Uzbekistan.

Day 1: Tashkent

Early arrival in Tashkent and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon see Tashkent's main sights including the central square Amir Timur or Tamerlane's Square, the Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre, the Chorsu Bazaar and the old town's mosques and madrassahs. (B)

Day 2: Tashkent - Desert Citadels - Khiva

Fly to Urgench and travel 80kms out into the Kyzyl-Kum Desert to visit the 'desert citadels' of Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala. The drive takes you through rural Uzbekistan showing you the farms and villages. (B)

Day 3: Khiva

Today enjoy a full days excursion to Medieval Khiva. With your guide you will be able to wander through the maze of twisting alleyways and visit the "Kunya Ark" or old citadel, the Emir's Palace and the magnificent Juma Mosque with its 200 individually carved wooden pillars. (B)

Day 4: Khiva - Bukhara

A long drive today though the Kyzyl Kum or red desert to the magical city of Bukhara. (B)

Day 5: Bukhara

With its narrow alleyways and bustling bazaars, Bukhara is the quintessential Silk Road city. Today enjoy a a full day tour through the narrow streets of old Bukhara, some of the highlights include the Ark Citadel, Kalyan Square with its great minaret and the Ismael Samani Mausoleum dating from the 10th century. (B)

Day 6: Bukhara

This morning visit the last Emir's Summer Palace, an eclectic mix of European and Oriental design. Return to Bukhara for a free afternoon to wander the old town with its cafes and trading domes. (B)

Day 7: Bukhara - Vabkent - Gidjduvan - Samarkand

Today travel along the Golden Road to Samarkand visiting the potteries, shrines and tombs of Vabkent and Gijduvan on the way. You will also visit the Ulug Beg Madrassah and the tomb of Khoja Abdul Khaliq, a holy man. Arrive in Samarkand in the late afternoon. (B)

Day 8: Samarkand

Samarkand, one of the key trading cities of the ancient Silk Road, became famous as the capital of the vast state created by Tamerlane. On your full day tour you will visit Tamerlane's Tomb and Registan Square, an architectural masterpiece with blue tiled madrassahs on three sides. Also see Ulugbek's observatory, the Shah-i-Zinada necropolis and the immense Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his Chinese wife. (B)

Day 9: Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

Today enjoy a full day excursion to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlaine and surrounded by the Zerafshan Mountains. Enjoy fantastic views from the top of the enormous portal of Tamerlaine's Ak-Sarai Palace and visit his intended Mausoleum and the Kuk Gumbaz Mosque. (B)

Day 10: Samarkand - Tashkent Airport

This morning drive from Samarkand directly to Tashkent airport for your return flight. (B)

 



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