Great Cities of the Silk Road
12 days tour from £2695
Introduction - Great Cities of the Silk Road
If you’ve been seduced by an image of a magnificent tiled mosque, tomb or madrasa framed by patchworks of flat rooftops or endless desert, chances are it’ll feature on this tour of Uzbekistan’s cultural highlights. The trip begins with a day of acclimatization in the capital, Tashkent. From there you’ll travel to Khiva in the far west, where you’ll spend a couple of days marvelling at the emerald-domed wonders of the Khans, before moving on to Bukhara and the Shaybanid Dynasty’s architectural masterpieces. These would be a hard act to follow by any standards, but Samarkand manages to transcend all superlatives – an ensemble of medieval buildings that never fail to dazzle, providing an appropriately spectacular closing cadence to this trip. A leisurely interlude back in the capital provides time to shop and take in the museums ahead of your flight home.
Covering all the unmissable monuments, this tour could profitably be extended by a few days to include the forts of the Kyzylkum or a homestay with a Kazakh family in the desert. It can also be slotted together with our tour of Kyrgyzstan to create an itinerary of extraordinary contrasts.
You travel independently on a departure date of your choice. Internal travel is by air-conditioned car.