Why travel to Uzbekistan
If any monuments could be said to epitomize the distant splendour of the Silk Road, it’s the domed mosques, tombs and madrasas of Uzbekistan. An ancient cultural crucible between the Amu-Darya (Oxus) and Syr-Darya rivers, this former Soviet republic holds three of the world’s oldest cities – Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva – whose walled centres are best described as ‘open-air museums’, with sights spanning five millennia.
Few visitors venture further than the region’s major hubs, but there is ample incentive to do so. The silk workshops of the fabled Fergana Valley, the forgotten fortresses of the Khorezm Delta region, and nomadic camel herders camps on the fringes of the mighty Kyzl Kum desert provide vivid experiences of ways of life buried for decades under the mantle of Soviet rule.
Highlights of Uzbekistan
Beautiful monuments – marvel at the green-glazed domes and resplendent mosaic-tiled minarets of Timurid Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva
Atmospheric bazaars – Uzbek markets are wonderful for people watching and souvenir hunting
Exquisite arts and crafts – experience the living legacy of the Silk Road in workshops of ceramicists, wood carvers, calligraphers, musical instrument makers, suzani embroiderers and silk carpet weavers
Ancient ruins – explore the remnants of lost Sogdian cities and forts captured by the armies of Alexander the Great 2,500 years ago
Evocative music – nothing conjours up the mystique of the Silk Road like traditional Uzbek or Kazakh music performed on the ‘dutar’ in restaurants and theatres
Popular Uzbekistan Highlights & Cities
Popular Uzbekistan tours
Great Cities of the Silk Road: Uzbekistan
11 days from £ 2695 per person
No monuments epitomize the exotic grandeur of the Silk Road as vividly as those of Uzbekistan. To travellers crossing the great deserts of Central Asia, the splendid turquoise domes and mosaic-tiled facades of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva must have ...
Ultimate Silk Road
28 days from £ 7500 per person
For anyone hooked on the romance of the ancient Silk Road, this epic, month-long tour has it all. You get to experience the full gamut of exotic landscapes explored by Sven Hedin and Aurel Stein, and visit all the legendary bazaar cities that once f...
Legends of the Silk Road
23 days from £ 7495 per person
Follow in Marco Polo’s footsteps on a journey from the imperial heartland of China’s eastern seaboard to the dry, dusty capitals of Central Asia – Kashgar, Bukhara and Samarkhand – whose names are synonymous with the ancient caravan trade across the...
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