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Silk Road Tours offer tailor made holidays through Central Asia, The Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa
This 10 day comprehensive tour visits the most important sites along the Uzbek section of the Great Silk Road. From the remote Khanate of Khiva, to the winding medieval streets of Buhkara and the graceful symmetry of Samarkand’s Registan Square, discover the fascinating history of the legendary trade route.
Explore the highlights of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this comprehensive two-week tour, following the ancient Silk Road and visiting some of its most evocative and well-preserved sites.
Covering four of Central Asia’s five “Stans”, this comprehensive tour takes in the iconic Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before exploring the Islamic cities and former trading posts of southern Kazakhstan. In complete contrast to these historical delights, the journey finishes with time spent in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where you will discover a country steeped in ancient nomadic traditions.
Discover the heart of the Silk Road in Central Asia with this comprehensive tour that takes in all the significant sites of Uzbekistan such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. This trip also offers the opportunity to visit the Karakalpakstan region to see the Savistsky art collection in Nukus and the ships graveyard at Moynaq. The Ferghana Valley, the first place where Sericulture developed outside of China and home to the famous 19th century Khanate of Kokand.
Situated in Bukhara’s winding medieval back streets and close to the lively cafes of Lyabi-House square, this charming 19th century residence was skilfully renovated and converted into a boutique hotel in early 2008. The rooms are built around a central courtyard and are decorated in traditional style with wood carving and hand painted walls. All rooms feature modern en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and satellite TV. Breakfast is served in the beautifully decorated original dining room and other meals are available upon request.View Images
The Tashkent Palace Hotel is one of Tashkents original hotels being built in 1958. It is well located in the heart of Tashkent, opposite the famous Alisher Navoi Opera House. Its 232 rooms are elegantly appointed rooms, some with views of the Opera Theatre. The hotel offers a main restaurants serving traditional Uzbek and international cuisine, as well a “Piano” and “Jazz” bar. Hotel guests may enjoy the outdoor swimming pool with poolside snack bar, sauna, massage, solarium and fitness club. A thoroughly recommended choice when staying in Tashkent.View Images
Located at the heart of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is replete with iconic Silk Road treasures. In the remote western desert, Khiva is an almost perfectly preserved Islamic medieval city, while the winding streets of Bukhara still seem to echo with the footsteps of merchants past. Samarkand’s Registan Square is perhaps the most well-known sight in Central Asia, with its incredible blue-domed madrassahs and an ancient market which conjures up images of traders laden with exotic goods and spices.
The history is long and complex, and waves of invaders and traders have made their way over Uzbek soil. Alexander the Great set up his easternmost outpost here, and the country was the birthplace of the legendary Tamerlane, whose empire stretched from Turkey to India yet completely collapsed on his death. In more recent times Uzbekistan was central to the 19th century power struggle between Russia and Britain known as the ‘Great Game’.
Geographically the country is dominated by the vast Kyzyl Kum desert, and many cities are centred on ancient oases deep in its red sands. A vital lifeline is provided by the fertile Ferghana Valley which is the economic heart of Uzbekistan. Nominally Muslim, more than half a century of Soviet rule have left their mark and its relaxed attitude to dress and alcohol makes it stand out from other Muslim countries. The delicious national dish, Plov, is also a source of national pride, and it reputedly has over 100 different versions – one question you are bound to be asked is whether you have tried it yet! Holidays to Uzbekistan are certainly memorable.
Time Zone – GMT + 5
Best Times to Visit – May to June, September and October
Visas – UK passport holders obtain before travel, Letter of Invitation not required
Currency – Uzbekistan Sum (UZS) obtainable on arrival
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