Join TransIndus for an escorted Group Tour to Uzbekistan, a country whose cultural legacy spans more than three millennia. Marvel at the emerald, lapis blue and wax-yellow patterns adorning Samarkand’s Registan Square – one of the great wonders of the Islamic world. Shop for hand-woven kilims, silk scarves and soft, camel-wool shawls in the bazaars of Bukhara. And savour the exotic desert sunsets as you cross the Oxus Delta in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.
The itinerary has been carefully devised to showcase the architectural genius of the Timurids and their successors, the Shaybanid Dynasty, whose buildings greatly influenced those of the Mughals in India. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to meet local people, experience traditional music and dance, watch ceramicists, carpet weavers and embroiderers at work, and shop for fabulous, locally made silk garments.
Accommodation will be in comfortable, Western-style hotels, and nearly all meals are included in the price. A dedicated, English-speaking TransIndus guide will be with you every step of the way. You’ll also be accompanied around specific monuments by specialist guides.
Day 1 Tashkent
On arrival in the Uzbek capital, the group will be met at the airport by our local TransIndus representative and driven to our hotel. Spend the rest of the morning recovering from the journey. Later, enjoy an afternoon of guided sightseeing.
Day 2 Tashkent, Khiva
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Khiva, via Urgench. Stay at Orient Star or similar for two nights.
Day 3 Khiva
A full day’s guided sightseeing in Khiva today focuses on the principal highlights of the old walled city, the Itchan-Kala, which has been beautifully restored and is traffic free. As well as monuments, there are lots of crafts stalls and workshops to browse around the backstreets.
Day 4 Khiva, Bukhara
A long drive across the Kyzl Kum desert to Bukhara takes up most of today. En route, we’ll traverse the Amu Darya River, known in the time of Alexander the Great (who crossed it twice) as the ‘Oxus’.
Day 5 Bukhara
Enjoy a full day’s tour of Bukhara’s medieval monuments today, covering the mighty Poi-i-Kalan, the Lyabi Hauz complex, with its shimmering pond, and mausoleums of Ismail Sami and Kashma Ayub.
Day 6 Bukhara
On the morning of your second day in Bukhara, we visit to the Ark fortress, at the northwest side of the old walled town, followed by the iconic Chor Minor Madrassa. In the afternoon you’ll be free to explore and shop at your own pace, with or without your guide, as required.
Day 7 Bukhara, Samarkand
Today the tour continues east through the green belt lining the Zeravshan River to Samarkand, pausing for lunch at a traditional pottery. On arrival, visit Timur’s azure-domed tomb, the Gur-i Amir.
Day 8 Samarkand
A memorable excursion awaits today as you visit the oasis town of Shakhrisabz, on the far side of the Gysar Mountains. Later, enjoy the superb tilework and sociable atmosphere of the Shah-i-Zinda tomb complex back in Samarkand.
Day 9 Samarkand
The ninth day of the tour starts with a visit to the magnificent Registan, the greatest ensemble of buildings surviving from Timurid times, followed by Bibi Khanum mosque and nearby Siab market.
Day 10 Samarkand, Tashkent
Visit the site of ancient Samarkand in the morning, followed by a tour of Ulugbeg’s famous observatory in the afternoon, ahead of your return by high-speed train to Tashkent in the evening.
Day 11 Tashkent, London
Transfer to the international airport.
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