The Heart of the Silk Road (15 Days)

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Run by: Undiscovered Destinations

Reference number: USR

From: £2785.00

Delve into the history of this fascinating region with our small group tour to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. 

Visit Khiva with its superb monuments, the holy city of Bukhara and Samarkand, home to Central Asia’s most stunning architecture. Cross the border into Turkmenistan to visit the ancient cities of Merv and Konye-Urgench, and its unique capital Ashgabat. Spend time in stunning Tajikistan with its incredible mountain scenery, get off the beaten track at Penjikent and Termez, and enjoy Uzbek hospitality in a mountain village. A superb introduction to the Silk Road.     

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to explore the city. Overnight at Shodlik Palace or similar.

Day 2 - Khiva
Fly to Urgench and transfer to Khiva, a stunning city with a wealth of ancient monuments. We spend the afternoon exploring its sites, including its many mosques, medressas and mausoleums of former rulers. Overnight Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 3 – Khiva
Continue our exploration of this marvellous city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later there will be time for you to explore on your own. Overnight Malika Khiva Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 – Konye-Urgench - Ashgabat
We cross the border into little known Turkmenistan and head for the site of Konye-Urgench, an ancient capital of the land of Khorezm with beautiful mausoleums. After visiting its key sites we fly to Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat. Overnight Ak Altyn Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 5 – Ashgabat - Mary
Spend the morning exploring the sites of Ashgabat, a modern city that has been the focus of extensive and some would say eccentric building projects. We then fly to Mary, an oasis town close to the ancient city of Merv. Overnight Margush Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 6 – Merv - Bukhara
This morning we visit the ancient site of Merv, the most important in Turkmenistan and dating back 2500 years with an array of old mosques, citadels and Buddhist stupas. After exploring Merv we cross the border back into Uzbekistan and head to Bukhara, Central Asia’s holiest city. Overnight Caravan Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 7 – Bukhara
We spend today exploring Bukhara, one of the most spectacular cities in the region and with a superbly preserved old quarter. Overnight Caravan Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 8 – Gijduvan – Samarkand
Drive to the legendary city of Samarkand, stopping en route at Gijduvan, locally renowned as a centre for ceramics. Upon arrival in Samarkand we start to explore. Overnight Malika Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 9 - Samarkand
A full day exploring glorious Samarkand with its spectacular collection of traditional buildings. Samarkand is most famous for its Registan Square, which contains perhaps the most stunning and well preserved architecture in the whole region. Long held in awe by early western travellers, it is easy to lose yourself in wonder at the incredible mosques and medressas, elaborately decorated in blue tiles and traditional Islamic art. Overnight at Malika Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 10 – Shakhrisabz – Termez
Drive to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the famed leader Timur (Tamerlane). Shakhrisabz is home to numerous breathtaking mausoleums and monuments, and we spend time delving into the history of this once glorious town. Continue to Termez for the night. Overnight Meridien Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 11 – Dushanbe
Cross the border into Tajikistan and drive to Dushanbe, the capital. On arrival we explore Dushanbe’s sites and soak up the atmosphere of this little visited Central Asian city. Overnight Hotel Gulistan or similar. (B)

Day 12 - Iskander Kul
Drive through stunning scenery to Lake Iskander Kul in the Fann Mountains, where we have opportunities to hike around the lake shore. We have the rest of the day to explore the area and can visit nearby waterfalls and springs as well as small settlements. Overnight tourist cottages. (BLD)

Day 13 – Istravshan- Khudjand
After breakfast we drive over the Shahristan pass to the capital of northern Tajikistan, Khudjand. We will stop on the way in Istravshan where we will visit the Mugh Fortress, Kok-Gumbaz Medressa and Chor-Gumbaz mosque and local bazaar. We continue to Khudjand and on arrival we will take a city tour which includes Pushkin Square (named after the Russian writer), Kamoli Khudjandi Square (named after the Persian poet),  the fortress of Timur Malik and a visit to the central market which is one of the oldest in Tajikistan, Overnight at Khudjand Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 14 – Tashkent
Cross the border back to Uzbekistan and head to Tashkent for our final night. Overnight Shodlik Palace or similar. (B)

Day 15 – Tashkent
Tour ends with a transfer to the airport. (B)     

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
21/04/2019 05/05/2019 Available £2785.00
15/09/2019 29/09/2019 Available £2785.00
19/04/2020 03/05/2020 Available £2785.00
13/09/2020 27/09/2020 Available £2785.00

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