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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.
This short tour of Turkmenistan takes in the main highlights of a fascinating and unusual country. For those with more time, an extension to travel through the Kara Kum Desert and camp by the Darvaza flaming gas crater can easily be arranged.
The eastern end of the Silk Road crosses deserts and mountains and passes through bustling trading posts which are a melting pot of Central Asian society. Discover the lesser-known sights of China on this fascinating two-week tour.
Delve into the scenic heart of Kyrgyzstan enjoying the magnificent scenery around Lake Issy Kul , the Tien Shan mountains and Son Kul. Stay in a traditional Yurt and discover Kyrgyzstan's nomadic way of life.
A comprehensive tour of mountainous Kyrgyzstan and neighbouring Kazakhstan’s fascinating south. Ala Archa and Aksu Djabagly National Parks offer the chance to journey deep into the beautiful Tien Shan, while the ruins of Otrar and the profusion of ancient monuments scattered throughout Kazakhstan speak of its importance along the Silk Road. The vast landscapes of this remote region mean that long journeys are inevitable, but the scenery and sights along the way make the travel worthwhile, and the overnight train from Turkistan to Almaty allows you to experience a slice of local life.
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.
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Opened in 2004, The President is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Turkmenistan. Located on the road to Archabil, 10 km from the centre of Ashgabat in the park district, this luxury hotel offers 152 well appointed rooms. There is a restaurant onsite and a buffet breakfast is served in the dining room. Other amenities include swimming pool, sport facilities and laundry service.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
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
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.
On arrival in Tashkent you will be met by your gudie and driver and taken to your hotel for immediate check-in. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the capital, including Amir Timur Square, the Navoi Theatre and the earthquake memorial as well as the mausoleums and mosques of the old city. If time allows also travel on the metro with its ornate Soviet-era stations
Catch an early morning flight to Khiva, and travel across the dusty plains of Khorezm to the incredible fortified cities of Toprak Kala and Ayaz Kala. These amazing fortresses date back at least 2000 years and were devastated by Turkic raiders in the 6th century. Return to Khiva to stay overnight.
This morning drive to Khiva and spend the day exploring this remote city. The citadel of Ichan Kala is packed with beautiful Islamic architecture, at the heart of which lies Kukhna Ark, residence of the notorious Khans of Khiva. Outside the city walls wander through the bustling bazaar of Dishan Kala.
This morning cross the border into Turkmenistan to discover the ruined city of Konye Urgench. The one-time capital of Khorezm was one of Islam’s major cities in the 12th century and the remains hint at its former grandeur.
An early flight allows time for a full day’s exploration of Turkmenistan’s gleaming capital city. Ashgabat was transformed from a fairly dull provincial outpost into ‘The White City’ by ex-President Niyazov, whose decrees even extended to the size of the marble tiles which cover the buildings.
A full day of sightseeing around Ashgabat today, starts at the ancient Parthian city of Nisa and continuing to Geok Depe, where the Russians finally conquered the country in 1881. Later on there is the opportunity to bathe in the warm waters of the underground lake of Kow Ata .
Driving east from the capital, stop at the town of Anew, where archaeological excavations have uncovered some of the earliest evidence of the cultivation of grain. Continue to the ruined 18th century fortress and palace of Nadir Shah before arriving in Mary, close to the ancient city of Merv.
Today travel about 3 hours out into the Kara Kum desert to visit one of Turkmenistan’s most important sites – Gonur Depe. This fascinating Bronze Age palace complex is thought to have been the capital of the newly discovered Margiana civilisation, and is still in the process of being excavated. Later return to Mary
This morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Merv which at its height it was a major industrial centre and one of the most important places on the entire Silk Road. Driving across the Uzbek border, your journey continues to the city of Bukhara.
Spend the whole exploring this most atmospheric of cities with your guide. Wandering through the medieval streets you will discover mosques, madrassahs, caravanserais and trading domes which still feel alive with the presence of merchants and traders.
This morning travel out of Bukhara to visit the Sitorai Makhi Khosa – the palace of the last Emir, built by the Russians in a mix of Russian and Central Asian styles. The afternoon is then free to discover more of Bukhara’s maze-like streets and incredible buildings.
Between Bukhara and Samarkand lies Shakhrisabz, birthplace of the great Uzbek hero Tamerlane. His huge palace, Ak Serai, was entered via a massive arch flanked by 65-metre high towers. After exploring the town, continue to Samarkand, perhaps the best-known Silk Road city.
Samarkand is as old as Rome and was for centuries the most important city along the Silk Road, and its iconic structures need no introduction. On today’s full day tour you will visit the famous Registan Square, the fantastically decorated mausoleums of Shah-i-Zinda and the gigantic Bibi Khanum mosque.
Today you will be transferred to Tashkent airport for your departure flight.
B = Breakfast provided
L = Lunch provided
D = Dinner provided