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Uzbekistan - the Heart of the Silk Route

11 Days from £1,799.10

​The incredible history of the Silk Road crosses soaring mountain ranges, endless deserts and ancient cities overflowing with eye-popping architecture. You'll see it all in Uzbekistan. The Heart of the Silk Route tour shows you the very best of this country's rich cultural and natural highlights. Discover why Samarkand inspires world-famous poets, explore the holy city of Bukhara and see the undulating dunes of the Kyzylkum Desert. Along the way, immerse yourself in centuries-old traditions with dining, dance and meetings with locals. You'll stay in 3 and 4-star hotels throughout your trip and enjoy plenty of free time for your own exploration of Central Asia's historic marvel. ​

Departure from: May 2020 - Oct 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guides
  • Return direct flights from Heathrow with Uzbekistan Airways
  • 9 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels, plus 1 night in flight
  • 18 meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Local Flavours - sample exotic teas at an historical tea house
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage

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Included holiday highlights

  • Discovery tour of Samarkand
  • Ride through beautiful metro stations
  • Walking tour of Registan Square
  • Traditional breadmaking and lunch with a local family
  • Drive the Takhta Karacha Pass
  • Explore the home of national hero, Tamerlane
  • Discover the holy city of Bukhara
  • Bukhara Puppetry and Miniature School experience
  • Drive through the Kyzylkum Desert
  • Walking tour of Khiva's Itchan Kala
  • Dinner with Uzbek Khorezm dances
  • Tashkent city tour including Khast Imam Square
  • Visit to a famous ceramics studio

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK - Taskent

Your exotic adventure begins with a direct overnight flight to Uzbekistan's vibrant capital city, Tashkent. ​

Day 2 Tashkent

On your arrival this morning, relax and refresh at your hotel, with plenty of free time to settle in. We'll explore city highlights in the afternoon, including a ride on the Tashkent metro. Central Asia's oldest tube dazzles with mosaics, portraits and magnificent columns at every stop. Tonight, we'll sit down to a tasty welcome meal at a local restaurant. 

Day 3 Tashkent - Samarkand

The high-speed Afrosiab train whisks us to one of the most prominent cities on the Great Silk Road. From the eras of Alexander the Great and Genghis-Khan to the artistic legacies of the Turkic ruler Tamerlane, it's fair to say that this ancient city has seen some history! The latest research indicates that Samarkand was founded an incredible 2,750 years ago.

​We'll visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, home to the graves of Tamerlane and his descendants, along with the impressive remnants of Mosque Bibi-Khanum. The elaborate Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis is an important site for pilgrims, as it's the alleged gravesite of Qusan ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. 

Day 4 Samarkand

Decorated by mosaics and ornate minarets, the madrasas of Registan Square are some of the greatest works of the Islamic world. After we've had our fill of awe-inspiring architecture, get ready for the enticing smell of baking bread as we join a local family for a homecooked meal. Explore at your leisure for the rest of the day or join us for an optional excursion to three incredible destinations.

​The first, the Meros Silk Paper Factory, has revived the ancient tradition of papermaking in Samarkand, once renowned for its use in Persian and Arabic manuscripts. Second is the famous Ulugh Beg Observatory, which produced advanced astronomical discoveries before it was destroyed by religious extremists in 1449 - we'll visit the museum here. Thirdly, we'll discover the Tomb of Prophet Daniel. 

Day 5 Samarkand - Bukhara

Settle in for a scenic drive over the spectacular Takhta Karacha Pass, as we follow the Silk Route to the hometown of Tamerlane. Shakhrisabz is a traditional centre for folk art, dotted with ruins and medieval buildings. We'll explore the Ak Saray Palace, Kok Gumbaz Friday Mosque and the mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat, then enjoy some free time, before following our noses to a charming teahouse for lunch. After a relaxing afternoon drive, look forward to a traditional dinner in Central Asia's holiest city, Bukhara. ​​

Day 6 Bukhara

Highlighting more than 2,000 years of history, medieval Bukhara offers a visual feast of architectural wonders and photogenic streets. Our full-day tour shows you the very best of the UNESCO-listed historic centre, including the atmospheric Old Jewish Quarter, Poi-Kayalan Ensemble and Kalyan minaret.

​We'll delve into tradition at puppet and miniature painting workshops, and sip spicy teas flavoured with fragrant cardamom, anise, cinnamon and oregano. Get set to give your wallet a workout at the trading domes, featuring market stalls piled high with handwoven carpets, silk scarves and unique jewellery.

Day 7 Bukhara

There's so much to discover here, it will be a challenge to squeeze it all into one day. But it's a challenge we're willing to accept! Our tour continues at the Zindan, an old jail complete with a grisly torture chamber. Close by is the spectacular Fortress Ark, the city's oldest structure. We'll walk along the city walls and stop at Samanids Mausoleum, a 9th century architectural treasure.

​Take your time and explore at your own pace this afternoon, or join us for an optional, countryside excursion. Discover Bahauddin Naqshbandi, the burial tomb of the Sufism leader, and the exquisite summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace. On our return, we'll stop for a look at Chor Minor and its four quirky, turquoise-topped turrets. 

Day 8 Bukhara - Khiva

You'll get a well-deserved rest today on our drive to Khiva through spectacular desert landscapes. The Kyzylkum Desert stretches for hundreds of miles and once presented sun-scorched dangers for traders traversing the legendary red sands. Luckily for us, we'll get to experience it within air-conditioned comfort!​

Day 9 Khiva

A living museum, Khiva's twisting alleyways, glistening mosaics and ornate minarets are a stark contrast to its brutal history of barbaric slave trading. A walking tour of UNESCO-listed Itchan Kala, an old Khiva oasis, showcases 51 ancient structures, 250 dwellings, majestic mosques and caravanserais. As Khiva is well-known for handicrafts, there's plenty of time here to admire and buy woodcarvings, woven carpets and fleece hats.

​Tonight offers a treat for the senses, with dinner and a folklore performance. A captivating form of dance combining Arabic, Persian, Turkic, Indian and Chinese elements, Khorezm features dazzling spins, sensual undulations and lavish Oriental costumes. 

Day 10 Khiva - Tashkent

Saying goodbye to Khiva, we'll fly back to Tashkent today. But don't worry, your incredible journey isn't over just yet! We'll take a city tour on arrival, starting with Khast Imam Square which is the holy heart of ancient Tashkent. See the works of world-famous ceramic masters (now fifth and sixth generation), along with the performing arts hubs of Theatre Square and Broadway, the Earthquake Memorial and Amir Temur Square. Tonight, we'll sit down together for a delicious farewell dinner at a local restaurant. ​

Day 11 Tashkent - UK

A free morning of leisure eases you into an early afternoon transfer to the airport and your flight home to the UK. ​


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 :

Hotel Praga
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Day 3 - 4 :

Hotel Diyora
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Day 5 - 7 :

Orient Star Bukhara
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Day 8 - 9 :

Orient Star Hotel - Khiva
The 3-star Orient Star hotel in Khiva is a fascinating building which was once a madrasa.

Hotel facilities include a bar, tea house and a souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a minibar.

Day 10 :

Hotel Praga
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Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
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10 days

Wednesday 06 May 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,349.10

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10 days

Wednesday 16 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,394.10

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10 days

Wednesday 14 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,439.10

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DEPARTURE
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TUE 05 MAY 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,999.00

£1,799.10

Available

Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 05 May 2020

Departs

23:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 15 May 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

TUE 15 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,049.00

£1,844.10

Available

Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Departs

23:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 25 September 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

TUE 13 OCT 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£2,099.00

£1,889.10

Available

Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Departs

23:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 23 October 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Uzbekistan - Samarkands Old Traditions: Astronomy and Paper Making

FROM £55.00

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Uzbekistan - Bahauddin Naqshbandi and Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace

FROM £55.00

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