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Wendy Wu Road to Samarkand

Discover beautiful Islamic architecture, ancient cities and thriving open-air bazaars against a stunning backdrop changing from snow-capped mountains to spectacular deserts, tracing the Silk Road to the birthplace of Tamerlane.

Tour Highlights:

Kashgar  
Tian Shan
Bukhara
Samarkand

What’s Included:

Return international flights
All Accommodation
All meals
All transportation & transfers
All sightseeing & entrance fees
English speaking National Escort & local guides
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders.

Wendy Wu Road to Samarkand Itinerary: 

Days 1-2: Fly to Urumqi

Fly overnight to the city of Urumqi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

Day 3: Tian Chi Heavenly Lake

Escape to the tranquillity of Tian Chi Heavenly Lake, a crystal clear body of water formed in a crater atop BÅkdu Mountain. In the evening fly to the remote city of Kashgar, the heart of the Silk Road.

Day 4: Explore Kashgar

Its skyline punctured by minarets, Kashgar feels a million miles from anywhere. Although now a modern city, the sights and sounds of Kashgar's streets have remained unchanged for millennia, as it remains as much of an integral trading post as in its Silk Road heyday. Today's visits include Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque and the atmospheric alleyways around Id Kah Square.

Day 5: Tian Shan Mountains

Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan through the magnificent Tian Shan Heavenly Mountains. Making our way over the Torugart Pass to Naryn, stop en route at the15th century Caravanserai at Tash Rabat.

Days 6-7: Kochkor Village & Karakol

Drive to Kochkor Village and enjoy a traditional lunch at a ger camp. The next day continue to Karakol via Bokonbayevo village on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, where the locals will demonstrate their skill at hunting with eagles.

Days 8-9: Explore Karakol

Spend the morning soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling animal market before examining the region's diverse religious influences with visits to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and the Chinese mosque. Take an afternoon stroll in Jety-Orguz and through the beautiful Valley of Flowers. The next day explore the Przhevalskii Museum and Semenov Gorge before continuing to Cholpon-Ata. Relax on an afternoon cruise on Issy Kul. Explore the petroglyphs of ibex, wolves and deer etched into glacial stone. Continue to Ashu in the Chon-Kemin Valley.

Day 10: Chon-Kemin Valley

Today take in the real life of Kyrgyz people in Ashu village.

Days 11: Bishkek

Drive to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital, a city of wide, leafy boulevards which contrast with the Soviet-era architecture. En route visit the 11th century Burana Tower, an intricate minaret out in the countryside. This afternoon there is an option to visit spectacular Ala Archa National Park or enjoy the time at your leisure.

Day 12: Fly to Tashkent

This morning take a leisurely hike in Ala Archa National Park. This evening fly to Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.

Day 13: Journey to Khiva

Fly to Urgench and drive to the ancient city of Khiva. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 14: Khuna Ark Fortress

The ancient city of Khiva has a long and turbulent history as part of the Silk Road and a slave trading post. This fascinating destination is lovely to explore – wander around the many medressahs, mosques and minarets within the ancient city walls, as well as the magnificent 17th century Kuhna Ark Fortress.

Day 15: Khiva

Explore the ruins of Elliq-Qala, an impressive fort and temple complex dating back to the 4th century BC, before having lunch at a yurt camp. Return to Khiva where the remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.

Days 16-18: Sacred Bukhara

After a day's drive across the Kyzyi Kumdesert arrive at the holiest city in Central Asia, Bukhara. Bukhara has been built up over thousands of years, with an atmospheric old centre and some pre-Soviet era architecture. Spend two days seeing the sights, with visits to the Ark Fortress, Chor Minor, Kalon Minaret, Labi-Hauz Plaza and the summer residence of the last Bukharan Emirs.

Days 19-21: Samarkand to Tashkent

Perhaps the most notable name in Silk Road history Samarkand is a UNESCO World Heritage city with an evocative skyline of domes and minarets and a mystical presence. Drive to the city via Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the great historical leader,Tamerlane. Spend two days exploring some of the many historical sites of Samarkand including the Registan, Sher Dor Medressa, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-I-Zinda and the Ulugh Beg Observatory.

Day 22: Samarkand

Return to Tashkent by road. You will pass through the Tamerlane Gates en route. Visit the majestic 16th-century Kukeldash Medressa, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Khan Medressa, Khast Imam Complex and Moyie Mubarek Library Museum. Later, wander the Chorsu Bazaar and explore the Crying Mother Monument.

Day 23: Tashkent

Explore famous sights around Tashkent including the 1966 earthquake memorial, Independence and Bunyodkor squares, Alishedr Navoi Theatre and the Amir Timur Maydoni before exploring Broadway Street. Spend the night in Tashkent.

Day 24: Fly Tashkent to UK

Wake early this morning for your flight to the UK arriving the same day.

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