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Visit the most magnificent cities of the ancient Silk Road with Islamic expert Diana Driscoll. These include Uzbekistan’s second largest city, Samarkand, built by the infamous 14th-century Emperor Tamerlane; the medieval city of Bukhara, with its dazzling blue mosaic domes; the jade-green city of Khiva; and Nukus, which once protected the Russian avant-garde art collection of archaeologist and artist, Igor Savitsky from the Soviets.
- Private tour of the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art in Nukus with a local specialist
- See traditional silk weavers at work
- Full-day tours of Bukhara & Khiva
- Discover the intricacies of Samarkand’s Islamic architecture
- Visit ceramicist workshops
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Day 1: Fly to Tashkent
Board the overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tashkent with Uzbekistan Airways.
Day 2: Tashkent • Fly to Nukus
Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to the Miran Hotel (or similar) for a rest. After an introductory lecture and welcome lunch, take a city tour to see the highlights of Tashkent, including Kukeldash mosque, Muyie Mubarak library and Tillya Sheikh mosque.
Day 3: Chilpak • Khiva
Morning tour of the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art, which houses the collection of Igor Savitsky, who secreted away thousands of Russian avant-garde and post avant-garde paintings during the Stalinist Soviet period. Besides this rare and extensive collection of art (second only to St Petersburg), he also collected thousands of Uzbek artefacts, textiles and jewellery.
Day 4: Khiva
Full-day tour of the old walled city of Khiva, capital of Khorezm between the 16th and 20th centuries, and one of the most remote of the Silk Road cities. Visits include the Kunya Ark (old fortress), the original residence of the Khiva khans; the beautifully decorated Tash Hauli (stone palace); the Friday Mosque; and madrasas (theological colleges), which now house museum collections.
Day 5: Drive to Bukhara
Full-day drive to Bukhara (7-8 hours), through the Kyzylkum desert stopping at the Amu Darya river, known as the Oxus river in the ancient world.
Day 6: Bukhara
Take a full-day walking tour of Bukhara, visiting the Persian Samanid brick mausoleum, the Chashmai Ayub, known as Job’s Well, and the Bolo Hauz mosque. Visit the trade domes, madrasas and traditional Bukharan bazaars. Continue to the Poi-Kalyan complex, which includes the towering Kalyan minaret and the twin-domed Miri-Arab madrasa.
Day 7: Bukhara
Visit the architectural ensemble around the Lyab i-Hauz pool, fed by the waters of the royal canal. Continue to the Chor Minor, a curious four-towered gatehouse, and the Sitora-i Mokhi-Khosa, the summer palace of the last emir of Bukhara. Then visit the Fayzulla Khodjaev Museum, set in the house of a wealthy Bukhara merchant showing aspects of life in the early 20th century.
Day 8: Rabat i-Malik • Gijduvan • Vabkent
Drive along the royal road to the 11th-century Rabat i-Malik caravanserai (a trading route stop-off). Continue to Gijduvan, renowned for its traditional ceramics, and see Abd-alKhalyk Gijduvani mazar.
Day 9: Shahrisabz • Samarkand
Drive to Shahrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane, where he built an enormous palace, of which part of the beautifully ornamented audience chamber remains.
Day 10: Afrosiyob • Samarkand
Drive to the ancient deserted site of Afrosiyob on the outskirts of Samarkand, where a settlement once thrived until it was destroyed by Tamerlane. Archaeological finds are housed in the Afrosiyob History Museum. Continue to the observatory of Ulug Beg, Tamerlane’s astronomer grandson, and see the Bibi Khanum mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favourite wife.
Day 11: Samarkand • Tashkent
Visit Registan Square, framed by three brilliantly ornamented madrasas, and see the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis. Visit the Amir Timur gate in Djizak . Drive to Tashkent.
Day 12: Tashkent • Fly to London
This morning, visit the Museum of Applied Arts in a former Russian diplomat's residence. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for a flight to London.
Asia Khiva Hotel, Khiva
The Asia Hotel in Khiva is located outside the city walls opposite the south entrance to the walled old town of Khiva.
Jipek Joli Hotel, Nukus
The Jipek Joli Hotel is located in the center of Nukus across the road from the Savitskiy Art Museum.
Miran International Hotel, Tashkent
The 5-star Miran International Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Tashkent and located 4km from the centre of the city, close to the central railway station and 15 minutes' drive from the airport.
The Emirkhan Hotel, Samarkand
The Emirkhan is a characterful property located within the heart of Samarkand and 1.8km from the renowned Registan Square. All guestrooms are traditionally furnished in bright colours with gold detail.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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