Traverse The Ancient Silk Road
WHY VISIT uzbekistan
Bursting at the seams with history and culture, Uzbekistan is truly in a league of its own. It contains some of the most important cities that were a part of the Silk Road, from Khiva to Samarkand. Witness spectacular mosques and mausoleums at every turn. The ultimate destination for history lovers, photographers and travel enthusiasts.
A FEW FACTS
Size: 447,400 sq km
Population: 32.39 million
Visa can be obtained via the Uzbek embassy or an E-visa can be obtained online.
The main language is Uzbek.
Visit cities that were on the Silk Road
Step inside ornate mausoleums
Learn about the rich heritage of this land.
All accommodation is included in twin rooms.
Inquire if you prefer to have your own room (surcharge will apply.)
Every breakfast is included
All transfers from arrival at the first hotel are included
Train tickets between cities
Inquire if you would like to pre-arrange your airport transfer (paid direct to the driver.)
All city tours are included
mosques and mausoleums.
Breakfast and city tour in Tashkent — the Capital of Independent Uzbekistan, the cosmopolitan city in the heart of Central Asia, the crossroad of different cultures. The city was an ancient centre of The Great Silk Road. Tour around Tashkent, visiting the museum of Applied Arts, visit to the old city where you will see mausoleums, madrasah and the Chorsu Bazaar, the Independence Square, through
Pedestrian Street towards Amir Temur’s Square, the most beautiful Tashkent
metro stations. Dinner and overnight.
Train To Samarkand
Morning transfer to the railway station for the high-speed Afrosiyob (2h 10min). Arrive in Samarkand.
Gaze upon the wonders such as the Mausoleum Gur Emir, the historical Registan Square, The square includes three madrasahs. Finally visit the Bibi Khanum Mosque, erected by order of Tamerlane after his victorious Indian campaign in 1399 with Siyab Bazar.
After breakfast enjoy a tour, that takes you to the Shakhi Zinda Necropolis; visit a site of pilgrimage since
the 11th century. There you can enjoy the finest samples of majolica, mosaic and terracotta tile works, Among the sites of Samarkand one of the most outstanding is the Ulugbek’s Observatory visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel . Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Dinner and overnight.
Samarkand to Shakhrisabz to Bukhara
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz. visits to Shakhrisabz or “green town”, birthplace of Tamerlane, who supported The Great Silk Road, your drive goes through Hungry Steppe, the part of The Great Silk Road. Upon arrival lunch and start your tour. Monuments you will see include: Ak-Saray or white palace, once the grandeurs structure in Temur’s Empire, Dorut-Tilovat-The House of Meditation, and Kok-Gumbaz (blue dome)
Mosque built by Ulugbek, Dorus-Saodat. Continue to Bukhara. Arrive
Explore Ancient Bukhara
After breakfast start your city tour. Bukhara is known as Central Asia’s most ancient living city. Visit the Citadel Ark, the palace of the rulers of Bukhara, Bolo Khauz Mosque with beautiful ayvan in traditional Bukharian style. Take a walk through the old
part of the city towards Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum in city park area. Continue to the “pearl of the east” The Samanid’s Mausoleum.. Later proceed to
covered bazaars were built on a crossroads of caravan routes, visit Magoki Attor Mosque one of the
oldest Mosques in Central Asia, and the Lyabi Khauz in the heart of the city. The Jewish Quarter and the synagogue will be a part of the tour too.
Soak In Soviet History
In the morning you drive outside of the city to visit The Holy place, the tomb of Saint Bakhautdin Nakshbandi, one the founders of Nakshbandia Sufi Orden. The place of pilgrimage for thousand believers and sufies, spend some free time to see local customs. Later drive to The Summer residence of Bukhara Amir’s Sitorai Mokhi Khosa palace, the piece of Russian culture in Bukhara built for the reception of Tsar Nicolay II Romanov. Last will be Chor Bakr necropolis, the burial area of local ruler representatives and aristocracy.