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Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road

29 May — 8 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

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Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 2135 on Uzbekistan Airways.

Day

2

Arrive Tashkent 0825 and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Morning tour of the city: Independence Square, Amir Temur monument, Museum of Applied Art. Afternoon: Khast-i-Imam complex (group of mosques and madrasas dating from the 16th to 20th centuries).

Day

3

Morning in Tashkent: State Museum of History of Uzbekistan (archaeological and ethnographical) followed by visit to Chorsu Bazaar. Afternoon: domestic flight to Urgench and transfer to city of Khiva for two nights.

Day

4

Khiva: Ichan Kala (ancient citadel surrounded by crenellated clay walls), Juma mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan madrasa, Kalta Minor minaret, Kunya Ark fortress.

Day

5

Drive through the Kyzylkum desert, occasionally sighting the River Oxus (now the Amu-Darya) crossed by Alexander the Great in 329 BC. Stay in Bukhara for two nights.

Day

6

Bukhara: Poi-Kalyan complex, Mir-i-Arab madrasa, Kalyan minaret, Ulugh Beg and Abdulaziz Khan madrasas. Afternoon: Lyabi-Hauz, madrasas and Ark Citadel.

Day

7

Bukhara: Tchor Minor mosque, Bolo-Hauz mosque, 10th century Samanid mausoleum and Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (‘Job’s Spring’). Afternoon: train transfer to Samarkand. Stay in Samarkand for three nights.

Day

8

Samarkand: famed Registan Square with 15th and 17th century madrasas, Gur-i Amir mausoleum (burial place of Timur), Bibi Khanum mosque and colourful Siyob Bazaar.

Day

9

Whole day excursion to Shakhrisabz, hometown of Timur: portal of Ak-Saray palace, Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble.

Day

10

Samarkand: Shahi-Zinda tiled funerary complex, observatory built by Ulugh Beg. Afternoon at ancient site of Afrasiab (rare 7th century Sogdian fresco), before train transfer to Tashkent for overnight stay.

Day

11

Free time in Tashkent. Depart Tashkent 1620, arriving London Heathrow 2000.

Tour Dates

29 May — 8 Jun 2018

Days

11

Cost

£2550

Tour Code

UZBK-18

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £265.

 
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