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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 2135.

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: Hazrat Imam complex (group of mosques and madrasas dating from the 16th to 20th centuries, home to one of the oldest extant copies of the Quran).

Day

3

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

Day

4

Khiva: Ichan-Qala (ancient citadel surrounded by crenellated clay walls), Djuma 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 three nights.

Day

6

Bukhara: 12th century Kalon minaret and complex with 16th century mosque and madrasa Mir-i-Arab, Toki Zaragron trading domes, 12th century Maghoki-Attar mosque (built on the site of a Zoroastrian temple).

Day

7

Bukhara: Lyab-i Khauz (16th and 17th century buildings surrounding one of the city’s surviving water pools), 10th century Samanid Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (‘Job’s Spring’) and Bolo-Hauz mosque.

Day

8

Drive to Samarkand via the 11th century Rabat-i Malik caravanserai. Lunch in Mitan as guests of a local family. Stay in Samarkand for three nights.

Day

9

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

Day

10

Whole day excursion to Shakhrisabz, hometown of Timur: portal of Ak-Saray palace, Hazrat-i Imam mosque and tomb of Timur.

Day

11

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

Day

12

Depart Tashkent 1620, arriving London 2000.

Tour Dates

29 May — 8 Jun 2018

Days

11

Cost

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 and coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £265.

 
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