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Uzbekistan - The Land Beyond The River

11 nights Price from £3,565 per person
Departs: 25 Sep 2020
Departs: 25 Sep 2020

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Travellers on the Silk Road crossed the ancient Oxus River to the great trading centres of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. These cities that connected Rome to Eastern China were filled with scholars in magnificent madrassas and merchants trading in exotic bazaars. Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan have left their imprint on the region but Tamerlane and descendants built many of the colourful tiled buildings that we discover on this tour. Uzbekistan’s remoteness and resilience has protected its most treasured buildings for modern travellers to enjoy as their predecessors did six hundred years ago.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Internal flight between Nukus and Tashkent
  • Sightseeing as described, all entrances fees and gratuities
  • Ten nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch and dinner each day
  • The services of our Kirker tour lecturer and a tour escort
  • NB. Great improvements have been made to welcome visitors but please note that hotel standards cannot be compared with Europe and on some days there are long journeys by coach.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Flight to Tashkent

    We fly from London to Tashkent, arriving the following morning. We have arranged for our rooms to be available immediately.
  • Day 2 - Tashkent

    After time to rest, we explore Tashkent’s Moyie Mubarek Library and the Tillya Sheikh Mosque.
  • Day 3 - Samarkand

    We travel to Samarkand by bullet train. Samarkand was the glittering jewel in the empire of Timur and we will see the great Gur Emir Mausoleum, the iconic image of the country, as well as Registan Square surrounded by three madrassas (theological schools). We will stay for two nights in Samarkand.
  • Day 4 - Shah-i-Zinda complex

    Today we visit the Shah-i-Zinda complex, before driving to the outskirts of Samarkand to see the 15th century Ulugbek observatory and a restored paper mill. Our day ends at the Afrosiab archaeology museum.
  • Day 5 - Gijduvan

    Today we drive to Bukhara where we stay for three nights. En route we stop at Gijduvan, a town known for its ceramics.
  • Day 6-7 - Bukhara

    We have two full days in Bukhara where we visit the city’s Kalon mosque complex including madrassas and an ancient minaret – the tallest in the world. On the outskirts we visit Sitorai Mohi Hosa, the summer residence of the last Emir, dating from the early 20th century. We will visit one of the many traditional tea houses and there will also be time to experience the teeming bazaars.
  • Day 8 - Crossing the Amu Darya River

    We drive along the caravan route to Khiva, crossing the Amu Darya River – the Oxus of ancient times. We stay in Khiva for two nights.
  • Day 9 - Khiva

    A full day in ancient Khiva, a walled Silk Route city of minarets and mosques. We see the ancient fortress, Kuhna Ark, the Friday Mosque and the glorious tiling at the Mausoleum of Mahmoud.
  • Day 10 - Nukus

    We drive from Khiva to Nukus and visit the Savitsky Museum, with the world’s biggest collection of Russian avant-garde paintings, before our flight back to Tashkent where we stay for two nights.
  • Day 11 - Kukeldash Mosque

    A final day to explore Tashkent, including the Chorsu bazaar and the 16th century Kukeldash Mosque.
  • Day 12 - Flight to London

    A free morning before our flight from Tashkent to London.

Flight Details

Flights with Uzbek Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 21.35 arrive Tashkent 08.25 the following day

Depart Tashkent 16.20 arrive London Heathrow 20.00

Departure Dates and Prices

01 May 2020

Status Closed

Price from£3565

Single Supp.£398

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25 Sep 2020

Status Available

Price from£3565

Single Supp.£398

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