Follow the footsteps of travellers past, journeying through the Silk Road cities that linked Europe and the Far East.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have long been the crossroads of civilisations and a vital link in the Silk Road. This 17-day tour explores the rich tapestry of history and cultures of this region, from the excellent archaeological sites and cities of the Achaemenids, Persians and Parthians, to the palaces, mosques and mausoleums of the emirs and Tamerlane’s capital, Samarkand. The tour takes you beyond these great civilisations of the past, allowing you to discover the distinctive culture of the ‘Stans’, from their traditional arts and crafts to the thriving cities of Central Asia.
Days 1–3: Arrive in Tashkent and tour the Uzbek capital; fly to Khiva and explore the old town.
Day 4: Drive to Nukus and visit the Savitsky Collection.
Days 5–6: Cross into Turkmenistan and visit Kunya Urgench; fly to Ashgabat and visit the carpet museum and the ruins at Nisa.
Days 7–8: Fly to Mary and visit the oasis city at Merv.
Days 9–12: Return to Uzbekistan, and explore Bukhara, Samanid sites, mosques and palaces.
Days 13–15: Drive to Shahrisabz and see Tamerlane’s city of Samarkand.
Days 16–17: Return to Tashkent for flights home.
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