Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Central Asia Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan: A Journey Through Central Asia

May 8 - 24, 2020
17 days
£4,670 per person, twin share (land content only). £675 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.


Christopher Bradley


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.


  • The city walls of Khiva’s old town and its mosques, minarets and madrassas
  • Fine Central Asian architecture and design at the World Heritage-listed site of Kunya Urgench
  • The ruins of ancient Parthian kings dating from the 3rd century BC, at Nisa near Ashgabat
  • The oasis city of Merv, with its outstanding archaeological sites from the Sassanid and Achaemenid periods
  • Bukhara and the Samanid monuments of the last Persian dynasty to rule Central Asia
  • Tamerlane’s Samarkand and Shahrisabz, the heart of the Silk Road

Itinerary overview

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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