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

Oct 13 - 30, 2020
18 days
£4,810 per person, twin share (land content only). £695 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour
Leader

Ben Churcher

Overview

Follow the footsteps of travellers past, journeying through the Silk Road cities that linked Europe and the Far East.

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are central links along the Silk Road and have extraordinary
histories, from the great empires and conquerors of the ancient and medieval world, to
the migrations and exchanges between vastly different cultures. Nevertheless, these two
countries have retained their distinctive cultures, seen most clearly in their traditional
arts and crafts. This 18-day tour uncovers the wealth of history and culture in the ‘Stans’,
with visits to the Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, to Sasanian citadels,
Achaemenid and Parthian ruins, the palaces of the emirs and the desert oasis of Merv.

Highlights

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

Itinerary overview

Days 1–2: Arrive in Tashkent, tour the old town and Khast-Imam complex.

Day 3: Train to Samarkand, visit the main square.

Days 4–5: Visit Shahrisabz, the city of Tamerlane.

Days 6–9: Investigate Bukhara’s Samanid sites, Islamic mosques and emirs’ palaces.

Days 10–11: In Turkmenistan, visit Mary and the excavations at Gonur Tepe.

Days 12–14: Explore ancient Merv; fly to Ashgabat, visit the extraordinary Carpet Museum.

Days 15: Fly from Dashoguz to Kunya-Urgench, admire iconic Islamic architecture, cross to Nukus.

Days 16-17: In Khiva, explore the old town.

Days 18: Fly to Tashkent and depart.

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