Uzbekistan: Secrets of the Silk Road - Times Expert Traveller
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If one country defines the Silk Road more than any other, it is Uzbekistan, a country which has lain at the crossroads of cultures and customs for over two millennia. A product of war and commerce since ancient times, it lies at the heart of the fabled trading route and holds many of its greatest treasures.
On this insightful and memorable trip, we’ll visit the wonderful city of Samarkand with its dazzling array of architectural and cultural treasures, and see holy Bukhara’s UNESCO monuments, mosques and madrasahs. We’ll also explore the bustling capital of Tashkent, as well as Khiva, with its beautifully preserved walled old town.
This itinerary, exclusively created for The Times, also allows for time to experience traditional village life in the Naratau Mountains, sample the local cuisine, and hopefully see a traditional horse game of kupkari – all in the company of expert guides.
DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN TASHKENT
DAY 2: NUKUS - AYAZ KALA
DAY 3: AYAZ KALA - KHIVA
DAY 4: KHIVA
DAY 5: KHIVA - BUKHARA
DAY 6: BUKHARA
DAY 7: BUKHARA - YANGIKISHLAK
DAY 8: NURATAU RESERVE
DAY 9: YANGIKISHLAK - SAMARKAND
DAY 10: IN SAMARKAND; TRAIN TO TASHKENT
DAY 11: TOUR ENDS IN TASHKENT