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    Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, Samarkand
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    Khiva exudes the beauty of the ancient East
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    Kyzyl Kum, or Red Sand Desert
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    Kalyan Mosque, Bukhara
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Uzbekistan Jewel of the Silk Road for solo travellers

Uzbekistan Jewel of the Silk Road for solo travellers

Uzbekistan

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Explore the exotic Silk Route on this solos-only tour

Samarkand. Bukhara. Khiva. The names conjure up images of ‘Arabian Nights’, Eastern exoticism and caravans crossing the Red Desert to bring silks, spices and jewels to the bazaars of the Near East.

Our solos-only journey through Uzbekistan follows the ancient Silk Road route, exploring the mosques, palaces, museums and madrasahs of these crossroad cities. Travelling in the company of other single guests, the adventure also reveals the grand tombs of the Biblical prophet Daniel and medieval warrior-emperor Tamerlane.

Including...

A car with a tickVIP door-to-door travel service

A suitcase with a tick Included travel insurance

A bed 9 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

A plate with a knife and fork 23 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 3-11) 5 lunches (days 2-5 and 9) 9 dinners (days 2-10)

A person Local tour manager

Plus...

  • International and internal flights as detailed
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

A camera Excursions and visits

  • Full-day guided tour of Tashkent (including the Khast-Imam Complex and the Museum of History of Uzbekistan)
  • Visits to Chilpyk and Tuprak Kala (with lunch in a traditional yurt camp); and Bahouddin Nakshbandi Mausoleum
  • City tours of Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Samarkand
  • 2 folklore shows
  • Traditional Bukharian cooking master class
  • Afrosiyab Museum and the Mausoleum of Daniel, Samarkand

Prices are based on return flights with Uzbekistan Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports

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Day 1 UK to Tashkent

Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Tashkent.


Day 2 Tashkent

Khast-Imam, a religious centre of Tashkent

After arriving this morning we’ll transfer to the hotel, before heading out for a guided sightseeing tour of the city.

We’ll visit the History Museum, Independence Square and the richly decorated Tashkent Metro. Marvel at the remarkable Khast-Imam Complex, amble around the exhibits at the Museum of Applied Art and browse for souvenirs at the traditional Chorsu Bazaar.


Day 5 Bukhara

Kyzyl-Kum

We leave Khiva, crossing the dramatic landscapes of the Kyzyl Kum, or Red Sand Desert, along the route once taken by the Silk Road caravan traders.

We stop along the way, arriving in Bukhara this afternoon.


Day 6 Bukhara

Discover Bukhara's colourful mosaics

A guided city tour showcases the old town of Bukhara, an ancient Silk Road trading hub and important cultural centre, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst other highlights we visit the 16th-century Kalyan Mosque, the multi-coloured Abdul Aziz Khan Madrasah and the turquoise-domed Mir-i-Arab Madrasah, looking like an image from the ‘Arabian Nights’.

You’re then free to explore - perhaps browse through the souvenirs in the bazaars or relax in one of the city’s tea houses. This evening we’ll enjoy a traditional Bukharian cooking class and learn about the delicious regional cuisine, a fusion of Jewish and Central Asian flavours and traditions.


Day 7 Bukhara

Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah Mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

We head out of the city this morning to tour the Bahouddin Nakshbandi Mausoleum, an elegant memorial to a 14th-century Sufi scholar. We’ll also visit Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa Palace, once the summer residence of the local emirs.

Early this evening we’ll stroll to the Nadir Divan Begi madrasah for a folklore show.


Day 8 Shakhrisabz to Samarkand

The ancient complex of Dorut Tilavat XIV-XV century, Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

We’ll journey to Shakhrisabz where we’ll take a city tour.

Continuing on, we’ll head for Samarkand, once the capital of a great empire. Today, this ‘Crossroad of Cultures’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You stay at Hotel Grand Samarkand (3.5*), Orient Star Samarkand (3.5*) or Hotel Asia Samarkand (3.5*).


Day 9 Samarkand

The Shakhi Zinda Mausoleums and Necropolis adorned with mosaics in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

A full-day sightseeing tour introduces us to Samarkand, ticking off the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, the mosaic-covered Ulugh Beg Madrasah and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, as well as the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, an imposing complex of 11 medieval mausolea.

We sample some traditional Samarkand cuisine at local restaurants.


Day 10 Samarkand to Tashkent

The interior of the Ulugh Beg Observatory in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Another guided tour takes us to the fascinating 15th-century Ulugh Beg Observatory, the Afrosiyab Museum and the Mausoleum of Daniel, said to be the tomb of the Old Testament prophet.

This afternoon we’ll take the train back to Tashkent.


Day 11 Tashkent to UK

We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.


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