Overview

Flight - 1 night
Tashkent - 1 night
Khiva - 2 nights
Bukhara - 3 nights
Samarkand - 3 nights
Tashkent - 1 night

THE GOLDEN ROAD TO SAMARKAND

Travelling the ancient Silk Road, one of the greatest trade routes in history to Tamerlane's capital, ancient Khiva and Bukhara

With a diverse history and positioned at the centre of the ancient Silk Route, Uzbekistan is a melting pot of culture, flavours and architecture. From ornate madrasahs, towering fortresses and impressive mosques, the magnificence of this country is mesmerising.

Beyond Tashkent’s bustling centre, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Khiva has 54 historical and architectural monuments within its city wall, while the holy city of Bukhara houses the majestic Poi Kalon Complex with its two grand and impressive mosque and madrasah entrances facing each other. Samarkand, Tamerlane’s capital, was one of the great medieval trading centres and whose gift, and that of his grandson Ulug Beg, is to be found in the magnificent buildings. From impressive Registan Square, surrounded on three sides by buildings whose pillars, arches and domes explore perfection in colour and shape, to breathtaking Shah-i-Zinda with its intricate blue and turquoise tiled tombs.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departure
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4 - 26

 

Special Event

Dinner in a Local Home

Learn to cook the traditional Uzbek dish ‘Pilov’ in a local home in Samarkand. Meet with the family who live here to learn about daily life.

I highly recommend this holiday.

Geoffrey Bard
The Golden Road to Samarkand

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Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Tashkent.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Ramada Tashkent for overnight. Afternoon city tour. (B, D)

Day 3 Fly to Urgench and transfer to Khiva for two nights at the 3-star Hotel Bek Khiva, Toza Bog or similar. Walking tour of Khiva. (B, D)

Day 4 Time at leisure to explore Khiva, or take an optional ancient fortresses tour (bookable locally approx. $35). (B, D)

Day 5 Travel to Bukhara (8½ hrs including lunch stop) for three nights at the 3-star Omar Khayyam or Devon Begi Hotel. (B, L)

Day 6 Morning walking tour including Lyabi-Khauz Square with its madrasahs and tea houses, the Maghoki Arrar Mosque, the Prophet Job's well, the Poi Kalyan Square and the Mir-I-Arab madrasah. Afternoon visit to the Ark Fortress, the old Citadel of Bukhara and Char Minar. (B, D)

Day 7 Free time for further sightseeing in Bukhara. (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to Samarkand (5 hrs) for three nights at the 3-star Asia-Samarkand. Visit the medieval central square, Registan and Bibi-Khanym Mosque. (B, D)

Day 9 Visit Ulug Beg's Observatory, testimony to the advance of early astronomy, the Shah-I-Zinda and Gur Emir mausoleum (Tamerlane's tomb). Jules Verne Special Event. (B, D)

Day 10 Visit a 'Khujum' - a silk carpet factory and 'Meros' - a mulberry tree paper-making factory. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 11 Morning free or take an optional tour to Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane (bookable locally approx. $50). Travel to Tashkent on the high-speed Afrosiyob train. Overnight in Tashkent. (B, D)

Day 12 Morning at leisure. Return flight to Heathrow, arriving later the same day. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Lyabi-Khauz Square (Day 6) & Shah-I-Zinda (Day 9) monuments involve many steps.
Solo Groups will be accommodated in the Toza Bog Hotel in Khiva.

Notes

Hotels in Uzbekistan are simple and unpretentious but well-located with a restaurant, bar and air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and satellite TV. From time to time, there may be water and electricity shortages and, on occasion, alternative hotels may be used. WiFi (free) is available at all hotels on the tour, although can be intermittent depending on local conditions. Food is based on fresh local produce and is nutritious but can be repetitive. Travel between the cities by road, whilst being a classic way to experience the country, involves some long journeys with only limited opportunities for comfort breaks. The order of sightseeing tours may vary in accordance with local conditions.

2019

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Uzbekistan Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
June 7 £2145
July 5 £2045
July 26 £1995
August 16 £1995
September 27 £2195
November 1 £1895

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Uzbekistan Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
April 3 £1995
April 17 £1995
May 8 £2045
May 22 £2045
June 12 £2045
July 10 £1995
August 14 £1995
September 4 £2045
September 18 £2045
October 2 £2045
October 16 £1995
October 30 £1895
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

5 July & 1 November 2019, 10 July & 30 October 2020

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
2019: Jul 26
2020: Apr 3, Jun 12, Oct 16

Solo Group Departures
2019: Jul 5, Nov 1
2020: Jul 10, Oct 30
No single supplement

Single supplement £295

Extension Options

Extension - Ferghana Valley
3 nights £495
Single supplement £80

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
2019: May 17, Jun 7, July 5 & 26, Aug 16, Nov 1
2020: Apr 17, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 14, Oct 16 & 30

Privately Guided

Add £895 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £550 
Arrival transfer add £16
Departure transfer add £16

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights' accommodation, half board, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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