Uzbekistan: Jewel of the Silk Road

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  • 27 October–07 November 2020 – New for 2020
12 days
from £2,389 pp
Tour code: AGT1158

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 27 October–07 November 2020 – New for 2020
    12 days
    from £2,389 pp
    Tour code: AGT1158

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      Tour Code AGT1158
      Max Group Size 20
      Single Supplement £350
      Start/End Point Tashkent / Tashkent
      Tour Manager TBC

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      Uzbekistan – the latest destination to feature in Prestige Holidays’ expansion along the Silk Road. This rich former Soviet Republic country camouflages some of the most incredible architecture and culture to be found anywhere in the Islamic world.

      Uzbekistan is a land of vast deserts, flat steppes, fruitful river valleys and mountains in the east, it has played host to conquerors and nomads alike for thousands of years. Originally inhabited by Scythian tribes, ruled by various Persian empires (including as part of Alexander the Great’s conquests), these great desert cities became hubs of the Islamic Golden Age from the 8th century onwards, until the great destruction brought by the armies of Genghis Khan.

      From the 19th century, Uzbekistan became a province of the Russian empire and later one of the many Eurasian provinces of the USSR. Modern Uzbekistan is now a fledgling democracy with one of the largest gold reserves in the world, which is why this country is rapidly developing into a modern powerhouse. Only recently opened up to the world of tourism, there is no better time to visit Uzbekistan. Marvel at the legacy of empires that left behind the ancient, imposing monuments of Khiva and Bukhara. Visit some of the Silk Road’s most impressive architecture and famous sights, often as the only tourists present to soak up the atmosphere of these incredible relics of a bygone age.

      Highlights

      • Visit vibrant ‘off the beaten track’ tourist locations
      • Explore the sprawling desert ruins of Khiva
      • Marvel at the architecture and the colourful surroundings of Bukhara, a once hub of Islamic culture
      • Enjoy a performance in the National Costume Theatre El-Merosi
      • Visit the great Silk Road city of Samarkand

      What’s Included

      • Return flights from London Gatwick to Tashkent via Istanbul
      • 11 nights in good standard accommodation
      • Daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Overnight flight

      Overnight flight from London Gatwick with arrival in the early morning.

      Overnight: Tashkent

      Day 2 - Arrival (B, L, D)

      After a relaxed morning, embark on a city tour of Tashkent, including a visit to Khazrati Imam Complex, the spiritual heart of Tashkent and arguably Uzekistan, boasting the the oldest Quran in the world. Other highlights include Independence Square and the Romanov’s Palace. To complete this introduction to Uzbekistan’s most populated city, sit down to enjoy a welcome dinner.

      Overnight: Tashkent

      Day 3 - Khiva / Itchan Kala (B, L, D)

      Transfer to Tashkent’s domestic airport for flights to the city of Urgench, before continuing to Khiva, famous for its long and brutal history as a slave trading post sandwiched between the vast Kyzylkum and Karakum deserts. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic inner town of Itchan Kala, a UNESCO site famous for minarets, ancient dwellings with unique architecture, and the striking Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum.

      Overnight: Khiva

      Day 4 - Khorezm (B, L, D)

      Visit the archaeological monuments of ancient Khorezm, considered to be one of the most historical and cultural regions of Central Asia. In written sources from the period of the Arabic conquests, Khorezm is called the country of ‘tens of thousands of fortresses’. This region is a dream for archaeologists and explorers alike.

      Overnight: Khiva

      Day 5 - Kyzylkum Desert (B, L, D)

      Drive to Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert, whose name literally translates as ‘Red Sand’. Enjoy a stop aside the banks of the River Amu Darya for lunch in local restaurant, before arriving in Bukhara for free-time. Tonight’s dinner includes a traditional cooking class.

      Overnight: Bukhara

      Day 6 - Bukhara (B, L, D)

      A hub of Islamic culture which is over 2000 years of age and is perhaps the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, Bukhara awaits with an abundance of striking Islamic architecture and an urban fabric which has remained largely intact since the 10th century. Highlights include the Poi Kalan Complex and the almost 50m minaret that resides within.

      Overnight: Bukhara

      Day 7 - Bukhara (B, L, D)

      Today sees a continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara, including the striking gatehouse for the Islamic college (madrasa) of Chor-Minor, Sitori-i-Mokhi Khosa Palace, the seat of a grand Emir, and Baha-ud-Din Naqshband complex, a place of pilgrimage for the Sufi order of the Muslim faith.

      Overnight: Bukhara

      Day 8 - Malik Rabat Caravanserai / Samarkand (B, L, D)

      Depart to Samarkand, stopping en-route at the 12th century Malik Rabat Caravanserai. The entrance portal is its only surviving remains and bears an inscription engraved by unknown masters, “The monument erected by Sultan of the World and this ruinous place became blessed”.

      After arrival at the city of Samarkand, enjoy a performance in the National Costume Theatre El-Merosi.

      Overnight: Samarkand

      Day 9 - Samarkand (B, L, D)

      City tour of Samarkand. This former capital of the great empire of Tamerlane and awe-inspiring crossroads of culture boasts some incredible mosques and mausoleums is a real highlight of this tour. Visits to the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Registan Square and Shah-i-Zinda Mausoleum, are just a few to savour.

      Overnight: Samarkand

      Day 10 - Afrasiab (B, L, D)

      A visit to one of the largest archaeological sites in the world at Afrasiab. Here at this centre of Sogdian culture is a chance to wander through the ruined streets and houses of a powerful civilisation long crumbled into the dust. The day is completed with a visit to the Mausoleum of Saint Daniel., the Old Testament prophet recognised by Muslims, Christians and Jews alike… although this is not the only place that claims to be his final resting place!

      Overnight: Samarkand

      Day 11 - Tashkent (B, L, D)

      Drive to Tashkent with free time to enjoy exploration, relaxation or the shopping in the capital city.

      Overnight: Tashkent

      Day 12 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £350 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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