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Uzbekistan: Cities of the Silk Road

22 Mar — 2 Apr 2019 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson,

BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 2135 on Uzbekistan Airways.

Day

2

Arrive Tashkent 0915 and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Morning tour of the city: Independence Square, Amir Temur monument, Museum of Applied Art. Afternoon: Khast-i-Imam complex (group of mosques and madrasas dating from the 16th to 20th centuries).

Day

3

Morning in Tashkent: State Museum of History of Uzbekistan (archaeological and ethnographical) followed by visit to Chorsu Bazaar. Afternoon: domestic flight to Urgench and transfer to city of Khiva for two nights.

Day

4

Khiva: Ichan Kala (ancient citadel surrounded by crenelated clay walls), Juma mosque, Muhammad Amin-Khan madrasa, Kalta Minor minaret, Kunya Ark fortress.

Day

5

Drive through the Kyzylkum desert, occasionally sighting the River Oxus (now the Amu-Darya) crossed by Alexander the Great in 329 BC. Three nights in Bukhara.

Day

6

Bukhara: Poi-Kalyan complex, Mir-i-Arab madrasa, Kalyan minaret, Ulugh Beg and Abdulaziz Khan madrasas. Afternoon: Lyabi-Hauz, madrasas and Ark Citadel.

Day

7

Bukhara: Tchor Minor mosque, Sitorai Mokhi Khossa, Bolo-Hauz mosque, 10th century Samanid mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum (‘Job’s Spring’) and Ark Fortress.

Day

8

Drive to Samarkand via Gijduvan (ceramic workshop, protected by UNESCO), Rabati Malik caravanserai and Sardoba, medieval water keeper. Three nights in Samarkand.

Day

9

Samarkand: famed Registan Square with 15th and 17th century madrasas, Guri Amir mausoleum (burial place of Timur), Bibi Khanum mosque and colourful Siyob Bazaar.

Day

10

Whole day excursion to Shakhrisabz, hometown of Timur: portal of Ak-Saray palace, Dor-us Saodat Memorial Complex, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble.

Day

11

Samarkand: Shakhi-Zinda tiled funerary complex, observatory built by Ulugh Beg. Afternoon at ancient site of Afrasiab (rare 7th century Sogdian fresco), before train transfer to Tashkent for overnight stay.

Day

12

Free time in Tashkent. Depart Tashkent 1620, arriving London Heathrow 2000.

Tour Dates

22 Mar — 2 Apr 2019

Days

12

Cost

£2495

Tour Code

UZBK-19

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Testimonial

"Extraordinarily knowledgeable, and with great intellectual breadth. A good communicator, unfailingly open to debate. His readings from poetry, drama and historical sources were an absolute bonus.”


FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£550.00

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board with water & tea, excursions & admissions, gratuities, visa support documentation.

Not included:

visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £245.

 
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