Samarkand and the Silk Road
Uzbekistan, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,245 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,020 (land only)
A winning combination!
Unique mix of sightseeing and easy walking in the stunning and welcoming Silk Road state of Uzbekistan.
- Explore the Silk Road cities at the heart of Central Asia
- Delightful walks in the Nurata and Zarafshan mountains
- Guided sightseeing in the fabled cities of Samarkand and Bukhara
- Enjoy a warm welcome in an Uzbek mountain village home
- Great value and simplicity - All meals included in the trip price
Situated at the heart of Central Asia, the republic of Uzbekistan has a richness of history matched by few places on earth. A succession of conquering forces, from Alexander the Great to Ghengis Khan and his descendants, have left their mark on the region's culture and architecture. Starting out in Khiva and journeying on following the Oxus River to the magical Silk Road oasis of Bukhara, which flourished in the 9th and 10th centuries, we also travel to Samarkand, one of the undoubted wonders of the world, with its mosaic-clad and turquoise-tiled monuments. To allow us a better understanding of the region, we hike and ride camels across the steppes and into the high valleys of Zarafshan mountians, where we have the opportunity to meet the Uzbek shepherds and farmers of this rarely-visited part of the greater Pamir range. With a unique blend of sightseeing and straightforward day-hikes, this is a superb adventure holiday at the crossroads of Asia.
Is this holiday for you?
This is principally a Discovery holiday, but we have included 4 days of relatively easy walking to allow us to gain a more full understanding of this fascinating part of the world. Three of the walking days are relatively short (days 7, 8 and 11). There are 2 options for the walk on day 9 - either a short walk around the foothills of the Zarafshan foothills near Tepakoul or a longer walk traversing the range of around 8 - 9 hours. This extended day-hike is entirely optional. All of our walking is on good trails and walking times will vary between 4 - 6 hours. Altitude is not a consideration on this trip. Please note that the sightseeing tours in Khiva and Bukhara will be primarily on foot which alllows for a more personal experience of life in these ancient cities. There will also be some long days of travel by bus or minibus on roads of variable condition. There are 3 nights where we will use basic but charming 'homestay' accommodation, and 2 nights in yurts where a lightweight sleeping bag will be needed.