Uzbekistan and the Silk Route

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11 Days from £2,199

May 2020 - Nov 2020 Departures

​Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders on our mesmerising Uzbekistan & The Silk Road tour. We'll uncover the diverse history and amazing architecture of extraordinary cities like the museum-packed Tashkent and the celebrated Samarkand, one of the oldest metropolises in Central Asia. Soak up centuries-old sites and make cultural connections with theatre performances, tea ceremonies and a visit to a local home. What's more, we'll be travelling on high-speed trains to make sure we cover as much of Uzbekistan's Silk Road as possible. 

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Your holiday at a glance

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What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Uzbekistan Airways
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 9 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels, plus 1 night on flight
  • 19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, including a welcome drink & dinner
  • Learn how to make Uzbekistan’s tasty national dish, Plov
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation & porterage


 

Included excursions

  • Guided tour of Tashkent's highlights
  • Walking tour of Khiva's architectural complex
  • Visit a handicraft centre famed for woodcarving & carpet weaving
  • Trip to see Bukhara's highlights, including the Fortress & Zindan prison
  • Local puppetry & miniature school workshops
  • Silk Road Spices tea-tasting with local artist performance
  • Locally guided tour of Samarkand
  • Wine-tasting at a local winery
  • Traditional theatrical performance 
  • Cookery demonstration of traditional Uzbekistan cuisine in a local's home
  • Lesson in the ancient art of papermaking



 

Optional excursions

  • Local hammam experience
  • Tour of the Necropolis & the summer residence of the last Emir
  • Visit to Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Turco-Mogol conqueror Timur ​

Your itinerary

Today we'll fly on a direct overnight flight from the UK to Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital city.

After arriving at your first hotel and freshening up after your flight, it'll be time to get your first glimpse of Tashkent on a panoramic tour. The city is a real melting pot of architectural influences, from bustling bazaars to imposing Soviet-era structures. We'll pass a handful of its highlights before you get to know your fellow travellers over a traditional meal.

Today, we'll be leaving the bright lights of Tashkent behind and taking an internal flight to Urgench. From there, it's a short drive to Khiva, one of the Silk Road's best-preserved cities. It's a haven for history buffs thanks to its dozens of architectural monuments, which largely date back to the 19th century. Examples include the turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret and Tash-Khauli Palace, famed for its richly decorated interiors.
We'll also be shown around Ichan Kala, a UNESCO open-air museum at the heart of Khiva, by a Local Guide. Afterwards, you'll be able to explore a handicraft centre known for its woodcarving and carpet-weaving wares. 

Today, the group will journey from Khiva to Bukhara on the newly opened direct high-speed train service. Relax in comfortable, contemporary carriages as you travel past vast stretches of untouched countryside. We'll arrive in Kagan, and then it's just a short 30-minute drive to Bukhara and your next hotel.

Once a major stop on the Silk Road route and an important centre of Islamic culture, Bukhara has no shortage of incredible monuments. A full-day guided tour of the historic city will unveil many of them, from the 288 splendid domes of the Poi-Kalyan Mosque to the Lyab-i Hauz complex of madrassahs, which dates to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Today's tour will also include a handful of unique heritage activities. Attend a puppet workshop where you'll learn how to craft a colourful puppet from papier mâché, admire tiny works of art at the Bukhara miniature school and sip on fragrant teas at the Silk Road Spice teahouse whilst watching a performance by a local artist. In the evening, you'll get to sample regional delicacies at a local restaurant. 

Bukhara's treasures are too vast to experience in just one day, so we'll continue our explorations with visits to key sites like the immense Ark of Bukhara Fortress and the sacred 9th century Samanid Mausoleum that sits just outside the city centre.
Wander Bukhara's historic walls to see the city's towers and minarets from above, before stopping for lunch. We'll then admire the ornately decorated Saifuddin Bukhari and Buyan Khuli Khan Mausoleums, both important holy places in Islamic culture. 

You'll have another morning to explore Bukhara at your own pace. If you'd rather get out of the city, join our optional excursion to the Bahautdin Nakshbandi Necropolis (the burial tomb of Nakshbandi, the leader of Sufism) and the stunning Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace (the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara).
After lunch, we'll begin our two-hour train journey to Samarkand from Kagan. ​

The ancient city of Samarkand has a pretty turbulent history, from being captured by Alexander the Great in 329BC to being ruled by Genghis Khan during the height of the Silk Road trade. As a result, it has an eclectic culture and fascinating mix of architectural styles which we'll explore in detail.
After admiring attractions like the huge Siab bazaar and the mix of intricately tiled mausoleums, we'll embark on a wine-tasting tour at the Hovrenko Wine Factory. Samarkand's wine culture dates back centuries and you'll get to sample several on a tour of this 19th century winery. Later, we'll enjoy a historical theatrical performance complete with traditional music at the Samarkand Theatre of Historical Costumes.

Spend the day meandering around Samarkand's many majestic monuments or sign up to our optional tour to Shakhrisabz. It's where Uzbekistan's national hero Timur was born in the 14th century and it was later developed into a thriving city by his descendants. Admire the ruins of Ak-Saray Palace that are covered in gold mosaics and the impressive Kok Gumbaz Mosque with its eye-catching blue dome.
​In the evening, we'll all head to a friendly local's home for a memorable cooking class where you'll get to learn how to prepare plov, Uzbekistan's tasty national dish. 

Enjoy another morning exploring Samarkand, including a trip to the Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand that's full of ancient archaeological artefacts, and a stop at the Meros Paper Mill to learn about the historic art of papermaking.
​In the afternoon, we'll take another high-speed train back to Tashkent and finish the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel.  

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to the UK. ​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Hammam Experience

Hammam Experience

from £22

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Very similar to the famous Turkish Bath, this is your chance to experience one of Uzbekistans most poplar leisure activities, the Hammam. The Hammams are split into Mens and Womens however as the Mens is open later Women are entitled to use the Mens if they wish. During the experience which lasts approx 1 hour you can relax in the heat on the benches, get an exfoliating massage and drink herbal tea.

Tour of the Necropolis and the summer residence of the last Emir

Tour of the Necropolis and the summer residence of the last Emir

from £45

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Today's excursion will take you to the Bahautdin Nakshbandi Necropolis which is the burial tomb of Nakshbandi, the leader of Sufism. It is a well known holy place in the Muslim world. The memorial is set within a beautiful courtyard complex with the decor being characterised by the XVI century. The next part of the day will take you to the Sitorai Mokhi Khosa Palace which was the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. The palace decorated in blue and white is set within beautiful waters and is known as the Palace of Moon like Stars. Upon return to Bukhara you will visit the Chor Minor which is a colourful madrassah with four peculiar looking towers which was previously used as a library.

Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Turco - Mogol conqueror Timur

Shahrisabz, the birthplace of Turco - Mogol conqueror Timur

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Today you will get to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shakhrisabz which is the birthplace of national hero Tamerlane. After his death the once small town began to develop and is now a bustling urban area with few medieval buildings still remaining but is an ideal place for exploring surrounding mountains. During the day you will visit he Ak Saray, also known as the White Palace, the Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque, the Mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat and the Dorus Siadat Mausoleum. You will also get chance to admire the stunning mountains as you go through the mountain pass by car.

Accommodation

The 3-star Orient Star hotel in Khiva is a fascinating building which was once a madrasa.

Hotel facilities include a bar, tea house and a souvenir shop. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a minibar.

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Orient Star Hotel - Khiva

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

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10 days

Wednesday 13 May 2020

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£1,799

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10 days

Wednesday 02 September 2020

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£1,899

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10 days

Wednesday 21 October 2020

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£1,799

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10 days

Wednesday 04 November 2020

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£1,699

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DEPARTING FROM

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London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 12 May 2020

GUARANTEED

£2,299

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Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Departs

21:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 22 May 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 01 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£2,399

Available

Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 01 September 2020

Departs

21:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 11 September 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 20 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£2,299

Available

Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Departs

21:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 30 October 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

London (Heathrow)

Tuesday 03 November 2020

GUARANTEED

£2,199

Available

Outbound
Uzbekistan Airways

Tuesday 03 November 2020

Departs

21:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

08:25 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

Inbound
Uzbekistan Airways - HY

Friday 13 November 2020

Departs

16:20 Tashkent (Yuzhny)

Arrives

20:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Uzbekistan Airways

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