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Road to Samarkand

Departing: Tashkent, Uzbekistan - 9 days
Countries visited: Uzbekistan

Experience the sparking highlights of the jewel in the crown of Central Asia with this journey through Uzbekistan's most famous ancient cities.

  

 

Itinerary

Days 1-3. Tashkent (AT)
Even though its past has seen many different rulers and influences; among them the Arabs, Mongols and Timurids; many aspects of Tashkent today reflect its most recent conquerors - the Russians. Its many parks and planned squares are testimony to the development of the city during the Soviet twentieth century. Its Old Town and Chorsu Bazaar present an amazing first glimpse of a city that has evolved around the ancient traditions of its Turkic forebears.

Not to be overshadowed, Tsarist and then Soviet Russia held sway in Central Asia modernising industry and wrestling control of burgeoning urban development. As an embarkation point for your journey through Uzbekistan, the multicultural and generational layers of Tashkent serve as quite the introduction before continuing to Bukhara. 
Our rail journey to Bukhara reveals a city of faces where time has stood still and where a new millennium is still hundreds of years away (AT).

Suggested sightseeing: Museum of Applied Arts, Kukeldash Madrassah, Jume Mosque, take in the views from Tashkent TV Tower, Chorsu Bazaar.

Days 4-6. Bukhara
Bukhara is alive with history, the Ark Fortress, the Samanid Mausoleum - one of the world's oldest monuments and the Kaylan Minaret standing at 47 metres - one of the tallest in Central Asia are wonders for you to explore. In the covered bazaars, rugs, silks and spices are traded in time-honoured tradition dating back centuries. Lose yourself in the old town, wander through the alleys and backstreets or relax with the locals and pass the time at a chaikhana (tea-house) in Lyabi-Hauz.

On day 6 travel to the fabled city of Samarkand - the turquoise-spangled capital built by Tamerlane and completed by his grandson Ulug Bek.

Suggested Sightseeing: Ark Fortress, Samanid Mausoleum, Kaylan Minaret, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Maghoki Attar, Tim Abdulla Khan Markets.

Days 7-9. Samarkand and return to Tashkent
No city is so evocative of the Silk Road as 'golden' Samarkand and we have two further days to explore this remarkable city of which much has been said, written and dreamed about.

Samarkand's Registan is the most spectacular architectural ensemble in Central Asia and a highlight of any journey. Consisting of three madrassas (places of learning) and a mosque, this beautiful square is inspiring. Other highlights include Shah-i-Zinda, with its narrow alleys of tombs and mausoleums, Bibi Khanym Mosque and the Ulug Bek Observatory.

On Day 8 we return to Tashkent for our final night in the Uzbek capital, here our journey ends where it all began.

Suggested Sightseeing: Gir Amir Mausoleum, Registan Square, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Siob Bazaar, Shar-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory, Afrosiab Museum.
 

Essentials

Departs Tashkent

Transfers
Some arrival transfers are included. (AT) = arrival transfer included

Hotels
Includes 8 nights twin share hotel accommodation.

Trains
There are three day trains included in this journey;
Tashkent to Bukhara (Second Class Seat)  
Bukhara to Samarkand (Second Class seat)
Samarkand to Tashkent (Second Class Seat) 

Sightseeing
The suggested sightseeing in these itineraries is not included in the prices shown.

Visas

Required are required for Uzbekistan. Sundowners Overland will provide all required visa invitation letters and full visa support including detailed visa guidelines.