Uzbekistan - Jewel of the Silk Road

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Day 1 UK - In flight

VIP Outbound4 Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Tashkent.

Day 2 Tashkent

After arriving this morning, there’s time to relax at the hotel. This afternoon we head out for a guided sightseeing tour of the city. Marvel at the remarkable Khast-Imam Complex, amble around the exhibits at the Museum of Applied Art and browse for souvenirs at the traditional Chorsu Bazaar.

Day 3 Urgench - Khiva

We’ll grab an early breakfast before journeying to the airport for a flight to Urgench. On arrival, we’ll transfer by coach to the walled city of Khiva. Along the way we’ll visit Chilpyk, the ‘Tower of Silence,’ which was used in Zoroastrian funerary rituals; the ruins of the ancient settlement of Tuprak Kala; and spot Ayaz Kala, near to where we have lunch in a traditional yurt camp.

Day 4 Khiva

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Khiva, a Silk Road city famed for its elegant architecture. Within the medieval Itchan Kala, the walled ‘inner town’, we’ll find the 18th-century Djuma Mosque, the Tosh-Hovli Palace, the vast Kuhna Ark fortress and the beautiful Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Tonight’s dinner will be accompanied by a live folk show.

Day 5 Bukhara

We leave Khiva after breakfast, crossing the dramatic landscapes of the Kyzyl Kum, or Red Sand Desert, along the route once taken by the Silk Road caravan traders. We stop along the way, arriving in Bukhara this afternoon.

Day 6 Bukhara

A guided city tour showcases the old town of Bukhara, an ancient Silk Road trading hub and important cultural centre, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amongst other highlights, we visit the 16th-century Kalyan Mosque, the multi-coloured Abdul Aziz Khan Madrasah and the turquoise-domed Mir-i-Arab Madrasah, looking like an image from the ‘Arabian Nights’.
You’re then free to explore - perhaps browse through the souvenirs in the bazaars or relax in one of the city’s tea houses. This evening we’ll enjoy a traditional Bukharian cooking class and learn about the delicious regional cuisine, a fusion of Jewish and Central Asian flavours and traditions.

Day 7 Bukhara

We head out of the city this morning to tour the Bahouddin Nakshbandi Mausoleum, an elegant memorial to a 14th-century Sufi scholar. We’ll also visit Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa Palace, once the summer residence of the local emirs. Early this evening we’ll stroll to the Nadir Divan Begi madrasah for a folklore show.

Day 8 Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

We’ll journey to Shakhrisabz where we’ll take a city tour, including the ruins of Aqsaray Palace, Khazrati Imam Mosque, Jahangir Mausoleum and the Dorut Tilavat Complex, home to Kok Gumbaz Mosque.
Continuing on, we’ll head for Samarkand, founded in the 7th-century BC. It was once the capital of a great empire ruled by the legendary warlord Tamerlane, and one of the most important cities along the Silk Road. Today, this ‘Crossroad of Cultures’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 9 Samarkand

A full-day sightseeing tour introduces us to Samarkand, ticking off the Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, the mosaic-covered Ulugh Beg Madrasah and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, as well as the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, an imposing complex of 11 medieval mausolea. We sample some traditional Samarkand cuisine at local restaurants.

Day 10 Samarkand - Tashkent

Another guided tour takes us to the fascinating 15th-century Ulugh Beg Observatory, the Afrosiyab Museum and the Mausoleum of Daniel, said to be the tomb of the Old Testament prophet. This afternoon we’ll take the train back to Tashkent.

Day 11 Tashkent - UK

VIP Inbound Take a guided walking tour of Tashkent, visiting the History Museum, Independence Square and the richly decorated Tashkent Metro. This afternoon we transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.