Historic Highlights of Central Asia

17 Days, from AU $3,854

Detail of Gur-E Amir Mausoleum, the tomb of the Asian conqueror Tamerlane or Timur, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Yard of Poi Kalyan oriental complex at sunset. View from the gate. Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Tajikistan mountain, Fann mountain, Kulikalon lakes

The traditional Uzbek cap, named tubeteika, duppi or kalpoq, decorated with multi colored embroidery. Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Central Asia

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Explore medieval blue-domed cities, ancient bazaars and rugged landscapes. Central Asia encapsulates the romance of the Silk Road like nowhere else. Follow the paths of Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan and Timur.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Tashkent

Our partner in Tashkent will pick you up at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Tashkent, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day.

Tashkent is Uzbekistan’s capital city and home to three million people. This old Soviet city is a perfect place to encounter the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Central Asia.

Day 2: Tashkent

Explore Tashkent's main sights including the central square Amir Timur or Tamerlane's Square, the Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre, the Chorsu Bazaar and the old town's mosques and madrassahs.

The old part of the city is the center of traditional local cuisine. Between Kukeldash Madrassah and the Chorsu Bazaar you will find a great number of chaikhanas cafes and eating houses where you can snack on a kebab, shawrma or an Uzbek somsa.

Day 3: Tashkent - Termez

After breakfast, transfer to the aiport to catch your flight to Termez. Upon arrival in Termez, check in to the hotel and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the mausoleum Hakim at-Termizi, an architectural monument built in the North-West of the old Termez Castle. Abu Abdulloh Mohammed Ibn Hasan ibn Bashir al-Hakim at-Termizi was the author of a number of religious philosophical works, a religious leader, an outstanding theorist of Islamic misticism and a prominent scholar. Continue to the cult-memorial complex of Sultan Saodat. It had a number of cult structures added at different times: mausoleums, mosques and hanagoh, built on the perimeter of an elongated courtyard with a combination of integral and short compositions.

Day 4: Termez

After your breakfast visit the famous Fayaz Tepe, a millenniums old Buddhist temple and monastery complex. The archaeological remains clearly outline the courtyard and surrounding rooms. Continue to the Zurmala Tower, one of the most ancient remaining examples of monumental architecture in Central Asia, then visit the Kampirtepa also known as the Alexandria Oxianskaya by Alexander the Great.

Round off the day with a visit to the Kirk Kiz building and the museum of Archaeology of Termez. It contains more than 27,000 exhibits, from ancient household items to paintings and weapons – many of these find are one of a kind.

Day 5: Termez - Shakhrisabz

Enjoy the scenic drive to Shakhrisabz and check in to your hotel, In the afternoon, an excursion to the White Palace awaits, Amir Timur’s summer palace. Afterwards, visit the big Friday Mosque built by Ulugbek in honours of his father Shakrukh. Get carried away by the many fantastic sights and take a look in the past.

Day 6: Shakhrisabz – Bukhara

Our destination today is the fascinating city of Bukhara.

A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, Bukhara is widely regarded as Central Asia’s holiest city. With more than one hundred officially preserved monuments, there is a lot to see and you have an extensive sightseeing program here spread over two days to make the most of your time. With many monuments dating from the 8th to the 18th century AD, there is a vast span of history and architecture to uncover and the meticulous restoration of many of the mosaic and majolica decorations give you a true sense of how these buildings looked in their original glory.

Day 7: Bukhara

Today we enjoy a guided tour of Bukhara and the surrounding area. With its narrow alleyways and bustling bazaars, Bukhara is the quintessential Silk Road city. Today enjoy a full day tour through the old streets of Bukhara, some of the highlights include the Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison, Ark Fortress, Kalyan Square with its great minaret and the Ismael Samani Mausoleum dating from the 10th century.

Day 8: Bukhara – Gizhduvan - Samarkand

Drive to Gizhduvan city (45km) - From ancient times until the present day Gizhduvan has been considered an important trading town and crafts center. Gizhduvan ceramics take a special place among the large number of crafts produced here. Ibodullo Narzullayev was one of the most famous ceramists of Uzbekistan. Usta (in Uzbek this word means master) Ibodullo not only created his invaluable style, but also handed it down to his sons Alisher and Abdullo, and daughter Nodira. They are the sixth generation continuing these ceramic traditions. We will visit their house, you will be introduced to the whole process of traditional pottery and will take master class on producing famous Gizhduvan ceramics. Lunch will be together with family at their house.

After the lunch with our gracious hosts, we depart in a private vehicle to Samarkand.

Day 9: Samarkand

On day 9 we will have a guided tour of Samarkand Samarkand - the Eden of ancient East, the most precious pearl in the Islamic world. During the centuries the city has been invaded by troops of Alexander the Great, Arabian invaders, Chingiz Khan and Tamerlane. Samarkand enticed great men and still attracts with its beauty, architecture, history and tales. Explore the surrounding area, including The Registan, Ulugbek Medressa, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda.

Day 10: Samarkand - Panjikent

Today you will cross the border between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to visit Panjikent, located in a picturesque valley, a city that has been the most important cultural and craft center of Sogd. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and stroll over the ancient bazaar.

Day 11: Panjikent – Iskandarkul

Today’s highlight is the triangular lake of Iskandarkul, settled at 2200m altitude nestled in the Fan Mountains. Drive past rugged landscape and enjoy lunch at the shore of the lake, then head out for a short hike to the nearby waterfalls, also called the “Niagara Falls of the Fan Mountain”.

Day 12: Iskandarkul – Dushanbe

Continue your journey to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Historically a small village, the city is situated between two rivers with beautiful scenery all around. Enjoy some sightseeing of the city and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 13: Dushanbe

After breakfast, head out for a full day of sightseeing, including the big bazaar, the botanical gardens and the Navruz Palace.

Day 14: Dushanbe – Khujand

One of the oldest cities in Central Asia is Khujand, it even existed during the dynasty of Achaemendis. Visit the impressive Khujand Fortress and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure relaxing in the hotel or strolling through the ancient streets.

Day 15: Khujand

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, highlights including main mosque of the city, the Panjshanbe bazaar (one of the brightest and most varied ones in Tajikistan) and the Arbob Palace. In the afternoon visit the Kayrakum reserve, walk through the park and enjoy the beautiful nature.

Day 16: Khujand – Tashkent

After breakfast transfer back to Uzbekistan and enjoy the rest of the day in Tashkent.

Day 17: Tashkent Departure

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey or return flight back home.

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"Uzbekistan was a fascinating place on the silk road and we are looking forward to returning to other Stans in 2020. The people are lovely and architecture is great." — Mr and Mrs Cumming, Sydney, April 2019

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