Travel across deserts little changed since days of Genghis Khan on Saga’s silk route tour to Uzbekistan

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Tour includes two train journeys: - Take the Sharq express train to Samarkand Board the Afrosiab high-speed train to Tashkent

Travel across deserts little changed since days of Genghis Khan on Saga’s silk route tour to Uzbekistan

Embark on an exotic eastern adventure to the sun-seared cities of Uzbekistan, a historic crossroads on the Great Silk Route's path between Europe and Asia.

Explore Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent where towering minarets, glazed arches and gleaming turquoise domes etch the skyline.

Travel across deserts little changed since the days of Genghis Khan, the mighty khanate states and the Soviet Union on Saga’s exciting new tour, Uzbekistan: Heart of the Silk Route.

The 10-night holiday starts in Tashkent with a flight to Urgench and a transfer to Khiva for two nights.

Join a walking tour will view Khiva's inner fortress, Itchan Kala, an architectural treasure trove of restored mud-walled monuments. Highlights include the Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, the 16th-century Kunya-Ark Castle and Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah. Enjoy dinner with a folk show at the 19th-century Kibla Tozabog, the summer residence of the Khiva Khans.

A long day's journey will take you across the Kyzyl-Kum or Red Desert, a route that once took a month when camel caravans were laden with silk, spices and other exotic goods.

Stay three nights in Bukhara, a centre of trade and education for more than 2,000 years. Seek out the 10th century Samanids Mausoleum and domed bazaars where merchants still ply their trade.

Journey beyond the heart of the city to the Naqshbandi Mausoleum, built for the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufi order. Blue-glazed tiles adorn the facade of this domed, multi-arched masterpiece. There will also be time to visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa, a reminder of Uzbekistan's era of Russian rule.

Relax on the Sharq express train to Samarkand and spend two nights in the city. Visit the Afrosiyab Museum, admire the colourful mosaics, domes and lofty arches of Registan Square.

Travel through the Tahtakaracha Pass to Shakhrisabz to discover the Timurid mosques, mausoleums and the magnificent Ak-Saray Palace. Return to Samarkand and embark on the two-hour Afrosiab high-speed train journey to Tashkent. Spend two nights in the capital city to visit the Museum of History, the Museum of Applied Art and the Khast-Imam complex to complete this unique tour.

10 nights from £1,699 departing London Heathrow on September and October 2015 and March 2016. Price includes VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, return flights, airport taxes, hotel accommodation, most meals, porterage, tour manager, travel insurance and cancellation cover.

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