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"A well-done, fascinating, educational tour that totally changed many of our pre-conceived ideas. A very positive experience. A very personalized tour. I was awed by the ancient ruins that most Americans don't get to see, or even know about. I felt privileged to be there."

Sandra Wood

Mendon, NY

Roam the great Silk Road oases of Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva, all of them UNESCO Sites. Admire their mosques, madrassahs and minarets clad in ceramic tiles the color of the desert sky.

Days 1-6: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara

Begin in modern Tashkent and drive to blue-tiled Samarkand, the city that Tamerlane built and decorated. Visit massive Bibi Khanum Mosque, inspect Ulug Bek's incredible observatory and walk gracefully-proportioned Registan Square.

Explore Bukhara's original fortress, the Ark Citadel, the 15th century Kukeldash Madrassah, the Kalon Mosque and Minaret and the perfect little Ismail Samani Mausoleum. Browse the bazaars for brilliant silks, wonderful caps, gorgeous wall hangings and hand-painted ceramics.

Days 7-10: Khiva, Tashkent

Travel overland to Khiva, the best-preserved of the caravan cities, its compact old walls filled with minarets, a khan's fort, cobbled alleys and mosques. Flying back to Tashkent, spend one final night in this exotic country.

Optional side trip to Nukus to visit the Savitsky Art Collection can be incorporated as a side trip from Khiva.

 

Trip Details

Length of Trip: 10 Days
Departures: Your choice of dates - start on a Wednesday
2014 Land Tour Cost:  
2 traveler minimum From $3,295
Plus internal air
$110 (economy class, subject to change)
Single Supplement From $350
Note: Call 800-424-7289 for more information about Essential trip pricing
Essential trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request. Contact us for a descriptive itinerary and booking details.

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Day Activity  
Day 1: Tashkent  
Day 2: Drive to Samarkand  
Day 3: Samarkand  
Day 4: Drive to Bukhara  
Days 5-6: Bukhara  
Day Activity  
Day 7: Drive to Khiva  
Day 8: Khiva  
Day 9: Fly to Tashkent  
Day 10: Tashkent  
List of Highlights
Tashkent Square of Independence, the Navoi Theatre, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum, Barak-Khan Madrassah Chorsu Bazaar, Palace of People's Friendship
Samarkand "Crossroads of Culture" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Registan, Shah-i-Zinde, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Uleg Bek Observatory, Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Carpet Factory
Bukhara "Historic Centre of Bukhara" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lyab-i-Khauz Plaza, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kalon Mosque and Minaret, Ark Citadel, Zindan Prison, Ismael Samani Mausoleum, Summer Palace of Last Emir, National Museum of Crafts
Khiva Ichon-Qala (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kyzyl Kum Desert, Amu Darya River, Tash-Hauli Palace, Dzhuma Mosque, Kunya Ark

About Essential Trips

Flexible Essential Private Trips are compact, well-designed private tour itineraries - researched and ready to book on the dates you choose. They work perfectly as brief overviews of a country or as effortless extensions to group tours - great for solo travelers, couples, or private parties who prefer to travel independently but appreciate a savvy predesigned program.

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