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The wonders of the Silk Road
The Silk Road was one of the most important trade routes in
history. Connecting the east to the west along a series of perilous
paths, it allowed merchants and travellers to trade silk, spices,
perfume, porcelain, precious metals and more.
'Throughout history, the Silk Road helped spread all manner of foods, inventions and cultures across Asia and Europe,' says Joanna Lumley, who travelled along it last year for her wonderful ITV series Joanna Lumley's Silk Road Adventure.
But if there's one country that defines the Silk Road more than
any other it's Uzbekistan, home to many of the ancient trading
route's greatest architectural and cultural wonders. On this
exclusive 11-day tour, readers will explore the highlights of this
little-known corner of the world and enjoy some wonderful added
experiences. Like Joanna, you'll visit the 2,500-year-old fortress
ruins of Ayaz Kala on the edge of the Kyzylkum desert; dusty Khiva
with its impressive walled citadel; Tashkent, Uzbekistan's vibrant
capital and finally Samarkand, 'the Pearl of the East', which
Alexander the Great said was 'more beautiful than I'd even
This is an up-and-coming destination, which has only recently opened up to tourists, so we've partnered with one of the best specialists in the area to take you there. Wild Frontiers offers small-group tours to some of the world's most remote countries and you'll be travelling in a group of between just six and 18 like-minded readers. Plus, we've scheduled it in late autumn, the best time to travel if you want fine sunny days. You can also be reassured that Wild Frontiers' expert guides - who will accompany you throughout - are the most experienced in the region.
Joanna Lumley said her journey on the Silk Road was one of her most 'adventurous and exotic yet', and this extraordinary tour promises to deliver the same sense of wonder and excitement for you.
Ancient cities of the Silk Road
Still-thriving silk trade
Bread-making and wine-tasting
Stunning Registan Square
- Wild Frontiers tour leader with local guides and drivers.
- All meals as detailed in the itinerary.
- All transport as detailed in the itinerary, including one domestic flight.
- All accommodation.
- All entrance fees as per itinerary.
Day1Tour starts in TashkentTashkent, Uzbekistan
Day2Tashkent - FerganaFergana, Uzbekistan
Day3Margilan Silk FactoryMargilan, Uzbekistan
Day4Khorzem Fortress of Ayaz KalaAyaz Kala, Uzbekistan
Day5KhivaKhiva , Uzbekistan
Day6Khiva - BukharaBukhara, Uzbekistan
Day8Bukhara - SamarkandSamarkand, Uzbekistan
Day9Silk paper factory and wine tasting in SamarkandSamarkand, Uzbekistan
Day10Meros Paper FactorySamarkand, Uzbekistan
Day11Tour ends in TashkentTashkent, Uzbekistan
Sasha & Sons
Constructed in the national style, Sasha & Sons was a 16th-century Jewish merchant’s house now renovated into a boutique hotel.
Located in the heart of Bukhara and within walking distance from ancient Labi-Hauz complex, the family run hotel is decorated with art pieces and wall paintings reminiscent of the 18th century, hand-made by well-known craftsmen and painters from Uzbekistan. Walk through the quiet, inner courtyard and up the ornate stairs to your room. There are twenty comfortable guest rooms in total. Each room has the telephone, air-conditioner, mini bar and satellite television. On top of its own restaurant and bar, refreshments are served in the properties small garden and courtyard.
Malika Prime Hotel
One of the best locations in Samarkand, just by the Gur Emir Mausoleum and within walking distance of Registan Square
Built in traditional style, this charming hotel is an ideal place to stay in Samarkand. The marble entrance and stairs lead up to a huge terrace which serves as a summer restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a drink and magnificent views of the blue domes of Samarkand. There is also an air-conditioned restaurant downstairs. The twenty two en suite rooms are quite small but spotlessly clean, with wooden floors and air-conditioning.
Asia Ferghana Hotel
Comfortable hotel with a range of amenities
Ideally located downtown, just 10 minutes from the airport and close to the city's administrative offices, this three-star property offers guests 57 air conditioned rooms and suites that come complete with private bathrooms and satellite TVs. The hotel also provides the facilities of a swimming pool and sauna, along with an open air restaurant that serves a range of local and European dishes.
Orient Star Hotel
Contained inside the 19th-century Mukhamed Aminkhan Madrassah
The Orient Star enjoys a faultless location within the walls of Ichan Qala, the medieval citadel in the heart of Khiva. Only a short walk from the city's mosques, madrassas, palaces and hammams, the building used to be the biggest operational madrassah of the city and held up to 250 students. The traditional building now features sixty simply decorated but comfortable and clean en suite rooms. Once cells of the students who studied here, each room is a historical and architectural adventure. The restaurant and bar, situated in another madrasah next to the hotel, offers Uzbek meals and local wine.
City Palace Hotel
Well-equipped hotel in the heart of Uzbekistan's capital
A recent renovation and the unique interior design mixing eastern and western styles makes City Palace Hotel a stylish, smart treat to stay in. In the heart of Tashkent, you couldn't be more well-connected. Facilities include a wonderful summer terrace, a pool, jaccuzzi, Turkish and Finnish saunas and several restaurants and bars.