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A Carpet Ride to Khiva
Tuesday 7- Sunday 19 May 2024

A Small Group Tour with Chris Aslan exploring the highlights of Uzbekistan

A Carpet Ride to Khiva Tuesday 7- Sunday 19 May 2024

Join Chris Aslan and a select group of like-minded people as you traverse the stunning architecture of the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan, Chris will take you off the beaten track and introduce you to artisans, craftsmen, and help bring the Silk Road alive in fresh ways.

Trip Scholar: Chris Aslan

Chris was born in Turkey (hence the name Aslan) and spent his childhood there and in war-torn Beirut. After school, Chris spent two years at sea before studying Media and journalism at Leicester University. He then moved to Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan, establishing a UNESCO workshop reviving fifteenth century carpet designs and embroideries, and becoming the largest non-government employer in town. After a year in the UK writing A Carpet Ride to Khiva, he moved to the Pamirs in Tajikistan, training yak herders to comb their yaks for their cashmere-like down, spending three years there. Next came two years in Kyrgyzstan living in the world’s largest natural walnut forest and establishing a wood-carving workshop. Since then, Chris has studied and rowed at Oxford, and is now based in Cambridge and focussed on writing fiction, including Alabaster, Manacle and Mosaic, and currently completing The Broken Hexapus. He also lectures for the Art Society and leads tours to Central Asia whenever he can because he’s missing a large chunk of his heart, which will forever remain in the -stans.

13 days
London - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Nukus - Tashkent - London
  • Have your breath stolen as you marvel at the Registan, easily rivalling the city squares of Europe.
  • Wander through the ancient streets of Bukhara’s old quarter, haggling for unique, locally-produced handicrafts.
  • Get off the beaten track exploring Urgut’s famous Sunday bazaar.
  • A moonlit stroll through the walled inner city of Khiva.
  • Visit the UNESCO silk carpet workshop which Chris Aslan founded and enjoy supper with his Uzbek host family.
  • Stay in converted madrassahs and 19th century Jewish merchant’s houses.
  • Travel on Uzbekistan’s fastest and smartest train.

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The Spirit of Uzbekistan SGT Day 3
Itinerary View Map

Day 1 : To Tashkent

Depart London by Turkish Airlines TK1986 at 16:30, arrive in Istanbul at 22:20.


Day 2 : To Tashkent and then Samarkand

Connect TK0368 at 01:05 and arrive in Tashkent at 07:25, transfer to the hotel. Check in at Hotel Marriot Courtyard.
Morning at leisure. Lunch in local restaurant. Afternoon tour of Tashkent, including Museum of applied arts, metro, Independence square and Amir Timur square.

Transfer to the train station for your evening train to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. 2 nights at Sultan hotel. L, D

Ulugbeg Madrassa, Samarkand. Maximum Exposure 2017

Day 3 : Samarkand

Morning sightseeing tour: visit Afrosiyob museum, Ulugbeg’s Observatory, Koni-Ghil paper-making workshop. After Lunch continue to Shah-i-Zinda complex. B, L, D


Day 4 : Samarkand

Walking tour of the Gur Amir complex, one of the world’s most impressive mausoleums, followed by the Registan and Ulug Bibi mosque, all examples of magnificent Timurid architecture. Afternoon at leisure, with wine-tasting session. B, L, D


Day 5 : To Bukhara

Take a trip to Urgut market, famous for its handicrafts, in particular suzani, with lunch locally hosted at a village house. After Urgut visit we will visit the holy spring and ancient plane tress before driving back to Samarkand.

Supper will be served in a local restaurant before boarding the evening train to Bukhara.
3 nights stay at Merchant Houses of Mizifar or Komil’s. B, L, D

Bukhara Monument

Day 6 : Bukhara

Morning: Walking tour of the old city, starting with the Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, and then the tomb of Job, known as Chashma Ayub. This is followed by a visit to the Ark, the Emir’s fortress complex, and then a grisly detour to take in the bug-pit where British spies languished before their execution. The walk finishes at the pool of Labi Hauz in the Jewish quarter, with a visit to a unique synagogue.

Afternoon at leisure or an optional visit to hammam. B, L, D

CU of the Kalyon Minar, Bukhara

Day 7 : Bukhara

Visit Emir’s summer palace and Bakhouddin Naqshbandi mausoleum. Lunch. Afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 8 : To Khiva

Morning departure for Khiva by road (a long drive between 8 hours) . Enroute see the largest Central Asian river Amudarya. Arrive Khiva and check in at the hotel and rest. Moonlight tour of the Ichan Kala. Stay at Hotel Orient Star. B, L, D


Day 9 : Khiva

Tour of Khiva’s Ichan Kala, according to UNESCO, the most homogenous example of Islamic architecture in the world, including the Friday Mosque with its forest of carved wooden pillars, several museums, and the silk carpet workshop Chris founded, with an opportunity to meet the weavers, dyers and embroiderers.
Dinner with Chris’s Uzbek host family at Meros. Stay at Hotel Orient Star. B, L, D

Nurullaboy Palace

Day 10 : Khiva

In the morning visit German Mennonite museum. Continue to Toza Bog summer residence of late Khiva Khans. After Toza Bog visit continue to Isfandiyarkhan's courtroom also known as Nurullaboy Palace. Free time in the afternoon. Supper and musical entertainment at Chris's Uzbek family.

Overnight at Hotel Orient Star. B, L, D


Day 11 : To Nukus & Tashkent

Morning drive to Nukus, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, visiting the ancient desert Kalas, or fortresses, along the way, and learning more about the nomadic way of life. After lunch visit the Savitsky Museums. Far from the watchful eye of Moscow, Igor Savitsky amassed one of the largest collections of Russian Avante Garde art in the world at a time when these paintings were banned, including artists who were sent to gulags for their work. Also visit to Hojaili and the impressive necropolis there. Overnight at Jipek Joli Hotel or similar. B, L, D

Souvenirs at Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent. Maximum Exposure 2017

Day 12 : Tashkent

Morning flight to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent and visit The Fine Arts Museum. After lunch, visit Chor-Cu Bazar. Overnight at The Marriot Courtyard Hotel. B, L, D

Turkish Airlines inbound

Day 13 : To London

After early breakfast transfer to airport to board Turkish Airlines flight TK0369 at 09:05, arrive in Istanbul at 12:15, connect TK1971 at 14:45, arrive Heathrow at 16:45. B

Itinerary map


Price per person
(Double/Twin share)
Single room supplement
£3,720.00 £590.00
Cost includes:
  • International flights in economy class with Turkish Airlines.
  • Internal flights in economy class with Uzbekistan Airways
  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Daily breakfast, Lunch and dinner throughout.
  • Services of Trip Scholar Chris Aslan Alexander.
  • Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned coach and trains.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
  • Tips & Gratuities
Cost does not include:
  • Visa Fee (although most European countries are visa-free).
  • Any optional Excursions.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance*

Sightseeing arrangements, visits to monuments may vary according to local circumstances at each place on a day-to-day basis. Chris Asland may decide to alter the programme where he feel it is necessary and it is in the interest of the group.

*Travel Insurance

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• Make sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
• Make sure it provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
• Make sure it covers you for all activities.
• Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
• Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.

If you have any doubts about your cover, check with your insurer. Please note Covid-19 cover is now available.
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