Day 1: To Tashkent
Friday 17 September
Departure Gatwick Airport by Turkish Airlines flights TK1998 at 17:00.
Day 2: Tashkent
Saturday 18 September
Arrive in Istanbul at 23:05 connect TK0368 at 00:55 and arrive Tashkent at 07:10. Transfer to Hotel. At leisure until lunch. Visit Tashkent Museum of Applied Arts, followed by a metro trip, taking in the amazing themed architecture of the stations. Visit the bustling Chorsu bazaar and see how trade is in the blood of Central Asians. Then a visit to Independent Square and Amir Timur Square. Stay at Lotte Palace Hotel. B, D
Day 3: To Samarkand
Sunday 19 September
Early morning transfer to Tashkent train station to board the fast train to Samarkand. On arrival take coach to Urgut Sunday market, famous for its handicrafts, in particular suzani, with lunch locally. Also visit Chinar Shrine. Afternoon in Samarkand visiting the AfroSiyab Museum, home of pre-Islamic frescoes, and Ulug Beg’s observatory, one of the beacons of scientific discovery during the Middle Ages. Stay at Sultan Hotel. B, D
Day 4: Samarkand
Monday 20 September
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. After lunch, a trip to Konigil village to see mulberry paper-making. Stay at Sultan Hotel.
Day 5: Day Trip to Shakhrisabz
Tuesday 21 September
Day trip in shared taxis to Shakhrisabz, taking in broken heart rock and the mountain pass. In Shakhrisabz, a visit to the Ak Saray palace, built by Timur, and Kok Gumbaz complex. Afternoon in Samarkand visit the Shah-i-Zindah complex, a sublime necropolis, place of pilgrimage and possibly the most breath-taking use of tiles in Asia. Stay at Sultan Hotel.
Day 6: To Bukhara
Wednesday 22 September
Train to Bukhara in the morning to arrive at Bukhara at lunch time.
Afternoon visit to the Naqshbandi Mausoleum complex, where the sufi founder of the whirling dervishes is entombed, and locals come to seek blessings on their marriages. This is followed by a visit to the Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa – the Emir’s Summer palace, a fusion of Eastern and Western influence.
Stay at Merchant Houses of Mizifar or Komil’s. B, D
Day 7: Bukhara
Thursday 23 September
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 . Stay at Merchant Houses of Mizifar or Komil’s. B, D
Day 8: To Khiva
Friday 24 September
Morning at leisure. Fast train from Bukhara to Khiva (14:10- 19:19) through the Karakum desert, including onboard lectures from your resident expert. Moonlight tour of the Ichan Kala. Stay at Hotel Orient Star. B, D
Day 9: Khiva
Saturday 25 September
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, D
Day 10: To Nukus
Sunday 26 September
Morning at leisure in Khiva. After lunch, 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. Stay at Hotel Jipek Joli. B, D
Day 11: To Tashkent
Monday 27 September
Morning at 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.
Afternoon visit to Hojaili and the impressive necropolis there. Evening flight to Tashkent. Stay at Lotte Palace Hotel. B, D
Day 12: To London
Tuesday 28 September
Morning: Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by the Hast Imom Complex, home of the world’s oldest Koran. Evening transfer to airport for departure by Turkish Airlines TK0371 departing Tashkent at 02:35, arriving Istanbul at 05:55 connecting TK1981 at 07:30, arrival London at 09:35 on Sunday 24 May 2021. B, D
Dates & Prices
|Dates||Price per person (Double/Twin share)||Single room supplement|
|17-16 Sep 2021||£2,592.00||£332.00|
- International & internal flights in economy class with Turkish Airlines.
- Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
- Daily breakfast 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
- Visa Fee (although most European countries are visa-free).
- Any optional Excursions.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.
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