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Welcome to our Uzbekistan tour pages.  Whether you are looking to book onto an escorted group tour of Uzbekistan, would like your own private tour or prefer us to totally tailor make your tour of Uzbekistan we can take care of the arrangements for you.  From this page you can view an example of one of the group tours we offer and also a private tour.  For tailor made enquiries please call or email us, details above.

UZBEKISTAN ADVENTURE
 11 day escorted tour from £1598pp
AMAZING  UZBEKISTAN
 12 day escorted tour from £1520pp
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UZBEKISTAN PRIVATE TOUR
11 day tour from £1790pp
ABOUT UZBEKISTAN
Lean more about this fascinating country

Uzbekistan, in the ancient cradle between the Amu-Darya and Syr-Darya rivers, is arguably the most fascinating of the Central Asian republics. A key link on the Silk Road connecting China with Western Europe, it contains some of the oldest towns in the whole world, such as the legendary, powerful cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

The land here has always been different from the rest of Central Asia. Its people are more settled than nomadic, with land use and social structures that changed very little from the 6th century BC to the 19th century. You can still see the towering fortresses of Khiva and Bukhara and the glorious Islamic architecture of Samarkand; as their beauty and inaccessibility continue to live on in the imagination of the West as symbols of oriental beauty and mystery. There's natural beauty too with the verdant Fergana Valley, home to fine silk, and far to the west, the parched basin of the Aral Sea.

Historically, some of the most influential and savage conquerors came and ruled these lands, such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan, and influences from Huns, Turks and Arabs can still be seen today. However, Uzbekistan's golden age was under Tamerlaine in the 14th century AD, who made Samarkand his capital and left a breathtaking architectural legacy including mosques, madrassahs and majestic Registan Square.

Today, the old atmosphere of the Silk Road still survives in the oriental bazaars and tea houses where the many nationalities of Central Asia gather together wearing their colourful traditional clothes.

Bukhara
Bukhara was a major staging point on the Silk Road. By about 500BC, it was already an important centre, defended by a citadel that has stood in one form or other ever since. Today it is the site of the Ark Fortress, residence of the former Emirs of Bukhara, which occupied an area of about 13 hectares. Many of Bukhara‘s buildings were constructed during the Kharakhanid era (992 - 1211) and there are more than 150 monuments in the city. With its narrow alleyways and bustling bazaars, Bukhara is the quintessential Silk Road city.

Shakrisabz
Shakhrisabz is one of the most ancient cities of Middle Asia. In certain periods through its long history, it appeared as the centre of some of the most important events in world history - sometimes glorious, sometimes tragic. But Shakhrisabz would not be as famous if on 9 April 1346, in the village of Hodja-llgar a certain individual known as Tamerlane had not been born. Wherever destiny took him, Shakhrisabz remained Tamerlane’s native city, the place where he spent his childhood and youth. Notable places of interest include the remains of the once vast Ak-Saray Palace - parts of the portal remain and are evidence of the scale of construction, the Dorus-Syadot mausoleum where Jahangir - the most beloved son of Amir Temur, was buried; and Dorut-Tilavete. Surrounded by the high Gyssar mountain range Shakrisabz is much greener than other Uzbek cities and a few degrees cooler than Samarkand.

Ferghana
Known as the "Garden of Uzbekistan" the Fergana Valley lies in the eastern part of Uzbekistan between the Tian Shan (Heavenly Mountains) and the Pamir Alay range and is shared with neighbours Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It is the most fertile and populous area of Uzbekistan. Fergana, the largest town in the valley, with its Russian colonial architecture and streets shaded with plane and poplar trees, makes a good base from which to see the older and more interesting towns of Kokand and Margilan.

Nukus
Nukus is now the 6th largest city in Uzbekistan but it grew from a small settlement. However, the city's isolation made it host to the Red Army's Chemical Research Institute. The State Museum has artifacts recovered from archaeological investigations, traditional jewellery, costumes and musical instruments, but more interestingly, displays of the area's now vanished or endangered flora and fauna. The Art Museum is noted for its collection of modern Russian and Uzbek art from 1918-1935. Stalin tried his best to eliminate all non Soviet art from this period, and sent most of the artists to the gulag. The collection at Nukus survived because of the city's remoteness.s

Samarkand
Samarkand is the mythical, evocative name of one of the key trading cities of the ancient Silk Road. With a history dating back 2700 years, Samarkand became famous as the capital of the vast state created by Timur Lang (known in English as Tamerlane) and later ruled by his grandson Ulugbek in the 14th and 15th centuries. Some of the most magnificent architecture in the Islamic world can be found in Samarkand with some wonderful mosques, mausoleums and madrassahs. Samarkand sits on the banks of the Zerafshan River and to the northeast of the modern town is Afrosiab the site of the most ancient parts of the city, from where the Sogdians, the masters of Silk Road trade ruled.

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