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In Search of the Silk Road

Central Asia’s intriguing Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

The quiet chill of the morning is broken by the call of the Mu’adhan calling the faithful to prayer and welcoming the new dawn. The majestic skyline of brightly colored minarets and sand-coloured towers all contribute to the ultimate atmospheric setting. We are in the company of some of history’s greats, Marco Polo and Tamerlane, of beautiful buildings and exotic peoples.

 

Our central Asian journey begins in Kazakhstan; little known by westerners, but a land of wild natural landscapes, of mighty canyons and ‘singing’ sand dunes. In contrast, the cities, such as Astana and Almaty, are home to the most unusual and futuristic architecture. Our time here will be spent exploring natural wonders such as Big Almaty Lake, Altyn Emel National Park and Charyn Canyon as well as visiting the city highlights in Astana and Almaty.

 

We follow the Silk Road further into neighbouring Uzbekistan, with some of the most precious opulent buildings in the Islamic world. We begin in Tashkent and briefly explore the city before continuing to Khiva, the best preserved of the Silk Road cities.

 

Travelling south to Bukhara, we experience how life might have been lived by the Silk Road traders. Adopting the Nomad life, we will sleep for two nights in a Yurt Camp in the desert. We stop at Nurata to explore Alexander the Great’s castle then onto our camp at Yangikazgan on the shores of Lake Aidarkul. Then on to Samarkand, a wonderful place and home of the impressive Registan Square (described by Curzon in 1899 as “the noblest public square in the world”). Finally we return to Tashkent where we will enjoy some free time before our return flight home, stopping in Astana overnight enroute.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation

    We stay in good three and four-star hotels and two nights in a yurt in Uzbekistan. We will sleep five in each tent with segregated sleeping. Showers and flushing toilets are available but not en suite. The slight discomfort is in our opinion more than compensated for by the thrill of a night out in the desert under the magnificent star-scape. As is the number of single night stops – the only way to see as much as possible during our time here.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights, internal flights & transfers.
    • En-suite accommodation.
    • On a half board basis with 4 lunches included.
    • All activities and excursions as advertised in the itinerary.
    • Services of a local guide.

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Untouched, wild beauty of Kazakhstan.
    • Discover architectural beauty, in the unique cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.
    • Experience a night in a traditional Yurt, sleep under clear skies and stars in the desert.
    • Explore a divine contrast of landscapes, from quirky, ancient cities to alpine beauty.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow – Astana (c6hrs 45mins) Air Astana.
    • Provisional times: outward depart/return arrival  1805/1650.
    • UK add-ons available from £150 return British Airways.
    • Visa is required.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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