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Uzbekistan: Exploring along the Silk Road



For any traveller, Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva evoke the romance of the Silk Road and the long and complex history of Central Asia. Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Zoroastrianism, Scythian and Mongol horsemen, Russian Imperialism and the Great Game are just some of the threads that weave an extraordinarily rich and fascinating history.

Our tour not only covers the main Silk Route cities of Uzbekistan, but also includes a day walking in the Chatkal Mountains northeast of Tashkent; an excursion into the Kyzylkum desert to see impressive forts dating back to the 4th century BC; and a visit to the fertile Fergana Valley, filled with pomegranate and apricot orchards and famed for its ceramics and silks.


HIGHLIGHTS of our Uzbekistan walking tour include:

Expert guiding to the great Silk Road cities of Samarkhand, Bukhara and Khiva, with insights into more recent politics  Crossing the fabled Oxus river to visit the ancient UNESCO-listed desert forts of Ayaz-Kala and Topraq-Kala  A day walking in the Chatkal mountains, with walnut & wild plum trees ablaze with autumn colours  Shopping in the atmospheric bazaars and markets for silks, carpets and exquisite ceramics  Exploring the Fergana valley on foot at grape, cotton and melon harvesting time

Our tour not only covers the main Silk Route cities of Uzbekistan, but also includes a day walking in the Chatkal Mountains northeast of Tashkent; an excursion into the Kyzylkum desert to see impressive forts dating back to the 4th century BC; and a visit to the fertile Fergana Valley, filled with pomegranate and apricot orchards and famed for its ceramics and silks.


Ferghana Valley The most fertile and populous part of the country, but also its most unstable with disputes between different ethnic groups like Uzbek and Kyrgyz. Northern Uzbekistan Geographically dominated by the vast red sands of the seemingly endless Kyzylkum Desert and politically dominated by Qaraqalpaqstan, the vast autonomous republic of the Qaraqalpaqs, Uzbekistan's North is most notable in travel circles for the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva, and for the dying Aral Sea. Samarkand through Bukhara This is truly the heart of the Silk Road, the passage along the Zeravshan River valley through Central Asia's most important historical cities of Samarkand and Bukhara and heavily populated mainly with Ethnic Tajiks. Southern Uzbekistan The one mountainous part of the country, where Uzbekistan meets the mighty Pamir Mountains, is heavily ethnic Tajik. Tashkent Region The political and economic center of the country, surrounding the capital, Tashkent.

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