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Explore Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and the fabled cities of the Silk Road

Uzbekistan: 12 Days from Tashkent 27 Aug 2022 & 26 Aug 2023 | Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan: 18 Days from Bishkek 21 Aug 2022 & 20 Aug 2023

Explore Uzbekistan and the fabled cities of the Silk Road. Or perhaps consider contrasting Uzbekistan with nearby Kyrgzstan.  Two great tours to choose from.

Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan: 18 Days from Bishkek 27 Sep 2020 | Uzbekistan: 12 Days from Tashkent 3 Oct 2020

Lying at the heart of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan share much in common. However, they offer very different holiday experiences. Kyrgyzstan, with its dramatic mountain scenery and large population of nomadic shepherds contrasts with the spectacular Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva whose ancient turquoise mosques etch the desert skyline.

Join in Bishkek – Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan - 18 Days starting 27 Sep 2020

In Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, you will visit the Ala Too and Victory Squares, the White House and Hero Monument and take a stroll in the nearby Ala‐Archa National Park. In the mountainous countryside, home to rare animals such as the snow leopard, travel around the Issyk‐Kul Lake and gaze on petroglyphs dating from the 2nd Millennium BC. In Karakol, visit the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan mosque. Lush summer pastures are home to local yurt dwelling shepherds and you will see a demonstration of the Golden Eagle hunting.

Back in Bishkek, fly to the ancient Osh, dominated by Sulaiman Too, a large mountain in the city centre, protected by UNESCO due to its cultural and spiritual significance. Cross into Uzbekistan to Ferghana city and visit silk and carpet centres and on the way to Tashkent. Stop at a ceramic centre, the Khudayarkhan’s palace and Juma Mosque.

Join in Tashkent – Uzbekistan - 12 Days starting 3 October 2020

In Tashkent, you will ride the metro, visit the State Museum of Applied Arts and explore the fabulous Chorsu food bazaar. Travel on the high speed to legendary Samarkand, whose history dates back over 2,500 years, where you will discover the most celebrated sights including the madrassas and mosques of the magnificent Registan. A short drive away is World Heritage‐listed Shahrisabz, where you will explore the palace ruins of the conqueror Timur and visit nearby Konigil, known for its ancient paper making workshop.

Next comes Bukhara, one of the great Silk Route cities of central Asia and two days allows ample time to see the principal sights and make your own discoveries. A long drive across the steppe is ancient Khiva, once a slavetrading Khanate and the most intact of the three ancient cities. Within its baked mud brick walls, visit a wonderful carpet and textile workshop and see some stunning vernacular architecture, exploring a number of mosques, madrasas and mausoleums. On the final leg of your Central Asian adventure, fly back to Tashkent from nearby Urgench.

Your host

Steve Mortimer heads up Byroads Travel and will be your host on this tour. Steve has more than 30 years in the travel industry and has travelled to well over 120 countries. He has worked with a number of well‐known Australian and UK adventure travel companies including 13 years as a Product Manager and Operations Director for Peregrine Adventures. In addition to researching and developing holidays in many different regions of the world Steve has led a great number of trips to some of the world’s most interesting, exotic and out of the way places.

Steve likes nothing better than getting out and about with like-minded travellers, sharing his knowledge and introducing them to some of the world’s most interesting places.

With Byroads, you can be confident that your itinerary includes visits to all the ‘must see’ attractions – and much more, however there are some days when you’ll have time to wander and to make some of your own discoveries. Throughout the tour local guides are employed to provide a wealth of background information and share their extensive local knowledge.

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