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Uzbekistan: Heart of the Silk Road II

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Get to the heart of central Asia on our modern-day caravan through Uzbekistan along the fabled Silk Route.

These ancient lands were sought after and conquered by history’s legendary leaders and still today appeal to true travellers who seek out old-fashioned exploration. We will traverse memorable landscapes and admire the cream of Central Asian architecture, epitomized by the superb ensemble in Registan Square in Samarkand. The markets are a photographic delight and the flourishing arts and crafts enticing.

Enjoy the capital Tashkent, a fascinating mix of modern, post-Soviet city and traditional Uzbek town with leafy avenues and mud-walled houses. In the far West, visit the wonderful Savitsky Art Museum housing thousands of banned avant-garde Russian art pieces. A drive across the desert takes us to the beautifully intact architectural ensemble of Khiva, then onward to the living museum of Bukhara where we stay for three nights to explore this still very much lived-in old centre filled with medrassahs, minarets, a royal fortress and a mulberry tree-shaded oasis in its heart. In Samarkand discover the magnificent monuments of Tamerlane and Registan Square, possibly the most awesome single sight in Central Asia.

The incredible sky-blue tile work, woven brick constructions, and brilliant fabrics of the Silk Road form a mosaic of vivid snapshots enhanced by warm Uzbek hospitality. An optional extension to Kyrgyzstan introduces the epic poem of the Manas, the vibrant mix of Soviet power and Asian traditions, and the stunning scenery of this mountainous country.
 
 
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Uzbekistan | 12 days
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Dates:
May 05-16, 2020
Cost:
US$5495
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants 

Includes:
Arrival/departure transfers if arriving and departing with the group, accommodation in double occupancy based on hotels listed or similar, flight from Tashkent to Nukus, meals as indicated in the itinerary, transportation by private coach, bottled water on coach, expert English-speaking guide throughout, entrance fees to monuments and sites visited as per itinerary, fully escorted by study leader Paula Swart; taxes and gratuities.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Tashkent
Day 2: Monuments, the Metro, and the Chorsu Bazaar
Day 3: Fly to Nukus; The Museum of Forbidden Art
Day 4: Ancient citadels of the desert
Day 5: Explore Khiva’s spectacular old city
Day 6: Overland across the Red Sands Desert to Bukhara
Day 7: The Old Town and the Ark Citadel
Day 8: Artisan workshops and the Summer Palace
Day 9: Onward to historic Samarkand
Day 10: The fabled Registan Square and vibrant bazaars
Day 11: The grand Urgut Market; by train to Tashkent
Day 12: Depart Tashkent
Optional extension: 6 days in Kyrgyzstan
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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Uzbekistan | 12 days
alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates:
May 05-16, 2020
Cost:
US$5495
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants 

Includes:
Arrival/departure transfers if arriving and departing with the group, accommodation in double occupancy based on hotels listed or similar, flight from Tashkent to Nukus, meals as indicated in the itinerary, transportation by private coach, bottled water on coach, expert English-speaking guide throughout, entrance fees to monuments and sites visited as per itinerary, fully escorted by study leader Paula Swart; taxes and gratuities.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Paula was a highly informed tour leader!" - 2018 Traveller

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