Uzbekistan tailor-made holidays
One of the most spectacular Silk Road countries, Uzbekistan is awash with architectural treasures; travel to Uzbekistan to see delicate mosaics, intricate tile work, soaring minarets and relics from an era when the region was a seat of learning and culture.
Whilst gritty Tashkent, a mix of Soviet-era architecture and Islamic influence, isn't the most inspiring place, three cities encapsulate the country and conjure up spectacular images: Samarkand, steeped in history, culture and beauty is today an Islamic centre for scholarly study whilst the Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains a major landmark; Bukhara is one of the holiest cities in Central Asia. Admire the beautiful architecture, bazaars, old town and mosques and visit the Poi Kalan minaret dating from 1127; historic Khiva has been preserved in its entirety; walk amidst mosques, tombs and palaces that have been tidied up but still retain an air of their original bustle.
Outside of the urban centres there are walking and activity options at Chimgan; travel to Ugam-Chatkal National Park for rafting, kayaking and even exploring by helicopter. The Tien Shan and Nurata Mountains also offer walking activities and some ecotourism opportunities.
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Discover the ancient cities of the Silk Road on this 16-day luxury rail journey, taking in six remarkable countries on the eastern and western shores of the Caspian Sea.
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to retrace the ancient Silk Road trading route from Almaty in Kazakhstan, through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia to finish in Moscow.
Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are the world's leading operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, offering fully-escorted, private and adventurous rail tours to discerning guests looking to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations without compromising on comfort.
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