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Uzbekistan Trips

Our Uzbekistan tours highlight the cultural gems of this fascinating country. Journey along part of the Silk Road, stopping at ancient cities with their colourful mosaics and domed roofs. Soak up the history and meet friendly and welcoming locals on our trips. And outside the cities take in the sights of deserts, remote yurt villages and vast plains.

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24 Days

Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road + Golden Road to Samarkand

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Discovery Trip code KRU
From £3545 with flights
14 Days

Wonders of the Silk Road

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Discovery Trip code SUZ
From £2580 with flights
12 Days

Golden Road to Samarkand

Uzbekistan Discovery Trip code UZ
From £1965 with flights
15 Days

Mountain Kingdoms of the Silk Road

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Discovery Trip code KR
From £2519 with flights

The only Central Asian state to border all other Central Asian states, land-locked Uzbekistan borders Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan. Throughout history, its location between ancient kingdoms and competing empires has made it a vital place of cultural and economic interchange. By the time the region was conquered by the Arabs in the 8th century, it had been an established trading post on the old Silk Road for centuries. The dawn of Islamic cultural fluorescence only enriched and empowered the region, and today, a string of ancient cities maintain a dazzling profusion of fine historical architecture. Uzbekistan’s ornate palaces, impenetrable forts and citadels, elegant mosques, minarets, and madrasahs all express the philosophical and aesthetic values of a civilisation at its height.

Ethnically, Uzbekistan traces its roots to Turkic-speaking Uzbek nomads, who conquered the region in the early 16th century and went on to dominate Central Asia entirely. Today, their descendants mix with an eclectic range of minorities including Russians, Tajiks, Kazaks, Tatars, and Karakalpaks. Traditional Uzbek culture – including classical Uzbek music, famed for its interludes of powerful Sufi poetry – remains strong in the remote countryside, a land still isolated and somewhat entrenched after decades of Soviet rule in the twentieth century.

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