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In Search of the Silk Road

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A voyage of discovery in Central Asia’s intriguing Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
  • Product Code 42440
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - In Search of the Silk Road

The quiet chill of the morning is broken by the call of the Mu’adhan calling the faithful to prayer and welcoming the new dawn. The majestic skyline of brightly colored minarets and sand-coloured towers all contribute to the ultimate atmospheric setting. We are in the company of some of history’s greats, Marco Polo and Tamerlane, of beautiful buildings and exotic peoples.

Our central Asian journey begins in Kazakhstan; little known by westerners, but a land of wild natural landscapes, of mighty canyons and ‘singing’ sand dunes. In contrast, the cities, such as Astana and Almaty, are home to the most unusual and futuristic architecture. Our time here will be spent exploring natural wonders such as Big Almaty Lake, Altyn Emel National Park and Charyn Canyon as well as visiting the city highlights in Astana and Almaty.

We follow the Silk Road further into neighbouring Uzbekistan, with some of the most precious opulent buildings in the Islamic world. We begin in Tashkent and briefly explore the city before continuing to Khiva, the best preserved of the Silk Road cities.

Travelling south to Bukhara, we experience how life might have been lived by the Silk Road traders. Adopting the Nomad life, we will sleep for two nights in a Yurt Camp in the desert. We stop at Nurata to explore Alexander the Great’s castle then onto our camp at Yangikazgan on the shores of Lake Aidarkul. Then on to Samarkand, a wonderful place and home of the impressive Registan Square (described by Curzon in 1899 as “the noblest public square in the world”). Finally we return to Tashkent where we will enjoy some free time before our return flight home, stopping in Astana overnight enroute.

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Highlights:

  • Untouched, wild beauty of Kazakhstan.
  • Discover architectural beauty, in the unique cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.
  • Experience a night in a traditional Yurt, sleep under clear skies and stars in the desert.
  • Explore a divine contrast of landscapes, from quirky, ancient cities to alpine beauty.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Astana (Air Astana).
      Internal flights & airport transfers.
      En-suite accommodation.
      On a half board basis with 4 lunches included.
      All activities and excursions as advertised in the itinerary.
      Services of a local guide.
      All loca transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

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Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Flights: Heathrow – Astana (c6hrs 45mins) Air Astana.
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Malika Kheivak, Khiva

The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Ichan Qala, the historical fortress of Khiva, next to the Islam Khoja minaret. The hotel’s oriental decoration complemented with the traditional woodwork will make your stay in the hotel very comfortable. The filtering water supplies all water system of the hotel with the qualitative water and also it makes their delicious Uzbek and European cuisine enjoyable.

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning unit, hairdryer, telephone, cable TV, and free wifi internet.

Safari Yurt Camp

Our accommodation is in Yurts, traditional tents; made out of multilayered felt stretched around a collapsible wooden frame. The floors are lined with thick felt and covered with carpets and often yak skin. They are very comfortable and cosy, and also very practical – warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Accommodation in Yurts is communal, and will sleep 5-8 persons. There are no toilets or showers inside the Yurts, but communal showers and an Uzbek style toilet outside.

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