“It is better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” goes an old Uzbek proverb, and there’s never been a better time to see Uzbekistan. Nestled within the landlocked countries of Central Asia and overflowing with a cultural narrative that dates back to the 8th century BC, Uzbekistan stands out as a land of exceptional beauty, crisscrossed by mountain ranges and scattered with cities, towns and oases of layered historical significance. One of the most important locations on the 2000-year-old Silk Road that stretched from China in the east to Russia in the west, Uzbekistan is a marvel, home to rugged deserts and great wide rivers, exotic ancient towns and timeless buildings of exquisite beauty.
The classical 8-day tour itinerary features ancient cities and medieval mosques, madrasahs and minarets, artisans’ workshop and bustling bazaars surrounded by quiet narrow ancient streets, the burning Asian sun and cool nights. Delicious Uzbek cuisine and astonishing contrasts between deserts and oases will take you deep into oriental culture. Uzbekistan's greatest cities with comfortable hotels and a convenient infrastructure serve a good base to explore the country's rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage.
The journey to Central Asia is a chance to dive into the medieval and mysterious east culture. Treasures of the Great Silk way, azure mosques of Samarkand and Bukhara, ancient cities and modern capitals, national parks and beautiful nature - Asia is unique, and that is what attracts travelers from all over the world. It is one of the best itineraries to visit Central Asia.
Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization, the Silk Road follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo as we travel across 5 countries through areas only accessible by train. Tracing one of the Silk Road's most important branches from Beijing to Moscow by train is a rare and momentous journey done with ease and in great comfort. A 13-day abridged version is also available.