Imperial cities of The Great Silk Road, and the Nuratau Mountains
This kaleidoscopic tour takes us to Uzbekistan, deep in the heart of Central Asia we visit the imperial cities of Samarkand and Bukhara and hike the pretty traditional villages of the Nuratau Mountains, this is a cultural, hiking adventure like no other.
No city is more synonymous with the Silk Road then the imperial city of Samarkand once a thriving trading post where merchants travelled from far and wide to trade their wares. The city mosques and mausoleums, glint with gleaming gold, emerald and turquoise, here we have two days to explore the magic and rich history of this unrivalled Silk Road City.
Departing Samarkand we drive into the Nuratau mountains once a refuge for Nomadic tribes escaping the endless Sands of the Kyzylkum desert for fresh mountain air, before settling to cultivate the hillsides with herbs, walnuts pistachios and mulberries.
Now a mountain hideaway of clear starry nights birdsong and fragrant flowers and home to endangered species like Severtsov wild sheep. We explore the valleys and experience traditional rural Uzbek life, weaving carpets, bread making and agriculture.
We hike to traditional villages that hug the hillsides visiting castle ruins, petroglyphs, springs and waterfalls before driving back to the central lowlands.
Our drive takes us to Central Asia’s holiest city, Bukhara with buildings spanning a thousand years of history, the centre is an architectural preserve, full of madrassas and minarets, caravanserais a royal fortress and the remnants of a once-vast bazaar which once housed more than 100 madrassas and 300 mosques. After exploring this fascinating city we take the evening train to Samarkand for our last evening in this spectacular country finishing with a traditional Uzbek feast in one of the many eateries, before turning in for the night and our flight home
Cost: £250 deposit payable on RSVP, balance £550 payable by 24th July to GO Venture LTD, account No 71133062 sort code 60 22 32 Total £800
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INCLUDES: Airport transfer if on recommended flights, 4 nights B&B 5 nights full board on the trek, transport, guide.
NOT INCLUDED: International airfare, travel insurance Lunch and dinner in Samarkand and Bukhara, mineral water, bottled drinks, tips.
GRADE: Beginner, staying in guesthouses and village houses with day hiking from village to village.
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SU 1874 Aeroflot 24/09/2020 Moscow (SVO) 22:55 Arrival Samarkand (SKD) 25/09/2020 05:05
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