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Tour Uzbekistan – Central Asia and The Silk Road
Immersed in ancient atmosphere of booming Silk Road trade, Uzbekistan is Central Asia's most populous country dominated by the Kyzyl Kum (Qizilqum) desert. Islam was brought to the territory of mordant Uzbekistan by Arab armies in the eighth century and since became the dominant religion. Central Asia played an important buffer role between Europe and China with prominent trade routes collectively known as the Silk Road for a thousand years. Ancient oasis cities are well preserved and many are included in the UNESCO the World Heritage List.
The region flourished during the 10th-12th century period with several independent states culturing an unprecedented rise of ethical regulations, philosophy, science and medicine. Bukhara, Samarkand, Merv, Urgench and Khiva became widely popular cities in the Muslim world where crafts and architecture thrived. Under the direction of Mamun Khorezm-Shakh, the first academy in Central Asia was established in Khorezm at the beginning of the 11th century.
On this tour, you will walk through thousand-year-old streets, meet Uzbek scholars and visit breathtaking nature reserves. From the Uzbek capital Tashkent, travel to Urgench to explore a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. Visit Kunya-Arc, Sayeed Alauddin mausoleum, medrese Arab-Mukhamadkhan, mosque Oq-Masjid, medrese Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan, Abdullakhan, Juma mosque, medrese Allakulikhan, Toshkhovli palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, and minaret Islom-khodja. Along the shore of Amu-Darya River, learn about role of water and water management in the arid areas of Central Asia.
This guided tour of Uzbekistan is rich with history and diversity. Experience the spiritual environment of Bukhara. Visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Arc Fortress, Chashma-Ayub, Kalon ensemble, medrese Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori mosque, medrese Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz complex, medrese Chor-Minor, Sitorai-Mokhikhosa historical tour of Bukhara Emir’s summer palace. Master the ancient art of pottery at specially organized workshop. Explore a desert ecosysytem and nomadic life style in Kyzyl Kum desert. Experience an Uzbek traditional dinner by the campfire with Kazakh akin singing folk songs. Relax at the beach of the unique lake Aidarkul located in the desert. During the tour of Samarkand, visit Registan Square, ruins of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Ulugbek observatory, Afrosiyob museum. Learn how ancient and modern, religious and secular lives intertwine in this breathtaking city.
Cost per person, double occupancy: Contact us
Number of participants: 10
Duration: 11 days
Tour Schedule: on demand
Overnight stays: 4-star hotels, Yurt Camp
Itinerary: Tashkent, Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata Yurt Camp, Samarkand, Tashkent
On this tour, you will visit one of the must-see places in the world. Learn cultural and trade globalization patterns in Euro-Asia continent and the history and modern status of Islam and other religions in the Central Asia. You will explore the desert as an ecosystem and the life of nomadic tribes. Examine the challenges of water resource management in arid areas. As a group, we will immerse in Uzbek history, traditions and cuisine.
Tour Leader - Dr. Slavik Dushenkov
Dr. Slavik Dushenkov, Ph.D., a trained field biologist with over 20 years experience in leading expeditions and guiding natural tours, will be the tour leader. He is the author of several field training course textbooks and guides. Local guides will also be on hand at different locations.
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