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Silk Road - Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan Overview
Travel along the Silk Road from Uzbekistan to Russia via Kazakhstan. Visit the trading towns of yesteryear, including Tashkent, Samara and the Aral Sea, on this colourful tour.
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Retrace the journey of the Silk Road merchants on this enlightening tour
Welcome to the greatest and most ancient of all trade routes - the Silk Road. For hundreds of years, merchants travelled in caravans of horses and camels, carting their exquisite silks, heady spices, highly prized gems, fragrant teas and other exotic goods. Moving from town to town along this route from Asia to Europe through the Middle East, they traded not only their wares, but ideas, cultures and technologies, and forever changed the relationship between East and West. Reveal the mysteries and colours of the Silk Road by travelling in the footsteps of these merchants across Central Asia on this incredible tour. From multicultural Tashkent to beguiling Samara and magnificent Moscow, this magical adventure through Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia will transport you back in time.
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One of the largest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent is a mix of Russian and Uzbek styles, where extravagant mosques sit alongside modern highways and Soviet monuments.
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Samarkand is perhaps the most evocative of the Silk Road cities with its decorative domes and many beautiful buildings.
Founded over 2,700 years ago, Shakhrisabz is an ancient city rich in impressive architectural sites and colourful people.
Bukhara, a beautifully preserved Central Asian city, is a joy to get lost within and provides a glimpse into life before Soviet domination.
Today we head into Kazakhstan to the gorgeous Aksu-Dzhabagly Nature Reserve, the oldest national park in Central Asia. Enjoy short hikes through this unspolit area and stay with a local family in the Zhabagly Village.
Stop at the ruins of Otrar on the way to Turkistan, a captivating city with a wealth of history and culture.
A major fishing port on the Aral Sea before it was drained by Soviet irrigation projects, Aralsk has limited infrastructure but friendly locals ready to share their homes and stories.
In Soviet times Samara was a closed city due mainly to its role as a backup capital, today it's a big city with pleasant historical centre by the Volga River.
Whether it's awe-inspiring history, iconic architecture, edgy creative centres or stylish bars and cafes, Moscow delivers on so many levels with a surprise around every corner.
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