Strategically positioned along the Silk Route, the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were famed trading centres for the caravans that passed this way in ancient times. On this overland trip we follow in their footsteps, discovering magnificent architecture and bustling bazaars that have changed little since the rule of Tamerlane. We'll stay with nomads in the Turkmenistan’s Desert, explore the imposing Oxus Valley, tour the wonders of Samarkand and head into the markets of Ashgabat to practice our bargaining skills. Samarkand and Tamerlane’s Testament is a rewarding journey to the heart of Central Asia.

Start
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Finish
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Countries
Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan
Themes
Overland
Code
KDOH
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
1 088kg pp per trip

Relive the dynasty of Tamerlane on this Silk Road adventure.


Highlights

  • Pick up souvenirs in the bazaars of Tashkent
  • Discover the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Spend a memorable night on a yurt stay
  • Walk through Bukhara´s historic Old Town
  • Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva
  • Discover the futuristic architecture of Ashgabat
  • Learn about the Tamerlane’s dynasty

Itinerary

Start your Samarkand and Tamerlane’s Testament adventure among the futuristic architecture of Ashgabat. Spy the world's largest hand-woven rug or learn about the city's traumatic history at the Earthquake Museum.
Sleep under the stars in the Karakum Desert. See the spectacular fires of the Darvaza Gas Crater.
Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva and imagine how they once provided sanctuary for weary Silk Road travellers. Explore the historic and perfectly preserved Old Town, beautifully decorated in classic turquoise tiles.
Get to know Central Asia's holiest city, where the combination of buildings spanning a thousand years and a thoroughly lived-in Old Town help create the awe-inspiring atmosphere.
Spend a night in a yurt camp with the local nomads, sleeping among the dunes of the Red Desert.
Travel to one of Central Asia's most magical cities, Uzbekistan’s Samarkand. Discover the romance of the Silk Road in this perfectly preserved city full of exotic architecture and majestic buildings.
End your Samarkand and Tamerlane’s Testament adventure in the most modern of Uzbekistan’s cities. Visit Tashkent’s thriving Chorsu Bazaar to pick up Soviet-style souvenirs and admire the ornately decorated Kukeldash Medressa.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (2 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Yurt (1 night)
Included activites
  • Ashgabat - Sunday Market
  • Bukhara - Guided walking tour
  • Konye-Urgench - Ancient City ruins
  • Samarkand - Guided city tour

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Ashgabat to Tashkent, July 2013