The Great Silk Route was a route for ancient trade between the East and West. This in a sense really shaped the contours of world trade, commerce and hence distribution of wealth… And as a function of that the history of the world with the attendant beauty of commerce and commercialization and the consequent brutality of war and control…
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Arrive in Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent airport to be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. Lounge around, stroll around and explore the area near your hotel or just relax after your flight.
Take in a city-tour of Tashkent covering the ancient mausoleums and mosques. Drive out to Samarkand for a tour of the city covering the 15th century Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the burial-vault of the Timurids, the Registan Ensemble and Madrassahs (a few dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries) (B).
Explore the ancient city of Samarkand in depth taking in history along with the awe-inspiring structures of the 15th and 16th centuries – observatories, mosques, Madrassahs and even a necropolis! Head out to Bukhara in the evening and check into your hotel for a spot of relaxation. (B).
This is the day for some serious historical sight-seeing covering some of the ancient mosques, mausoleums, Madrassahs, trading domes, minarets and vaults all of them dating back to between the 9th and 17th centuries… End the day with an entertaining and educative folklore show along with dinner. (B).
Drive down to Urgench (Khiva) taking in the changing scenery outside and marveling at the desolate beauty of the place. Arrive in Urgench and explore the small town at your own pace (B).
Head out to the oldest part of the city for more of history and visit the Kunya-Ark fortress and the various ancient Madrassahs and Mausoleums – again 17th-19th century vintage… Take in the history and ancient monuments of Khiva to understand the dynamics of this country and how it shaped the unique culture. Head out to the airport to catch your flight to Tashkent. (B).
Get transferred to the international airport for your flight back home after a week soaked in history and a better understanding of how religion and trade of the Silk Route shaped the history of the region… (B).