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Discover the wonders of the silk road on this 11-day tour


    Enjoy this exclusive 11-day tour of Central Asia and follow in Joanna Lumley’s footsteps as you discover Uzbekistan, a fascinating country at the heart of the fabled trading route

    The Silk Road was one of the most important trade routes in history. Connecting the east to the west along a series of perilous paths, it allowed merchants and travellers to trade silk, spices, perfume, porcelain, precious metals and more.

    On this tour you will explore the highlights of this little-known corner of the world and enjoy some wonderful added experiences. You'll visit the 2,500-year-old fortress ruins of Ayaz Kala on the edge of the Kyzylkum desert; dusty Khiva with its impressive walled citadel; Tashkent, Uzbekistan's vibrant capital and finally Samarkand, 'the Pearl of the East', which Alexander the Great said was 'more beautiful than I'd even imagined'.

    Reasons to book: 

    • We have partnered with one of the best specialists in the area, Wild Frontiers, who offer small-group tours to some of the world's most remote countries and you'll be travelling in a group of between just six and 18 like-minded readers.
    • All accommodation, meals, transport and entrance fees are included as per the itinerary.
    • Visit the Ancient cities of the Silk Road including medieval Khiva preserved in the desert and Bukhara, once abundant in camels and with 365 mosques
    • ​See the silk-weaving process from cocoon to end product in Margilan, visit private Meros silk paper factory and a carpet embroidery workshop
    • Attend a bread making masterclass in Khiva, a local cookery class and discover lepyoshka,  a legendary flatbread in Uzbekistan
    • Take in spectacular views on a train journey into the Fergana Valley, and on a drive over the impressive Kamchik Pass, at 2,268m elevation.
    • Stunning Registan square is unmissable, with exquisite fluted turquoise domes, mosaic madrasas, majestic arches and towering minarets
    • The Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm, in varying states of decay, emerge from the arid, sandy plains of central Uzbekistan

    Prices from £2195 per person  

    Visit The Week Travel website for more information.

    Terms & Conditions

    Subject to availability. Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £280 but Wild Frontiers can pair same-sex solo travellers to avoid this. Price excludes international flights from UK and required visa for Uzbekistan. Itinerary subject to change.

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