Along the Golden Road from Samarkand
A journey through Central Asia
Departing: Tuesday 14 April 2020
Returning: Tuesday 28 April 2020
Duration: 15 days
Few landmarks have tantalised the minds of travellers more than the legendary cities of Central Asia. Originally caravanserais on the Golden Trade route across Central Asia, they developed into thriving centres of commerce and culture. Under the ferocious medieval warriors Genghis Khan and then Tamerlane and their descendants they assumed inimitable power and splendour.
The journey begins in Samarkand, which under Tamerlane was transformed by into the most beautiful city in Central Asia. Continue onto ‘Divine Bukhara’ with its hundreds of mosques, madrasas and minarets where crooked alleys wind irregularly
between the walls of clay-built houses and the men still wear colourful striped coats and knee-high leather boots.
From Bukhara, the party will cross the great Karakum desert of Turkmenistan and travel to Merv, in medieval times this was the second most important city in Islam after Baghdad. From here take a short flight to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, Nearby is the ancient city of Nisa, seat of the Parthian Kings at their height in the 3rd century and now a UNESCO listed site. The journey finishes amidst the marvellous city of Khiva, where it is still possible to experience the timelessness of central Asian Caravan town.
- Visit the Registan in Samarkand - 'the noblest square in the world'
- Explore the beautifully preserved city Bukhara, home to some of the most important monuments in the Islamic world
- Cross the mighty Oxus River and Karakum Desert dotted with Spring Flowers to the ancient capital of Merv
HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MEDIUM
Price per person, including international flights from London. Single supplement £380.
$4,390 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in June 2019. Contact the operator for the most up-to-date price information.