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Uzbekistan: Journey Along The Silk Route

Oct 06-17, 2025

12 days | Uzbekistan | Cultural Explorations

Get to the heart of central Asia on our modern-day caravan through Uzbekistan along the fabled Silk Route with all its magic and mystery.

Discover the capital Tashkent, a fascinating mix of modern, post-Soviet city and traditional Uzbek town with leafy avenues and mud-walled houses. In the far West, visit the impressive Savitsky Art Museum housing thousands of banned avant-garde Russian art pieces. A drive across the desert takes us to the beautifully intact architectural ensemble of Khiva and then onward to the living museum of Bukhara where we stay for three nights to explore this still very much lived-in old centre filled with medrassahs, minarets, a royal fortress, and a mulberry tree-shaded oasis in its heart. The markets are a photographic delight and the flourishing arts and crafts enticing. In Samarkand, discover a cornucopia of magnificent monuments, including Registan Square, possibly the most awesome single sight in Central Asia.

The incredible sky-blue tile work, woven brick constructions, and brilliant fabrics of the Silk Road form a mosaic of vivid snapshots enhanced by warm Uzbek hospitality. An optional post-tour extension to Kyrgyzstan comprises the epic poem of the Manas, the vibrant mix of Soviet power and Asian traditions, and the stunning scenery of this mountainous country.
Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6195 incl. taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
10 - 15 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to all sites visited with the group; services of English-speaking specialized guides; flight from Tashkent to Nukus, economy class, including taxes and one piece of checked luggage per person; meals as specified in itinerary; porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader Paula Swart; fully escorted by our Uzbekistan Tour Director

"Paula has a broad background which she used to frame our sightseeing. She's gracious and most pleasant to be with." - Lynn M.
"Paula is very knowledgeable. Fantastic personality, very approachable and caring." - Quest traveller
"Local guides were excellent - very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English, and were very adaptive to our interests." - Roger D.
"The music/dance/cultural performances and meals with families made the trip very special and enjoyable." - Quest traveller

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1 Arrive in Tashkent
2Monuments, mausoleums, and the Chorsu Bazaar
3Flight to Nukus / The Museum of Forbidden Art
4Ancient citadels of the desert
5Khiva’s spectacular old city
6Overland across the Red Sands Desert to Bukhara
7Palaces and bazaars in Bukhara
8Palace of Moon and Stars and artisan workshops
9Onward to historic Samarkand
10Ulug Bek’s Observatory in Samarkand
11Shahrisabz / Urgut Market
12Depart Samarkand
Optional Extension: Kyrgyzstan
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$6195 incl. taxes and gratuities
Group Size:
10 - 15 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers on tour start and end dates; accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, ground transportation; all activities as described in the detailed itinerary; entrance fees to all sites visited with the group; services of English-speaking specialized guides; flight from Tashkent to Nukus, economy class, including taxes and one piece of checked luggage per person; meals as specified in itinerary; porterage of one standard piece of baggage per person; gratuities for guides, driver, and included meals; all taxes; services of your Tour Leader Paula Swart; fully escorted by our Uzbekistan Tour Director

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