The Silk Route to Samarkand for solo travellers

Resort: The Silk Route to Samarkand for solo travellers
Operator: Saga
Destination: Asia
Price From: £2199.00

Join other solos travellers as you discover the turquoise domes and vibrant cities of Uzbekistan

Embark on an eastern adventure together with other solo travellers as you visit some of the exotic cities of Uzbekistan, a historic crossroads on the Great Silk Route’s path across Central Asia. From the start of your adventure, when youll be met at the airport with fast track and airport lounge services, to the farewell dinner at the end of your tour, well try to ensure you get the most out of travelling solo.

During your holiday look forward to exploring the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent where towering minarets, glazed arches and gleaming turquoise domes etch the skyline, and travel across deserts little changed since the days of Genghis Khan, the mighty khanate states and the Soviet Union. When youre not out and about, look forward to social activities, and relaxing and dining in the convivial company of other solo travellers along with your dedicated saga solos host.

Including…

9 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

23 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 9 dinners

UK Return flights and transfers // Saga tour manager // Welcome drink reception // Porterage at all hotels // Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK // Fast track security and airport lounge UK // Welcome drink and dinner // Drinks party // Farewell dinner // Meet and greet at the airport // Social activities

Excursions and visits

Sightseeing tour of Tashkent // Walking tour of historic Khiva // Medieval Bukhara guided tour // Baha-ud-Din Naqshband’s mausoleum visit // Visit Samarkand’s Museum of Afrasiyab // See Tamerlane’s tomb in Samarkand // Visit to the ancient Timurid centre of Shakhrisabz


Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK-Tashkent

After taking Sagas included UK VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Tashkent.

Day 2 Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva

After passing through customs and immigration, meet your tour manager or a local representative and enjoy a late breakfast at a local restaurant before your flight to Urgench and a short drive to Khiva where you’ll spend two nights at the locally rated 3-star Asia Khiva Hotel or similar. Look forward to a welcome drink and dinner this evening. B, D

View of Khiva town

Day 3 Khiva

Once the last staging post for merchants preparing to tackle the desert sands en route to Persia, Khiva’s inner fortress, Itchan Kala, was an important stop on the Silk Route. Today’s included excursion will reveal this desert oasis which has a history spanning two millennia. The former capital of the Khanate of Khiva is an architectural treasure trove of carefully restored mud-walled monuments that now fall under UNESCO’s aegis. Highlights include the Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, the 16th-century Kunya-Ark Castle and 19th-century Muhammed Amin Khan Madrassah. The latter is the largest centre of learning in Central Asia and a feast for the eyes; its facade is decorated in glazed bricks and carved wooden doors. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and dinner followed by a folk show at the 19th-century Kibla Tozabog, the summer residence of the Khiva Khans. (Please note: Kibla Tozabog is closed between November and March and so during this period the folklore show will take place at an alternative venue.) B,L,D

Wall of Itchan Kala, Khiva

Day 4 Khiva to Bukhara

A long day’s journey will take you across the Kyzyl-Kum or Red Desert today, a route that once took camel caravans laden down with silk, spices and other exotic goods a month to make. Enjoy lunch en route to Bukhara, where you can soak up the exotic atmosphere during dinner at a local restaurant. Stay three nights at the locally rated 4-star Asia Bukhara or a similar hotel. B, L, D

Discover Bukhara's colourful mosaics

Day 5 Bukhara

A centre of trade and education for more than 2,000 years, Bukhara is the best example of a medieval city in Central Asia. Seek out its key sights on an included three-quarter day walking tour of its old town, including the 10th-century Samanids Mausoleum. Later this afternoon, perhaps visit the 15th to 16th-century domed bazaars where merchants still ply their trade. Look forward to an included dinner at a local guest house, including a class on Bukharian cuisine. B, D

Samanids Mausoleum

Day 6 Bukhara

Journey beyond the heart of the city today to the magnificent 16th to 19th-century Naqshbandi Mausoleum, built for the founder of the Naqshbandi Sufi order, on an included morning tour. Beautiful blue-glazed tiles adorn the facade of this domed, multi-arched masterpiece. Also visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Sitorai-Mokhi-Hossa, a reminder of Uzbekistan’s era of Russian rule. This evening, stroll through the atmospheric streets of Bukhara to a local restaurant for an included dinner and a folk and fashion show. B, D

Naqshbandi, Bukhara

Day 7 Bukhara to Samarkand

After breakfast, relax on a morning Sharq express train to Samarkand where you stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Grand Samarkand or a similar hotel. This afternoon, join an included visit to the Afrosiyab Museum before dinner at a local restaurant. B, D

The Sharq Express

Day 8 Samarkand

Admire the colourful mosaics, blue domes and lofty arches of Registan Square on today’s included tour. This grand plaza is bordered on three sides by a group of splendid structures spanning the 14th to 16th centuries, built by the Timurid dynasty. Look forward to your included drinks party at a wine tasting venue and dinner at a local restaurant. B, D

Registan Square, Samarkand

Day 9 Shakhrisabz and Samarkand to Tashkent

This morning, travel through the Tahtakaracha Pass to Shakhrisabz to discover 14th to 15th-century Timurid mosques, mausoleums and the magnificent Ak-Saray Palace. You can enjoy a taste of local cuisine during an included lunch at a guest house before returning to Samarkand for a two-hour Afrosiab high-speed train journey to Tashkent. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Lotte City Palace or a similar hotel. B, L, D

Ak-Saray Palace ruins in Shahrisabz

Day 10 Tashkent

Explore modern Tashkent on an included sightseeing tour. You’ll visit the Museum of History then take a walking tour along Tashkent Broadway to see, amongst other highlights, the Monument of Courage, Alisher Navoi Theater Square and the Tashkent Metro, a highly-decorative legacy of the former Soviet Union. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B, D

Tashkent

Day 11 Tashkent-UK

Enjoy the morning at leisure before your return flight to the UK and your included UK door-to-door travel service home. B

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