Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Onion domed skylines and spellbinding artisan mosaics will captivate you in Uzbekistan

Adventure Holidays in Uzbekistan

Step back in time on a journey to Uzbekistan. Here you’ll travel in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Kahn and Marco Polo, through a country whose location on the Silk Road has resulted in a culture with flavours from Europe, the Middle Eastern, China, Russia and India. This is a land of myth and legend – glorious riches and beauty alongside ruthless invaders and warriors – and one that’s been a mecca for explorers for millennia. From the two thousand year old streets of Bukhara to Tashkent’s lingering Soviet charm; Samarkand's blue-tiled Islamic buildings to a night spent in a traditional Yurt used by nomads throughout Central Asia; in Uzbekistan you’ll feel truly transported. 

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Uzbekistan Adventure Holidays

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The Silk Road

Discover the natural and cultural highlights of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Discovery & Wildlife
15 days
From $2,835 USD
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In focus: The Silk Road

For centuries great caravans of merchants made their way through deserts, across steppes and over mountains, creating trade routes between the great civilisations of the Mediterranean and China. Camels, horses and mules transported everything from gunpowder to spices, and of course, silk. Art and religion spread both East and West and grand cities with impressive architecture sprouted alongside nomadic tribes of eagle-hunters. There’s no single road, but one its best known routes wound through central Asia, and some of the Silk Road’s greatest cities are in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, of which The Old Town of Samarkand is perhaps the most evocative.

“While you’re here visit a silk factory,” says Exodus Expert Tom Harari. “The Chinese held on to the secret of silk making for a long time but did eventually gave it up. Today, this region is one of main silk-producers, which is still done in a traditional way. Boiling the cocoons, unravelling the thread and spooling it before weaving cloths and rugs – the latter of which take a tremendous amount of skill and time. The whole process is fascinating and left me in awe of the men and, mostly, women who worked there.”

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Tailormade

We can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, perfect if you’d like to change the dates, itinerary, or simply want a private adventure with a group of friends, family or fellow enthusiasts. All Tailormade Adventures run with a minimum of two people, but the more who travel, the less it costs per person – and you’ll still get a local guide and all the other Exodus benefits. So if you’d like to celebrate your birthday at the top of a mountain, or visit a particular beach, let us know your dates, and we’ll do the rest.

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