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Samarkand and Silk Road Cities of Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara and Khiva: the very names of these cities evoke the romance of the Silk Road and the mystery of central Asia. 

The Silk Road, for centuries the main trade route between China and the West, brought wealth and sophistication to the cities through which it passed. In the heart of Uzbekistan's cities, little has changed: we will find an intriguing mix of new and old. 

Highlights of our journey include:

  • In Samarkand, the iconic Registan, a spectacular public square featuring exquisite tilework
  • Khiva’s walled inner city, the Ichon Qala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can easily envision Silk Road times
  • Traditional handmade crafts, including rugs and embroidery, sold in domed bazaars
  • Bukhara’s massive Ark fortress, medieval trading domes, and 12th-century minaret
  • In Bukhara, the monumental 16th-17th century Lyabi Hauz architectural complex, surrounding a tranquil pool.

Martin Randall Travel has recently had a policy change and we can now accept those aged 81 and over on this trip.

Double Occupancy:  $7,995 CDN
Single Supplement:   $380  CDN

Travel Agency:
Flight Centre / Martin Randall Travel
Contact:  Linda Heslegrave

TICO Ontario Registration No. 50010020 (Flight Centre)

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Your expert for the trip

Professor James Allan, expert guide on the Royal Ontario Museum trip Samarkand and Silk Road Cities of Uzbekistan

Professor James Allan will accompany the group. Expert in Islamic art and architecture, James read Arabic at Oxford and worked as a field archaeologist in Jerusalem and at Siraf. He spent most of his career in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, where he also lectured for the Faculty of Oriental Studies until his retirement in 2011. He was President of the British Institute of Persian Studies from 2002 to 2006. James has written books and articles on Islamic architecture, metalwork, ceramics, and glass.


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