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Uzbekistan

Visited by just 1,000 Britons each year, Uzbekistan is the perfect destination for those looking to break from touristic convention. Central Asia’s cultural beacon for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is awash with ancient cities and mirage-like architecture. The country was an important link in the silk-road chain and the wealth this brought is reflected nowhere better than in the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, which are filled with dreamy minarets, awe-inspiring mosques and glistening domes. Ceramic tiles in vibrant shades of turquoise and blue form complex patterns that adorn enormous monuments, all of which are blissfully devoid of the throngs of gaping tourists found elsewhere in the world. Marvel at the 15th-century Ulugh Beg Observatory on the outskirts of Samarkand, one of the very finest in the Islamic world, or stand dwarfed at the foot of Bukhara’s Kalyan Minaret, which, contrary to its exquisite construction, has a dark and brutal history. Uzbekistan has significantly opened up to travellers in the last few years, meaning that now is the ideal time to visit. Make the most of a visit to this intriguing country in the company of our expert lecturers and tour guides, who are well-versed in the art of travel within this spellbinding destination.
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