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The Golden Road to Samarkand

22 May 2022

11 days from £3,565pp

Discover the glorious colours and ornate architecture of Asia’s Silk Road cities on this unforgettable tour with Sue Rollin. Explore the old walled city of Khiva, visit an exquisite brick mausoleum in Bukhara and uncover the ancient delights of Samarkand.
  • Visit Noble Bukhara, the ‘Dome of Islam’, Samarkand, ‘Mirror of the World’ and  Khiva, ‘Pearl of the Desert’
  • In Khiva, an extraordinary museum city, our accommodation is in a converted 19C madrassah
  • Cross the Kyzylkum or Red Desert to Bukhara
  • Make a special visit to the Baland neighbourhood mosque, a 16C gem with a superb tiled interior
  • In Samarkand see the Registan, described as the ‘greatest architectural ensemble in Central Asia’
Tales of the Silk Road have enticed and beguiled the west for centuries, and images of the ‘mysterious east’, lingered on in the western imagination long after the overland trade route had disintegrated. Even today, the six central Asian ‘-stans’ are a poorly-understood region well off the European radar, and Uzbekistan is the ‘-stan’ nonpareil, being bordered by the other five. But Uzbekistan’s geographical and political isolation, has slowed the inroads of modernity, and here the glories of the Silk Road have withstood the sands of time. After flying to Tashkent, the tour properly begins in the walled city of Khiva, a figurative and literal oasis of majolica and glazed brick that owed its wealth to the vast slave market at its spectacular East Gate. From Khiva we continue to ‘the Dome of Islam’, Bukhara, to wonder at its 150-foot high Kalyan minaret and the Lyab-i Hauz architectural complex of Sufi boarding-houses and madrassahs. Our third major stop is Samarkand, Tamerlane’s capital, which he endowed with many spectacular buildings, including the vast Bibi-Khanym mosque and his own solemn mauseoleum, where visitors may find themselves recalling the words of the English poet James Elroy Flecker:  “Sweet to ride forth at evening from the wells / When shadows pass gigantic on the sand / And softly through the silence beat the bells / Along the Golden Road to Samarkand.”

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

LOTTE City Hotel Tashkent Palace

★★★★

LOTTE City Hotel Tashkent Palace, built in 1958 and has been designated as Uzbekistan`s cultural heritage, is an appealing hotel with classical appearance. It is located at the center of Uzbekistan with 10 minute`s drive by car from the airport and right next to major buildings like the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Trading Center and the Central Bank. Now, LOTTE City Hotel Tashkent Palace has come to exhibit our harmony with classical appearance and sophisticated interior design after undergoing our overall renovation in October 2013. Above all, you will enjoy private service at leisure in our beautiful courtyard and outdoor swimming pool. An outdoor restaurant located on the top floor of our hotel accommodates up to 300 guests and will add to the special value of LOTTE City Hotel Tashkent Palace.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • 32'' LCD FULL HD TV 
  • Phone 
  • Teapot 
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe 
  • Hair dryer
  • Two bottles of complimentary mineral water daily

Zarafshan Boutique, Khiva

★★★★

The 4* Zarafshan Boutique Hotel (also known as Zarafshon, which is the Uzbek spelling) opened in Khiva in spring 2020. It is within the UNESCO-listed Ichan Qala, on the south side of the walled city. The hotel has 26 en-suite rooms, a rooftop lounge, garden, restaurant, and bar. All of the guest rooms have a balcony, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV. A buffet breakfast is included and WiFi is free. 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Free WiFi 
  • Air conditioning
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries 
  • Hairdryer

Omar Khayyam, Bukhara

★★★★

The "Omar Khayyam" hotel has a unique location in the picturesque old Hotel Omar Khayyam Bukhara part of Bukhara city which can give you an unforgettable and memorable stay in Bukhara. The hotel is situated in walking distance of all ancient monuments, such as: Toki Zargaron and Toki Telpakfurushon trading domes, Mirzo Ulugbek's mosque and Abdulazizkhan's mosque, Poi Kalyan complex, the Ark Citadel and facing Tim Abdullakhan trading domes. The "Omar Khayyam" hotel's specially trained, professional and friendly staff is here to welcome you and ensure that your comfort is their first priority. Our 4 stars hotel has comfortable rooms, each attractively designed.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Satellite-TV
  • Mini bar 
  • Heating\air conditioning 
  • Working desk 
  • Bath/shower
  • Hairdryer

Dilimah Premium Luxury, Samarkand

★★★★

DiliMah Premium Luxury hotel offers guests a modern and elegant place to stay in one of the most ancient cities in the world, in Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures. Conveniently situated between the train station and the old town, our hotel is the ideal base for a business trip or a city break in Samarkand. The city’s top tourist attractions are also within easy reach: you will find the Formidable Tamerlane Mausoleum Gur Emir, Rukhabad mausoleum, and of course Registan Square, all within a 5km radius.
 
The hotel offers its guests a series of services and facilities that aim to make them feel comfortable and welcome from the very first moment of their booking, to their warm and welcoming arrival and throughout their entire stay in Samarkand. It’s a fantastic place with luxury appointments, incredible dining and staff who simply can’t do enough to make your stay a pleasure.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Enjoy the facilities of the health club with fitness centre, indoor/outdoor pool, massage room and sauna. The hotel also has a restaurant and bar.
Room Facilities & Amenities
The 41 bright and spacious rooms are decorated in natural tones. Facilities include air conditioning and minibar.