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Textile Traditions of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is on many a textile lover’s bucket list. Situated in the centre of Asia and on the Silk Road, one of the world’s most important historical trading routes linking China to the Mediterranean, Uzbekistan offers a smorgasbord of culture and colour and a fascinating textile history.  On this tour, we’ll see examples of local craftsmanship in embroidery, ikat fabrics, carpets and silks and enjoy an embroidery workshop with a local expert as well as three hand-stitching workshops with our accompanying expert. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy too, as we enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the markets and bazaars throughout our journey.

15 days from £3,999pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return economy class flight from London Heathrow to Tashkent, 1 piece of checked baggage included
  • 13 nights half-board accommodation, breakfast and dinner included
  • Economy class flights Tashkent to Urgench and Urgench to Bukhara
  • Business class train travel Tashkent to Kokand, Bukhara to Samarkand and Samarkand to Tashkent,
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and workshops as described
  • Local English-speaking guide to accompany the tour throughout
  • The company and expertise of your accompanying textile expert
  • Services of an Arena Travel Tour Manager
Experts
Pat Archibald

Pat Archibald

Pat is a UK textile artist and tutor based in Edinburgh. Her fascination for fabric began in her childhood when she discovered her grandmother’s scrap bag bursting at the seams with exotic fabrics and by the age of 11, she had created her first piece of patchwork. Throughout her creative career, Pat has exhibited her work worldwide, won some wonderful awards and even established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop.

Pat loves to travel both around her home country as well as further afield. As her own horizons grow literally, then so too do the experiences that she can then express in her quilt making. She feels that each collection of quilts has its own unique identity and captures the essence of her view of the country or city.


Itinerary

Overview

Meet your expert and your Arena Travel Tour Manager at London Heathrow airport for your overnight flight to Tashkent.

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We will be met by our local guide and We will be met by our local guide and transfer to our hotel for immediate check in. Later today we'll visit the Applied Art Museum, home to over 7,000 examples of embroidery. Later this afternoon we enjoy our first hand-sewing workshop with our expert.

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Workshop

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This morning we travel by train to Kokand. On arrival we will enjoy a city tour including Khudoyer Khan Palace and Juma Mosque. Our tour will continue to Dangara, where we will visit a wood carver’s and Rishtan, one of the oldest and most famous centres of ceramics in Uzbekistan.

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Kokand

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We start the day with an excursion to Margilan. We will enjoy a tour of the city including Yodgorlik Silk Factory and craft centres producing handmade carpets and silks.

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Margilan

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This morning we return to Tashkent, where we will continue our city tour.

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Amir Temur Square

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We fly to Urgench and continue by road to Khiva. Our visits here include Pakhlavan Mosque – Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum: shrine of Khiva’s patron saint and the holiest site in Khiva. The interior displays an array of Khiva’s famed woodcarving, ceramic painted decoration, metalwork and inlay craft traditions. We then visit the United Nations Development Programme for the development of local handicrafts, where we will see tie-dyeing, carpet making, and wood carving. We will also visit an UNESCO sponsored silk carpet manufacture which produces high-quality silk carpets and embroidered textiles.

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Kalte Minor

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This morning we return to Urgench for our flight to Bukhara. We visit a centre for local artisans where we will be able to watch many of them at work on a variety of handicrafts, including colourful Suzani products.

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Bukhara

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Our tour of Bukhara will include the Bukhara Artisan Development Centre, colourful local markets where the Caravan Saray (trade domes) and former madrassahs offer splendid embroidery work, textiles, clothing, jewellery, carpets, costumes, spices and other Silk Road treasures. Learn about the Ulugbeg Madrassah – today the museum of history of the restoration of the architectural monuments in Bukhara. See the Abdulazizkhan Madrassah, now the museum of woodcarving, and visit Bobokul’s studio where we will see the traditional way of producing and colouring silk. This evening we will dine at Akbar House, located in the historical Jewish quarter, where we will see a demonstration of cooking plov.

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Labi Hauz complex

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This morning we will take an excursion to Gijduvan, known as a centre for handicrafts due to its proximity to the Silk Road. Here we will take part in an embroidery workshop at Alisher Nazrullayev’s house. On our return to Bukhara, we will enjoy a herbal tea tasting and fashion show at Retro Saloon Timur, followed by a hand-sewing workshop with our expert at the hotel.

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The Silk Road

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Today is dedicated to learning about local Suzani embroidery. We will visit the house of Toshev Rakhmon Buranovich, a local master in this style of embroidery, for an embroidery masterclass. We will also visit the gold embroidery factory in Bukhara, whose products include carpets, curtains, chapans, headdresses, caskets, handbags, purses and shoes. In the afternoon we will take an excursion to Sitori-I-Mokhi Khosa, the residence of the last Emir of Bukhara. We will see his collection of gifts, Chinese porcelain, Russian cut glass and crystal vases, as well as his rich collection of local suzani embroidery.

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Sitori-I-Mokhi Khosa

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Our tour of Bukhara continues with visits to the Ark fortress: initially built and occupied around the 5th century, the Ark surrounded a town that was inhabited by the various royal courts that held sway over the surrounding region. Visit the Magokki Attori mosque, used as a carpet museum. This afternoon we travel by train to Samarkand. The city prospered from its location on the Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean.

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Ark fortress

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Our full day in Samarkand includes a visit to the Happy Bird Handicraft Centre, where we can meet with local artists and shop for souvenirs. We will also go to the Meros silk paper mill, restored by well-known masters the Mukhtarov brothers.

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The three Madrassah's

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We start the day with an excursion to Urgut bazaar, one of the few remaining traditional bazaars where people from the countryside sell their homemade produce. On our return to Samarkand, we visit the former family home of Avraham Kalantarov, now a museum. We then enjoy a hand sewing workshop with our expert at the hotel.

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Urugut bazaar

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During our final morning in Samarkand we will visit the Fine Art Museum of Samarkand, housing a fine collection of textiles. Visit Aisha Textiles, famous for the manufacture of natural silk fabrics under the leadership of Valentina Romanenko. Transfer to Tashkent by train

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Afrosiab Museum

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Time to say farewell to Uzbekistan as we travel to Tashkent airport for our return flight to the UK

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Tour Notes: You will need to have a good level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. We therefore do not recommend this tour for anyone with mobility problems. The itinerary involves a significant amount of walking whilst sightseeing each day, sometimes in warm temperatures. Due to the state of pavements in Uzbekistan, our walking often takes place on rough ground and includes steps at the entrance and exit to monuments. Whilst sightseeing is taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers. Most of the hotels outside of Tashkent do not have lift access.

Single Room Supplement from £540.00 (15 days).

Perfect for Textile Lovers

Perfect for Textile Lovers

Uniquely created for textile lovers, this Stitchtopia textile holiday is the perfect way to discover fascinating fabrics and cultures, whilst travelling to some of the world’s most inspiring places. Our talented stitching expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host creative workshops with beautifully designed projects inspired by your travels.

Accommodation

You will be staying at the Inspira S, Tashkent 3-star for 3 nights, Asmald Palace, Kokand 4-star for 2 nights, Hotel Minor, Khiva 3 star for 1 night, Hotel Asia, Bukhara 3 star for 4 nights, Hotel Wellfort, Samarkand 3 star for 3 nights 

Hotel Inspira S

The 3-star Hotel Inspira S. seamlessly combines elegance, sophistication and modern design and is ideally located within walking distance of the famous Chorsu Bazaar. Facilities include a restaurant and bar, along with a spa, including massage rooms, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, and a gym.

Hotel Facilities

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  • TV
  • Safe Box
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
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  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna or Steam Room
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  • Gym
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Asmald Palace

This 4-star hotel is ideally located just a few minutes' walk from the main sights of the city. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with gym, a restaurant and lovely landscaped garden.

Hotel Facilities

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  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wifi
General
  • Restaurant
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  • Room Service Available
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  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Hotel Minor

This boutique hotel is ideally located just 5 minutes walk from Khiva's main attractions. Bedrooms are equipped with air conditioning, flat screen TV and fridge. Facilities include a garden, restaurant, café, laundry service, bar, ATM and currency exchange.

Hotel Facilities

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  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
Service
  • Bureau de Change
General
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Hotel
  • Bureau de Change
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Hotel Asia

This 3-star hotel is ideally located just 5 minutes walk from Bukhara's main attractions. All 98 bedrooms feature comforts such as air conditioning, dressing gowns, safe, hair dryer and flat screen TV with satellite channels. Facilities include a garden, lounge and terrace, restaurant and bar, café, free WIFI, Spa services (payable), outdoor pool (seasonal), ATM and currency exchange.

Hotel Facilities

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Service
  • Bureau de Change
General
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
Room
  • Free Wifi
Hotel
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Hotel Wellfort

This brand-new hotel is located close to Samarkand’s Central Park. Each of the 26 bedrooms come equipped with air conditioning, flat screen TV, safe, telephone, hair dryer and refrigerator. Facilities include room service, restaurant and free WIFI.

Hotel Facilities

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Room
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
General
  • Restaurant
Service
  • Room Service Available
Hotel
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available