DAYS 80 – 91: UZBEKISTAN
Leaving Kyrgyzstan behind you will have a full day’s drive across into Uzbekistan to the eastern city of Ferghana. The following morning you will travel in local transport to Kokand where you will have the opportunity to visit the Khuadayar Khan’s Palace and the Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey over the Kamchik Pass to Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital. The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin you in the evening in Tashkent. The following day you will have free time to explore this Soviet city.
Samarkand will be the next stop on your overland tour of Uzbekistan. You will have three nights here and a a guided tour of this incredible historic city and the surrounding area, including the Registan, Ulug Beg Observatory, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda.
Leaving the cities behind for a day, you will head into the Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata and will have the opportunity to head out on an optional camel ride into the desert, before spending the night in a desert yurt camp. The following morning you will have time to explore the Nurata Hills with the option of taking a dip in Lake Ajdar Kul.
From Nurata you will head to Bukhara, where you will have three nights and plenty of time to explore the city. A guided tour of Bukhara is included, visiting sites such as the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the Ark Fortress.
A full day’s drive will take you from Bukhara to Khiva where you will have a guided tour of the ancient city, as well as free time to explore this wonderfully preserved Khanate town.