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UZBEKISTAN'S SILK ROUTE
March 25 - April 11, 2020

Arts, crafts, textiles, and architecture of the Silk Route's ancient hub

Accolades for our 2019 tour

Deeply grateful . . . great insight in history, culture, and hand work . . . thank you for this opportunity, it was a gift  - Name withheld for privacy reasons

Amazing trip...overwhelmed by how far we travelled, amazing architectural wonders, fascinating textiles, and the joy of the Uzbek people - Kathleen K. 

18 Days in-depth exploration 

Trace the tale of one of humankind’s most important arteries of trade and culture. Join us as we explore thousands of years in eighteen leisurely days. In this spectacular country, generations of artisans have honed their excellence in arts, crafts, and textiles against the backdrop of vast deserts, mountains, and awe-inspiring architecture.

2019 tour sold out in days. Don't miss out in 2020! Last 2 spots

Cost: USD 4240 pp double occ/Add 1260 for single occ. 

Optional extension: Kyrgyzstan 6 days - USD 1170 

 

 

  Tour highlights

Explore storied Samarkhand, Khiva, Bukhara, Shahrisabz, and Tashkent. We will catch the liveliest local markets and visit generational artisans in their workshops. Architecture this astounding and beautiful calls for expert  monument guides . . . but you'll also have plenty of time to explore on your own and hear the ancient echoes. 

Fabled Cities 

Outstanding ikat and suzani, including ceramics from the local red clay featuring intricate designs and distinctive blue green glazes. Unmissable Kumtepa Bazaar where ikat is sold by the yard, and the largest collection you'll probably see. We'll visit silk factories and learn about sericulture that gave the Silk Road its name. 

Fergana Valley

Visit Khujand in Tajikistan, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia.  While indeed a different country, the cultural similarities to parts of Uzbekistan are undeniable.  We will explore the museums, monuments, markets and parks in this small city. Time travel at its best!

Tucked away in Tajikistan 

Touch down in isolated, semi-autonomous Karakalpakstan for the astounding Savitsky Collection of modernist Russian art spirited away from the Soviet revolution. You'll get a chance to come face to face with the work of some of the biggest names in Russian art. 

Savitsky Collection 

The wealth of the Silk Road gave rise to a country full of many generations of applied artistry. We will visit award-winning artisans for traditional block printing, ikat weaving, rug making, embroidery, ceramics, and contemporary fashion. 

Award-winning artisans 

Good food is a given in a land that enjoyed royal patronage through several civilisations. We will take in delectable meals including sacred bread and the national rice dish, plov.  Workshops and culinary lessons in case you're inspired to transport a bit of Central Asia home. 

Culinary Beats 

Wealthy traders safeguarded their caravans during the Silk Road days by building strongholds. The scale and abundance of desert fortresses in wild and windswept landscapes will stay with you long after the flight back home. 

Memorable vistas 

About your tour leader, Dana Davies

“The heart wants what it wants” and apparently Dana Davies’ heart, unbeknownst to her, wanted Uzbekistan. A life long fascination with fabrics was rewarded on a trip to Turkey where the discovery of suzani embroidery led to textile-focused trips to Central Asia, and a full-fledged obsession with its people, culture, landscape, and legends. Dana is passionate about sharing this extraordinary experience with others and, after a spectacular tour with Shila in Northwest India and Morocco, is thrilled to collaborate with E.Y.H.O. on the Uzbekistan tour in October 2019, and again in March 2020. 

Photo credits: Dana Davies, Shila Desai, Paule Seux, Kalpak Travel, Tuul and Bruno Morandi, Outlook Traveler, Savitsky Museum

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