Silk Road Tours: Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is not a country that you hear a lot about but it’s definitely worth a visit for its history and its peace loving people. Join us on one of our Silk Road tours of Uzbekistan and discover what this delightful country has to offer.
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Silk Road Travel Tour – Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is situated in central Asia and was formerly a member of the Soviet republic but gained its independence on the 31st of August in 1991. The country is rich with natural resources including oil, gold, iron, gas, steel, petroleum, lead and zinc as well as phosphor and uranium.
As part of an important Silk Road trading centre, Uzbekistan has many interesting sites to visit which will give you an insight into its history. Here’s a small sample of what you can see when you tour Uzbekistan:
Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan and is known for its many museums and its mix of both Soviet and modern architecture. Of particular interest is the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan which houses many centuries old Buddhist artefacts. Tashkent also has a botanical gardens, a zoo and a number of other museums.
Samarkand was one of the most prominent trading centres along the Silk Route and is famous for its mosques and mausoleums. This city is of course, very famous for its old bazaars and these are an absolute delight to visit. Other places of interest include the Registan Square, the Bibi Khanum Mosque, the Mausoleum of Tamerlane and the Observatory of Ulughbek.
Samarkand is also a food lovers delight with its famous bread and local produce such as beautifully ripened grapes and succulent juicy melons. This city will delight you with its many colourful sights and sounds.
Bukhara is another ancient city in central Asia and also a prominent trading centre on the Silk Road route. It was also a major medieval centre for Islamic culture and theology. When visiting Bukhara you can see many well preserved mosques, madrassas, caravanserais and bazaars some which date back to the 9th century.
A visit to Bukhara must include a visit to the Ark which is a 5th century fortress and royal citadel. It was damaged in the 1920s by the Russian army but still contains many buildings which house artefacts of the city’s history. These include wood carvings, decorative arts and carpets.
Khiva was said to be first established in the beginning of the Christian era and has a population of approximately 50,000 people. A visit to Khiva will transport you back to ancient times as it still looks like it did centuries ago. There are many ancient ruins to visit as well as a great many mosques.
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For a step back in history, you really must come on one of our Uzbekistan tours.
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SILK ROAD TOUR
Join us on a Silk Road experience, through India, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.
Don’t miss the wonders of Samarkand,
Bukhara and Isfahan and the magnificence of
the Himalayas and the Karakorum highway.
Fully inclusive 6o day road trip, with car,
driver and guide, only $9,975.
For more information please download the detailed guides below :
ALONG THE VOLGA RIVER
ASTRAKHAN TO ST. PETERSBURGH
The most beautiful way to see Russia.
Nina and I went on this tour in 2013. Nina, being a Russian speaker, absolutely loved this return to her homeland.
Astrakhan is a city on the Caspian Sea which has a mostly Muslim history, having being part of the Persian Empire.
This is the starting point: the ship leaves from Astrakhan on its way to Volgograd, the city best known as Stalingrad,
the place where the second world war turned around. It is here that the German Army was defeated.
The war memorial absolutely needs to be seen. It is fantastic!
From here the ship travels north, docking for a day at each of a host of Volga Towns. The next stop is at Saratov.
Here lived two million Germans who were imported by Catherine the Great to shore up her empire, bolster the
Russian economy and protect the city from Persian military attack from the South.
The next stop is Samara where Yuri Gagarin landed in a field and surprised a farmer by walking down the road in a space suit.
Samara is also the location of Stalin’s Bunker: well worth a visit!
From Samara, the ship moves further north to Cheboksary and Kostroma, ending up at Kazan. Kazan is the location where
the Muslim armies from the south were defeated by Peter the Great who saved Russia from Muslim domination.
Four hundred years later, Kazan still has a 60% Muslim population. These people are now called Tartars within Russia.
In Kazan, you will find an impressive mosque built by the Soviets to appease the Tartar population.
This has turned out to be a white elephant and is only used a few times a year for official ceremonies.
From Kazan we go to Nizhny Novgorod, a major port on the Volga and the third largest city in Russia.
We then head up the canal to Moscow. Moscow’s Red Square is worth a visit on its own featuring the
Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s tomb.
From there it’s on to St. Petersburg and the magnificent Palace of Catherine the Great. This is one of the most imposing
palaces in the world, rivalling the Austrian Hapsburg Palace of Schoenbrunn in Vienna, the subject of one of our other
favourite tours. The State Hermitage Museum, founded by Catherine the Great, is another landmark not to be missed.
The tour ends here.
ISTANBUL TO VIENNA
TOUR 3: 60 DAYS FROM ISTANBUL TO PRAGUE
From the best tourist city in the world to my favourite city of all time.
If you want to hang out in the sun, meander through countless restaurants and
absorb a bit of architecture and culture, then Istanbul is the place to come.
We have a guide for the whole period in Istanbul so that you can fully appreciate the city; moreover, there are a host of locations, a stone’s throw from Istanbul, to satisfy every possible tourist demand. Nina and I have both been to Istanbul and surrounds at least five times and know the city well.
In Istanbul, a trip from Kalamata along the Bosporus to the mouth of the Black Sea is a must. A few days walk around Taksim Square, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market and the Sultanahmet area are essential, as is a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the former home of the Ottoman emperors.
In the evenings, there is a wonderful little theatre in Sultanahmet which hosts folkloric shows and Sufi dancers.
We recommend a minimum stay of seven days in Istanbul to fully appreciate the sights and enjoy leisure time. An evening meal at Galata Tower or at the Galatasaray Football Club is also a good option.
This tour allows an extensive stay in Istanbul, takes you through the Dardanelles, includes an overnight stay at Bursa, and takes you on towards Seljuk and the historical ruins of Ephesus: the great city of Greek and Roman times. Side trips to Pamukkale and Cappadocia are highly recommended.
We move on to Bodrum, the playground of the rich and famous. In Bodrum there is a fabulous castle once belonging to the Knights of St. John: a must see. This town has a beautiful harbour and is a favourite place for day and longer cruises into the Aegean Sea.
From there we take a day long bus trip to Antalya, the tourist capital of Turkey. Antalya has a lovely old precinct where you will spend three days.
From Antalya, we travel by local bus to Olympia where we will stay overnight and then board a Turkish timber boat bound for Fetiye.
Fetiye is a pleasant backpacker resort with thousands of international backpackers. There are a number of local day trips of interest: we have included the Jeep Safari in your tour and highly recommend a night at the Turkish baths.
Your Fetiye stay is planned for three nights, after which it’s off to Rhodos, Greece, on a fast Catamaran. Rhodos is a fabulous ancient city with people still living amongst the ruins. We suggest a three night stay there, doing little else apart from eating and strolling the streets. A day boat trip to Lindos should be taken: be sure to take your swim suits.
Now it’s off to Athens, aboard a Greek ferry. This is a full day or overnight ride.
Arriving at Piraeus you take a train to Monastiraki Station, where there are a host of hotels within walking distance. Your hotel will be one of them.
In Athens, there is much to see. We recommend that you purchase a ticket for the Hop On, Hop Off bus which takes you to all places of significance. A night at the Plaka is a wonderful experience. An evening walk up to the Acropolis is essential. For something else to do, we suggest a day trip to Delphi.
Our stay in Athens is over and we head off to Dubrovnik on a short aeroplane trip to the Dalmatian coast.
Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s best known destinations. It has been its own island state for many centuries. The key to Dubrovnik is the massive Castle. It is absolutely essential to experience the rooftop walk along the Castle walls. Besides the Castle, there is shopping and eating to keep you smiling.
From Dubrovnik we take a short ferry ride to Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo. This is a tiny most beautiful island, with nothing to do, other than eat, swim and relax.
The next day, we move by ferry to Hvar, a large island featuring nude swimming with a host of locations catering to the Free Body Culture (FKK) market. This is a party island with nightclubs and discos opening at midnight.
When the party is over it’s off to Split by ferry. Split is a coastal harbour with fantastic Roman ruins lining the town square. Dining out and walking the promenade, often to entertainment, is the thing to do.
From Split it’s off to Zagreb by bullet train. This is a very pleasant city for walking and shopping. A two-night stay and we move on to Vienna.
Vienna, in my opinion, is literally the best city in the world, both for tourists and as a place in which to live. We will stay seven days in Vienna and see literally everything there is to see.
Our tour through Vienna is on foot, by tram and underground train.
Day 1: Travel from accommodation on Tram 62 to the Opera House. Visit the Albertina, Leopold Art gallery and Sisi Museum, have dinner nearby and return home on the U4 and Tram 60.
Day 2: Travel on Tram 60 to Hietzing Station. Change to U4 and travel to Schwedensplatz. Walk from Schwedensplatz to Stephansplatz.
Have a Viennese ice concoction on the way; walk to the Hofburg Palace; see the emperor’s Treasure Chest; have lunch.
Day trip is over, return via any U Bahn and then the U4. Return to Hietzing and take Tram 60 home.
Day 3: Trip to Melk
Take day trip, via Donau River Ship to the Monastery in Melk. It’s a full day with catering included. Visit the Monastery and return by train to Vienna. Exit at Westbahnhof and catch Tram 58 to Hietzing and then Tram 60 home.
Day 4: Museum Day
Take Trams 60 and 58 to Westbahnhof. Alight and walk down Mariahilfer Strasse to the Museum Quarter. There are two museums of interest: the Museum of Natural History and the Architectural Museum. It will take all day to visit these two museums.
Have a bite to eat and go home.
Day 5: A casual day of sightseeing
Visits can be made to lesser known museums such as the Jewish Museum, Sigmund Freud Museum, Hundertwasser House, the cemetery of Vienna etc.
Have a morning rest, travel to the city and catch Tram 37 to Grinzing. Take a walk along the road of many winery outlets, find one with music and enjoy a good lunch with plenty of wine.
After lunch, return to the city and take a tram to the Prater, Vienna’s Luna Park. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and adventure, and finish with Pigs Trotters at the famous Prater restaurant.
Take Train home to Meidling Station, alight, turn right and walk 200 metres to your home.
Day 7: Schoenbrunn Palace and Technical Museum
The Palace is absolutely magnificent, matched only by the Hermitage and St Peter’s Place in St Petersburg, Russia. Have lunch at the Schoenbrunn Cafe. Head off to the Technical Museum, just a short tram distance away. Enjoy a Strauss/Mozart concert in the evening.
Day 8: Train trip to Budapest
Budapest is a very pleasant city. It is essential for you to go on a guided walking tour to the castle. In the evening, you must attend the Budapest folkloric concert. Stay overnight.
Day 9: Prague
Take a train trip to Prague, meander around the city, enjoy a pleasant meal with plenty of beer: Czechs are the biggest beer drinkers in the world.
Stay overnight and return to Vienna.
PLEASE NOTE: This tour of Istanbul to Prague is bone crushing and only suited to the very fit. Most people will need to schedule rest days in between.
MELBOURNE TO COOKTOWN
Nina and I have travelled to many asian, european and American locations.
None of them come close to the Mother Country, Australia is the best tourist country in the world.
When you come to Ausatralia, you must see Sydney Melbourne and the bush. A visit to Sydney is
described in Tour 5 Sydney Extension.
This is primarily designed for International travellers but is also of interest for people from the bush
that have not yet been to Sydney.
We will now describe Tour 4, starting from Melbourbe. a similar tour can be taken from Sydney.
We start from Melbourne, go down the Great Ocean Rd to Warnambool and then on to Adelaide.
On the way we will stay overnight either at Pt Fairy
or the National Park. Next day it is on to Adelaide. A day and night in Adelaiide and
we headoff to the SA Wine district. We will visit a bunch of wineries and go off to sleep drunk.
Next day we drive to Whyall, SA steel City. We will attempt to go on an organised steel city tour.
OFF to bed, up early and on to the middle of nowhere. Here you can experience sleeping in a swag.
Traditional Australian overnight out door sleeeping accommodation. One more day and we are at Uluru.
Here our overnight quartes are in a Tent in the Uluru Camping Ground.
A 3 day stay at Uluru, visiting the rock and katatuya. Then its off to Katherine George enjoying a 3 hour walk.
From there we go to Alice Springs.
At Alice Springs we stay in a friendly backpackers, staying 2 nights before departure.
Now we go to Tennant reek and Katherine and visit the Hot Springs. From there its onwards to Darwin.
At Darwin we stay 4 nights in Darwin before flying to Cairns. We stay 1 night in Cairns and then motor on to Port Douglas.
A 3night rest in Port, Douglas, a visit to the reef… and then on to Point Cook with a new tour group. We travel around the area visiting local aboriginal settlements. On colpetiom we head back to Cairns and our flight to Sydney.
SYDNEY EXTENSION (Cairns to Melbourne)
This tour is designed particularly for International tourists but others as well, who would like to extend the Melbourne to Cooktown Tour.
Tour details are as follows.
Days 1, 2, 3: Cairns to Magnetic Island (Townsville)
Travel 400 kilometres from Cairns to Magnetic Island and enjoy a three day holiday
Days 4, 5, 6, 7: Airley Beach and Islands
Travel to Airley beach and visit most of the islands
Day 8: Rockhampton
Travel to Rockhampton
Days 9 &10: Noosa
Travel to Noosa
Days 11, 12: Fraser Island
Days 13, 14, 15: Brisbane
Day 16, 17: Gold Coast
Free day. Sydney by Night Tour.
Days 18, 19: Byron Bay
Four Wheel Drive tour of Katoomba region
Day 20: Port Macquarie
Tour to Manly Beach and Luna Park
Day 22, 23, 24, 25, 26: Sydney
A free day to explore the city
Day 27: Wollongong
Day 28, 29, 30: Canberra
Day 31, 32: Thredbo
Day 33: Bright
Day 34: Travel to Melbourne