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ARCHAEOLOGY To find out more visit Uzbekistan: Unveiling History Learn about the history, archaeology and culture of Uzbekistan in the company of a local academic. 10 nights from £2149^ Including optional travel insurance or from £2078^ without insurance§ Departing: October 27, 2020. Holiday code: AV178 This Special Interest tour includes: · Expert Host · Saga Host · Included themed activities · Expert Host Talks · Hosted welcome drinks reception · Leisure time · 20kg checked-in luggage · Free hotel Wi-Fi · Hotel porterage · Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK · Return flights and transfers Plus this holiday features: · 22 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), and 9 dinners (D) VIP door-to-door travel service Saga tour manager and the services of a local guide Tourist visa**. Excursions and visits: Walking tour of historic Khiva Medieval Bukhara guided tour Baha-ud-Din Naqshband's mausoleum visit Visit Samarkand's Museum of Afrosiyab See Tamerlane's tomb in Samarkand Visit to the ancient Timurid centre of Shakhrisabz Sightseeing tour of Tashkent. Each tile is a work of art ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Tashkent. Take Saga's included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Tashkent. Day 2: Tashkent. Transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Meet the Professor of Archaeology who'll give talks, and visit key sites including the Museum of History, the Muyi-Mubarak Mosque and the Khast-Imam complex. B, D Day 3: Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva. Fly to Urgench. Visit the 2nd-century fortresses of Ayzkala before lunch in a yurt camp. Transfer to Khiva for an overnight stay and tour around Khiva's inner fortress, Itchan Kala. B, L, D Day 4: Khiva to Bukhara. Tour the Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, the 16th-century Kunya-Ark Castle and 19th-century Muhammed Amin Khan Madrassah. Then journey across the Red Desert, a route that once took camel caravans a month to make, to Bukhara for a three-night stay. B, L, D The dome of the Tilla-Kari madrassah in Samarkand Day 5: Bukhara. A centre of trade and education for over 2,000 years, Bukhara is the best example of a medieval city in Central Asia. Seek out its key sights on a walking tour of its old town, including the 10th-century Samanids Mausoleum. Dine at a local guest house. B, D Day 6: Bukhara. Head to the Paykend settlement, a town buried by desert sands and dubbed the Asiian Pompeii. Continue to Varakhsha to find the unearthed remains of a beautiful city. B, D Day 7: Bukhara to Shakhrisabz and Samarkand. Travel to Samarkand via the remains of Erkurgan ­ abandoned in the 6th century. Visit the ruins of the ancient town of Kesh that dates back to 8th century BC. Stay two nights in Samarkand. B, D Day 8: Samarkand. Head out of the city to the Afrosiyab Museum, the archaeological sites of Kafyr-kala and Jartepa. Dinner is at a local restaurant. B, D A measure of saffron Day 9: Samarkand to Tashkent. Admire majestic Registan Square on today's tour. This grand plaza was built by the Timurid dynasty. Later take the bullet train to Tashkent for two nights. B, D Day 10: Tashkent. Transfer to ancient Kharashkent to see ruins dating back to the 2nd century BC. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. B, D Day 11: Tashkent-UK. Explore Tashkent on a sightseeing tour before your return flight to the UK and VIP door-to-door travel service home. B Accommodation... stay in the following or similar hotels: Asia Khiva (3*) · Asia Bukhara (4*) · Grand Samarkand (4*) · Lotte City Palace (4*), Tashkent. Please note: **Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK. See the Essential Information for details. Uzbekistan: Unveiling History. All prices are £s per person based on two people sharing, with flights from Heathrow to Tashkent with the scheduled services of Uzbekistan Airways (includes 1 night aboard aircraft). Price shown is a guide only and may be available for a limited number of bookings. § Optional travel insurance: A reduction of £71 applies if you do not need the optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights. For sole occupancy rooms, to travel from a local airport or to take advantage of our flight upgrade deals (all subject to availability and extra charges may apply) please visit or call for further details. See enclosed Essential Information. To book see page 99 and call FREE on 0800 302 9722 or visit Please quote SPN20 79