Jordan is an incredible country that is at the crucible of history: where the great religions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism have met, and often fought for countless generations. Many of the geographical sites found in the bible actually can be found in the country which also plays host to ruins from ancient civilisations including the Romans and the Nabateans. Yet Jordan is about more than history and this trip takes in some of the stunning desert scenery at Wadi Rum, the Red Sea at Aqaba and even includes a dip in the Dead Sea.

Our first trip to Jordan ran successfully in November 2013 and we have made a number of tweaks and are confident that this trip offers unparalleled opportunities to explore this fascinating country, and to come back with incredible pictures.

This trip is organised through the Intrepid Travel in the United Kingdom, which means that you have a range of payment options and if you but your flights through them, you trip can be fully ATOL protected. The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

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Highlights of this trip

• Ancient Silk Road

Registan at Samarkand

Historic Khiva

• Sarmysh Gorge Petroglyphs

Relaxed Bokhara

Exploring Tashkent

• Photography tuition

Magical Uzbekistan boasts some of the most evocative places in the travel world. Lying on the fabled Silk Route; it was home to great dynasties that were ruled by often despotic leaders. Centred on powerful cities such as Samarkand, and Bokhara, they spread their influence far afield. As a mark of their power and wealth they built great palaces, forts, mosques and madrassas, pioneering Islamic architecture, which later spread as far as India with the Mogul Empire.

Although this is officially trip, Steve has visited Uzbekistan some years ago on a commission for the BBC. He is keen to return to explore more of this fascinating country, which was for so long hidden under the yoke of the old Soviet Union.

This trip is organised through the Intrepid Travel in the United Kingdom, which means that you have a range of payment options and if you but your flights through them, you trip can be fully ATOL protected. The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

Start:9 Sept. 2014
End:
19 Sept. 2014
Code: SGUZ

Price: From 1495 pp
excl. flights, based on

Min 6, max 12 people
Places left: 1
Departure is confirmed!

Approx other currencies*
:
€ 1786 • US$ 2445

AU$2695 • NZ$2975

Optional single supplement: 265

Estimated current
flight cost 670

If you have a 5% Intrepid feedback discount it can be used against this trip

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Impressions of Uzbekistan Itinerary

Day 1: Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent
Day 3: Khiva

Day 4: Khiva
Day 5: Drive to Bokhara
Day 6: Bokhara
Day 7: Bokhara
Day 8: Samarkand via Sarmysh Gorge
Day 9: Samarkand
Day 10: Samarkand

Day 11: Ends in Tashkent

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Our adventure starts in the capital city of Tashkent. Although you are free to get any flight, we have scheduled everything to fit with the either the Aeroflot flight from London, as this currently offers the best price and timing. We have a couple of days in this bustling city, which has a good mix of historical sites, thriving markets and Communist-era civic architecture.

After a short domestic flight (included) to Urgench, we have time to visit the perfectly restored old city of Khiva. The city is particularly atmospheric at sunset, when the light catches the minarets and domes of the mosques and madrassas.

To get to the city of Bokhara, we have a long, but atmospheric drive through the Kizilkum Desert, which will present a number of photo-opportunities and a chance to make our modern way along the Silk Route.

The cruel Emir of Bokhara ruled the city from the Fortress Ark where he built up a reputation for dispensing summary justice. There are a bewildering number of historical sites in the city, but it is also noted for the quiet water-filled stones pools in the old town, around which friendly locals gather to relax and talk.

Our drive to the evocative city of Samarkand takes us via the 3000 Bronze Age petroglyphs at the Sarmysh Gorge; and the ancient city of Nurata, which was founded by Alexander the Great. We even have the chance to ride camels next to the Aidarkul Lake, in the shadow of the Nuratin Mountains.

Our last stop is the city of Samarkand, one of the most evocative names in the travellers pantheon. This city if most well known for the Registan, a series of stunning mosques and madrassas built around a square. Samarkand used to be the realm of the national hero Tamerlane, who conquered Delhi and whose descendants founded the Mogul Empire.

Finally we catch a modern high speed train back to Tashkent, where we have a final dinner before heading to the airport for an early morning flight home.

 

This trip is scheduled to co-incide with the Aeroflot flight from London to Tashkent, but you can, of course, fly on any carrier and spend more time in Uzbekistan. Please ask for more details.

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