Oezbekistan, het hart van de zijderoute

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Uzbekistan

Located on the legendary trade route that once linked China to Europe, Uzbekistan lies at the heart of the ancient Silk Road. This fascinating country is home to three of the Silk Road’s most important cities, including the capital city Tashkent, the most populated city in Central Asia. Visitors can look forward to exploring a dazzling array of Islamic architecture and ancient cities, as well as numerous grand mosques, minarets and mosaics. Don’t miss a trip to the Nukas Museum of Art, which houses over 82 0000 items and is home to the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art in the world. Other attractions include the country’s diverse natural habitats of lush forests, snow-capped mountain ranges, rivers and lakes, as well as arid deserts and the famous shrinking Aral Sea.

Tashkent

Dagen 2 - 3

The vibrant city of Tashkent serves as the Capital of Uzbekistan, as well as Central Asia's main tourist and transport hub. This large historic city is well known for its many impressive museums including the Amir Timur Museum, containing artefacts relating to the Timurid dynasty; the massive State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, displaying an interesting collection of Buddhist relics; and the Moyie Mubarek Library Museum, housing what is said to be the world's oldest Osman Quran. Other popular attractions include the Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent's most famous market selling a wide range of goods from spices to ceramics; the Teleshayakh Mosque, an amazing example of Islamic art and architecture, and the nearby Ugam-Chatkal National Park, which provides countless opportunities for adventurous outdoor activities including hiking, rafting and skiing.

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Khiva

Dagen 3 - 5

Located in the desert of Uzbekistan's Xorazm Region, along the famous Silk Road trade route, the well preserved ancient city of Khiva is commonly considered to be the world's most coherent example of Islamic architecture. At Khiva's historic centre, the fabled inner walled city of Itchan Kala is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site and is where most of Khiva's special sites, monuments, mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums and minarets can be found. Visitors can look forward to discovering a wide variety of popular tourist attractions including the Tosh-Hovli Palace, featuring an exquisite interior clad with blue ceramic tiles and elaborate carved wooden pillars; the revered Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, known for its beautiful emerald dome and courtyard; and the impressive panoramic views afforded by the Kuhna Ark, once the fortress and residence of renowned Khiva rulers.

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Bukhara

Dagen 5 - 8

Situated in Uzbekistan on the ancient Silk Road trade route linking the East and the West, the ancient city of Bukhara is Central Asia's holiest city. Bukhara is known as a city-museum with about 140 architectural monuments, including numerous medresses, minarets, fortresses, mosques,teahouses and spice markets. The city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan. Visitors can look forward to exploring a number of popular attractions such as the spectacular Ark of Bukhara, the city's oldest structure; the 47-meter-tall architectural wonder, Kalon Minaret; the exquisite Char Minar, a gatehouse of four beautiful towers showing Indian influence; and the Abdulaziz Khan Madrassah, home to the finest collections of Bukharian wood carving art.

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Samarkand

Dagen 8 - 10

Located in Uzbekistan and on the famous ancient Silk Road trade route connecting China to the Mediterranean, the city of Samarkand has a rich history as one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia. At the heart of this historic city lies the famous public square of Registan, an ensemble of monumental oriental architecture surrounded on three sides by grand educational institutions, commonly known as madrassah. Visitors can look forward to visiting the grand Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum, featuring beautiful trademark mosaic and fluted azure domes; the beloved Shah-i-Zinda, an impressive avenue of mausoleums with stunning Timurid-era tilework; and the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, one of the largest and most well-known mosques in the country.

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Tashkent

Dagen 10 - 11

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