A journey through Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan [fully booked]

16 April 2019 to 30 April 2019
Trip destination: 
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

*This trip is fully booked*

Join Professor Charles Melville and explore and experience the legendary cities of Central Asia. Your journey begins in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, and takes you to Samarkand, with its soaring minarets and glistening turquoise domes. From there you will travel to Bukhara, home to hundreds of mosques, madrasas and minarets. After crossing the great Karakum desert and Oxus River, you will arrive in the ruined city of Merv. A short flight will then take you to Ashgabat, where you will have an opportunity to explore its white marble palaces that nestle among futuristic buildings and soaring ministerial offices. Finally, you will travel to the ancient walled city of Khiva, now an open-air museum, with its maze of mosques, palaces, religious schools and homes. 


  • Visit Samarkand and discover the Registan, described by Lord Curzon as the ‘noblest square in the world’ and see some of the finest examples of Islamic art
  • Explore the beautifully preserved town of Bukhara, home to some of the finest and most important monuments in the Islamic world
  • Discover the ruined city of Merv in Turkmenistan, which was devastated by the Mongols in the 13th century
  • Cross the fabled Oxus River from Uzbekistan into Turkmenistan
  • In the exquisitely restored city of Khiva, experience the timelessness of a Central Asian town

Trip scholar

Professor Charles Melville (Pembroke, 1969), Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

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