Planning your cultural holiday? Pick Uzbekistan and walk in the steps of Alexander the Great, Tamerlane and Genghis Khan. Uzbekistan lies in the heart of the Great Silk Road with Central Asia's Big Three, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva as wonderful oases and respite for caravans passing the desert for centuries. 

Khiva reputedly founded by Noah’s son Shem, the contemporary of Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserves its ancient spirit with the historic center containing spectacular examples of Islamic architecture. Bukhara became one of the greatest learning centers in the Muslim world and still contains more than 350 mosques. Ancient and eternally young Samarkand keeps its secrets, opening them to those who really want to hear. A city of three thousand years, Samarkand was witness to marching of phalanx of soldiers led by a young Macedonian, bonfire of fierce Arab armies and Genghis Khan horsemen. Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan is at the same time the largest city of Central Asia with a history dating back two thousand years, a diverse population and architectural masterpieces. 

During this trip you will sink into the rich history of the Great Silk Road, taste famous Uzbek bread and pilaf in a green oasis in the middle of a desert, stargaze from the tops of minarets, ramble in an oriental bazaar enveloped in spicy aroma of saffron and halva, enjoy a folk show at Nodir Devonbegi. Sharpen your senses and look closely ...